Tyrone Brooks was announced by Major League Baseball on January 27, 2016 as Senior Director of the Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program. The Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program (“Diversity Pipeline Program”) is an initiative by Major League Baseball that seeks to identify, develop and grow the pool of qualified minority and female candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions throughout the industry. Through the work of the Diversity Pipeline Program in partnership with the 30 MLB Clubs, over 200+ assisted hires have taken place since its inception and the creation of opportunities such as the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program which is providing a meaningful post-graduate full-time baseball operations opportunity for persons of color and women breaking into the industry. Brooks, a veteran of 20 seasons working with major league clubs, previously spent six years working for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he assisted the club in their pursuit of three consecutive playoff appearances (2013-2015).
Brooks spent his first two years with the Pirates organization as the club’s Director of Baseball Operations before being named Director of Player Personnel on September 16, 2011. As the Director of Player Personnel, he helped lead the Professional Scouting Department and the International Scouting Department (non-Latin America) while assisting General Manager Neal Huntington with strategic planning, personnel moves and decision making for the Baseball Operations department.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization, Brooks spent three seasons (2007-09) as a Professional Scout with the Cleveland Indians, with an emphasis on the Pacific Coast League, Texas League and California League while providing secondary Major League coverage of the National League West and American League West division teams.
Brooks also spent 11 years working with the Atlanta Braves, most recently as their Director of Baseball Administration in 2006. He originally joined the Braves as their Baseball Operations Trainee in May of 1996 through the club’s Career Initiative Program. Tyrone also served the Atlanta organization as a Baseball Operations Assistant, Area Scouting Supervisor, Assistant, Player Personnel and Director of Baseball Operations. Tyrone was named by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of their 2012 Men of Excellence and he received the Paul “Dizzy” Trout Ambassador Award by the “Pitch and Hit Club” of Chicago on 1/27/13 for his contributions in creating the Baseball Industry Network.
Brooks is the founder of the Baseball Industry Network (@tbrooksBIN), a baseball networking group that includes over 37,000 members from around the world, covering the full gamut of people working within or connected to the baseball industry. The Baseball Industry Network is currently located on LinkedIn. Brooks was named to the board of directors for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) in July 2019. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Scouts Association, is a member of the Buck O’Neil Professional Scouts and Coaches Association and sits on the advisory board for Saberseminar, a baseball sabermetrics conference held in Boston each August.