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Good Riddance Hendry. Quade, You Can Stay. Cubs 2012 Outlook.

I would love to see the Cubs get a high-profile GM like Epstein or Cashman. Not sure if Freidman is a good fit. I think he'd lose his mind not working on a strict budget. Haha!

Wilken will NOT leave with Hendry

As many of us suspected, the "Wilken will leave if we fire Hendry" meme was a lot of hot air and baseless speculation. Does Wilken still want to see it through and watch his draft picks grow up and form the core of a contender? "Hell yeah," Wilken said. "Without a doubt. That was my goal when I came here. Jim hired me, but I work for the Chicago Cubs." That settles that. It will, of course, be up to the new GM. But (edit) Ricketts will recommend that they keep Wilken on, and he's hoping to stay.

Jim Hendry Fired By Cubs

Randy Bush will take over on an interim basis.

Ignominious Departures Of The Hendry Era

This feels a bit more like a pattern and less like bad luck. So Al's not backing Hendry anymore; does just leave the Ricketts in his corner?

The Future Of Jim Hendry And The Cubs

About to start the second half of one of the worst Cubs seasons ever, let's have a look at the GM's job.

Jim Hendry discusses the injuries to Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and...

Jim Hendry discusses the injuries to Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells.

Opening Day Funnies

Who's really to blame for cold weather on Opening Day?

Cubs 2014 OF?

Didn't see this posted anywhere else... please delete if duplicate. The Matt Szczur signing isn't new, but I thought the quote from Sully's article from Matt about the Cubs' 2014 OF was worth pulling out and looking at. Szczur said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told him he wanted to see him as the starting center fielder in 2014, with Brett Jackson in left and Tyler Colvin in right. "For him to say that, I totally believed him," he said. "He wasn't beating around the bush. That helps out a lot." At least three things stuck out to me about this quote. First, I'm a little curious what Soriano thinks about this, since 2014 is the last year of his contract. Second... why would Jackson go to left and Colvin to right when Brett is widely seen as the superior defender (and Colvin's defense has been questioned, in general)? Third... Hendry seems to definitely believe Colvin has staying power. I think we all assumed this, but to (apparently) be that specific to Szczur reinforces this. Lastly, the 2014 comment suggests they will start reasonably slowly with Szczur's development. Perhaps A/A+ ('11), A+/AA ('12), AA/AAA ('13) is the projected arc. And, yes, for all of these points I fully realize that Hendry isn't absolutely banking on Szczur and a lot can happen between now and 2014. It also may be a bunch of lip service to get Szczur to sign. I dunno... but it is January, so I found it interesting and worth discussing. (Apologies... I tried to put the quote from the article in a block quote and thought I was doing it right, but clearly am not. Same with the page break.)

The Monday Funnies: Undercover Fan

In which a certain blogger and certain Cubs general manager are poked fun at.

Mike Quade, New Cubs Manager, "Gets It"

Mike Quade is the Cubs' manager for the next two years... and it looks like he's the right choice.

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