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The Cubs Have Fired Jim Hendry

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“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,” team chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager.” -quoted from ESPN.com

Tom Ricketts took a big step toward becoming the owner many Cubs fans hoped he would be today by firing longtime GM Jim Hendry.  The Cubs have promoted Randy Bush as interim GM.  As the story develops throughout the day, please check back here for the latest details and reactions from our writers.

Update 12:05pm

In a press conference this morning, Jim Hendry revealed that he’s known about his dismissal since July 22.  He stayed on for the last several weeks to maintain continuity and oversee the signing of the Cubs’ draft picks.  His inactivity at the trade deadline was intentional–he wanted to allow the next guy to make those decisions.  The wisdom of that is debatable.

Update 1:00pm

Tom Ricketts held a press conference today at Wrigley Field to talk about the firing of Jim Hendry and the state of the Cubs.  In addition to the fact that Tom uses the “Ah-OOO-ga” ringtone for his phone, here’s what we learned.

  • Ricketts kept Hendry on to maintain consistency through the draft pick signings.  He said Hendry develops relationships with the draftees, and he didn’t want to lose any of them because of Hendry’s absence.
  • He said that inactivity at the trade deadline was not merely bitterness or lethargy on Hendry’s part.  The Cubs simply weren’t overwhelmed by any of the offers they had, so Hendry and Ricketts elected to hold onto what the team has currently and let the next guy make his own decisions.  Don’t expect interim GM Randy Bush to make any major moves before the end of the season.
  • Crane Kenney’s job is safe for now.  Ricketts made it clear that Kenney’s job is to run the business side of the team, and that the new GM would answer directly to him.  Don’t know what the chain of command has looked like in the past, but that seems like a non-demotion demotion to me.  If nothing else, it means that Ricketts is taking the reins and the responsibility for the on-the-field product from now on.
  • Regarding the GM search, Ricketts is not considering any in-house candidates.  He’s looking for a baseball veteran who has a history of winning.  He wants an analytical mind, but not just a sabermatrician.
  • He does want to keep Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken on the staff.  He essentially said he’d go to bat with the new GM to keep those guys in the organization.
  • He also made some comments about educating younger Cubs in the history of the organization.  He mentioned that most of them only knew that the Cubs haven’t won a championship in over 100 years.  To remedy that, the Cubs have put together a book for their players on team history.  Perhaps there’s not much to be taken from all that, but to me it speaks to the culture of the club, and some of the changes that Ricketts wants to see.
  • Ricketts thought sending Zambrano to the Disqualified List was the right move.  It turned out to be Hendry’s last.

Update 2:00pm–My take so far:  Forget the sarcastic commentary on the refurbished bathrooms and the bison dogs.  This is first distinct move Ricketts has made to put his fingerprints on the Cubs since he bought the team.  The comment he made about the chain of command seems particularly loaded–he’s taking full and direct responsibility for the baseball side of things.  Crane Kenney doesn’t factor into the on-the-field product, as the new GM will answer directly to the Ricketts.

I’ve been preaching that Ricketts needed to make this move since I started writing at VFTB, so I’m ecstatic.  Sure, there’s still a lot of looming questions ahead, and this doesn’t automatically make us a playoff team, or even competitive.  But the culture and the roadmap for the organization needed to change.  And today is a big first step.

I’m not sure I fully understand the four-week gap in telling Hendry and telling the world.  But I hope Ricketts has used that time to quietly start his search for a new GM.  It sounds like he has a specific type in mind–he might even have it narrowed down to a few names.  But I think you can assume he doesn’t intend to wait until the end of the season to bring the new guy in–if he is going to wait, then the timing of today’s announcement is even more puzzling.

I will say this for Hendry–I have no doubt he loves the Cubs.  The tears he spoke through in his press conference this morning were real, and they didn’t go unnoticed.  I’ve accused him before of only working hard enough to keep his job, and maybe that was unfair.  Maybe the job was simply over his head?  Whatever the case, I’m not interested in picking over his corpse today.  I doubt this is the end of his MLB career–after all, he is beloved by many in the organization, and praised often throughout baseball.  My guess is he winds up with another team somewhere down the road.

So farewell Jim.  And hello Ricketts-era Cubs baseball.

Reaction from Jedi:

It’s been a long time coming, but the satisfaction today is sweet.  At the very least we’ll have someone new to blame for our troubles.  It’s a point in the Ricketts’ favor that they’ve finally dumped ol’ back-slapping Jim Hendry.  I had essentially given up hope that they would do so before the start of next year, so today is like Christmas in August for me.  He’s not the worst GM we’ve had, but he’d worn out his welcome with me sometime around 2005.

