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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cowley: Jim Hendry shouldn’t be only casualty when Cubs clean house

Wow! I haven’t seen a Crane exposed like this…since “Take Off Your Clothes and Smile” was first scripted!

Mike Quade is not going to be the manager on the North Side next season, so why drag on the inevitable? Then there’s the 190-pound clown in the room that is team president Crane Kenney. To hear Ricketts talk about Kenney doing a “good job’’ running the business end of things for the organization was one of those throw-up-in-your-mouth moments. Kenney a liability, too

The business of the Cubs is baseball. A business they have failed in for 103 years now.

Kenney is a laughing stock around the league. His very ­presence cheapens the value of the GM position for the Cubs.

Ricketts promised that the GM would report to him, not Kenney. Sure. Kenney has a history of showing he can’t help but make himself more important than he really is.

Considering the cleanup job the Cubs will be undergoing the next few years, the team’s GM is not as ideal a job as it once was in the first place. Add some goofball suit sitting in on meetings he has no business sitting in on, and good luck landing the likes of an Andrew Friedman from Tampa Bay.

“When I talk to a candidate, he must share a commitment to player development,’’ Ricketts said, “and someone from a winning culture who can bring that.’’

Obviously, he must also like animal balloons, squirting flowers and big red shoes, as long as Kenney is around.

Repoz Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:02 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, cubs, media

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   1. SouthSideRyan Posted: August 21, 2011 at 01:22 AM (#3905112)
Ricketts promised that the GM would report to him, not Kenney. Sure. Kenney has a history of showing he can’t help but make himself more important than he really is


Now I'm not going to tell you what any of this history is, because I'm a clownish White Sox beat reporter, but trust me this is as sure a thing as when I said this is a White Sox town.
   2. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: August 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM (#3905524)
I'm a clownish White Sox beat reporter

Not any more. He's a columnist now - someone had to fill Mariotti's shoes over at the Sun-Times.

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