Brewers to Interview Pirates Director of Player Personnel Tyrone Brooks

The Milwaukee Brewers will interview Tyrone Brooks, the Pirates’ Director of Player Personnel, for their General Manager position, according to Bob Nightengale.

Milwaukee has a vacant GM position after Doug Melvin stepped down last month. Brooks has a lot of involvement in the Pirates’ system. He oversees the Professional Scouting Department and the International Scouting Department. He also assists Neal Huntington with planning, personnel moves, and decision-making. He’s held his current position since September 16, 2011.

Brooks serves as a cross checker for the Pirates on the international side, including his work in Asia. I interviewed him prior to last season about his role signing guys out of Taiwan, with the Pirates getting a few interesting prospects from the area. You can be sure that Brooks played a role in scouting Jung Ho Kang, and he has already scouted Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park. Coincidentally, the Pirates also had Special Assistant to the GM Marc DelPiano on that same scouting trip. DelPiano was named the Assistant Vice President of the Marlins today, after reports this weekend that he was hired for the job.

If Brooks is hired, this will mark the second big departure from the Pirates’ Front Office. They also lost a key member of their coaching staff when Jeff Banister was hired away by Texas. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as they’ve been one of the best teams in baseball the last few years, and typically that type of success comes with other teams trying to copy their success, starting with hiring away personnel.

  • And how about the job that Banister is doing with the Rangers? If they win the AL West he should be manager of the year in the AL–nobody had the Rangers as contenders.

  • Gentlemen, We’re in a new phase with our Pirates, new for acquiring players and now, new for replacing management personnel hired away. The key for Nutting’s boys in the amateur draft the past couple years has been – could the Pirates survive in the draft without the advantage of getting high first and second round picks?

    In the “old” days, due to losing 90+ games every year, the Pirates got shots at players like Cutch and Alvarez. Question now seems to be will players such as Cole Tucker and Kevin Newman stand up to some of the current stars on the 2015 Pirates roster?

    Ditto the replacement of management people? Can Coonelly and Huntington find able replacements for personnel stolen by those terrible Brewers and Marlins? Tim, whaddye think about this?

  • This would be a big blow to the front office. For the Pirates’ sake, I hope it doesn’t happen.

    • Idk, losing quality guys is never good but it seems like the FO has enough quality options that this isnt a major blow. Losing a Benedict would be a huge blow, this is just the cost of winning a ton of games.

      • I mean, Brooks appears to do a lot of different, and important, jobs for the Pirates. Not saying they can’t replace him, but it would suck if he left. Though I’m curious to see who would replace him.

        But yes, I really don’t want to lose Benedict. He’s a huge part of the Pirates success.

  • Likely successor if Brooks leaves?

    • I’m not sure how that would work. Don’t know if that’s something where Larry Broadway would move up from Director of Minor League Operations, or if one of the Special Assistants would move to the job, or one of the other directors would switch to that role.

  • The price for 3 winning seasons in a row. I remember when the standard of excellence was not losing 90 games. You hate to lose talent but it’s what happens to successful organizations.