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Report: Cubs will retain general manager Jim Hendry

Aug 13, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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From Bob Nightengale of USA Today comes word that Jim Hendry’s job as the Cubs’ general manager is safe, barring a sudden change of thinking on the part of ownership.

Hendry has dished out poor contract after poor contract since taking the helm in Chicago back in July of 2002, but he’s apparently gained the trust of the Ricketts family and will remain the Cubs’ primary decision-maker heading into what should be an active free agency period.

Over $30 million in salary will be dropped from the Cubs’ payr0ll when the 2011 regular season ends. It was widely assumed that the Ricketts, who bought the team last year, would inject fresh faces into the front office to handle the spending of that freed-up cash. But now it appears as though Hendry will remain in power.

Hendry did share a hug in May with this winter’s most coveted free agent, current Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. Perhaps the Cubs are planning a hard charge for baseball’s best hitter.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    usually when you show no ability to do your job for several years you dont get to keep it. I guess the sports world rarely imitates reality

    • Glenn - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

      … but does imitate politics.

    • jg1970 - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      nothing more than standard operating procedures here…and they’re off to another 100 years of ineptitude!

      • 78mu - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        Maybe Hendry is younger than he looks. If he’s only 7 he might be alive in 100 years with a few breakthroughs in medicine.

        Of course if he is really 7 it might explain the Milton Bradley signing. And Soriano. And Zambrano. And Fukudome. And….

  2. phillyphever - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Well, there’s always 2013. Bad decision Ricketts.

  3. fearlessleader - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    In related news, the Cubs will continue to enjoy Octobers off for the foreseeable future. Ricketts is a ding-dong who either doesn’t know enough or doesn’t care enough to make the moves that might take the Cubs deep into the postseason for the first time in forever.

    If he liked them, then he’d try to put a ring on them.

    • 78mu - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      Hey, do you know how much easier it is to schedule your October tee times when you are sure as early as May that you’ll have nothing else to do that month? Every golfer on the roster and in the Cubs front office are very happy right now knowing they can rest up every October.

  4. killabri - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    The Cubs are in a unique position here to clear off some of the dead wood that was brought onto the roster by… Jim Hendry.

    So, logically, Cubs ownership should trust the same Jim Hendry to spend the freed up cash so he can make the same mistakes again? You don’t go 100+ years without a World Title solely based on the players alone. The front office is a huge part of that too.

    Getting rid of Hendry is going to be the first step in a long process of getting the Cubs back into contention. Delaying that move by even a year could be extremely detrimental to that process.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    This is big news. The other NL general managers are pleased.

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      Too bad every Cubs player has been deemed untouchable.

  6. kiwicricket - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Hendry’s job is safe….. or Hendry has the ‘confidence of the ownership’ ???

  7. tuftsb - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Sunlight is the best cure for ricket(t)s. The Cubs never should have started playing night games.

  8. rickditka - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Ricketts really is a Cubs fan. Oblivious to the rest of MLB.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Sounds like Ricketts has already contracted that prion-vectored brain disease, die Vloek van der Geitbok. That’s what you get for slumming in the Wrigley locker rooms.

  10. voiceofreason41 - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    All i can say is that I’m thankful that I’m not a cubs fan.

  11. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    He’ll be fired the moment Pujols signs a new Cardinals contract.

  12. Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    My condolences, Cubs fans.

  13. nudeman - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Way too much criticism of this guy. He’s been far from perfect, and his misses are well known. Soriano, Fukudome, Zambrano, primarily. But let’s look at his hits. These are the ones I remember off top of head:
    – Signed Ryan Dempster off scrap heap after TJ surgery for next to nothing.
    – Traded Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee. Lee became MVP; Choi out of baseball.
    – Traded Bobby Hill for Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez became All Star 3rd baseman; Hill out of baseball
    – Scouted and signed Starlin Castro
    – Got them to playoffs 3 times in (I think) 5-6 years. No one else has come close to that.
    – Got them to within 5 outs of first WS since 1945.

    I’m not a Hendry apologist, but the just want to point out the record is more balanced than he’s given credit for. There’s too much piling on taking place.

    • JBerardi - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      Yes, and all those successes have made the Cubs the powerhouse they are today.

    • FC - Aug 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      Mr Naked, what J.B. is trying to say is that when evaluating Hendry, like the Romanovs in the 20th Century, on balance the bad more than outweighs the good.

      • nudeman - Aug 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        FC, I realize that’s his point. And it’s arguably correct, as Hendry has made some big mistakes. My point is that it’s to the state of piling on now with no perspective.

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