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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Pat Gillick hasn't heard from Cubs

ESPNChicago.com

If Pat Gillick takes over as president of the Chicago Cubs, the longtime baseball executive sees no reason Jim Hendry wouldn't be working with him as general manager.

"He's a good baseball man, he knows the National League, he's been there," Gillick said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "And as they say you can't forget, they have been successful even with the last couple of years where they haven't got to where they want to be. Jim got them to that point before."

Gillick, who is a special adviser to the Philadelphia Phillies, has made it known he is open to a president-level job with another team. He said Thursday he has not spoken to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, and he does not know if the Cubs have asked the Phillies permission to talk to Gillick.

"I haven't heard anything at all," Gillick said. "I don't know Mr. Ricketts. I know Jim quite well, and in our dealing we've had with him, what I like about him is he gets right to the point and he's very forthright. There aren't any side agendas. We know what the agenda is and if we can get together on a deal, we get together."

Gillick, who will be 74 in August, was the architect of two world championship teams with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 and one with the Phillies in 2008.

The Cubs have been interested in speaking with Gillick for a long time, but have not, sources told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.

"I said to somebody the other day that I was open to the situation, not as a GM but as a president," Gillick said. "If I thought it was the right situation then I would sit down and try to get a little deeper into what the responsibilities are and their long-term game plan. You've got a short-range game plan and certainly the short-range is to win right now but then there is a long-range plan too so that's very important."

Gillick, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, said he asked Lou Piniella about the former Cubs manager's team during a recent reunion of the 2001 Seattle Mariners team that won 116 games. Gillick said Piniella holds the franchise and Ricketts in high regard.

"From a history standpoint sure it's a real special place," Gillick said. "When you talk about the American League you think of Fenway. When you talk about the National League you think of Wrigley and the fan base that they have in Chicago. I think certainly Mr. Ricketts has a real passion and has been a longtime Cubs fan so consequently there are a lot of positive vibes coming off the Cubs even though the team is not playing that well this year at this point."

The Cubs entered Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 42-62 record, 13½ games back in the NL Central.