Cubs promote Bush to assistant GM

Cubs promote Bush to assistant GM

CHICAGO -- Randy Bush was promoted on Wednesday from special assistant to assistant general manager for the Chicago Cubs.

He was originally named a special assistant to the general manager for the Cubs on Jan. 26, 2005, after spending the previous five seasons as the head baseball coach at the University of New Orleans. Thirteen of Bush's players reached the professional ranks, including one of the Texas Rangers' first-round selections in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, pitcher Thomas Diamond.

Bush, 48, played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins and was a member of the 1987 and 1991 World Series championship teams.

"I've been in the game a long time," Bush said. "One of the things I can bring is the perspective from the players' point of view. I was fortunate enough to be part of some championship ballclubs. I think that helps. I've also been a head coach in college. I understand the relationship between professional baseball and college baseball.

"I'm also a very organized, detail person," Bush said. "[GM] Jim [Hendry] has tremendous people skills and will certainly continue to build on those relationships that he has with agents and general managers. One thing we've talked about is a lot of the informational things that go into running an office efficiently -- and making sure the information running from the scouts gets channeled to him in a more efficient way."

The decision was not related at all to Hendry's recent health issues, which forced him to undergo an angioplasty during the Winter Meetings. Hendry said that he and interim team president John McDonough had discussed adding someone a few days after the regular season ended.

"John felt one more quality baseball person in the office would be good for me," Hendry said.

When Andy MacPhail resigned as team president, Hendry was minus having another baseball person to help in some of the decision making.

"We want to continue to streamline and be efficient and really help Jim," Bush said. "That's the whole goal, is to get him the best information possible.

"I think [the job duties] are going to evolve," Bush said. "A lot of teams utilize this position and their roles vary."

Has Bush considered being a general manager one day?

"I think it's something I've started thinking about more recently," he said.

"Obviously, Randy Bush is highly respected and a man of high character in our game," Hendry said. "He's a guy who we targeted for advancement from the day we got him. He's been a quality evaluator. He's got the baseball background and intelligence to adapt to the office and move forward in front-office duties as well as evaluating our Minor League system and helping me in every capacity."

Bush will sub for Hendry on some of the Cubs' road trips to give the GM more time to look at the Minor League teams, and also continue to do some scouting.

"He's a very good evaluator," Hendry said of Bush. "He's made the transition in rapid fashion the last couple years in his ability to evaluate and analyze our system for us. He's a very talented guy. He's the whole package.

"It's refreshing to see a guy who played that long and have the ability to be out of the professional leagues and make such rapid advancement," Hendry said. "He's a class guy."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.