Sunday, November 6, 2011

Radio Recap: Hendry on Talkin' Baseball

Former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry joined Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 yesterday. Here is what he had to say.

  • Hendry has taken the last couple of month to spend a lot of time with his two children.

  • He has also played a lot of golf since departing from the Cubs.

  • Theo Epstein and Hendry are good friends. They met years ago when Hendry was the assistant GM for the Cubs. Jim is happy for the Cubs, and said he left on very good terms.

  • "Tom Ricketts and his family are terrific, and they hit a grand slam with Theo," he said.

  • Theo has already started bringing in quality people, while keeping the quality guys that worked there under Hendry.

  • Jim feels fortunate to spend 17 great years for the Cubs. "I have nothing but great things to look back upon on my experience there," he said.

  • Hendry is thrilled for the Cubs and things that it is going to be a great place for a long time under Theo.

  • He has taken the last couple months to think about nothing but his children. He has not wanted to think about what he wants to do in the future.

  • Hendry wants to work, but he does not have a clear cut path as to what he wants to do. He already has friends expressing interest in bringing him in to their organization.

  • "It's nice to have some options, and it's nice to spend some time with my kids," he said.

  • Mike Quade texted him just before the announcement of his departure last week. Hendry thinks Q and Theo both handled the exit well. Hendry has not spoke with Mike yet but he plans to soon.

  • Hendry thinks that the statistical analysis must be combined with good scouting.

  • Jim spoke very highly of Epstein, Ricketts and the entire organization throughout the interview.

  • "I think great days are ahead for the Cubs," he said.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted on Everything Cubs as always!

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