Brenly Withdraws … Hendry Talks Cubs Baseball

Less than a week after reports first surfaced, Bob Brenly removed his name from the Cubs’ managerial search on Friday. The news of Brenly’s decision hit the wire on Saturday morning before the second game of the Cubs-Cardinals series.

Bob Brenly met with Jim Hendry briefly Friday and told the Cubs GM his decision. Brenly said his decision to withdraw his name was based on “personal and professional reasons and does not feel the Cubs job is the right fit for him at this time.” Brenly has been in contact with other organizations about their managerial openings.

Jim Hendry joined Bruce Levine during Talkin’ Baseball (ESPN 1000) shortly after the announcement from Brenly and discussed his decision and other Cubs topics …

Bob Brenly
The Cubs current color analyst addressed the media Saturday morning and explained why he did not want to go through the interview process with the Chicago Cubs. He said he did not want to waste Jim Hendry’s time after he discussed the Cubs job with his family.

Brenly is planning to return next season to the booth, he is under contract. Brenly mentioned his current job and what he and Len Kasper have built in the booth as one of the reasons he withdrew his name.

From ESPN Chicago:

“With all due respect to the organization, to the Ricketts family and to Jim, I just didn’t feel at this particular time that this was a good fit for me. I’ve said all along that I would love to get back on the field if I felt the situation was right, but for personal and professional reasons, this is not the right time for me.”

Brenly said he’s been in contact with other teams about managerial opportunities, but he said he loves his broadcasting job and could return in that capacity next season.

Jim Hendry on Talkin’ Baseball
The Cubs GM spent around 20 minutes with Bruce Levine and Fred Huebner Saturday morning. Hendry discussed all things Cubs on ESPN 1000. Here are a few notes:

Hendry was planning on interviewing Bob Brenly while the Cubs were in San Diego on the upcoming road trip. Hendry said he was planning on discussing the job with Brenly on Wednesday but was approached by Bob on Friday about removing his name from consideration. Hendry described Brenly as an outstanding guy and a good baseball man.

Randy Bush is helping Hendry with the managerial search. Hendry has talked to several of his top scouts about the candidates and has discussed the opening a lot with Greg Maddux over the past two weeks.

Hendry labeled the Cubs job as “marquee” and feels he has a lot of quality candidates. Hendry indicated with the input he is receiving, and will receive, from the people he trusts he will make the right decision.

Mike Quade has created a good atmosphere according to Hendry. He feels Quade, the coaching staff and the players are all on the same page. Hendry has noticed the players are not hanging their heads playing out the schedule.

Hendry told Quade from day one, that his performance would not be judged on a win-loss record.

Carlos Zambrano has always been capable of putting together the type of stretch he is in the middle of right now. Hendry said that even Zambrano would admit he has not pitched well for the last year and a half. Hendry feels Zambrano is still capable of winning 17-20 games in a season.

Hendry does not think it will take a major overhaul for the Cubs to be a contender for the division in 2011. The team has played well over the last three weeks and Hendry pointed to the turnaround the Reds and Padres have made this year. Hendry said anything is possible from one year to the next. Hendry said Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin figures heavily into their plans for next season.

A lot of things went wrong this season. No one saw Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee playing as poorly as they did in the first half … and according to Hendry, they were not the only players that did not perform to expectations. Hendry pointed out the fact the Cubs lost 20 games early in the season in which the pitching staff allowed three runs or less and at one point the Cubs had more quality starts than the first place Cincinnati Reds.

Hendry admitted their were problems in the pen early on before Sean Marshall stepped up as the setup man to Carlos Marmol … but if they would have scored more runs, some of the early struggles could have been avoided.

Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer and Brett Jackson could help the big league club in 2011. Hendry pointed out Archer had one of the best minor league seasons (for a pitcher) in all of baseball. Archer will be added to the 40-man roster and will be in big league camp next spring.

Brandon Guyer had a real good season and plays all three outfield spots while Brett Jackson figures to be in the mix for 2011 as well.

Jim Hendry finished his time on ESPN 100 by saying he has no specific timeframe for naming the Cubs new manager. Ideally, Hendry would like to have him in place by the organizational meetings in early November. Hendry added, if sooner than later it is fine but they are not going to rush the decision. Hendry thinks they have the right candidates to choose from to be the Cubs’ next skipper.

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