Jim Hendry discusses job security
Going into Saturday's game against the rival White Sox, the Chicago Cubs' 34-49 record is the second worst in the National League. With that lackluster performance, general manager Jim Hendry's job security has been called into question.
"I try not to wear [the pressure] too often," Hendry told ESPN 1000's "Talkin' Baseball." "I try to focus on the job at hand. I've been here a long time, been very fortunate. ... I think some of that [criticism] goes with the territory. We're not having a good year, I think that's part of it. I really try to focus on what I can continue to do and be the right leader for the player development department, the scouting department, the guys in our clubhouse in uniform and the rest of the staff."
As of mid-June, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts voiced, "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."
After making those comments, however, Ricketts was vague about Hendry's future with the organization, saying, "We're just going forward right now; we'll see what the offseason looks like then."
That statement fueled speculation that Hendry could be a lame-duck executive.
For his part, Hendry believes that focusing on the his own future with the organization is unfair to his employees.
"I can't base my whole world every day on whether we won or lost yesterday or today's game," Hendry told "Talkin' Baseball." "And obviously, in the end, that's what you have to do. I feel very confident that down the road the Ricketts family will be the right owners for the Cubs. I have nothing but up-front and honest dialogue with Tom Ricketts. He made a serious commitment moving forward to player development and scouting. ... I really try not to focus too often on what my fate is. I don't think you can go to work worrying about your job and be good to the people you have to be good to."
Hendry was optimistic about the Cubs' chances for the season's second half. For one thing, he noted, the team, which has had 11 players from its opening day roster hit the disabled list, should be much healthier than it has been in the season's opening months.
"Hopefully we'll play a lot better than we did in the first half," Hendry said. "We can sit here and go through all the reasons we're not better and all the injuries. At the end of the day, when the 162 are totaled up either you won a certain amount or you didn't and nothing else really matters. ... We'll try to channel everything toward playing the best we can and winning as many games as we can but also trying to get everybody in tune with what we're trying to do in the offseason."
Matt Garza was on the mound as the Cubs continued their three-game set with the White Sox on Saturday at Wrigley.