Gary Hughes resigns Cubs job

Chicago Cubs special assistant to the general manager Gary Hughes, who was one of the team's top talent evaluators, has resigned his position, effective Oct. 31.

"I really enjoyed my time working for the Chicago Cubs," Hughes said. "I especially enjoyed the first six years where we had more success.

"The last three have kind of been tough for everybody. I think the Ricketts family are going to be great owners. But at this point in time, I felt it was time for me to leave. I wish everyone there nothing but success."

Hughes, who has had a long and illustrious career in baseball, was hired by former general manager Jim Hendry as a special assistant on Oct. 30, 2002. Hendry was fired on July 22. Chairman Tom Ricketts is conducting a search for a new GM.

While with the Florida Marlins, Hughes was instrumental in hiring Hendry out of college baseball. Hendry had been the head baseball coach at Creighton.

Hughes has been in baseball for 44 years with nine organizations. He was scouting director for the Montreal Expos, and he was assistant general manager and scouting director for the Marlins when they began in 1991. He stayed with the Marlins through the 1997 world championship.

Hughes has made many contributions to baseball, including starting a special fund for baseball people who become indigent. Along with Chicago White Sox consultant Dennis Gilbert, Hughes has raised millions of dollars for this cause with special events in California over the last six years.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.