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With most recent articles somehow ignoring how scorchingly hot Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry’s seat was early in the year, it can be easy to buy into the idea that Chairman Tom Ricketts, who reportedly likes Hendry very much, is planning to retain Hendry for 2012. Indeed, a recent report from Bob Nightengale said just that.

I was circumspect about that Nightengale report then, and I’m even more suspicious now, thanks to a report from SI’s Jon Heyman:

Longtime Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is said by many people connected to the Cubs to have a good rapport and the respect of relatively new owner Tom Ricketts. And several reports, including one here, suggested Hendry is probably safe because of that.

But, apparently, that is far from a certainty. While Ricketts has spoken positively about Hendry to some other owners, Hendry, in his ninth year at the helm, is said by people familiar with the situation to be “at risk” of losing his job.

There is no evidence that something has changed or that the Zambrano case is the key to Hendry’s tenuous situation. It just may be a simple matter of others misreading nice comments regarding Hendry as proof that he would stay. That doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case now.

Of course, it shouldn’t take a report from a national writer to tell us what our guts have been screaming for months: in no universe can a 10-year GM with a laundry list of offenses continue to underachieve in the face of falling attendance and keep his job.

I’m sure that Jim Hendry is indeed an affable, great guy. And I have no reason to doubt that Tom Ricketts likes him. But Ricketts is a savvy business man, who has spent the better part of a year really getting his head – and his hands – around the Chicago Cubs organization. Suggesting that he’ll retain Hendry because they’re friendly is to ignore all other evidence.

I’m not willing to do that. I remain steadfast in my belief that Jim Hendry will not return as the GM of the Cubs next year. I’ll leave open the possibility that he could be “promoted” into another role with the organization, but I cannot see Ricketts risking the fandom by keeping the status quo after another miserable year.

  • MichiganGoat

    I’m polishing my dancing shoes so I’ll be ready for my happy dance!

  • RY

    quade and hendry must go or i root against the cubs until they do. my frustration and generally pissed off cup has more than runneth over past the point of no return with these two ass clowns! hopefully many more fans feel the same way!

  • Caleb

    When you watch the Cubs at wrigley and cheer for the other team, stare long and hard at the #10 raised in the outfield. And don’t even think about being a hotdog, eating yourself, and polishing yourself off with a tall, cool budweiser.

  • Fishin Phil

    Thanks Jon Heyman for a whole lot of nothing.

    I guess we wait with baited breath for the threatened Ricketts press conference.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      “Threatened.” Ha. Nice.

  • HotRuta

    Well, sure; this is Business 101: if you bad-mouth a manager in your organization, you might as well fire him right now — you’re only going to create problems and make it impossible for him to do anything productive. Ricketts HAS to say nice things, and that he’s evaluating the situation — right up to the moment when the blade comes down.

  • MichiganGoat

    I love reading this site because your articles are short but informative.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I refuse to let that catch on.

      • MichiganGoat

        Too late, TWC already saw it and I expect Caleb will join the movement.

        “Bleacher Nation: We love reading this site because your articles are short but informative”

        • Caleb

          Yes.

      • Kyle N

        The articles may be “short and informative”, but the discussion they generate are definitely “long and informative.”. As someone who himself posts epic tomes, (because I want to make sure I support an argument and not just shoot from the hip) I will do what I can to help assure these lengthy discussions, haha!

        This is my shortest post to date on Bleacher Nation, by the way. :)

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          Right, you SAY it’s your shortest post, but how do we really know? What supporting evidence do you have to support your argument? Can’t you provide even a solitary data point to back up your assertions? Geez, talk about shooting from the hip…

          • Kyle N

            Lulz. You got me. :)

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I shoot from the hip all the time… was that a “shot” at me? Boom. Pun’d.

          • Caleb

            That’s how babies are made.

  • Chris

    Ya know, part of my job involves making decisions to hire people. Also, with that, comes the hard talk that says “let me show you the door.” I’ve only had to do that a couple times and in both of those instances, I liked those people on a personal level. They were both very likable and personable people who, if my only criteria was “do I think this person is nice and friendly and I can easily talk with this person about my two favorite subjects (music and baseball)” they would still work here. But I have to judge things on job competence and how they’re representing our employer. Thus, those hard decisions need to be made.

    What I’m saying is, Ricketts isn’t going to publicly say “Jim Hendry is a piece of shit and I’m going to can him the first chance I get.” No. He’s going to say things like “I have 100% confidence in Hendry” and “we’ll make those decisions when the time comes.” You can read between those triple spaced lines and understand what he’s saying without actually saying it. Of course he’s going to speak highly of Hendry to other owners. He doesn’t want to ruin the guy, he just doesn’t want to 1) be sued for slander and 2) prevent him from future employment.

