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What Are The Yankees Thinking? Bronx Bombers Hire Jim Hendry – Wrigley Field 1/31/12

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Lou

What are the New York Yankees thinking?  That’s all I could think of when I heard that the Yankees hired former Cubs GM to be a special assignment scout under GM Brian Cashman.  I really thought that Hendry would take the year off after Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts let him go in July/August 2011.  But I guess he had the itch to get back into the game as soon as possible.  Larry Rothschild, the Cubs former pitching coach under Hendry, is currently the Yankees pitching coach, and Joe Girardi is the Yankees Manager.  Girardi caught for the Cubs for several seasons.  So I guess there will be some friendly faces in New York for Hendry.

But after the Yankees pulled off the unthinkable – landing 2 top starting pitchers this off-season in a trade for Michael Pineda with the Seattle Mariners and the signing of free agent Hiroki Kuroda – it shocks me that they would need someone like Hendry.  Hendry is an “old school” executive and although he probably has some great contacts out there, he just does not seem like the right fit in New York.  Maybe he’ll use this as a stepping stone for a year or 2 to jump ship somewhere else, but I just don’t see Hendry providing that much valuable information to one of the top franchises in all of baseball.  Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have gotta be laughing their asses off right now…

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