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Jim Hendry fired as Cubs GM

Aug 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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So much for that vote of confidence last week, huh?

Jim Hendry has been fired as the Cubs general manager, reports David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.  The termination is effective immediately. Kaplan reports that Hendry is currently meeting with the Cubs in the clubhouse, presumably being thanked by the players for all of those ridiculous contracts he handed out like so much candy.  Randy Bush is the interim GM.

Hendry has been on board since 2002. It has been a surprisingly long tenure for someone with such a poor track record.  The Cubs under his watch managed a decent season here or there, but they are currently hamstrung by bad contracts and poor roster construction.  With $30 million coming off the payroll after this season, it’s a fine time to give someone else a shot.  And that’s what Tom Ricketts is doing.

UPDATE: Hendry is currently speaking to the press, which you can see at CSNChicago.com.  Some crazy stuff going down. Hendry says that he was actually fired on July 22nd, but that he was held on to get through the trade deadline and the signing of draft picks.  If you’ll recall, the Cubs had a profoundly quiet deadline, moving no one of the many players many of us thought they would or at least should move.  Hendry just touched on that saying that “those moves are for the next guy.” Certainly explains a lot.

Also worth noting that Hendry is really, really emotional, crying through the presser. Ugh. I know a lot of Cubs fans were waiting for this day, but there isn’t much joy to be had here.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    LOVE IT. FINALLY THE CUBS ARE TAKING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      The North Side should riot with glee right now…hmmm I’m off today, it’s a short ride on the north ave bus and the red line…I’ll help get the festivities started.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        Just don’t turn my wife’s car over.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        You know that the first thing Heyward will do now is turn over your wife’s car, right? Well, maybe the second—right after he gets a six-pack to drain…oh, and make sweet love to a pie.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

        He’d probably like to eat ice cream, but ice cream won’t hold up under the pressure this time of year and will melt. Just like the Cubs this time of year.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

        He’ll have to find my well hidden apartment first!

    • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      The awful, awful, awful farm system has really hurt him. It’s inexcusably bad. It’s going to be a tough few years.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        That’s a joke right? The farm system is not awful.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        Outside of Sczur, Jackson and LaMahieu, there’s not much upside there. There are some live arms, sure, but no one has looked good this year. A bunch of C and B specs.

      • Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Keith Law had them as a top ten before the Garza trade and 20 after. Baseball America had them at 16. Where do either of those ranking equal awful? Also, the draft was really, really good. So that makes the system better.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        Their draft was solid. I don’t know about really, really good, you silly little man, you. About damn time they don’t just do the high risk/reward gamble. The vast majority of their top 20 has struggled this year.

  2. thekcubrats - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    The could cloud-source the job and do better.

  3. thomas2727 - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    This is a great step in pointing the Cubs ship in the right direction.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Remember! It is the Cubs. Can things get any worse? Perhaps they could. They could hire J. P. to replace Hendry.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Or Ed Wade after he gets the boot from the Astros…

      • Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM

        JP would be a huge upgrade over Hendry, and that’s acknowledging JP’s myriad issues as a GM.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        Wait…are there any Cubbies that would be good in red pinstripes?

  4. kopy - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Wow. Great day to be a Cubs fan! I won’t claim to be one, but today I am happy for my friends that are.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Hendry did some great things – Dempster, Lilly, DeRosa, Lee, Ramirez…
    I do wish him the best, he’s a good guy.

    That said, I’m interested to see what the new GM will bring, and how that money will be spent.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Maybe the new GM will schedule games in Boise?

  6. tuftsb - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    “Great day to be a Cubs fan” – Chicago Cubs manager Frank Chance, October 14, 1908.

    The phrase has not been used (well, used by someone sober) since that day until today’s post by kopy.

    • FC - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      I would think having Rino play in the Bigs with Chicago were great days to be a Cubs fan.

  7. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Good for the Cubs. Good for the North Side. Good for Chicago.

  8. Kevin S. - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Congratulations, Cubs fans.

  9. Ari Collins - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Better late than never.

  10. The Baseball Idiot - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    1876 – 1908 World Series Cubs 3 Cardinals 0

    1909 – 2010 World Series Cardinals 10 Cubs 0

    What exactly is it that Cubs fans are celebrating?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      Being given the opportunity to finally have a greater than 0% chance of winning in the next 10 years. With this news it went from 0% to 0.0000000000000001%. That, my friend, is reason to toss some back and hit Wrigleyville.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        Like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, after he is told by Lauren Holly that there is a one in a million chance that she would hook up with him…”SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE!!!”

    • polnika - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      1909 – 2011 don’t forget this year! Oh BTW you lost to the next to last place Cubs today…..

  11. The Baseball Idiot - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Okay, I’ll give you that.

  12. bloodysock - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    It must have been the condition of the minor league stadium in Boise that was the tipping point!

  13. ccad05 - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Billy goat tavern anyone?

    • kopy - Aug 19, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      No Coke, only Pepsi.

  14. Sportsdrenched - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Congrats Cubs Fans. Royals Fans know how to pine for, and celebrate the firing of a GM.

  15. phillyphever - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    I’m gonna guess that the VP also gets fired and Gillick will come to Chicago to try and restore that franchise.

  16. jaysfan64 - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    JP would definitely be an upgrade…at least scouting/drafting is a huge strength of his….gotta wonder though why Hendry would not just say “stick it” and walk away when he learned of Ricketts’ decision…

  17. tuftsb - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Andrew Friedman and Gerry Hunsicker in Tampa await the phone calls.

    • Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      We can only hope that the Cubs could pry Friedman from the Rays.

  18. Alex K - Aug 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    I hope they keep Tim Wilken around. I like the way he drafts.

  19. willcoop - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    One down and one to go! Jerry Angelo, are you watching??

    • gmsingh - Aug 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      What have you got against Jerry “Offensive Lines are a waste of money” Angelo?

  20. willcoop - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Guess we won’t be seeing Albert in a Cubs uni, especially since he was practically signed, sealed and delivered after THE HUG!

  21. danberman4 - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Cubs fans are all so happy. But how many GMs and managers have been fired to same reaction? And this another case of a firing just after a vote of confidence from higher ups. Hilarious to watch since I am not a Cubs fan.

    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/08/worthless-vote-of-confidence.html

    • unconventionalidiot - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      What Craig and you refer to as a vote of confidence wasn’t really a vote of confidence. It was a tweet from Bob Nightengale on August 13th stating that “Jim Hendry will stay on as #Cubs GM, barring Ricketts change of thinking.” Since it turns out Hendry was already fired at that time Nightengale’s tweet couldn’t be more wrong.

      Nice try with the vote of confidence thing but in this case there’s not one to point to.

  22. neilbb4 - Aug 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Let the Quade watch begin, Hendry shouldn’t be the only one to fall here. Quade and pitching coach Riggins have been overmatched all season.

  23. florida727 - Aug 20, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    I don’t follow the Cubs that closely anymore (grew up in Chicago). Don’t know if Hendry is good or not. Do know one thing though… he’s a designated scapegoat. Funny thing though: he has yet to strike out, hasn’t walked a batter yet, and he hasn’t committed a fielding error or been thrown out trying to steal. And I know for a FACT that he hasn’t dropped a fly ball yet this year. Oh well…

  24. gmsingh - Aug 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Hendry clearly had to go, but he wasn’t the disaster Chicago sports radio made him out to be. With any luck, both Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro will be on the team until they retire. In fact, with a good manager the Cubs could easily be in contention this season. Zambrano, of course, still remains a complete embarrassment.

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