My outlook on the Cubs has totally changed – there IS hope for tomorrow.  Tomorrow brings a new GM, a GM who might not re-sign our corner infielders to multi-year albatross deals, a GM who might get a manager who has a clue what he’s doing, a GM that’s able to properly value talent, a GM who isn’t seen by his colleagues as the moron in the room.  (Don’t get me wrong, this could wind up being the precursor to Larry Himes Part Deux – but I’m not going to assume the worst case, yet.)

Reaction from Norm:

I’m not surprised.  As I wrote in my Devils Advocate article, I think this was the plan all along;  1) let the contracts run their course until they are movable.  2) Losing Hendry probably means losing Tim Wilken, so wait until Wilken can work his magic in the draft and THEN fire Hendry.  3) Hire a guy like Cashman after 2011 because money is available and changes can finally be made.

Ricketts has a LONG term plan since he’s in this for life.  Two years isn’t that long in the grand scheme.  It might seem like an eternity to Cub fans, but it’s only the beginning of the transformation of the franchise.

Reaction from Buddy:

Even though Jim Hendry enjoyed some success in Chicago, it’s obvious that the time had come for the Cubs to move on.  It will be very interesting to see what direction the Cubs take.  Will the next GM be a household name like Brian Cashman?  Will they try to find the next rising front-office star?  Whoever it is, I hope the new head cheese understands the danger of five-plus-year mega-contracts.  Unless you’re signing the next A-Rod in his prime, those contracts are often poison to a franchise.  Even more so for pitchers.

Reaction from Mark:

I’m sad to see the firing, wish it didn’t have to end this way.  But ultimately Hendry had to pay the price – the team did not peform up to expectations and he was given ample supplies of money to get the job done.  Best of luck to Jim in his future endeavors, hopefully the Cubs can land Dave Dumbrowski or Larry Beinfest, perhaps they could persuade one of those guys to come over by combining Crane Kenney’s job with Hendry’s.

Reaction from CubbieDude:

I didn’t think Mr. Ricketts had it in him.  But I’m happy to be proven wrong.  This is only the first step, but it was a necessary first step.

I see the negotiations have already begun: Gillick wants a “higher than GM position,” Ricketts wants a “GM who doesn’t answer to my president, but who answers directly to me!”

Good luck Mr. Ricketts, and welcome back to Cub Nation.  (My apologies to the screenwriters of “Casablanca.”)

  • Buddy

    I felt strongly that he wouldn’t be back in 2012. However, I’m surprised the fired him in the middle of a season. Your thoughts?

  • Buddy

    they

  • Scott

    FINALLY! I can’t believe it took this long, given all the horrendous contracts he’s handed out over the years. Unfortunately, those bad contracts don’t follow him out the door. Let’s hope the Ricketts make a sensible choice for the Cubs next GM. Jim Hendry is gone; HOORAY!

  • Buddy

    Just as many of us suspected a few weeks ago)…

    (From the Trib) “Hendry said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts notified him July 22 that he wouldn’t be retained. He indicated that was one factor in deciding not to trade away veteran players at the deadline, figuring he should leave those decisions to his successor.”

  • lizzie

    In my wildest dreams I did not expect this. Wanted it, but never thought Ricketts had it in him. I’m instantly back in hopeful mode for our team’s future. Misplaced? Maybe. But I’ll enjoy it for now!

  • Jedi

    Buddy, apparently Hendry has known about this since July 22nd. I don’t understand the timing at all…but I’m happy he’s gone.

    One thing I will say, there were a LOT of excuses for Hendry that were created here around the trade deadline. It’s time for that conjecture to be reckoned with…Pena COULD have been traded, along with a host of other Cubs – some assured us that Hendry would jettison these guys before the non-waiver trade deadline. That clearly won’t happen now. I’d like to hear some rationalizing; because Hendry’s actions at the trade deadline smack of a giant middle finger to the Cubs on his way out the door (this is why when you fire someone, you FIRE them that freaking day).

  • Jedi

    Lizzie, I’m with you, I feel the same way.

  • Buddy

    It’s being reported that they asked him to stay to help get this year’s draft picks signed.

  • Wes

    It’s not too often that, at 11:21 in the morning, I know it will be a great day no matter what.

