There it is! I had a gut feeling the news might be coming out on today’s baseball off day, and here it is. The Chicago Cubs will soon have a General Manager.
President Jed Hoyer is going with Cleveland Assistant GM Carter Hawkins, per Britt Ghiroli, Sahadev Sharma, and Patrick Mooney:
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 13, 2021
Read the article for the full scoop, but the short version is that Hoyer was targeting rising candidates in organizations with significant success in scouting and player development, and Hawkins has been with the Cleveland Indians for the past 14 seasons. They have obviously been quite good at the scouting and player development thing, particularly on the pitching side.
Hawkins, 37, began his front office career on the scouting side (following his time playing at Vanderbilt), eventually moving into player development, then becoming the Director of Player Development in 2014, and then an Assistant GM in 2016. He’s young, but he’s been doing this at a high level for a long time in an organization that consistently has success in a critical aspect of organization building.
We’ll dig in more on Hawkins soon, when things become a little more official, but broadly speaking, you wanted to see someone from outside the Cubs organization, who was in an organization that has a lot of success with scouting and player development. Boxes checked. Now to find out more on the potential new number two in the Cubs organization.