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Monday, July 13, 2009
Cubs' Jim Hendry speaks

From David Laurila's recent interview with Jim Hendry ($): Eight All-Stars is a lot, and the figure is correct: Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Carlos Marmol.

It's probably worth mentioning that Soto and Fukudome were rookies -- and Fukudome was not playing well last summer, at all -- while Bradley and Dempster both were big surprises. Still, it's fair to say that a lot of Cubs are playing worse than just about anyone expected. The Cubs figured to be one of the best teams in the National League. Instead they're 43-43, and it's appropriate for Hendry to make reasonable excuses.

This, on the other hand, would scare me a little if I were a Cub fan:

If Hendry really has no regard for the use of defensive metrics, he begins every single decision-making process at a disadvantage, because defense comes into play not only when evaluating fielders, but also pitchers. My friend Rany Jazayerli -- more from Rany later today, by the way -- has suggested that the Cubs could be the National League's Red Sox, if only they had good and stable ownership.

I'm sure that would help. It would also help if the Cubs had a general manager who's not stuck in the 20th century.