The Cubs finally announce the firing of General Manager Jim Hendry today after more than nine years on the job. Spending oodles of money without much return suggest the move is hardly unexpect though reports surfaced in recent days that Hendry’s job was safe.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued the following statement:

“My family and I appreciate Jim’s dedication during our time with the Cubs and thank him for his overall 17 years of service to the Cubs organization,” said Ricketts. “It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager.”

Not many people are happy about the decision to remove Hendry, “many people” being fans of the Brewers, Pirates, Reds and Cardinals. Astros fans aren’t happy because, you know, the Astros. Dustin Parkes is also reportedly dispondent over the loss of his favorite whipping boy.

The wild spending and mishandling of the Carlos Zambrano situation obscures the early success the Cubs experienced under Hendry’s stewardship. After playoff berths in 2003, 2007, and 2008, Hendry was one Bartman away from Brian Sabean General Manager For Life status.

For all his success, I cannot think of a single contributing player the Cubs developed on their own. Carlos Marmol doesn’t really count, I’m afraid.

Hendry now indicates he was notified of his dismissal nearly three weeks ago but stayed on board to sign his draft picks, which is a shocking and stand-up thing to do. Hendry was frank in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times about his time in Chicago:

“At end of the day, I’m not going to leave here with any problems,” Hendry said. “Tom Ricketts is a good man. We just didn’t win enough games.”

Impressive stuff in the face of his dismissal. Hendry leaves as the third longest-serving GM in Cubs history. The Cubs won more more game than they lost (749-748 ) under his watch which, for the Cubs, isn’t all that bad. He worked with the club since November 1994.

The Cubs hand the interim job to AGM Randy Bush, most famous for being a pinch hitter for most of his playing career, too. Whomever takes this job inherits quite a mess, with holes and ugly contracts scattered like cans of Old Style in the Wrigley bleachers. Isn’t as though the next guy will lack the funds to spend his way out of this mess, that’s for sure. If there is one thing the Cubs know, it’s throwing good money after bad.

Comments (12)

  1. This is very bad news for Aaron Hill’s agent.

  2. $/WAR just significantly decreased.

  3. Not that it’s nice to see somebody lose their job, but I’m glad to see this. Cubs fans deserve sooo much better than Hendry. Here’s hoping their next hire is much better than Hendry was…Someone similar to Daniels, Epstein, Friedman, or Anthopoulos. A solid hiring is good for the overall health of the game as it increases the level of competition league wide, and as a baseball fan, I would welcome that, rather than some [Getting Blanked]ing retread.

  4. @Drew: Lemme guess…A proven winner…A veteran of the baseball wars…Yawn…Such a missed opportunity to have your front office run by someone still capable of learning, not set in their ways, and able to think outside the box.

  5. Why did they leave him on through the deadline? He obviously didn’t help, and if you were just fired why would you wanna help the next guy taking your job?

    They should have traded Marmol, Marshall, Dempster, Zambrano (take his salary), Garza, Wells (if you could), Samardzija, Soto, Pena, Ramirez, Byrd, Johnson, DeWitt, Soriano (if you could by taking nearly all his salary), DeWitt, Baker, and Colvin.

    Even if you just got low end prospects for most of them, maybe you could have packaged a bunch of them for high end prospects. The Cubs could have built a farm system in one-day, that they don’t have at all at the moment (they have one of the worse farm systems in baseball).

  6. Moneyball is going to get JP Riccardi this job.

  7. Is that the same Randy Bush who broke up Jim Clancy’s perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th? Didnt he also break one up against Steib in the 8th? Yes I’m old…and too lazy to look it up

  8. @Out West: I believe Bush only “bushwhacked” ([Getting Blanked]ing headline writers) Clancy. Stieb got burned by a number of people, but I don’t think Bush was one of them.

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