Jim Hendry ends his run as the Chicago Cubs’ GM at 749-748, which is almost certainly not a coincidence (in terms of the timing). And, I’d say it sums up his tenure rather well – just about average on a team that didn’t spend like average.

  • If you thought Mike Quade would be reluctant to play kids or players at developmental positions before, you better believe he’ll only get more stodgy now. I fully expect a new GM to come in and bring in “his own” guy, but Quade – like last year – has about a month and a half to put together the best possible body of work. That means more wins. I suspect that, no matter what happens, it won’t be enough. Feel free to dust off your “Sandberg for Manager” signs, if you are so inclined. I remain uncertain on that one.
  • Cubs’ President Crane Kenney – unlike Hendry and Quade – is likely to survive the front office turnover. Tom Ricketts is a big fan of Kenney on the business side (Kenney has never been very involved in baseball operations), and sounds very likely to choose for him to stay on board. “The way it works around here, and maybe it wasn’t the way it worked a couple of years ago, is Crane is the team president and he’s responsible for the business operations,” Ricketts said. “The GM reports to me and is responsible for the baseball operations. On the business side, we’ve also made a handful of changes over the past year and a half, and they’ve been very, very positive. Crane is doing a good job in the role he has today, which is running the business of the team. And in terms of accountability, he has accountability. He knows that if something happens on the business side that doesn’t go right … he knows he’s wearing it. And I think he’s up for that challenge.” So long as Kenney stays in a “business” role, I suppose it’s a “fine, whatever” situation. I’d still prefer the Cubs had a “baseball” president, but I suppose that’s not Kenney’s fault.
  • Interim GM Randy Bush has authority to pursue waiver trades, on which he would work closely with Ricketts. He says he would love to stay on in some capacity when the new GM comes in, but he understands that it will be up to the new guy.
  • I mentioned in yesterday’s stream of consciousness updates that Tom Ricketts wants Scouting Director Tim Wilken to stay on board (though the decision will ultimately be up to the new GM). Well, a source tells me that Wilken wants to stay on board, too. Gee, who could have suspected that Wilken wouldn’t just up and quit? “I know it’s hard to find any job in a big league front office, let alone as the Scouting Director for a team with resources like the Cubs, and I know I just spent six years building an organization the way I want it, but you fired my boss, so I quit. I’m logical like that.”
  • Lance Berkman is making excuses for the back-to-back triples the Cardinals gave up yesterday. “I didn’t miss it by much, but that step cost me,” Berkman said. “I went to just catch it, but my foot slipped. I took a big divot. After that, that was it. This is a terrible place. This is probably [one of] the top five worst places to play defense. It’s a bad surface. You can’t see. It’s tough. It’s unfortunate [the triples] happened on back-to-back plays.” Always a classy guy, that Lance.
  • Here is Hendry discussing his dismissal (and the link if the embedded video won’t play for you (MLB videos = not Mac friendly)):


  • And, for those who want to watch Ricketts discuss the Hendry dismissal, here’s the video (and the link if the embedded video won’t play for you):

  • MichiganGoat

    I think there is still a possibility that Ricketts will hire a Basball Operations guy, one announcement at a time

  • philoe beddoe

    in reading all of the articles this morning and listening to a nauseating amount of sports radio yesterday NONE of these guys has a good thing to say about Crane Kenney(in fact one of them says he has his own Cub uniform he prances around in sometimes)….I thought his contract was the same as Hendrys but maybe its longer and Ricketts didn’t want to eat his contract as well…I just hope his presence doesn’t result in us not getting the best possible candidate because it sounds like Hendry hated working with him…

    he must have pictures of one of the Ricketts kids in a compromising position…

    • http://Bleachernation Bric

      It’s a good question about Kenney’s contract, I don’t recall ever hearing the details of it but I agree I’ve never really heard or read anyone who knows the Cubs to say anything really positive about him. As it looks he probably will keep his job and I can see four possible reasons:

      1. He’s more involved in (and apparantly good at) the non-sexy stuff that doesn’t make the headlines such as all of the operational work that goes into expanding the Latin American scouting and developmental facilities (I can’t see Oneri Fleita walking around in a hard hat or balancing a P/L ledger)

      2. Ricketts doesn’t want too much change at once because he’s going to need someone who already understands the organization to help with the change over without more public outcry and Kenney’s managed to fly under the radar in the court of public opinion.

      3. Kenney’s arrogant, cut throat corporate style and focus on profit above all else is right in line with Ricketts’ private business model (I really hope this isn’t the case, but Ricketts does seem to like hanging around with the Wall Street suit types).

      4. He has pictures of Ricketts in drag.

      BTW: Ace, thanks for trying to help me out on the comment thing the other day. BN Rocks!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        No problem, Bric.

      • Lou

        Agree with all except bullet no 2. Kinney’s not a baseball guy. Seems like a control freak, and with a micro-manager like him, concerns me if you’re going to get a young GM.

    • Chris

      I don’t necessarily disagree with anything you’re saying, but for the record, if I were the President of the Cubs, I would have my own uniform made too… and I’d wear it to work everyday.

  • Jeff

    Regarding Kenney; I guess the Yankee’s series is his crowning achievement this year? The stands look half empty pretty much every game, I’m pretty sure that’s on the president of the business side of the Cubs to fix. Can’t figure out how to sell tickets? Might I suggest a discount for the discount baseball that we have to watch, while still paying top dollar for tickets. Top 5 tickets, bottom 5 in the standings doesn’t equal good business. I still haven’t heard what this guy has been doing the last couple of years besides renaming some seats and game packages and going to the Red Sox games at Fenway. If he’s been involved in the new spring training facility or the new Dominican facilities, then it’s one thing. If not, it seems to me that he’s been sitting on his hands, while not having any idea what he’s really doing as a baseball president.

  • Joe Cartwright

    Hey, Berkman! I think the field personnel want to bea…..er……talk with you.

  • Mike S

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Quade stay as the 3rd base coach. He has a good rapoire with the players. Maybe he isn’t the best manager, but to see him be the 3rd base coach or bench coach might be smart. Obviously, it will be up to the new manager, but just because Quade isn’t doing good as the manager doesn’t mean we should just get rid of him all together…food for thought.

  • jstraw

    I for one am shocked to learn that Tim Wilken has no plans to quit his job in protest.