CHICAGO (WSCR) Already on the hot seat before the season started, the horrid season for the Chicago Cubs thus far has only increased the scrutiny of the team general manager Jim Hendry put together.
“The problem is what they have on the field,” Ken Rosenthal, of FOX Sports, said on the Mully and Hanley Show.
The Cubs have a promising group of young players like Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Carlos Marmol, but they’re saddled with big contracts of aging and unproductive players.
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“The way it has gone, with the way they’ve played, with attendance dropping at home the way it has,” Rosenthal said. “I find it hard to believe [Hendry] is going to keep his job.”
The Ricketts family, in their second season of ownership, are still working to define themselves as owners. As a result, it’s hard to read just how they will react to, and address the problems the club has faced this season.
“I would not be surprised to see anything happen at the end of the season,” Rosenthal said. “But at the same time, I’m not going to blame [Rudy] Jaramillo, I’m not going to blame [Mike] Quade. I’m not going to even put it all on Hendry, because they have had some things go agaisnt them. But certainly the contracts, in general, have really hurt them. It’s come back to haunt them and even if they want to sell off guys, it’s going to be very difficult for them to do.”