The Milwaukee Brewers will interview Tyrone Brooks, the Pirates’ Director of Player Personnel, for their General Manager position, according to Bob Nightengale.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 9, 2015
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.