Finally, something straight from the horse’s mouth.

After days of rumors, whispers, and denials, soon-to-be Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick has confirmed that he would consider taking a position above the GM with the Chicago Cubs.

“If I did anything else, it would have to be something in a presidency role that would interest me,” Gillick told the Sun-Times from Cooperstown, N.Y.

“If something came up where it would be above the [general manager] position, I would think about it,” he went on.

This comports with most of the rumors about an alleged dalliance between Gillick and Chicago Cubs owner and chairman Tom Ricketts (which, naturally, Gillick has denied). Those rumors had the Cubs considering Gillick in a role other than as a future GM.

Gillick says, though, that he’s unlikely to take an advisory or consultant job – as opposed to a presidency – with another club, because he’s happy in his current position with the Phillies.

“As far as an advisory or consultant job, I’ve got a great deal in Philadelphia,” Gillick said. “There would be no reason for me to go any other place in an advisory or consultant role. We’re in first place. I like it here. The people are great to me.”

Note, however, that the advisory/consultant role that has been suggested for Gillick is more of a temporary job, where Gillick would help the Cubs transition from the current front office to the next. I don’t quite see that kind of a special role being excluded by Gillick’s statement. In theory, he could go right back to the Phillies thereafter.

As for a more permanent, president/director type position, the Cubs could do a lot worse than Gillick. Although he’s getting on in years – he’ll soon be 74 – few have had more success.

And, for those who’ve grown weary of Crane Kenney’s non-baseball presidency with the Cubs, this quote will be music to your ears:

“I’m not interested in the business side or marketing or television. That’s not my expertise,” Gillick said. “Where I can help and support is on the other side. On the baseball side.”

Something to keep in mind: Ricketts and Gillick could have been in contact through an intermediary – which would make everything that’s been reported, as well as everything they’ve said, true.

  • Fishin Phil

    A 74 year old Gillick would be a huge upgrade over Kenney at any age!

  • RY34

    a monkey chained to the desk that can draw stick figures would be an upgrade over kenney

    • Serio
      • MichiganGoat

        I was just getting ready to post that exact same link… The BN collective conscious is growing strong.

        • Serio

          This also reminds me Of Quade and the Cubs

        • hardtop

          and by collective conscious you mean its becoming apparent that we are bunch of dudes who watch a lot of cartoons and a little baseball (if you can call what the cubs do baseball)

          • MichiganGoat

            Yeah but I like to believe we are approaching what Durkheim was referring to, but your closer to the truth.

  • hcs

    Any truth to the rumor that they are considering him for a President/Closer role?

  • philoe beddoe

    does anyone know if Kenney’s contract is the same as Hendry…through next year?…I could see Gillick coming in to work with Hendry as a way for Ricketts to change and keep Hendry…if they were going to fire Hendry, then they should have done it already, the new G.M should have been given the July 31st deadline to start making his or her(how’s that for p.c.) team for 2012…firing Hendry at the end of the year to me would show short-sighted ness on the Ricketts part…2011 would have been completely wasted, where as if he had made a move in late May(when anyone with a brain knew they were toast) they would already be working towards 2012….

    • wax_eagle

      There is actually a really solid female GM candidate out there for the taking. Kim Ng, has experience in the front office of several successful organizations and if she were up for it would make a heck of a GM.

  • dreese

    I want hendry and kenney gone so bad! Viva la revolution!!

  • Caleb

    Gilleck said: ”I don’t know Tom Ricketts at all and have never spoken to him.”

    Time for my Brett impersonation… ::puts on Duffman costume::


    Let’s take the word “know.” What does it really mean to “know” someone? In a purely existential sense, can we ever really “know” anyone but our own self? Can we even know who we are? Maybe Gilleck is just saying that, ultimately, human beings are un-knowable and that he recognizes the humanity of Tom Ricketts.

    And “spoken?” If I send you an email, and you email back, have we spoken? We’ve communicated, sure, but there has been no speech- the basis for the word spoken. Couldn’t it be true that Gilleck and Ricketts have been furiously texting each other’s iPhones for weeks now? Sure, they haven’t “spoken,” but they’ve sure communicated a lot.

    So there. Maybe Gilleck is just a text-oholic philosopher and a deal with him as Cubs president is already underway.

    ::takes Duffman costume off::

    Dang, Brett. It’s hot in that cape! Duffman can’t breath- oh no!

    • Brett

      It’s hard out here for parsing pimp.

  • Cheryl

    Ng might be excellent but the old boys network would be hard to crack. She would probably be viewed as not qualified until she ran rings around several of the GMs. Gilick seems more of a fit for president. I think he’d probably work better with a man at the GM position, as would many others.But if she’s solid, I’m all for a female GM.

  • RY34

    god dammit this team sucks, two leadoff doubles in two diff innings and we don’t have shit to show for it. our hitters are so god damn worthless!

  • Jody

    The lack of vowels in her last name is a little concerning to me. We need vowels dammit!

    • Cheryl

      Now if there was someone with a hal on one side and a pitchfork on the other how would that fit?

    • Brett

      A lotta good that’s done us. All the previous GMs have had vowels.

      And balls.

  • Cheryl

    Meant halo

  • Grandpa Dave

    I believe I heard in my hometown of Cincinnati that if the Reds do not make the playoffs, Dusty Baker will be the next GM of the Cubs.

    • Brett

      I didn’t think it was possible to name a worse GM possibility than the Cubs’ current one.