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Cubs fire GM Jim Hendry

Updated: August 19, 2011, 11:00 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

With one of the highest payrolls but the second-worst record in the National League, the Chicago Cubs fired general manager and vice president Jim Hendry, the team announced Friday.

The actual firing was done July 22, but Hendry wanted to help the team by staying on through the July 31 trading deadline.

"[Team chairman] Tom Ricketts told me July 22," Hendry said during a news conference Friday. "He's a very honest guy and a very classy guy. At that time, we decided it was best ...

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