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The Yankees have hired Jim Hendry

Jan 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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When he was let go from the Cubs’ GM gig late last season, I thought “well, we won’t have Jim Hendry to kick around anymore.”  Guess I was wrong, because ESPN Chicago reports that the Yankees have hired Hendry as an assistant to Brian Cashman.

In all honesty, we really don’t have him to kick around. Quick: name the last time an assistant GM made news for any reason?  At least one that wasn’t some 35-year-old GM-in-waiting.  Yeah, it’s not exactly a high-profile job, even with the Yankees.

But it’s good news. Hendry may not have made as many good decisions as the Cubs’ GM as bad ones, but like I’ve said a lot of times, you don’t get to be a GM of a major league baseball team unless you’ve excelled on the way to that job in the first place, so the man certainly has something to offer the Yankees.  Plus: he’s a damn nice guy.

  1. sleepyirv - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I guess the Yankees can afford to hand out a few more no trade clauses than the Cubs.

  2. 78mu - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I can see Cashman now. “You were the guy that gave those contracts to Zambrano and Soriano?

  3. phukyouk - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I watched “The Babe” and “*61″ last night.. i miss baseball

  4. cur68 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    “Quick: name the last time an assistant GM (who) made news for any reason? ”

    I Know! I Know! It was Mr. Jolie’s assistant, Jonah Hill in Moneyball!

  5. blueintown - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Cashman: What do you think, Jim? Three-years, $10m for Booger Sanchez?
    Hendry: Better make it $187m for eleven.
    Cashman: You’re going to be just fine here, Jim. Just fine.

  6. nategearhart - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Will the Steinbrenners make him get a haircut?

  7. yankeesgameday - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    What’s he gonna do, teach them how to squander every baseball opportunity around in a major market?

    • paperlions - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      I figure they will ask his opinion and then do the exact opposite.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Cashman will probably just make him sit in the corner like James Caan does to Will Ferrell in Elf. It’ll be really awkward when Cashman’s phone rings and Hendry jumps up, grabs the phone and says, “Buddy the Elf, whats your favorite color?”

      • yankeesgameday - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Any comment that works in an Elf reference wins “comment of the day”.

  8. crisisjunky - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Cashman obviously made this move to preclude any attempts by Loria to trade Ozzie to the Steinbrenners.
    if Hendry’d been hired to work in the West Wing, his office would be in the ‘Steam Pipe Trunk distribution Venue’

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