The biggest news in the sports world today isn’t about a brawl between Georgetown and a Chinese team or another surprising scandal involving a college football team or even Roger Goodell steering Michael Vick to the Eagles. No, the biggest story of the day is that the Chicago Cubs fired their General Manager Jim Hendry today and promoted assistant GM Randy Bush to take over the job on an interim basis.
An interesting part of Hendry’s dismissal was that back on July 22, he was told by Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts that he would not be returning as the GM. This handcuffed the Cubs at the trade deadline as Hendry felt that he should leave important player transaction decisions up to the future General Manager.
Under Hendry, the Cubs had a 98 win season, reached the NLCS in 2003 and won the NL Central in 2007 and 2008. David Schoenfield of ESPN.com’s SweetSpot writes that it was time for Hendry to go. “In the end, Hendry followed the same path as Andy MacPhail and Ed Lynch and Jim Frey and Dallas Green and Bob Kennedy and Salty Saltwell and John Holland: He failed to get the Cubs to a World Series,” Schoenfield writes.
Current Orioles President of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhail, resigned as Cubs President after the 2006 season. MacPhail spent 12 seasons with the Cubs and after a 96-loss season was replaced by John McDonough who stepped down in 2007, after the Cubs won the NL Central, to serve as the president of the Chicago Blackhawks. With the Cubs, MacPhail promoted Hendry as his assistant in 2002. Orioles fans are certainly familiar with MacPhail’s role in the Orioles rebuilding. MacPhail’s contract with Baltimore is set to expire at the end of the season and rumors continue to circulate as to his future with the Orioles franchise.