This shouldn't be surprising

I remember not too long ago that the Chicago Cubs were brightly looking toward a very promising future.  In this future, they were competitive, well-managed, and brimming with expensive talent.  The only problem is that "not too long ago" was the winter of 2006 and the "very promising future" was the 2008 baseball season.  Here we are in 2011 with the same basic management structure and, more concerning, the same expensive talent.

But unlike Rob, who seems some what outraged at the current sad state of affairs, I posit a different perspective: who didn't see this coming?  Surely we all must have.  The 2011 season (and by default 2012) is the culmination of Jim Hendry doing everything short of Satanic Ritual to keep his job.  He's done everything imaginable to keep his job to this point, save the one thing that would make his position as GM justified: build a winning organization.

Didn't we know, back when he signed a 60-something manager, that he wasn't thinking long-term?  When he threw an 8-year-contract at an over-30 player with no real natural position, didn't we figure out that he was trading the 2010-2012 seasons for a competitive 2007-2009?  And it's worked - he put the Cubs in competition for a few years, cementing his job while making him virtually "unfireable" during the transition from the Cubs being Tribune-owned to Ricketts-run.

Therefore, it's not outrageous, at least not to me, to discover that this season is just miserable.  It's sad.  The Cubs are old, they are without many talented young players, and they are poorly run.  Not a big surprise.

What would be a huge surprise - but a good one - would be a Hendry resignation.  What more does he have to work for?  He's not going to get a third chance.  He's already wrecked what should be one of the premier organizations in professional sports.  What's more, we saw him coming.  So, perhaps it's time to see him go.

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  • See I agree with every word of this. To me, Zell should have wired ten million dollars to an offshore account for Hendry with a note to Jimbo saying "Mission Accomplished."

    I've always believed Hendry should have been fired when new management took over. But lemme ask you this: Let's say Ricketts cans Hendry, a new GM is brought in ( Rick Hahn, Kim Ng, Barry Rozner, Larry Horse, whoever..) and that GM is told you can't spend any money, and that GM plays on Kerry Wood's love of the city and team and signs him relatively cheap, signs Carlos Pea on a half money deferred deal, and trades for a frontline pitcher, and this season still goes pear shape, people would be looking at this season a hell of a lot differently. "

    Again, Hendry should have been fired right after the "Under new management" sign was hung. But once Ricketts took his year to evaluate and came to the shocking conclusion that "Hendry's my guy" he sort of deserves a new slate. That will NEVER happen. But that's kinda how it's going.

    I'm gonna rub my New York magazine piece on Brian Cashman for luck all the same. But that's how the view looks from over here.

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