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Cubs talking to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick?

Jul 20, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

Pat Gillick

UPDATE: False alarm, apparently.

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Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, but now there’s some speculation that the Cubs are interested in hiring the 73-year-old former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager.

Details are scarce in terms of which role the Cubs are interested in Gillick filling, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that team chairman Tom Ricketts has spoken to the Hall of Famer within the past week. Gillick was last a GM with the Phillies in 2008, holding the position for four seasons before Ruben Amaro Jr. took over.

Ricketts hasn’t commented on the report yet, but did give current general manager Jim Hendry a vote of confidence last month. Chicago has the second-worst record in baseball at 39-59 and Hendry as been GM since 2002, during which time the Cubs have made just three trips to the playoffs.

  1. emeraldcityfan - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Come back to the Mariners Pat! We need ya! Sadly the only way I see that happening is on Pat Gillick bobblehead night.

  2. CJ - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Won’t happen. Guaranteed. This makes far too much sense for the Cubs to actually do it.

  3. APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Take a look at Gillick’s record of achievement in baseball. Then consider that Angelos ran him off. Now look at the Orioles record since Angelos took over.

  4. neilbb4 - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    It has to come from the top down, Ricketts may be a fans owner and what he may be doing with the ball park is great. But there has to be a strong baseball businessman at the top who knows how to balance both sides of the game. Gillick is a proven winner, if this gets done next up has to be the acknowledgement of the mistake made at the manager level.

    • Manni Stats - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      I don’t mind Gillick, but being a proven winner means nothing to me. I’d rather take a flyer on a younger, more progressive type, possibly even someone with little-to-no baseball operations experience, a la Epstein/Friedman. Hendry is obviously old school, valuing RBIs and wins and saves and lefty run producers and what have you; I think a radical shift in FO direction is needed. Gillick helps, but whether he’s enough (especially if the rumors are true that Hendry may still play a role in the organization) is yet to be seen.

  5. SmackSaw - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    The Cubs could re-animate Branch Rickey and it still wouldn’t help.

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