CHICAGO - Carter Hawkins says he and his family are thrilled to be moving to Chicago, so he can work as the general manager for the "first-class" Chicago Cubs.
"The leading indicator is having great people with great processes who are disciplined in those processes," Hawkins said. "All of those processes have to lead back to developing players better than the other 29 teams."
Hawkins said that's something that all general managers talk about, because it's important but you have to recognize how easily you can mess it up.
"It is so easy to skip steps. It is so easy to take the path of least resistance," he said.
Hawkins talked about developing pitchers in particular.
"The secret on developing pitchers is that there is no secret," he said. "What the Indians were able to do really, really well was to take all the information that's available out there, and synthesize that into digestible information that the player could be on board with, the staff could be on board with."
Hawkins spent 14 seasons with the Cleveland Indians. For the last five seasons, he was the team’s Assistant General Manager, while also having been involved in all aspects of baseball operations. That includes player and staff procurement and development, negotiations, rules, and administration and plater personnel decisions at the major and minor league levels.
He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007.