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Ricketts Plans To Find Next Cubs GM From Outside The Organization
Published August 22, 2011
HEADED TO THE IVY LEAGUE? In Chicago, Toni Ginnetti noted the Cubs' organizational meetings are "held in October, a likely target for filling the job, but free-agent movement happens a week after the conclusion of the World Series." Ricketts stressed that his family "wants the organization to develop a single-minded approach from the minor leagues up to the big-league team and will look for someone with experience." But he "didn’t rule out considering a young assistant GM" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/20). Also in Chicago, Dave van Dyck cited sources as saying that Ricketts "privately was feeling out the postseason availability of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sometime around the All-Star break." A source indicated that an MLB official "talked Rickets out of jettisoning Hendry completely at that time." Van Dyck noted Ricketts "believes one of baseball's most highly coveted franchises deserves one of baseball's most successful general managers" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/21). Cashman on Friday "shot down any connection between himself and the Cubs' GM job." He said, "I have a job and I've been proud to be associated with this franchise. I'm not looking to remove myself from this franchise." In N.Y., Feinsand & Madden reported Padres Senior VP/Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes is "believed to be" a candidate for the Cubs job, and there "has also been speculation" that White Sox Assistant GM Rick Hahn is a possibility (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/20). ESPN CHICAGO's Jon Greenberg lists MLB's Kim Ng, Rays Exec VP Andrew Friedman and Hahn as possible candidates (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 8/19). In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote Red Sox Assistant GM Ben Cherington "would seem to be a top choice for the Cubs job." Ricketts is "looking for an analytical, young executive who has a résumé with a successful organization," and that "seems to describe Cherington perfectly" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/21).
TIME WAS RIGHT FOR CHANGE: Hendry at Friday's press conference was "emotional in his last official capacity, choking back tears at times as he spoke of his love for the organization." He said, "I don’t leave here with any problems. Tom Ricketts is a good man. We just didn’t win enough ball games. That’s the bottom line. This is professional baseball. He did what he had to and treated me great the last two years" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/20). Hendry on Saturday acknowledged that the turnover in Cubs ownership in '09 "was disruptive to carrying out his plans, but refused to use it as an excuse for his failure to win a championship." Hendry: "It was a little difficult, but at the end of the day you've still got to find a way to win more games than we did the last year. And certainly that's not Tom Ricketts' fault. I wish Tom would have owned the club two or three years earlier. I think we'd be in a lot more successful state now and I think moving forward it's going to be in good hands" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 8/20). On Long Island, Ken Davidoff wrote Ricketts "made the right move" in parting ways with Hendry (NEWSDAY, 8/21). ESPN.com's David Schoenfield wrote under the header, "It Was Time For Jim Hendry To Go" (ESPN.com, 8/19). But in Illinois, Mike Imrem wrote under the header, "Cubs Owner May Be In Over His Head" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 8/21).