Carter Hawkins takes over as Cubs general manager with a player development mandate

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Carter Hawkins is known in baseball circles for having a keen eye for talent, and upon being introduced as the 16th general manager in Cubs franchise history Monday, it was clear what his mandate is.

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Keep finding that talent and then nurture it to great success.

"I spent a lot of the summer trying to hammer down what area I wanted the person I hired to be strong in,” president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Monday at Hawkins’ introductory press conference. “A big part of it, I realized, was about someone who was strong in player development. I believe we have a really good front office. We believe that player development will be the key to our next wave of success over the next three to five years.”

The Cubs’ main weakness since the Hoyer-Theo Epstein regime took over in late 2011 has been finding a