Jim Hendry has been fired

It's official.  Jim Hendry has been fired.  Coincidentally I had just posted an article about Hendry's failure to assume leadership and that the Cubs need to make changes at the top.  Apparently Tom Ricketts concurs,

“It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager”

Randy Bush takes over as interim GM, but he is not expected to keep the job permanently.  Ricketts said the search for a new GM will begin immediately.

Will post more as it becomes available....

 

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  • About time. However, with sports radio last night focusing in on Ricketts saying that he needed $200 million of taxpayer money to improve the Wrigley Field experience, just like his wife and he remembered it, I didn't think this was a priority.

  • In reply to jack:

    I didn't either. I didn't think it was coming this quickly. Lots of candidates available...I'm hoping for Ben Cherington, but there's plenty of good candidates out there.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    The Cherrington Milkshake with the Beane Burger!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and supersize the Ari Kaplan please!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    yep, and don't hold on the Flieta or Wilken, but no Kenney! I also happen to have a Quade allergy, so don't even let that crap near my food!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Kenney on the side...(the business side). Don't let him near the baseball stuff.

    Quade is gone at the end of the year. Your allergy is safe.

  • Ricketts stepping up again, nice! Hopefully Crane Kenney will be hitting the bricks too.

  • In reply to dgedz27:

    I'm in shock. I have to leave in a bit for a meeting and I don't want to go...too much to say about this!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Me too, didn't see this coming today. This can't be good for Quade either, not that I'm sad about that.

  • I'm in shock John....wow!! I really did not think Ricketts had the guts to just fire him outriight. Congrats Mr. Ricketts , you did the right thing, as for Quade ....yeah he's toast.

  • WOW John, wow. I did not think this was going to happen this soon. Very surprised, and happy too. Feels like we can finally move forward a bit now.

    2 Questions, How long does Quade last? & Is Ricketts going to be in the interim GM Bush's ear, or is he going to let him do his own thing until a new GM is hired?

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    In reply to ChiRy:

    John asked me to fill in for him since he has to go do his real job for the moment. I will do the best I can.

    Quade probably survives the season, but it won't surprise me if there is a directive from Ricketts that he has to play the young guys more. As for Bush, there really isn't that much to do. The Cubs have told everyone that they would pay teams to take Soriano and Zambrano off their hands, and they had no takers. Ramirez doesn't want to go anywhere, and it is his right to stay. I also doubt he would pass through waivers if he were willing to change his mind. Baker, Byrd and Johnson might not pass through waivers either. They're contract are so small and they would be useful to a lot of teams. Someone would almost assuredly put a waiver claim in on them, and it wouldn't matter anyways, because you aren't going to get anything of value for them. Bush's job between now and the end of the season or until they hire someone, which could come before or after the season ends depending on how things shake out, is just to keep the seat warm and take care of the day to day stuff.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Thanks Mike!

    You really don't see Bush unloading some players or helping to make a decision on bringing some young guys up in September? I have to believe in an effort to save his own ass, Hendry wasn't truly 100% motivated in moving some of the vets. If Ricketts tells Bush to unload some guys at virtually any cost, I think something gets done.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    An interim blogger answering a question about an interim GM. That's not irony but its something I can appreciate.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ROFL, ChiRy! I'm back for a little bit.

    Thanks Mike!

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    ChiRy, that comment is priceless. LMAO!

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    In reply to ChiRy:

    There is nothing Bush really can do. No one wants those bad contracts, even if the Cubs are willing to pay other teams to take them, and believe it or not, Baker, Byrd and Johnson are probably worth more as stable ponies on a young team next season than what you might get in return for them.

    I'm getting a clearer picture of how Ricketts wants to operate, and I think this is going to be a long rebuild. I suspect they will work out deals with Soriano and Zambrano like the Mets and Orioles did with Bobby Bonilla over the winter months. I don't think they will delve to heavily into free agency this winter. If they were really one or two players away from being a contender, Pujols, Fielder or Wilson might make sense, but they aren't close. Those guys would just be a waste of money at this point, and by the time the Cubs are contenders again, those contracts might not look so good.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I don't see Bush doing anything monumental. I think he's just going to manage the position and the major moves will be left to the new GM.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Probably right, but I would like to see Zambrano bought out Like to see the same with Soriano but don't see it anytime soon. Maybe with a new GM. The Z issue seems more pressing however. I also think you can deal Ramirez if he'd agree to it.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    They may still workout the Zambrano situation. Bush was Hendry's right-hand man when it came to the administrative stuff. Maybe that's why he was kept on.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I agree that Quade stays until a new GM is in place...no sense in changing things now. You want the new GM to bring in his own man.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You definately do want that, but I'd hire an interim there too, as Quade is proving detrimental to the development of young players.

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    BTW, Hendry has known he was not coming back since July 22nd. That probably had something to do with the lack of movement at the trade deadline. My only guess for not just going ahead and getting rid of him would have had to do with the draftee signings.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I agree. Just read Paul Sullivan's article, and detailed how Hendry said it wouldn't be fair to his successor to make any major deals. That's makes me wonder if it was a good decision though as to keep Hendry on during that time.

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    In reply to ChiRy:

    I don't think it really matters. Zambrano and Soriano are pretty much untradeable.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Have to disagree here. Maybe those 2 are. Maybe they are not if you try harder, pay enough or negotiate a buyout. No way to know for certain. But certainly they could haved moved other guys.. Hendry flat out said he didn't want to make moves.

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    Does anyone besides me find it incredible that they kept this a secret for so long? Hendry never let on. In fact, the rumored source of the Nightengale tweet is said to Hendry or one of his people.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Didn't think Hendry had that kind of poker face...

