8/19 Cubs dismiss Hendry as GM
The deciding factor was wins and losses, and the Cubs didn’t win enough under Jim Hendry, who was dismissed on Friday as the general manager after 17 years with the organization.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the search for a new general manager would begin immediately. Randy Bush, 52, who has been the assistant GM for five seasons, took over on an interim basis, but will not be considered for the job. Ricketts said he wanted to hire someone outside of the Cubs organization.
“We didn’t win enough games,” Hendry said at a news conference at Wrigley Field before the Cubs faced the Cardinals. “You don’t win enough games, you can’t fight change.”
Named vice president and GM in July 2002, Hendry’s teams went 749-748 during his time as GM. This season, though, the team is 16 games below .500 (54-70) and in fourth place, 18 1/2 games out in the National League Central.
“First and foremost, we just didn’t win enough games,” Ricketts said. “Team performance over the last two years is not where it needs to be. In a culture of accountability, we need to look at those results.
“Secondarily, our goal is to win the World Series, and to do that we have to get better,” Ricketts said. “I just believe that by bringing in new leadership for the baseball organization, we’ll get some different perspectives and maybe some different ideas of where to go in the future.”
In what might have been the best-kept secret in Cubs history, Ricketts told Hendry on July 22 that he intended to make a change. But Ricketts wanted Hendry to continue through the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and the signing of the team’s 2011 Draft choices. The deadline for signing draftees passed Monday night.
– Carrie Muskat