Stone: Hendry Wasted ‘Golden Opportunity’ With Colvin

CHICAGO (WSCR) Last season, it seemed as if Tyler Colvin could be the Chicago Cubs’ right fielder of the future, but on Monday the team sent him to Triple-A Iowa to get more at-bats and more playing time.

“I’d like to congratulate Jim Hendry,” Steve Stone said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Because after 20 years in the major leagues, he has figured out that young kids need to get at-bats… I don’t know the answer to this, but last year was a golden opportunity to find out one way or the other, if Tyler Colvin could actually play.

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“You pretty much knew that [Kosuke] Fukudome was not your future. The jury is out on whether Colvin is their future. But not having raised a left-handed run producer for 30 years out of their system, you would think that they would have found out about Colvin last year. They didn’t know last year if Tyler Colvin could play everyday. I know he had some pretty decent numbers, but they didn’t know if he could play everyday.

In 394 plate appearances in 2010, Colvin had a .254 batting average with 20 home runs, 56 runs batted in and a .816 OPS. This season, Colvin has only managed to get 68 at-bats through the teams first 39 games and has a .191 batting average with two home runs.

The way Hendry and the Cubs have handled Colvin isn’t the only issue that Stone sounded off on.

“The advantage of having as bad of contracts as the Cubs have,” Stone said. “Is that when they do come off the books after this year, there’s going to be in the neighborhood of $40 to $50 million to spend. Now if they spend it as poorly as they did last time there;s going to be a problem.”

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  • tom Sharp

    Maybe Ken should re-think his pro-Hendry stand. Stone is one of the very few members of the sports media who tells the truth!

    From May 10th: CHICAGO (CBS) – A columnist warns that firing Cubs general manager Jim Hendry would be a bad move, no matter how the team comes out at the end of the season.
    Fox Sports columnist Ken Rosenthal says the Cubs are “on the right path” no matter how this season turns out, with Satrlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Andrew Cashner poised to make the Cubs competitive in seasons to come.
    If Hendry is fired, scouting director Tim Wilken and farm director Oneri Flieta, who could bring in more top talent, will also likely go, Rosenthal wrote.
    Furthermore, even if the Ricketts family does not like the way Hendry spends money, there is always the option of hiring a “strong club president” to maintain financial discipline, Rosenthal wrote.
    Rosenthal reminds readers that during the days of Tribune Company ownership, Hendry was at the helm as the Cubs won three NL Central Division titles – in 2003, 2007 and 2008.

  • StupidPeopleFTW

    If Stone spent 1/2 the time working on his broadcast as he does looking for ways to blast Hendry, maybe he could stop the horrible downhill slide his broadcast skills have taken over the last couple years.

  • Crazy Nazey

    In Stone’s defense, he is working with the worst play by play announcer in all of sports.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      He used to work with Haray Cary and then Chip. Though I guess Hawk is worse, if that’s even possible.

      I”ve reached the point with Stone that I have with Ozzie, Hawk, and most other windbags. It went from being a refreshing change of pace and insight, to just a noise hole.

      • Urlacher's wallet condom

        I couldn’t have said it better. Hawk is horrible and Steve never stopped his opinion from patting himself on the back.

  • Blues Docotor

    Steve Stone has always added INTELLIGENCE to broadcasting and TRUTH. I have no problems with Stone. I do confess I haven’t listened to him since he joined the Sox broadcast. And that’s because Hawk is the most nauseating, obnoxious, pompous, cry-baby broadcaster I have ever heard. As far as Hendry, come on. Just look at the moves he’s made over the years. The Cubs are mediocre, so is he. Make a change already.

  • Denver Deadite

    And this is yet another line on the resume of Jim Henry. I’m looking forward to his memoir: How NOT To Succeed In Sports Management.

    How this man keeps his job is beyond me.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      I’ll second that Smeghead.

  • mike in davenport

    It is easier to criticize than to do. When Stone actually takes on management or office duties I’ll listen to his opinions on how to run a baseball team. At this point, all I want to hear is about what the players are doing, because that’s where his real insight is.

  • Jim

    It is easy to criticize Jim Hendry for a lot of things, but remember that the Tribune and Sam Zell were directing him to help the sale of the Cubs, where a lot of bad contracts happened. As Cub fans, we applauded these deals at the time. If I look at this team now, I see a lot of promise for the future. In Steve Stone’s defense the whole Colvin thing is a head scratcher for me as well. I would have liked to see Colvin given a chance at 1B. I did not, and still do not like the Carlos Pena signing.

    • Denver Deadite

      As a Cubs fan,
      a) I didn’t applaud a lot of those deals – the Soriano contract in particular was just god awful;
      b) Just because somebody tells you to spend a bunch of money doesn’t mean you are excused for spending it poorly.

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