  • mrbaseball2usa

    @Buddy I agree with you on the timing… to me, there is nothing to gain by announcing this in the middle of the season.

  • Norm

    I’m surprised that I’m the only one that doesn’t seem to be surprised.

    The July 22nd thing is terrible. THAT’s something to be upset with Ricketts on.

  • Buddy

    Not to be a buzz kill, but let’s see who the Cubs select as the next GM before we bust out the champagne.

  • Buddy

    As I said, I’m not surprised they planned to let him go, I’m just surprised it happened before the season ended.

  • Jedi

    Buddy, I know what you mean, but I almost don’t care at this point. I could talk myself into anyone being better than Hendry for at least two months.

    Norm, you can’t honestly have expected this today. Just 3 short weeks ago you assured me that all that crap Hendry held onto at the trade deadline would be gone by August 31st. You gave him an incomplete on July 31st. He’s done nothing since, surely you still expected him to act before the end of August.

  • Buddy

    Bush won’t do much more than keep the seat warm for a few weeks.

  • Jedi

    Absolutely right Buddy.

  • Jedi

    By the way, to my recollection, Buddy is the ONLY one who expected a scenario such as this – his exact words on July 31st:

    “It could also be that they don’t want him making any major moves (unless the moves are no-brainers in the Cubs favor) because they’re planning on bringing in a new GM as soon as the season is over. In other words, riding out this mess of a baseball season without screwing things up any worse, and then moving on with a new GM at the helm. Maybe they already have a pretty good idea who this person is?”

    Buddy did you write Hendry’s speech for today? That’s almost exactly the reasoning he gave.

  • Buddy

    I’ve been secretly writing Cub execs’ speeches since the mid 1980s. Please don’t tell anybody!

  • Norm

    Him being canned? Not surprised in the least. This exact day, of course not. How the heck am I supposed to know what exact day it will happen on?
    I figured any time after Tim Wilken did his job in the draft.

  • Jedi

    Buddy – well you shouldn’t have said that, you don’t want to be associated with Larry Himes in anyway…I’m going to assume you went on hiatus during his reign.

    Norm, you’re hardly the only one surprised he was fired. The surprise is at the timing. 1 good draft in six years is not “magic.”

  • Mark in Toronto

    Wow, that came as surprise (albeit a good one), at least at this point in the season. As others have said, I would have expected this sort of move to take place in the off-season. Now the question becomes who will replace him.

  • Jedi

    And what about the trade deadline? The Ricketts have some answering to do for that…along with other people.

  • cap’n obvious

    YYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Maybe Ricketts has the stones after all. We’ll see who he hires. First, a young, smart GM, followed by a coaching staff that can coach…time to dump Riggins and Jaramillo at LEAST…probably Quade, too. Blow it up and start over.

  • lizzie

    Buddy knows his stuff! The funny thing is, I remember reading that quote you posted, Jedi, back when Buddy wrote it, and I thought “nah, no one in that organization is smart enough for that kind of forethought even if Buddy is.” Maybe they’re VFTB readers!

  • ScottO

    Been looking for “something” from our Cubbie owner for a while. Norm’s comment about him being in it for life was interesting, and encouraging that a process is in place. It is no fun having a rookie owner and Manager. Now Hendry the vet is out – we will see what other bit of stones Tom and Q have. LASTLY – CASTRO NEEDS A DAY OFF – THEY ARE BURNING HIM UP – who plays short as a backup? Barney.. put him in there to sub! Castro going 1 for 5 in last few games with a at least one bad strikeout. Looks tired!

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Buddy consistently throws in the high 90’s in the comments section. I didn’t buy it at the time, but he was totally right. Nicely done.

  • Katie

    This news made my day. I was giving a presentation about polar bears and then checked my phone after, and I was happier than a bird with a french fry. I was surprised that they did it now. It seemed like they would either fire him around the All Star break or end of the season, or keep him around for a while. The timing is weird, but I’m glad Ricketts has shown that he has guts.

  • So long Jim, there’s some rare joy in Cubbieville today.

  • Aaron Yavelberg

    Listening to ESPN 1000… biggest question for the guys now is whether Quade will be back. At VFTB it seems to me the general feeling has been that he will. Waddle and Silvy keep saying that it’s not such a sure thing for Quade because the organization will probably leave it up to the new GM to pick his own manager. Makes sense to me – if I’m being hired as the new GM, I probably want to have my own pick for manager in the organization so I know how things will be done. The follow-up question becomes, how will that affect the GM search? Will there be a question during the interview for prospective GMs that will ask, “So, who’s your pick for manager? What’s the short list?”

