Jim Hendry Out (UPDATES APLENTY)

Jim Hendry is officially out as Chicago Cubs GM. Assistant GM Randy Bush will take over as interim GM, and Tom Ricketts will speak to the media soon.

It’s been a long road, but as you all should know, this was the right move. I will have more on this later today (I’m remote right now (of freaking course)), but, for now, use the comments to share your thoughts/celebrate. Please also feel free to share news updates.

I will do my best to keep this post updated.

Update: Jim Hendry is addressing the media. Paraphrase: love the Cubs, love the city, we just didn’t win enough games. No hard feelings. Wants to continue to have a good relationship with Ricketts. Hendry is getting emotional. He’s a good guy, just not a good GM.

Update II: A search process for the next GM will commence now.

Update III: Hendry says he was told a month ago, but stayed on to complete the draft (hey, that’s what I said!).

Update IV: Hendry didn’t make deals at the deadline because he’d already been fired. Not to pat my back again, but, I totally called that as the only explanation. Hendry done speaking, Ricketts on around 12:15.

Update V: Ricketts says Hendry is a great guy, but a change was needed. He’s reaching out to industry vets to help him with the GM search. Says new GM will report directly to Ricketts (which suggests no new Director of Baseball Ops). Ricketts is going to try and keep the search quiet.

Update VI: Ricketts wants a GM who is good at development and statistical analysis (but that’s just a part). Very much wants Scouting Director Tim Wilken and Farm Director Oneri Fleita to stay. Will recommend them to new GM.

Update VII: New GM will decide on Quade. My gut translation: he gone.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

214 responses to “Jim Hendry Out (UPDATES APLENTY)”

  1. marc

    first! DANCING IN THE STREETS OF CHICAGO TONIGHT !!!

  2. deej34

    FREE AT LAST… FREE AT LAST… the cubbies are free at last!!

    too far….? haha

  3. willis

    Hopefully the new GM is found soon and he can show Quade the door. That’s the next right move.

  4. Fishin Phil

    Now what the hell am I supposed to do with all these pitch forks and torches I’ve been stockpiling????

    1. MichiganGoat

      Q and Crane are still around

      1. hansman1982

        When Crane has stayed within his bounds I think he has a done a decent job as being the Business Side President

        1. Toosh

          He’s gotta go.

        2. Jeff

          You are going to have to site some examples if you want us to believe that.

  5. Jeremy

    Time for many celebratory beverages. If that’s your thing of course, and it sure is mine!!

  6. Tank

    When will they hire a new gm? it won’t be may will it. It seems to me the cubs are always 4 steps behind. Why was hendry allowed to control the trade deadline only to be out less than a month later.

    1. MichiganGoat

      The trade deadline might have been the final straw

      1. hansman1982

        He was kept on to sign the draft picks…and did a damn good job spending Tom’s money.

        1. Toosh

          Wilken and Ricketts signed the picks.

    2. wax_eagle

      Projection of stability. If the front office is in turmoil and you are trying to sign high schoolers they may decide to go to college instead of take your money.

  7. art

    Thanks Jim for the last 9 years BUT its time for NEW & FRESH baseball leadership !!
    Here is hoping what happened to Blackhawks will NOW happen for Cubs !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Matt

    This is probably the best news of a so far miserable season. Now we need to get rid of Quade and everyone else in Jim’s regime. Let’s hire someone that has a knack for actually knowing the in’s and out’s of baseball operations. Good riddance Jim.

  9. Internet Random

    I’m going to save the dancing till Quade is gone… but I am shining up my dancing shoes.

  10. MichiganGoat

    Now let’s see if Wlikens walks like he said he was going to… Maybe this is why Ricketts waited till after the draft signing deadline.

    1. willis

      I doubt it. He has been shown this year that he basically has an open wallet for the draft. He’s in heaven with that and would be a fool to walk out behind Hendry. He has a great thing going.

    2. Jeff

      Hah, good point. I have to wonder if he still feels that way after all that stuff he said about this being the first time he’s been able to draft who he wants to. My guess is Wilken and his staff are still around next year.

    3. JulioZuleta

      I’m not too worried about Wilken walking. I know that we are all pumped about the draft, but realllly that wasn’t so much due to Wilken. It doesnt take a genius to take Dunston in the 11th Maples in the 14th or Shoulders in the 25th, every one knew they should go wayyy higher, it just takes an owner willing to write the checks. I actually hope Wilken leaves and we get an entirely clean slate.

  11. EQ

    Part of me wants to thank him for being the only Cubs GM to take us to 3 playoffs and back to back for the first time in forever, but he was also given more payroll than any other GM so that makes you think, what if a great GM was given that much to spend???

