9/21 Lou defends GM Hendry
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has been under fire for originally signing mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley to a three-year $30 million deal this offseason. Bradley was suspended on Sunday for the final 15 games of the season.
“You try things,” Lou Piniella said, “and you don’t do things because you don’t think they’re going to work. You do your homework. Do they workout all the time? I don’t think anybody’s a miracle man and things can work out all the time.
“In this business here, when things don’t work, somebody is going to take some heat,” Piniella said. “It’s unfortunate. The amazing thing is when things don’t work, you take more heat, and when they work, you don’t get as much credit.
“This guy is the same one who put together a team that won 97 ballgames and he did a [heck] of a job.”
— Carrie Muskat