As the Chicago Cubs continue to pile up losses, the jobs of those in charge become more and more precarious. Notably, manager Mike Quade and general manager Jim Hendry stand on less than solid ground.
From Jon Heyman:
Word is that Cubs manager Jim Quade (sic.) is safe but GM Jim Hendry’s fate seems not to have been decided. Some in baseball don’t blame Hendry for some of the Cubs’ bigger contracts, saying he may have been under orders. Owner Tom Ricketts is seen as cautious, which may help Hendry, as well.
Heyman does not explain what he means by “fate” or “safe.” Is that for the year? For the month? For the length of their respective contracts (i.e., through 2012)? I suspect that Heyman is suggesting Quade isn’t in danger of being fired right now, but that Hendry is at risk of being canned some time before Quade.
It seems to me that the discussion is somewhat academic, however. It’s hard to imagine the Cubs bringing in a new GM, but saddling him with the old GM’s choice at manager. No, it’s far more likely that the new GM will be given full ambit to bring in the guy of his choice.
So, if Hendry isn’t safe, Quade isn’t safe either. Hendry is virtual lock to finish the year in charge, even if he’s a lame duck, so you’re not exactly limb-dwelling if you believe Quade will survive this season. The more bold assertion would be that Quade is still in the clubhouse in 2012. As things stand, I just don’t see how either one of them returns next year.