    And then, if that is part of the question, who are the people we would want? Brenly? Sandberg? Ozzie Guillen, if he’s available? I even heard a suggestion of Larry Bowa (although I’m not sure how serious that was).

  • Buddy

    Bowa would be just about the worst manager they could find. Brenly wouldn’t be much better. Unless the new GM has his ideal manager ready to come aboard, I think Quade will be back next year. Maybe Sandberg will take over in 2013 when the talent landscape looks different.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Aaron, I’m also listening to ESPN 1000. I don’t think Quade’s the kind of manager a new GM would feel the need to keep. I doubt he stays.

  • Aaron Yavelberg

    @Buddy – The Bowa suggestion was more because the person who brought him up just likes guys who get angry and throw tantrums. He was a big Piniella fan too.

  • Aaron Yavelberg

    Incidentally, has anyone else noticed how, on ESPN’s GameCast, Randy Well’s photo makes him look totally stoned? Maybe that’s why he keeps exhibiting so much SUCKAGE…

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I think the new GM–whoever he is–will preach patience throughout next year. His new manager will have a little time to work with while the team takes shape.

    My vote would be for Brenly or Sandberg–either would be a popular choice with fans and could help keep attendance up through the rebuilding process. I don’t think anybody knows the team as well as Bob. I’d still want Ryno as a coach–specifically for the development of Castro and Barney–but that could set up an uncomfortable lame-duck situation for Brenly with Ryno as the potential manager-in-waiting.

    Lots of dominoes to fall before then.

  • Tim

    I can’t fault the rationale for keeping Hendry on for four weeks to get the draftees on board. They are higher on this crop than they have been other crops in recent years, so continuity during the signing period makes sense. I think Hendry got more blame than he deserved. He did a lot of the Trbune’s bidding when he fattened the payroll. It didn’t work. He’ll land on his feet. Now it’s time to see who Rickett’s brings in. It won’t be Epstein or Cashman contrary to what Steve Rosenbloom thinks (I can’t believe he gets paid to write that crap!!) It’ll be someone lower key than that. And now the Ryno for manager rumors will begin. Stay tuned and wait ’til next year!!

  • Buddy

    Maybe the Cubs could treat the manager position the way they handle the 7th inning stretch. Just bring in a daily B-list celebrity to call the shots. It could be Jim Belushi one day, B.J. Armstrong the next, the guy who played Epstein on “Welcome Back Kotter” after that, etc.

  • Jedi

    They did that once with the college of coaches, oddly it was a complete failure.

  • Aaron Yavelberg

    On the plus side, at least the college of coaches didn’t have to worry about trying to carry a tune…

  • Jedi

    Perhaps Ricketts IS reading the blog. July 22nd, the day Hendry was informed of his future departure – also the date of this post:

    http://viewfromthebleachers.com/blog/2011/07/22/lets-talk-blueprints/

    “Our own Jim Hendry’s blueprint for the Cubs looks like the maze from the back of a children’s restaurant menu, covered in crayon and ketchup stains.”

    I want to know if you’re being consulted privately on the next GM, Jeremiah.

  • Norm

    I would think the new GM will bring in a manager of his or her choice.
    I think it will depend on their offseason strategy. If they’re ready to spend on free agents, new manager. If they decide to wait it out one more year for the rest of the contracts to expire, Quade might just stay.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    What do we think this means for Maddux? Or Wood?

    I get the sense their loyalty to the Cubs was connected to their relationships with Hendry. I hope it runs deeper than that for them. Do you think they walk away now that he’s gone?

  • Lizzie

    @Norm I agree it will depend exactly on that. I (like to) think that was also their philosophy with Ryne. Why bring him in to manage this hot mess? Of course they may not have counted on him heading elsewhere. If it’s the same mess next year I’m happy to let Quade deal with it.

  • Buddy

    I heard Wood was at the press conference today. Is that right?

  • I heard Wood was at the press conference today. Is that right?

    Not sure, but I’m sure there were a lot that had wood after hearing the news. 😉

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Yeah, he spoke with the press around the same time Quade did. I didn’t hear it, but the quotes read pretty disappointed.

  • Buddy

    Were any other players at the press conference? If not, I guess that tells us a lot about their plans for Wood next year.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Not sure. I don’t think it’s as sure a thing that he comes back, but remember he had to talk Hendry into signing him, not the other way around. I think he sounded a little sad today, but I’m hopeful his ties to the Cubs run deeper than just his friendship with Hendry.