    I’d really hate to work for the people who call for Ricketts to speak his mind and tear Hendry in public. No one wants to set up their employees to fail, even if they’re out the door soon.

  • BFM

    I agree………Hendry must be removed as GM.
    Possibly stay on in another facet within the organization.
    But, if Hendry goes, I would like to see Quade go as well.
    I think JH has the savvy to continue working with the Cubs in another capacity.
    Q on the other hand, should have never been hired.
    He constantly leaves pitchers in too long, has very little control over his team and makes some “dumb ass” moves as a manager.
    For example, lets trade Fukudome to get Colvin more experience.
    That sounds great!
    Now that Fukudome is gone, let’s put Colvin on the bench and bat him 8th…….are u nuts?
    WTF is going on in his head!!!

    Replace JH and Fire Q.

  • RY

    i would hope it is a forgone conclusion that if hendry is canned, quade obviously will be too; hopefully whomever the new gm would be would have absolutely no shred of desire to keep quade on board

    • EQ

      i think that not enough criticism has gone the way of Riggens.. our pitching has been awful this year and we’ve taken a huge step backwards..

      • Fishin Phil

        I never like Larry Rothchild, until this year.

        “Bleacher Nation: We love reading this site because your articles are short but informative”

  • Fishin Phil

    Not that I would ever read another Cubs blog, but Al Yellon makes some good points in this post: http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2011/8/18/2364649/tom-ricketts-chicago-cubs-statement-future

    Kind of long though.

    “Bleacher Nation: We love reading this site because your articles are short but informative”

    • hardtop

      no need to hide your “whoring around” the cubs blog world. brett commented on that post/article… so he’s a whore too!
      i like it, i agree, i have drawn similar conclusions about the hendry cutlure and the quade culture.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Yeah, I thought it was a good piece. For whatever reason, Bleed Cubbie Blue is perceived pretty negatively around the rest of the Cublogoverse (you have to believe some of it is about hating the guy on top), but I think Al Yellon writes well. Saying that would probably get me crucified in certain circles.

        • Chris

          I agree 100%. I think a lot of the people who post over there tend to be of the “irrational hot head” variety, but overall, I like and often times agree with Al. Even when I don’t, he presents his points in a way that I can respect.

          I still prefer this blog though. Excellent writing with less hot heads and more comedy.

        • NyN

          BCB has the same posts every single day. That would be my only issue. However, I do read their minor league wrap every morning. it is also “short but informative”

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Whaaaaa? There are *other* Cubs blogs?

      I don’t believe it.

      • Jeff

        Yes, but their posts are long and non-informative. Except CCO’s down on the farm report, that’s pretty sweet.

  • Fishin Phil

    I feel so cheap.

  • RY

    I have read bleedcubbieblue and like it as well; nothing wrong with hating on this organization from time to time, lord knows they have given us all plenty of reason to hate about over the years; and EQ is definitely right about riggens and our pitching so riggens must go too! clean the house from top to bottom!

  • Nomar’s Left Glove

    Does anyone else think that Mike Quade might actually be Elmer Fudd’s and Mr Clean’s illigitimate love child. I’ve been thinking it for a while, but I suspect that Hendry ate the proof.

  • Toosh

    Wascawwee wabbit!

  • Joe Cartwright

    Ricketts is a Cubs fan, right? If he watched the Cubs while Hendry has been GM, there’s no way he doesn’t feel the way we feel. He just has the ability to do something about it.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Interesting way of thinking about it. I guess the converse is, if he keeps Hendry, he must believe something as a fan that we can’t see.

  • http://www.bluebattinghelmet.com Rob Harris

    Hendry must go. There isn’t a single reason to keep him on the job past this already-lost season.

    Individual moves aside, the 2006, 2010, and now 2011 seasons have been horrible, and they can all be laid at Hendry’s feet.

    If Ricketts can’t see this, it’s going to be a terribly long winter in Chicago.

  • http://www.bluebattinghelmet.wordpress.com Rob Harris

    Updated for correct blog address. Check it out if you have the time!

  • Lou

    Well, he’s gone. Not sure it’s going to do much without Crane Kinney gone. Need total organizational culture change at the top. As for Bleed Cubbie Blue, the comments there can’t be as bad as MLBTradeRumors. People on there can be pretty insulting.

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