    That was a classy thing to do. I'm as excited about anyone else that we're getting a new GM, but a part of me feels bad for Hendry the person. He's a good guy and he was treated unfairly at times. I've always said that he'll get another job in baseball fairly quickly. I'm hoping he gets back to his original true love in baseball and gets hired in some sort of scouting capacity.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I was thinking the same thing. Particularly for Bush to know & have kept the secret while his duties had already been increased, and for Hendry to play it stright with other GMs when he admittedly wasn't trying to make deals. Amazing the rumor mill didn't pick this one up better.

  • By the way, did everyone catch that Ricketts is going to do whatever he can to keep Wilkens and Fleita? That was music to my ears!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Amen! Loved that too!

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Indeed, that is good news. I'm more of a Wilkens fan than a Flieta fan. Flieta was a Hendry guy from day one, but perhaps his track record of developing talent will get better with the draft class Wilken just handed him on a silver platter.

  • Yeah I heard that as well, which makes perfect sense to me since they have done a good job. On the other hand I would not want Ricketts to pressure any prospective GM to keep them as well. If the new GM says, "Sorry Tom, no offense, but I want to bring my own guys in", I can see Ricketts reluctantly agreeing as well. As for Hendry, I can see him going to work for the Detroit Tigers, since his old boss in Florida ( Dave Dombrowski) runs the Tigers. It would not shock me at all if he becomes a special Assistant to Dave Dombrowski or something like that.

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    I also wanted to add that the next thing the Cubs have to do is get rid of Craig Kenney, that's a must. He's a meddler who knows jack about baseball and thinks he does because he's the President. The Cubs will still be a clunky organization if he's still the President.

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    The one thing about Kenney is that it seems Ricketts has been gradually phasing him out of baseball operations. Today he went so far as to say the Kenney will be working on the business side of things. I have no idea what kind of business man Kenney is, but I do know he's not a very good baseball guy. So if it's true, he's really just business-only now, I can live with that.

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    I don't think it's a deal-breaker, if that's what you're saying. Not at all. He only said he would strongly recommend them to the next GM, but he did imply that the decision is ultimately up to them.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I don't think Wilken will be a huge issue for any prospective GM. Flieta might though. I think it all depends upon their willingness to fit in with the new GM's overall philosophy, and as I said up above, Flieta is a Hendry guy. Wilken's track record was established well before he ever came to the Cubs.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Fleita is the guy ultimately responsible for bringing in Castro, Marmol, Zambrano, as well as prospects like Candelario and Acosta. He's as respected as Wilken by a lot of people. Personally I hope that we keep both.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I can't argue with John, and I admit I'm judging him based on his association with Hendry. Hendry had a tendency to surround himself with people who thought like him, which wasn't always a good thing.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    He does tend to do that. Another guy I hope we keep in some capacity is Greg Maddux.

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    I think Maddux would be interesting in a more active role after his kids get out of the house.

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    In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Man, I wish this thing had an edit feature.

  • My first impression about this decision was excitement, or at least hopefulness from this 40-year fan, and I mean true fan. Then I saw the Ricketts press conference and I felt this nausea come about, this lack of conviction from Ricketts as though he did this because he felt pressured to do something. (Empty seats sending a message perhaps?) Ricketts made the announcement as though he himself was being fired - in fact, using the phrase that Jim is "stepping down." Did anyone catch that? I thought Ricketts was going to cry. And he retained Crane Kenney...what? Then when I found out he advised Hendry about this a month ago I became incredulous. What kind of leader would do this? Where is his conviction? More than ever, I applaud Jim Hendry as a class act. Maybe not the best modern baseball mind, but a class act. And I now fear more than ever for the future of this organization. Bottom line is this: I don't believe Ricketts has the emotional strength to lead this organization out of its misery. He just appears weak, tentative and afraid to be what is needed; that is: a leader. Am I the only one who feels this way?

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    I think Kenney has been fully phased into the business, non-baseball side of the operations. At least that's the impression I got.

    Ricketts is a good guy and totally agree that Hendry is a class act. I think that's what made it so difficult -- losing Hendry the person. From a baseball standpoint, I don't think he had trouble making the decision.

    You have an interesting interpretation but I'm afraid don't share your opinion on Ricketts. I never really understood why anyone must lack empathy to be viewed as a strong person or a good leader. In my personal experiences I've seen these so-called tough bosses and they seem no more effective to me than the ones who care, and in many cases they seemed less effective. Perhaps your experiences have been different than mine. I'd be interested to hear what other people thought on this subject.

  • John, I fully appreciate your perspective and you make very valid points. To clarify slightly, I am not at all opposed to empathy; I find it honorable. I don't believe it was wrong for Ricketts to acknowledge - with empathy - Jim Hendry's body of work; that is the right thing to do in such circumstances. My interpretation of the theme of the press conference, however, was that this is nothing more than a very sad day, Jim has stepped down (really now?) and we hope our future turns out well. It would have been inspiring to his fan base (or at least me!) had Ricketts moved from the almost weepy sad-sack act to an inspired "Now, as for my vision and our future..." message. I appreciate the opportunity to share these thoughts and exchange our perspectives.

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    Thanks for the clarification Kansasblackhawk...

    I hope that was only about giving Hendry some respect and not about any weakness on Ricketts part. We deserve a real, focused plan right now for where this team is headed. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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    Will Randy Bush do anything drastic in a last-ditch effort to save his job? Or will he just keep the status quo and hope the remained retained? I think if he can swing a few August deals, the new GM will likely look to retain him in some capacity. What are your thoughts?

  • In reply to Gabe Hauari:

    Randy Bush will not stay as GM. He's a good administrative guy that can manage the job, but the Cubs are looking for new direction from somewhere outside the organization. There's a chance Bush may keep some kind of job with the Cubs because of his particular skills, but it won't be as a GM. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if he was kept in some capacity.

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