15 October (NWN) — The Chicago Cubs on Friday appointed Cleveland Indians executive Carter Hawkins as their 16th general manager in franchise history.
Hawkins spent 14 seasons with the Indians in a variety of roles, including as an assistant general manager over the past five years. He fills a position that was vacated by Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer following his promotion in November after Theo Epstein stepped down as team president.
Hoyer previously committed to bringing in an outside hire to the franchise, citing the need for a new voice.
“I’m thrilled to bring Carter to our organization,” Hoyer said in a statement Friday. “He has earned a stellar reputation as a leader through hard work, an open mind, humility and wit. I look forward to partnering with him to build the next great Cubs team.”
Hawkins, 37, served as director of player development for the Indians when the club faced the Cubs in the 2016 World Series. He began his front office career as a scouting intern with Cleveland in 2008 after playing catcher for Vanderbilt University.
Hawking’s role in player development for the Indians was fascinating to the Cubs. Indians have five prospects in MLB’s top 100, the most for any organization.