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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hendry ignores job security chatter

ESPNChicago.com

The job security of Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, whose team has been one of the most disappointing this season, has been a frequent topic of conversation in the media and sports talk shows.

But Hendry put on a brave face Wednesday when discussing his future. He didn't want to guess what new owner Tom Ricketts might be thinking, but he offered some insight into his own mind set.

"I don't really think that much about it," Hendry said. "To be honest with you, we've done a lot of good things over the last couple of years. We're having a bad year."

The Cubs went on to have a horrible night as they were routed 15-6 by the Washington Nationals, who have the worst record in baseball.

"It certainly hasn't met my expectations," Hendry said. "I just go to work every day and do the best that I can. People are going to say what they want to say."

As ESPN 1000 reported Tuesday afternoon, the Ricketts family has an agreement to keep Crane Kenney as the team's chairman.

Hendry's future is uncertain, despite receiving an extension last fall that runs through 2012. ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine reports that before Kenney extended Hendry's deal, he consulted all three potential buyers of the Cubs.

Hendry is the only Cubs executive to take the team to three postseasons since 1908. But the 2009 Cubs, who have a $140 million payroll, are 9.0 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.