Tom Ricketts has confidence in GM

Updated: June 16, 2011, 10:58 AM ET
By Sahadev Sharma | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- With the Chicago Cubs toiling near the bottom of the league, chairman Tom Ricketts was forced to defend the job status of both general manager Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade on Wednesday.

"I have 100 percent confidence in Jim. He's working very hard to do everything he can to get this season back to where we want it to be," Ricketts said. "I think Mike's done a great job. you know Mike's got those guys playing hard, they're not giving up, there's good spirit in the clubhouse. Yeah, [Hendry and Quade] are fine."

However, while seemingly pleased with the job he's currently doing, Ricketts wouldn't go as far as to say Hendry is safe past the current season.

"We're just going forward right now; we'll see what the offseason looks like then," Ricketts said. "I'm comfortable with Jim. I'm confident in his ability to keep us moving forward."

Ricketts also insisted that he's not interested in hiring a big name to evaluate his team and the job Hendry and Quade are doing.

"I've never bought into the [notion that] I should have a baseball guy to watch my baseball guy and his baseball guys. Then what, do you get a baseball guy to watch the baseball guy who's watching your baseball guy?" Rickets asked. "I trust Jim to do the best he can to put the best team on the field. I trust Mike to manage those guys effectively and get us the most amount of wins we can. I really haven't thought about getting an extra baseball guy, [nor am I] regretting not having an extra baseball guy."

Ricketts said that he is frustrated with the Cubs' subpar performance so far and knows everyone in the organization is as well. However, he noted that from the front office down to the players, everyone is working hard and he thinks they still can turn the season around. The Cubs are currently 27-39 and sit 10 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Sahadev Sharma covers the Cubs and White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.

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