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Cubs part ways with GM Hendry after 9 years

CHICAGO — The Cubs fired GM Jim Hendry on Friday as the franchise adds yet another season to its historic championship drought.

Assistant GM Randy Bush will serve as interim GM, the team said.

"First and foremost, we just didn't win enough games," chairman Tom Ricketts said. "Our team's performance over the last two years is not where it needs to be."

Ricketts said the new GM will come from the outside, meaning Bush is not in the running, and that he will consult "industry veterans" in his search.

Ricketts also said the new general manager will report directly to him and that whoever gets the job will determine whether manager Mike Quade returns for a second full season.

Hendry, a Dunedin native who has been GM since July 2002 and spent 17 years overall in the organization, said he was informed July 22 that he would not be back. He decided to stay on through the trade deadline and long enough to sign all the draft picks.

"Not many get to be the GM for nine without a world championship," he said. "So I got more than my fair chance to do that. I'm disappointed in myself that we didn't get it done in the first five to seven years when I thought we could. I'm very thankful for the way I've been treated."

The Cubs, who haven't won it all since 1908, went into the All-Star break 18 games under .500, and that's where they were Friday, 18 games out.

Chipper to return: 3B Chipper Jones, 39, said he definitely will play for the Braves in 2012. He considered retiring last year and needed arthroscopic knee surgery in early July. But he's feeling better, homering three times on the current homestand.

Brewers: Minor-league RHP Mark Rogers, who played for the big-league club last year, was suspended 25 games after a second positive test for a stimulant.

Mariners: INF Jack Wilson was put on the 15-day DL because of a bruised left heel. … SS Brendan Ryan (left shoulder) was activated from the DL.

Nationals: Manager Davey Johnson believes Double-A outfield prospect Bryce Harper probably will miss the rest of the minor-league season, which ends Sept. 5. Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, strained his right hamstring running the bases, and he was placed on the seven-day disabled list. "No sense in taking a chance and aggravating it where it becomes more of a serious injury," Johnson said.

Pirates: LHP Paul Maholm has a left shoulder strain and was put on the DL for the first time in his seven-year career.

Tigers: Reliever Al Alburquerque will be out at least 10 more days because of lingering effects of a concussion sustained last week. He was hit in the head by a batting-practice liner while walking in the outfield Aug. 12.

White Sox: RHP Phil Humber will go on the 15-day DL after getting struck in the face by a line drive. The Indians' Kosuke Fukudome hit a line drive that struck Humber just above his right eye, bruising his face.

Yankees: 3B Alex Rodriguez (right knee) showed significant improvement during his latest workout and could play sometime this weekend against the Twins. "We're definitely getting close," Rodriguez said. … The team claimed LHP Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Mariners to add a left-hander to the bullpen with Boone Logan.

Clemens case: Prosecutors filed a motion in federal court in Washington, D.C., saying the banned testimony that led to a mistrial in the Roger Clemens perjury case last month was not shown intentionally and that the former pitcher should face another trial, New York's Newsday reported. Prosecutors admitted that they made a mistake when they showed the jury a videotape that the judge had already ruled to be inadmissible, but they disputed Clemens' stance that a second trial would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy by making him face the same charges twice.

Cubs part ways with GM Hendry after 9 years 08/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:27am]
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