UPDATED: Hendry Out As Cubs GM

Updated Aug. 19, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.

(CBS) The Cubs announced the dismissal of General Manager Jim Hendry Friday and named Assistant General Manager Randy Bush Interim General Manager.

Hendry revealed that he had actually been fired July 22 by Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts in what was “maybe one of the best kept secrets in Cubs history.” In a very classy move, he stayed on to get the Cubs through the July 31st trade deadline and to finish up the signing of draft picks, which had to be done by August 15.

“Tom Ricketts told me July 22 in my office on Friday before the Astros game,” Hendry said. “And he’s a very honest guy, a very classy guy. At that time, we decided that it was best for me to stay on. We had a (trade) deadline coming on (and) we had a lot of draft choices that needed to be signed. I think we both felt that possibly me staying through, that gave us the best chance to sign the rest of the players.”

Fighting back tears, Hendry expressed a lot of gratitude towards the Cubs organization and said he will continue to have a good relationship with Ricketts.

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

Hendry had been the Cubs’ general manager since 2002 and oversaw division titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008. He is the only general manager in franchise history to oversee three post-season berths. But the results have soured over the last three years and the Cubs finished 75-87 in 2010 despite a large payroll. The criticism has only grown this season as the Cubs have stumbled to a 54-70 record.

“We just didn’t win enough games,” Ricketts said. “Team performance over the last two years is not where it needs to be … Our goal is to win the World Series, and do that we need to get better.”

Hendry accepted blame and admitted that his 749-748 overall record wasn’t good enough.

“Not many get to be GM for nine (years) without a world championship,” Hendry said. “So I got more than my fair chance to do that. I’m disappointed in myself that we couldn’t do it in the first five to seven years like I thought we could.”

Hendry admitted he was probably too aggressive in his pursuit of a World Series title a few years ago and said it cost him in the long run.

“It’s obviously a sad day for me,” Cubs reliever Kerry Wood said. “Going on 17 years of knowing Jim. But he’ll land on his feet.”

Wood said the players were informed in a meeting Friday morning and “it caught us all off-guard.”

Hendry has no intentions of leaving baseball.

“I probably just need a couple months away from it, I certainly not too old,” he said. “I’m not going to retire. I’ll probably just gather myself and see what happens.”



  • Spoon

    Ugh, the press conference is making me feel terrible for Hendry…

    • Spoon

      At no point did I state that I wanted him to stay. Did you listen to the press conference? Disliking someone’s performance is significantly different than disliking the person. Having empathy for a man losing a job that he’s loved for 17 years doesn’t exclude me from having common sense about his abilities as a GM.

      • Bronzo

        That explains it …of course nobody wants to see a guy break down after he loses his job.

      • Murphs Upper-Lip

        Yes and yes, Spoon.

      • Bronzo

        No I did nto see the press conference Spoon I’m at work …I didn’t realize you were such a softy. All I said was you had to want this guy gone and you obviously did.

      • Spoon

        Listening to him break down through the whole thing, especially when he was talking about explaining it to his kids, tugs on the heart strings a bit. Good man, not a good GM.

    • Bronzo

      Why would you feel bad for him.?..Like he said not many people get to be general manager for 9 years and NOT win a world series. Granted I’m a Sox fan but you had to want this guiy gone by now.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Bottom line: PHEW! — can’t hurt, can only help; time for a new direction as the current formula is old and stale.

  • Jim Blessman

    Jim Hendry was never considered a bad person, but in terms of being a baseball GM his time had ended. I will thank Jim Hendry for his service but he is not the right person to lead the Cubs going forward.

  • Denver Deadite


  • Larry Horse's water trough

    It’s about damned time.


    Ugh. Spoon. I don’t like this Ricketts press conference, either.

  • Murphs Upper-Lip

    Hey, Tom, put your cell phone on silent when giving the most important press conference since buying the team!

    • Spoon

      I was rooting for him to answer it.

  • White Sox Fan

    Years of watching the Cubs under Jim Hendry’s watch:

    10 years

    Watching the Cubs lose during that time, while the White Sox won the World Series:


    • RopeADope

      We’re talking about teams people care about here, take your mullet and your woman’s mustache back to your single room apartment.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      “I’m a Die-Sox, White Fan!”

