Okay, as much as some people are going to disagree with me, I believe that, barring a miraculous turnaround destined for the baseball history books, this team is headed for one of the most disappointing seasons in its history. So now, as Jim Hendry's career as a baseball GM is hanging by a thread, I thought it would be interesting to speculate on how he'll be thought about when we look back on his tenure.
As for me, I tend to believe that the worst thing that ever happened to Hendry was when MacPhail was let go and he was given control of the checkbook. As much as I despised "Andy the clown", I wonder if his stubbornly conservative ways were good for Hendry in that it made him have to search for solutions that didn't involve spending like a drunken sailor. After all, Hendry was the guy who brought us players like Lee, Ramirez, Grudzielanek, Karros, etc., for next to nothing. And let's not forget Kenny Lofton, a virtual throw-in in the Ramirez deal who became the best lead-off man (and a key to the second half surge in '03) that we'd had in years.
Hendry is the ninth Cubs' GM of my life; looking back the only one that really stands out among that lot is Dallas Green and even he doesn't have three division titles to show for his tenure. So, I think when I look back, I'll pobably have a tendency to be kind to him and remember the positives more than the negatives. He did, after all, get us within five outs of the world series. That's more than can be said for Salty Saltwell.
I'd be interested though, to hear what thoughts the rest of you have about how we'll eventually come to view the "Hendry years". Discuss.