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      08-19-2011, 11:44 AM   #1

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Jim Hendry Fired!

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs dismissed general manager Jim Hendry on Friday. Assistant GM Randy Bush was named interim GM.

"My family and I appreciate Jim's dedication during our time with the Cubs and thank him for his overall 17 years of service to the Cubs organization," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. "It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager."

Hendry, 56, was named vice president/general manager on July 5, 2002, and departs as the third-longest tenured GM in the National League. He is the only GM in franchise history to oversee three postseason clubs (2003, 2007, 2008) and is the first Cubs GM to lead the franchise to consecutive postseason berths. Hendry was the third-longest-tenured GM in franchise history behind John Holland (1957-75) and James Gallagher (1940-49).

Overall, Hendry's clubs went 749-748 during his time as GM. He joined the organization in November 1994 as the club's director of player development. After one year in that role, he added the title of scouting director and served in the dual role through the 1998 season when he was promoted to assistant GM.

Bush, 52, has been the assistant GM for the past five seasons. He joined the Cubs for the second time on Jan. 26, 2005, as a special assistant to the GM and was promoted to assistant GM on Dec. 20, 2006. Bush also worked for the Cubs in 1999 as a Minor League hitting coordinator. Between stints with the Cubs, Bush served as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, the University of New Orleans, from 2000-04.

A two-time World Series champion with the Minnesota Twins (1987 and 1991) as a first baseman/outfielder, Bush played all of his 12 big league seasons with the Twins from 1982-93 after being selected in the second round of the 1979 Draft.
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