      Take your hillbilly ass elsewhere. Always said, I don’t have a problem with the south-sider’s, it’s the few white trash fans who seem to care more about the Cubs that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Spoon

      2005 called, they said your comment was funny then either.

      • Spoon

        “wasn’t” typos ftw!


    “And now, Mr. Emmanuel, can I, please, have two hundred million dollars?”
    Was there any mention of unfinished business?
    Who gets to pick the new GM? Something isn’t right here.
    And, once again, I’d like to that Jim Hendry for getting Karros and Grudzelanek. Good Luck.

  • AT3374

    Should have happened two years ago . Can’t believe they let him do the draft as well. Expect another 10 years before this team will even be able to really compete .

    • Spoon

      What do you think his assistant GM would have done differently with the draft with no time to prepare or make calls on his own? Pretty much nothing. Had they fired him instantly 2 years ago, people would be complaining that they should have left him there for a year or two until Ricketts got some understanding of the organization. 10 years to compete? Based on what? It’s not like he renewed every bad contract on the books and made 10 more. Hell, even those would have been done in 4-5 years max.

      • Spoon

        Sure they would have, they’d have complained either way, because sports fans are inherently dumb as a post. They’d have complained “What was Ricketts thinking? Coming in and firing anyone that knows anything about baseball before getting an understanding of the system”. You’d just have a different group of dopes complaining than the ones that are complaining now. Even now people cant even remember the fact that most of the contracts they complain about were pushed forward by the Tribune to boost perceived value in preparation for the sale. Hendry wasn’t good, but there were more hands in the pot to make this garbage pile as large as it is.

      • Glockster

        I don’t think people would have complained about a firing two years ago. We all saw where the Cubs were going and knew that Hendry sucked.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      If Tom can stumble upon the right “baseball” guy, this can be fixed very quickly. With the amount of money the Cubs can spend on payroll, they’re already ahead of most MLB teams in terms of being able to turn things around.

    • Glockster

      Yes, it should have happened two years ago. And is this the first smart thing Ricketts has done since his opening press conference?

      No matter how you look at it this is at least a small step in the right direction for the Cubs.

  • Glockster

    By the way, where has Kerry Wood been all this time? Did he somehow not notice that the Cubs have sucked to high heaven lately? Does he not know how many of his mediocre teammates have not so mediocre salaries? Didn’t he ever wonder why all the kids coming up from Iowa were awful?

    Hendry is right that he is lucky to have gotten a job under such poor ownership, otherwise he’d have been gone a while ago.

  • FTC

    May the (s)c(r)ubs have another 100 years of the same….

    • Spoon

      Gotta be a Cards fan, those people are drunken slobs.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      Another Die-Sox, White fan! Light ’em up!

      • Bronzo

        What did Jesus say to the Cubs?…” Don’t do anything until I come back”

        HEY HEY


      FTC, are you a Cardinals fan? Brewers fan?

  • FTC

    I’m a fan of any team that plays the (s)c(r)ubs…………..


      As long as you’re just not happier when the Cubs lose than when the Sox when.
      That just doesn’t seem fun.

      • Murphs Upper-Lip

        The problem is, there are too many who fit that mold.

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      See above comment, and please, please release Dan’s gay – he misses it.

  • tampa joe

    My birthday present present came a day early. But 9 years to late. About time you couldn’t have made my life any better. I couldn’t be happier for our Cub fans

  • malcom

    yaaaaaaawn, cubs lose, fire manager, Bears needs a QB. what else is new?
    how about crime is still high in chicago and the CPD is still corrupt? add that too , to the news. Its the same old stuff.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Pretty much everything said here is wrong, or dumb. Including punctuation and capitalization. Impressive!

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  • Jim Rajca

    Since when has winning had anything to do with this clubs mission?

    • Murphs Upper-Lip

      You, sir, are the Brown’s Chicken Caller of the Show! (Say it like you mean it…)

  • Peter

    Should have hired Ryne Sandburg.
    Cubs will win World Series by 2099….maybe?

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