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Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:55 am
Jim HendryBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have announced they have fired general manager Jim Hendry. However, during his meeting with the press, Hendry announced the move became official today, but had been told July 22 that he wasn't coming back, but was kept until after the deadline to sign draft picks.

The embattled Cubs general manager had served as the team's general manager since July of 2002.

According to several reports, the Cubs clubhouse was closed before Friday afternoon's game against the Cardinals as Hendry addressed the team.

Asssistant GM Randy Bush will serve as interim general manager.

"My family and I appreciate Jim's dedication during our time with the Cubs and thank him for his overall 17 years of service to the Cubs organization," owner Tom Ricketts said in a press release from the team.  "It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager."

Under Hendry, the Cubs went 749-748. He had been with the Cubs since 1994 when he joined the team as director of player development.

Even before Carlos Zambrano's recent meltdown, Hendry was seen as on thin ice with the Cubs. During his tenure, he weighed down the team with hefty contracts to the likes of Zambrano (five years, $91.5 million), Alfonso Soriano (eight years, $136 million), Kosuke Fukudome (four years, $48 million) and Milton Bradley (three years, $30 million), who were overpaid and underproduced. Even this season at the trade deadline, he did unload Fukudome, but was otherwise silent, which sparked this screed from our own Matt Snyder, which sounds odd now considering Hendry said he was handcuffed at the time.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:00 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 1:32 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Dan Duquette was runner up for the GM job in philly 4 years ago when they gave it to Ruben Amaro Jr. I think his downfall has been turning down too many jobs and sitting back only wanting to work for a top of the line spender. At some point you are seen as "away from the the game too long" I think Duquette might be at that point. 

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:34 pm

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Just my opinion, but the Cubs should seriously consider hiring Dan Duquette as the next GM. He was Theo Epstein's predecessor in Boston and before that was with Montreal & Milwaukee. He's a very astute and knowledgable baseball man who will rebuild the big league club and draft the right younger players come June.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:59 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Maybe the Cubs owners will hire Ed Wade the general manger from Houston Astros lol.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:24 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

It took too long to make this decision, now let's see if the Cubs make more timely correct personnel decisions.  One game over .500 over 17 years is ridiculous.  I am holding him resposnible because he was the ONE consistent thing over that period.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:13 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Agreed...but the cubs need to spend money wisely!

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:49 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

What I do not understand is why did he stay on until now instead of getting fired in July.  Just let Randy Bush make the decisions. 

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:00 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Why are Cards fans obsessed with Cubs stuff?? Oh yeah, I know. 

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:58 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Get off our site and go back to St. Louis. We don't need your opinions. Worry about your own awful team. 

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:57 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

He was terrible. Fact: One of the highest payrolls in baseball. Fact: Won exactly one playoff series. Has won zero games since 2003 in the playoffs. I would trade that with any team with a decent payroll. Just didn't knwo what he was doing. He sucked. Get over it. Don't try to sugar coat it. 

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