Rickett’s Makes First Baseball Hire


Tom Ricketts hired a stat guru to help in evaluating talent in future trades, free agent signings, and drafts. Could this be the beginning of the end for Hendry?

17 Responses to “Rickett’s Makes First Baseball Hire”

  1. genrebuster Says:

    I hope so…and I hope it happens soon before I completely lose interest in this team. Maybe the new stat guru will encourage him to UNLOAD A-Ram, too.

    ESPN recap from 6-2 Cubs win over Oakland yesterday: — Dempster, who had a base-runner in each of the first five innings, was backed by three nice defensive plays from third baseman Jeff Baker. —

  2. robert Says:

    I hope but Tim Wilken is doing a hell of a job running the draft

  3. Dave Says:

    Cubs need a no bullshit guy like Rocky Wirtz. I hope Ricketts can be that guy. The new hire is supposedly one of the best scouts in baseball. Him along with Wilken should be able to build a young strong team backed up with great prospects over the next several years.

    LOL Soriano sacrafice bunted yesterday! It was nearly perfect! At least hes trying his hardest these days. He has really been more consistent since late April when Lou got on his case.

    Also as bad as this team is, they are only 6 out of first place in the loss column. Just shows how weak this division is. Dusty’s boys are sitting at the top with the Cards of course. Hes a top candidate for manager of the year. Wow, Dave Kaplan brought up an interesting point on postgame last night. He said, “What if October baseball rolls around and the Reds are still in it?”

    I believe Ricketts has given Hendry 3 weeks to fix things before this team starts unloading.

  4. Yeti Says:

    Actually, it probably is the beginning of the end. The beginning of the end was probably when Ricketts bought the team. I know you guys have been screaming “WHY ARE YOU LETTING HENDRY RUN THIS TEAM, RICKETTS?!!”.. But really, retaining Hendry for at least this season was the right thing to do. Let him have a chance to see if his team is worth a shit. One year is enough time for him to actually have some contact with Hendry in the field and see how he does. I have no issues with the way Ricketts has handled this team so far. Firing everyone the day he bought the team would not have been the way to go.

  5. genrebuster Says:

    Yeti, ok….I can understand Ricketts not firing Hendry immediately upon purchasing the Cubs…but if the team doesn’t do a dramatic turnaround by the end of July, do you really think Hendry deserves to keep his job through the end of the season?

    I don’t. Hendry’s bad decisions outweigh his “good” ones, IMOP. Silva has been a most pleasant surprise his effectiveness (to date)…but what other good moves has Hendry made recently? (that is an open question to all…)

    At this time, I’d rather see Hendry fired than Lou, even though many of you may disagree with that position.

  6. Yeti Says:

    Eh, maybe not, but firing your GM in the middle of the season won’t really do anything. I mean, it may make you feel better about this team, but it doesn’t do anything for today. Just keep him through the season and bring in a new GM. I dunno if I want Sandberg as the next manager, but I won’t worry about it. While Hendry is a spending fool (and no-trade clauses), he did field a good team in 08 that happened to play its worst baseball at the worst possible time. I’m not mad at Hendry for putting this team together so much as I’m mad at this team for not performing like they could. If these gutless fucks played like they should, they’d be right with the Cardinals and Reds. I am mad at Hendry, however, for putting this team in a financial situation that prohibits changes that aren’t “salary dumps”.

  7. Guest Says:

    There is just one thing that I have to say about all of this…


  8. robert Says:

    I hate to say this but Yeti is making a lot of since…Ps can we have Vince Mcmahon say youuuuuuuuuuuuuur fired to moe hendry

  9. genrebuster Says:


    Yeti, I agree with most of what you posted, particularly the last two sentences which in my opinion are on the money.

  10. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    Hendry should have been fired many years ago. And the fact that he RE-SIGNED Brown Spot Bob this year should be a case for automatic termination. No one is stupid enough to do something like that…Unless you’re Jim Hendry.

  11. erniesarmy Says:

    This team has no chance … NONE … until Ricketts learns he cannot win with Hendry, Piniella, and Rothschild.

    The day he gets his head out of his ass and finally does the right thing by firing those three is the day things start to look up.

    Until then, expect more of the same – like today’s 12-0 shellacking by the Angels.

  12. erniesarmy Says:

    Did you guys hear Lous latest:

    “What am I supposed to do? Yell and scream?”

    From “Wadda want me to do” to “Wadda am I supposed to do?”

    I cannot imagine what Ricketts is thinking. If I am the owner of a multimillion dollar corporation, and one of my leaders in the organization continually whines, “Wadda want me to do” I tell him, I don’t know, but I know you won’t be doing it here, pick up your check, you’re finished!

    Oh, and take Hendry and Rothschild with you!

  13. genrebuster Says:

    Yes it is true: this PATHETIC Cubs team is destined to LOSE like the 102 before them, only in an uglier fashion.

    Not that it matters at this point, but Hendry should be the 1st to go…followed by Rothschild. I’m fine with Lou going but trashing him for a less-experienced/proven manager is a gamble at best. I know there are a lot of Lou haters but I still prefer him over Dusty anyday/anytime.

    Why? Because of the way Baker/Rothschild mis-handled the pitching staff several years back (Prior, Wood for example)…for allowing that to happen, Hendry deserves to lose his job. Not to mention Baker’s lack of leadership after the “Bartman play”–you can bet $$$ that Mike Scioscia and a bunch of other managers (Lou included IMOP) would have handled things differently/done a better job.

    That said, if the axe falls on Lou as well, fine.

    ‘It’s getting to the point where I am no fun anymore, I am sorry.” (David Crosby)

    …just play that line/excerpt over and over again, instead of “Go Cubs Go”.

    tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…

  14. erniesarmy Says:

    ‘It’s getting to the point where I am no fun anymore, I am sorry.” (David Crosby)
    Crosby, Stills and Nash: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (1969)

    I love it!

  15. robert Says:


    have truer words ever been spoken…

  16. genrebuster Says:

    a-ok…I hope attendance continues to drop and that more articles like this continue to be published.

  17. Christopher K. Says:

    Would someone please knee Tyler Colvin in the crotch.


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