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Cubs fire traveling secretary after 20 years in organization

Oct 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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We don’t normally do traveling secretary news here at HardballTalk, but this seemed a little more interesting than usual.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have fired traveling secretary Jimmy Bank after 20 years in the organization and a total of 34 years as a traveling secretary for MLB teams.

Sullivan also includes a note about what exactly a traveling secretary does: “As traveling secretary, Bank dealt with charters, hotels, tickets and assorted other day-to-day issues.”

And of course the most famous traveling secretary was in fact an assistant to the traveling secretary:

  1. mazblast - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I guess Theo knows some Boston retread who needs a job. He’ll probably hire two or three to do the often dirty job one guy handled before.

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      And pay them all way less, total, than this guy made. Frakking shame.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Theo should have hired Manny to come in and tell the traveling secretary where to go.

    “That’ll show you…”, says Manny while shaking his out of work fist at another old traveling secretary.

  3. derklempner - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    During my time working in the Cubs’ front office, I dealt with Jimmy on an almost-daily basis. He’s a good guy who always seemed to make time for anybody who wanted to talk to him. I hope he continues his baseball career with another team, and I wish him the best of luck.

    • bla bla bla - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      I don’t know him, or you, and as a Brewers fan I hate the Cubs; but yours was a classy comment in a realm where little class exists. A tip o’ the hat to you.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    George Constanza was Assistant to the Traveling Secretary for the Yankees.

  5. bobwsc - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    didn’t George graduate to traveling secretary after he inadvertently got his boss Mr. Morgan fired by involuntarily winking at everyone? or was Wilhelm the traveling secretary and Morgan was the middle man between the two? Florio would probably know the answer.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Wilhelm was the Traveling Secretary, but George was the guy that booked the Yankees into that Ramada in Milwaukee.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Looks like they finally found the core reason why the Cubbies finished under .500 … at home. This character was obviously the only cog holding them back from finally ending the Drought. The entire baseball world will be shocked, stunned, possibly even surprised if they don’t win the World Series in 2013.

  8. dcfan4life - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    This seems like a classic case of money management. With that tenure and experience im sure he was paid twice what a brand new traveling secretary would normally make. Happens a lot and if you owned a business, makes sense. These such firings probably will save the cubs plenty of money.

  9. dutchman45 - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Theo and the Cubs do not need someone as they are a joke and should never subject fans to their road show!

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