  • Penn Gwynn

    I Hate Polar Bears

  • Jedi Johnson

    Once Ricketts settles on a GM, the picture will be clearer. Then we’ll need to figure out if Quade stays, if we re-sign Pena or pick up Aramis’ option – basically a choice between trying to contend immediately or waiting to unload some more of the dead weight (I mean you Soriano!). And of course the Zambrano saga is still in limbo (imagine what it must be like to be Carlos or his agent Barry Praver right now – you have no idea who you even need to bargain with when you come off the disqualified list in a little more than 3 weeks).

  • Eddie Von White

    Polar Bears are not dying out. They are actually increasing.

  • walterj

    amen . have been a big supporter of hendry until the last two years . now i’m glad it is over . now …..someone please show quade the door .

  • Lando87

    Anyone think Quade was hired on to finish Hendry’s tenure (perhaps Ricketts originally intended to finish his current contract that expired after next season) so that Ryno could be brought in with a clean slate under a new GM?

    Ryne Sandberg for manager! 🙂

  • Norm

    @Lando, I absolutely think Quade was brought on to finish out Hendry’s regime…it’s not often managers only sign for 2 years.
    If it has anything to do with Ryno…that I don’t know.

  • Norm
  • Lizzie

    Really good point about Zambrano, Jedi, I hadn’t even thought about that! He’s egotistical enough to think he may have it made now, after all didn’t Hendry say something to the effect of “We’ll honor his retirement wishes.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. But I have to think (hope) the new person isn’t going to be wanting to start things off with that on his shoulders so maybe they’ll make quick work of it and move on. I think the biggest punishment someone with Zambrano’s ego could possible receive is indifference. We don’t care if you’re gone, Z, you’re not worth our trouble anymore.

  • Jedi

    Norm, I’m still waiting to see what you thought of Jim Hendry and the Cubs activity/non-activity at the trade deadline. You assured us that Pena, Byrd, et al would be moved for better deals than those that Hendry wasn’t listening to at the deadline. That’s obviously not going to happen now.

  • Lizzie

    P.S. Props for the slightly off-color comment, Joe. You know I never mind an occasional skip through the gutter every now and then. 😉

  • Jedi

    Thanks Lizzie, I tend to agree – I think a new GM isn’t going to have to deal with a problem like Carlos. I think he’s basically sitting at home waiting to be traded or cut like Carlos Silva.

  • Norm

    Here we go again. “Assured….they would all be moved”. Here’s what I said:

    Carlos Pena should’ve been dealt too, but will surely clear waivers, so there is a chance that he’s still traded. Supposedly Pittsburgh was his biggest suitor and they acquired Derrek Lee for a Single A 1B that wasn’t in Pitt’s top 30. Arizona was another rumor, but they didn’t make a move for any 1B, so who knows how legit that rumor was. Check back in 30 days in regards to a Pena trade.

    Marlon Byrd was supposedly asked about and rejected by Hendry. For what? We have no idea. The market was flooded with centerfielders and the return Houston got for Michael Bourn was rather disappointing. Like Pena, there is a chance Byrd clears waivers and is moved in August, but I think the progress of Brett Jackson might be the deciding factor.
    ——————–
    Please, pretty please, stop exaggerating what I “say”.
    ——————–
    With Hendry being told on July 22nd, Hendry wasn’t listening to offers because he wanted to leave it in the new GM’s hands.
    This is bad, but not because of Hendry, because of the timing of Ricketts.
    Ricketts screwed up this trading deadline.
    And last I checked, there are still 12 days to go in August.

  • Jedi

    Own it Norm: you said someone would claim Pena off of waivers – that’s not going to happen. You also conveniently left out this, “there is still one more month for deals to be made, so the ‘terrible’ might upgrade to ‘bad’.” Except we aren’t putting any of them on waivers, we aren’t actively seeking trades, and we haven’t been since at least June 22nd. The Fukudome thing was a ruse. I know it’s hard to fathom, but the fact is that we had guys who we could’ve unloaded at July 31st – we didn’t. We won’t be doing it now with an interim GM, and we’re not getting a GM anytime soon (it would seem). And even if we did, he’d have to IMMEDIATELY put these guys on waivers to even ATTEMPT the trades that we didn’t listen to three weeks ago. You DID assure us that we would have plenty of chances to dump these guys during August – we don’t.