    1. Toosh

      The Cubs should have won their division every year with their resources and payroll under Hendry.

      1. EQ

        exactly!! and at least no seasons under .500..

    2. Jeff

      During his tenure, the team is 1 game over .500. That won’t cut it for a top 3 market with a top 5 payroll.

      1. Lou

        The thing is he’s the only GM to take the franchise to 3 playoffs during his tenure.

        1. MichiganGoat

          In my best Adam Sandler impression “Whoop-de-doo”

          1. Lou

            Well, with this troubled franchise–hate to say it but that is a big plus.

  12. Jim

    A great draft class signed and Hendry out – I can’t remember the last time there was a week with this much great Cubs news.

    1. EQ

      I can, the week before game 6 in the 2003 NLCS…

  13. marc

    Imagine if the first move the new GM makes is to Fire! quade and bring in Ryno…. Imagine how popular that individual would be

    1. Jeff

      His first act is probably going to be dealing with Carlos Zambrano and getting Quade to play some young players in September. I would love to see Ryno brought in as manager after the season though.

      1. EQ

        Ryno would be cool but I still wish we would have hired Girardi when we had a chance..

      2. marc

        I think dumping most of the dead weight around here should be the first priority… Start from scratch….have a 3 year plan… I dont just want to win a world series… I want a dynasty….I want a team where you can almost guarentee a playoff birth of some sort ( like the phillies ) … Theres not many pieces I would keep from this team…
        Soto- Gone
        Carlos-Gone
        Darwin- Keep
        Starling- OBV keep
        Aramis- Gone
        Soriano-Gone
        Byrd- Cheap for one more year, then GONE
        Colvin- keep, see if he can turn it around
        Z- Gone
        Dempster- Let contract run out then let go
        Garza- Keep
        Reed Johnson- Keep

        Minds blank right now- think everyone gets the gist.

        1. EQ

          who’s starling?

          1. Caleb

            Bubba starling. New draftee for the royals. I’d say they’re probably keeping him.

            1. MichiganGoat

              Quit stalling

      3. Cheryl

        Whoever the new GM is I don’t think Ryo will be coming back this soon. He’d be popuar, that’s for sure, but he may want to follow the route Girardi did and have his first managerial position away from the Cubs.Have any other ideas who the new manager might be?

  14. Toosh

    A bad day for Hendry. A good day for Cub fans. Quade’s a goner too. And Bush. Hopefully Kenney.

  15. joe

    yessss now only if we had sandberg…..

    1. Toosh

      He’d come back if the next GM asked.

  16. Fishin Phil

    So is NOW the time for some bold changes???

  17. TWC

    Hendry’s willingness to stay around (and stay mum on the situation) for a month+ says an awful lot about his integrity. You my not like all of his decisions/actions as GM, but that’s a pretty remarkable thing to do. Good for him.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Good point he is a professional who knew this was coming and handled it with class.

      1. Fishin Phil

        I was too busy celebrating earlier, but I would like to come back to this point. For all the moves that Hendry made both good and bad, I hope I will always remember him for this one. A very classy exit.

        Good Luck Jim.

    2. Internet Random

      Agreed.

      1. marc

        Well said

        1. Cheryl

          Amen.

  18. willis

    Quade just pooped himself.

  19. Jeff

    All the slap hitting, scrappy white middle infielders and one year wonder middle relievers in the league collectively shed a tear.

    1. MichiganGoat

      Ha, your on your game today

    2. EQ

      as do the free swinging high strike out hitters…

    3. Jim

      They will still have St. Louis.

  20. RY

    THANK GOD! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! let us not stop there though, Qball pack your shit and hit the door as well, you too crane, all of ya get the hell out NOW! Great move Tom, proud of you!

  21. fire hendry and quade

    time to change my name! if he knew for a month then he knew at the trade deadline. i guess we know for sure why no deals were done he must have been told to not trade anybody

    1. Toosh

      Only the 2nd and 3rd words of your name.

      1. TWC

        Quade will most certainly finish out the season, perhaps as the most lamest of lame ducks ever. No reason to can him now. ABSOLUTELY no reason to keep him any longer than that.

        1. MichiganGoat

          Agreed, 110%

        2. willis

          Not like one player respects him anyway. Quade Quack.

        3. Jeff

          Anyone else looking forward to the first Quade presser after the game? I can’t wait to hear what kind of crazy shit Don Rickles’ crazy brother has to say about the rest of the season.

          1. MichiganGoat

            I imagine it will start but end with an “Opps I Crapped My Pants” moment and possibly tears.

          2. Fishin Phil

            “I’d like to thank Jim for being foolish enough to give me this opportunity.”

