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Jim Hendry is a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and his butt smells and he likes to kiss his own butt. Thatâ€™s right. Jim Hendry sucks. Cubs management believes in their GM because he has delivered 3 division titles under his reign, something no one else has done for the Cubs. So because Hendry is the tallest midget, heâ€™s all of a sudden the greatest thing since sliced bread? I donâ€™t think so. Sure Hendry has made some good moves like getting Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez for nothing, but the Marlins and Pirates were looking to unload their salaries. The only good moves I can think of that he has made that werenâ€™t because a small market team was holding a fire sale are when he got Nomar for next to nothing, in what was supposed to be the final piece to a World Series winner in 2004, and when he performed his own version of Brock-for-Broglio, getting Eric Karros and Mark Grudzelanik in return for Todd Hundley. Hendry has made a lot more idiotic moves than good moves in his time on the North Side. A couple of moves the last couple of years stand out to me more than anything, and should be reason to fire him.
After the July 31 trade deadline, when teams place everyone on waivers to see what activity takes place, the Minnesota Twins claimed Rich Harden. Knowing that Harden would not be back in 2010, Hendry decided that since he didnâ€™t get a trade offer to his liking, the equivalent of the draft picks he would have gotten back, that he would pull Harden from waivers. However, come winter, Hendry decided not to offer Harden arbitration for fear that Harden would accept it. So you pull him off waivers because you feel you can get more for him by letting him walk and taking the draft picks, but you feel that he will accept arbitration? Then why donâ€™t you let him go to the Twins when they put in the claim? The team was not in a playoff race, you save about a million bucks, and let a prospect audition for 2010, and as an added bonus, you do the White Sox a disservice.
However, the worst move Hendry ever made was signing Milton Bradley and the events surrounding his arrival and departure. After the Cubs were swept by the Dodgers in the 2008 playoffs, Hendry felt the team needed to get more left-handed because they didnâ€™t face a single left-handed pitcher from the Dodgers. This was an over-reaction. The 2008 Cubs team was one of the best in the majors. At the end of the day, they donâ€™t look at whether a batter is right-handed or left-handed, they look at did he get on base, and score runs or drive runs in. And the 2008 Cubs did that with great efficiency in 2008.
Not only was this move an overreaction, but letâ€™s just say that fine, Hendry is right, the team needs to get more left-handed. Why would you sign Milton Bradley, who is an injury and character risk? The most games Bradley had ever played in a season was 126, which he did in 2008, and most of them at DH. Memo to Jim Hendry: The NL doesnâ€™t use the DH. Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn were available and would have cost the same as Bradley, or less, guys who are more dependable in every aspect than Bradley. The argument about Adam Dunnâ€™s defense is laughable. He more than makes up for it with his bat. And I love everyoneâ€™s arguments that he is a strikeout machine. Adam Dunn is one of the most disciplined hitters in the game, his OBP is constantly better than that of a lot of .300 hitters. And if you donâ€™t want Dunn, why not Bobby Abreu? He can hit and he has good defense, and would have been cheaper than Hasbro. Hendry completely fucked this up. And who wouldnâ€™t want Dunn? Heâ€™s a freaking beast. In 2005, he hit 40 HRs with a broken hand, and heâ€™s the only player to ever hit a home run that landed in another state. And you put Adam Dunn in the Cubs lineup between Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, and that is a very scary 3-4-5.
Although in the end Hendry came out ahead by getting rid of Bradley early in the off-season and not being held hostage like he was with Sosa in 2004-05 and cutting his bill, he should still lose his job over this. He has made too many fuck-ups, and this should have been the final nail in the coffin. I rest my case: Jim Hendry is a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and his butt smells and he likes to kiss his own butt.