Longtime Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush is leaving his position to become a senior advisor for the team’s baseball operations department, The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney reports. Bush has been Chicago’s assistant GM since December 2006, and briefly served as the interim GM in between Jim Hendry’s firing in August 2011 and Theo Epstein’s hiring in the 2011-12 offseason.
Bush stayed with the team throughout Epstein’s tenure, and though Jed Hoyer’s first season as the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. The role change has been in the works since August, when Bush let Hoyer know he wasn’t planning to return as assistant GM, so this advisory position will allow Bush to spend more time with his family while working mostly remotely from his Jacksonville home.
“It’s just been an awesome chapter in my baseball career. Working with great people here, and the things we’ve accomplished, it’s just been a ball,” Bush said. “With all that being said, I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and my life. I honestly feel like the luckiest guy in the world with all the blessings that I’ve had in my whole baseball life. It’s been unbelievable.”
Minnesota fans will remember Bush from his 12 seasons with the Twins from 1982-1993, as Bush saw regular duty as an outfielder and first baseman over 1219 career MLB games and was a member of the Twins’ two World Series championship teams. He also worked as the head baseball coach at the University of New Orleans from 2000-05 before joining the Cubs organization as a special assistant and advance scout.