Role of former interim GM Bush uncertain

Now that Theo Epstein has named his two top executives in general manager Jed Hoyer and vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod, the role of former interim GM Randy Bush is yet to be determined.

Bush took over the role of interim general manager at the end of August when Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts officially relieved Jim Hendry as GM. Bush is credited with holding things together for the front office during some difficult times when the decision-making process was in limbo because the top baseball executive had not been named. The present group of top executives led by Epstein will look to Bush to supply information on the major league team, staff and the organization as a whole.

Bush spent his entire 12-year playing career with the Minnesota Twins where he was a player on two World Series championship teams in 1987 and 1991. He joined the Cubs in 1999 as a minor league hitting coordinator. But in 2000 he was named head baseball coach of his alma mater, the University of New Orleans, a position he held from 2000-04. Bush returned to the Cubs as a special assistant in 2005 before being named assistant GM by Hendry in December 2006.

Bush has a contract with the Cubs for the 2012 season.