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Jim Hendry thinks the Cubs will contend in 2012 for some reason

Jul 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT


Look, optimism is always a good thing, but there’s a fine line between optimism and delusion.  Case in point: Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry who, according to Patrick Mooney at, thinks that the Cubs’ future is bright.

The pitching, he thinks, is right on track. He makes a few references to “tinkering here or there.”  He says that, given how the Pirates came out of nowhere to compete, that it won’t take a long time for the Cubs to turn on a dime and be right in there and be competitive for several years.

All of which would sound a lot better from a guy who hasn’t been on watch nine years ago and has presided over multiple failed rebuilding projects, peaking with a team of expensive veterans several years ago that he still seems intent on running out there, hoping that he can catch lightning in a bottle.

Maybe the Cubs’ future is brighter than all of that.  But I don’t think Jim Hendry has earned the right to be in charge of it much longer.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Maybe he has already been told he won’t be back for 2012.

  2. dailyrev - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Never mind what you hear on CNBC: it’s still a tough economy and a brutal job market. When you have a job, you do anything to keep it as long as possible. Tell lies, spin fantasies, spit in Reality’s eye until you’ve got no saliva left in you. This guy may have a good future in Washington (Capitol Hill, I mean, not the Nats).

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Jim Hendry is a douchenozzle.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Will BC be around to call him the “C” word?

  4. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    They would be in better shape had the Rays not kidnapped half their farm system. They gave up their number 1 pitching prospect Chris Archer. Their number 2 outfield prospect Brandon Guyer, their leadoff hitter of the future, and current Baseball America top 10 prospect SS Hak Ju Lee, and number 1 catching prospect Robinson Chirinos. Add Sam Fuld, and all 5 players will be MLB contributors by 2013. As good as Garza is, that was just a miserable trade for Cubs fans. The Rays hit the jackpot, and it was at Jim Hendry’s expense.

    • archilochusColubris - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      My thumbs down for this post does not reflect disapproval of this point, i just don’t know how to react to that memory any other way.

      • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Understood. Sorry for rubbing it in below. We posted at the same time.

    • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      I assume the 50/50 ratio of thumbs up/thumbs down is disgruntled Cubs fans, because they definately don’t disagree this was a horrible trade. Lee started at SS for the world team. Sam Fuld is a great defensive replacement. Chirinos is currently their starting catcher. Guyer got called up and has started games for them in left. Archer will be their future closer. 3 of the 5 have already contributed, and Hak Ju Lee is a superstar in the making, being compared to an early Ichiro at the plate.

      Meanwhile, Garza is 4-7. His ERA says he has been much better than that, but he would have to win the Cy Young for next few years to make this trade even remotely equal. How many trades in the history of baseball has 1 team aquired 5 players, 4 of them prospects, who all make the majors. You guys got RIPPED!!!

    • deep64blue - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Like the post but had to give a thumbs down for the notion that Sam Fuld will be a MLB contributor in 2013.

      • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        The Rays lost Carl Crawford in the offseason, then ManRam in the first week. Longo was on the DL, and they started 0-6. As a fan….my outlook for this season was bleak at best. Fuld replaced Manny, then miraculously hit .360 for April, tied the club stolen base record for a month, and was a highlight machine in left. My hope for the year was restored.

        He fizzled out fast, but boy was he fun to watch for that month. He is a great defensive center fielder, and can steal bases with the best of them. I think he has a place in this league for another few years.

  5. Panda Claus - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    If Pat Gillick goes to run the Cubs organization like the rumors suggest, then yes, Hendry has good reason to optimistic about the Cubs’ chances in 2012.

    Of course Hendry himself probably will have very little to do with it if [success] does happen.

  6. spudchukar - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Standing at 42-60, trailing 3 teams by 11.5, and another by 8.5, with a pitching staff that ranks dead last in Hits, Runs, and BBs allowed, the term tinker should be replaced by mass exodus.

  7. mickmars - Jul 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Damn that must’ve be some wicked chronic that Jim was burning before that interview.

  8. 78mu - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Hendry is ready to clean house and get some guys that know how to play the game. Get rid of Soriano and put Gary Mathews Sr. in left. Dump Pena and plug Durham at first. Release Ramirez and Blarney and sign Cey and Sandberg. And Moreland in right field will be an improvement over the departed Fukudoma.

    Yeah, some of them might be hard to get. But at least those Cubs knew how to make things interesting during another season not winning a WS.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      You can have Sarge, but Ryno’s busy.

  9. nudeman - Jul 25, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    It’s easy to pile on Hendry, and yes, he has made some mistakes. None is bigger than Soriano, which is killing them, and will continue to kill them for at least 3 more years, one way or another. I also think it was a mistake to count on Zambrano as the #1 starter for so long.

    Having said that, consider this:
    1. He’s had them in the playoffs 3 times, and came within 5 outs and one Mark Prior implosion of taking them to the WS for the 1st time in 58 years.
    2. Anybody remember what they gave up for Aramis Ramirez? Bobby Hill and Jose Hernandez
    3. Anybody remember who they traded for Derrek Lee? Hee Sop Choi.
    4. Signed Ryan Dempster off the scrap heap after TJ surgery. How’d that work out? Has won 50 games in just 3+ years as a starter.
    5. Found and drafted Starlin Castro.
    6. Was smart enough NOT to sign Brandon Webb, and smart enough to finally walk away from Mark Prior

    Is this HOF quality GM work? Probably not. But overall, there are more plusses than minuses.

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