  • Doc Raker

    This was an obvious needed move. Hopefully the new approach the Cubs will take is the rebuilding approach.
    In more great news, our Ocean View Little League out of Huntington Beach CA began it’s run in Willaimsport for the Little League World Series championship. We beat New England 11-0 and play the winner of the Great Lakes vs Mid-Atlantic Sunday at 6PM EST. Watch these guys, they may have a very 85 Bear run in Williamsport. Go OVLL!

  • Jedi

    Congrats Doc!

  • Jedi

    *Sorry…I retyped my sentence and posted in haste…Norm, you said that Pena would CLEAR waivers.

  • Jedi

    Actually, now that I read the comments, you said both…so I was right twice.

  • Seymour Butts

    Been busy doing what I do all day…anything exciting happen?
    I did catch some of the LLWS in the lounge, Raker’s boys look solid.

  • lizzie

    Thanks for the update, Doc, I’ll be watching on Sunday!!! Congrats to your hometown boys!

  • Doc Raker

    OVLL President Stef Green was quoted as saying, “To heck with visiting the White House, we want to earn dinner with Seymour if we win this thing.”

  • lizzie

    I need to add dinner with Seymour to my bucket list. I’ll have the ribeye with a twice baked potato and he can have the dry mixed greens with a side of clear broth.

  • Doc Raker

    Dinner with Seymour, January 28, 2012 in Phoenix, who’s in?

  • Lizzie

    Doc you are a most excellent social coordinator for the busy cardiologist! 😉

  • Buddy

    Are Steve Nash and Kevin Kolb going to attend?

  • Seymour Butts

    Believe it or not, that night is already booked. Friday the 19th however, could work for both Raker and I.

  • BLPCB

    “he wanted to allow the next guy to make those decisions.”
    So the new GM would want to keep all those unproductive veterans at those high salaries?
    Riiiiiiiight. Just like back in 2007 when Bozo was due a new contract and Zell hesitated to give it because he wasn’t sure the new owner would want to pay that kind of money to Bozo. Maybe he was right and he shouldn’t have given him the contract.

  • BLPCB

    I will post my thoughts bit by bit as I read through the comments and the post:
    It’s about dam time the Ricketts family listened to me. Next time I see them (delivering a pizza or election judging) I am going to thank them for finally firing him.

  • BLPCB

    “I felt strongly that he wouldn’t be back in 2012. However, I’m surprised they fired him in the middle of a season. Your thoughts?”

    I was totally shocked too. I had always thought 2012 was a lost cause, and everyone would be lame ducks. Maybe Ricketts feels 2012 is a lost cause anyways and wants to get a head start on 2013. Good. It had seemed that they were trying to win now and in the future and doing a lousy job at both.

  • BLPCB

    “Hendry’s actions at the trade deadline smack of a giant middle finger to the Cubs on his way out the door.”
    I won’t go that far, even with what I said in my first post. It is understandable standing pat, after all, it takes two to tango. I don’t think too many teams would want those albatross contracts or nutcases either.
    And hey, the one move he did make just might prevent the White Sox from making the playoffs. What a game by Fukudome on Thursday. Beat the White Sox and put one of their pitchers on the DL.

  • BLPCB

    “The July 22nd thing is terrible. THAT’s something to be upset with Ricketts on.”
    Agreed. What if Hendry had fuck that, I’m out of here? Then you’re screwed. The only person who benefits from it is Hendry, showing his professionalism staying on like that even though he knew he was going to be canned.

  • BLPCB

    “What do we think this means for Maddux? Or Wood?”
    Hopefully Maddux stays in the organization as a consultant until he decides he wants to coach again. The instant Maddux decides he wants to coach, I’m handing him a blank check for pitching coach. Woody for bullpen coach.

  • BLPCB

    Norm – If Rick Hahn was signed on as the next GM, that would just make everyone hate New Trier even more. It would be nice to rub it in the faces of all the haters, and I work with a bunch of them.

  • BLPCB

    Last post: My top choices are Billy Beane and Brian Cashman for GM. Everyone probably realizes 2012 is a lost cause, so they’ll ride out the season with Quade. Then the contracts of Bozo, Ramirez, Dempster, and Byrd come off the books, and Quade is fired, and Girardi is hired as manager. The only way I fire Quade is if Girardi is available this winter.

  • BLPCB

    The Tampa GM is another guy I would like to hire. He is forced to build through the draft and the minors and he has done a damn good job of it.