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Cubs won't comment on Kenney report
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/25/2009 10:29 PM

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The Cubs had no comment Tuesday on a radio report that said the Ricketts family will keep team chairman Crane Kenney on board in that role for multiple years after the sale of the club from the Tribune Co. to the Ricketts group is complete.

A spokesman for the Cubs said Kenney was in Arizona and that the club had no comment.

Kenney has been the Tribune Co.'s point man during a recent spending spree that saw the Cubs give an eight-year, $136 million contract to left fielder Alfonso Soriano after the 2006 season.

The Cubs won the National League Central in 2007 and 2008 but failed to win a playoff game in either year. The Cubs will need a miracle finish to qualify for the postseason this year.

General manager Jim Hendry said he was not aware of the report. Kenney last year signed Hendry to a contract extension through 2012. The extension was run by each of the ownership groups that were in contention to buy the Cubs, including the Ricketts family.

In other words, Hendry is likely going nowhere.

"I'm certainly glad the Ricketts family are going to be running the club," Hendry said. "Obviously, I know a lot about their reputation from my years in Omaha (as baseball coach at Creighton University). I'm certainly glad that they were the winners."

Hendry would not understate the importance of the current 10-game homestand.

"It's huge," he said. "We've really put ourselves in a bad spot. Sixteen, 17 days ago, we were in first place. Now, we're 8 back. We had a terrible two weeks. We need a great homestand to get back in it."

Hendry was asked if his team would be "loose."

"I don't know if it's looser," he said. "We haven't played well. It's not time to be loose. It's time to produce. We've been very poor all year with men in scoring position. We've certainly had good enough starting pitching all year to be in contention. We just haven't hit. We haven't hit with regularity with men on base. That's something we did so well last year, with a lot of the same personnel."