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Very few, if any, Cubs fans like Jim Hendry. Most of them cite his poor work as a GM, handicapping the team with monster contracts that all seem to have a no-trade clause.
What most don't realize is that he wasn't successful while being in charge of minor league development (unless you consider a corner infield combination of Kevin Orie and Julio Zuleta a success).
On the other hand, Cubs fans still love Greg Maddux, even if we did lose his prime years to Atlanta. Still, the man's one of the best baseball minds alive, and has said he's more interested in front office work than on-field duties.
Having played on one of the great dynasty teams of the last half-century in Atlanta, Maddux knows what it takes to build a winner. I have no doubt in his abilities to build a consistent winner without having to overpay for anyone who would be considered above-average or better.