            1. willis

              LOL

            2. Internet Random

              That’s gold(, Jerry! Gold)!

  22. Sam

    Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey Hey goooodbyee

  23. marc

    I think I just pee’d my self a little bit after seeing this
    Jim Hendry gets fired and except for showing his picture they have a picture of Soriano haha- sums it up lol

    http://rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/338115/cubs-dismiss-long-time-general-manager-hendry

  24. Fishin Phil

    I’m so happy, I’m thinking of changing my dog’s name to Ricketts.

    1. TWC

      I’m so happy that I’m going to withhold Vitamin D from myself and my family so that we all *develop* rickets.

      1. Fishin Phil

        You win.

      2. Jeff

        This is so funny, I don’t know how to respond.

      3. Melvin

        You could also go out and catch Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii.

        1. MichiganGoat

          I think you just blinded TWC with science.

          1. TWC

            Thomas Dolby used to live a little ways down the street before he moved back to the UK. Still owns the house, just rents it out now.

            1. MichiganGoat

              Your so cool

              1. TWC

                Still looking for that apostrophe on your iPad, Mr English Teacher?

                1. MichiganGoat

                  Yeah my iPad is a device that “Eats shoots and leaves” and I about four beers deep and sitting in the sun.

  25. philoe beddoe

    I think Ricketts should have made this move before the deadline…I know the person they want to hire is probably working somewhere else…but to let the deadline go and do nothing was not very smart…

    We(Cub fans) are always looking for someone to blame, and it was Hendry’s time to go, but I wouldn’t be dancing until some other changes are made. More night games, more revenue streams(as Tom likes to say), Crane Kenney nowhere near Wrigley Field, no Quade, no Jaramillo, no Aramis Ramirez….this mess is not solely on Hendry…but when you have the big boy chair, it falls on you…

    1. TWC

      Letting the deadline lapse might not have been for the best, but I can’t help but feel that projecting organizational stability in the minds of the 3 dozen or so kids that they signed from the draft was *very* important — especially for those “hard-to-sign” types.

      1. MichiganGoat

        Yeah there was obviously a reason we will never know.

    2. Cbrock

      I know, it is like that time I won 2 grand at the casino, they actually made me pay taxes on it. It is just never good enough…….

    3. Jeff

      Letting an inexperienced interim GM or a lame duck who has already been let go handle the trade deadline is not a smart way to go either. I can go back and look at the timeline and pretty much see the drop off in Cubs trade talk after July 22nd. I see the need for privacy and stability in that situation and I am going to respect Jim Hendry for a long time after this. Funny thing, Hendry mentions and thanks just about all of his front office co-workers, except Crane Kenney.

  26. CubsFanatic

    I don’t “like” to see anyone lose their job, but this needed to be done. I wish Jim well in the future and hope Wilkins does a good job. Maybe, just maybe, we will have an awesome off season this year!

  27. MichiganGoat

    Ricketts just said the Cubs will be a “Culture of Responsibily” that is the best news I’ve heard in the last few years. There was no responsibility in the organization since Hendry has taken over.

  28. MichiganGoat

    Hey Caleb, so when will the pictures of you and a bananna hammock be posted!

    1. Jeff

      Come on Caleb, be a man of your word.

      1. MichiganGoat

        Okay this is day one of the Caleb man up post, let’s keep the pressure on everybody.

    2. Caleb

      Crap.

      1. TWC

        Sack up, Sad Carl!

      2. MichiganGoat

        Just make sure you make the pics classy!

      3. Jeff
        1. TWC

          giggle

        2. MichiganGoat

          HA, celebratory beer just went out my nose!

          1. TWC

            Aren’t there children you’re supposed to be teaching?

            1. MichiganGoat

              In Michigan school doesn’t start till after labor day… I report next week, and that if I still have a job.

              1. TWC

                Well, if not, I’m pretty sure that Toosh has got couch space for you.

  29. Robbo

    Ricketts says new GM will be reporting directly to him. Hmmm…does this mean Crane is also donezini?

  30. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

    I have been in the mountains without reception for a couple weeks and I open up my phone browser as I leave to see this. I literally can’t think straight. Other people have said it before that obviously this needs to be the first in a series of steps, but this was a DAMN huge step that I wasn’t sure would happen. I really wish Jim the best and I am as excited for this offseason as I ever have been.

    1. Jeff

      I’m with you GHOHR, I was convinced Hendry was here for the long haul. I guess I should have listened to Brett, it would have saved me a lot of stress over the last month and a half of watching this team.

      1. MichiganGoat

        I love the acronym GHOHR… It’s sounds like GWAR, you rock Glenallen.

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