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Pirates executive departs for MLB offices

| Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 3:27 p.m.
Erica Hilliard | Trib Total Media
Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks

As he leaves the Pirates' front office for a position in the commissioner's office, Tyrone Brooks will need new business cards — bigger ones.

Brooks, the Pirates' director of player personnel since 2011, is headed to New York to become senior director of MLB's front office and field staff diversity pipeline program.

“That all barely fits on my business card,” Brooks said with a laugh.

Brooks will aid people, especially women and minorities, who are trying to break into baseball operations.

Last year, a study by the University of Central Florida gave MLB a score of 90.4 out of 100 for its racial hiring practices.

The study, conducted by Richard Lapchick, found there was “a decrease in the percentage of people of color as managers, coaches, team senior administrators and in the League office while there was an increase in the percentage of people of color in the team professional administrator positions and in the general manager position.”

In 2009, Brooks founded the Baseball Industry Network, which connects professionals and job-seekers at all levels in the game. The network has grown to about 28,000 members.

“These are the next generation of leaders in our industry,” Brooks said.

Brooks, 42, got his start as an intern through the Atlanta Braves' career initiatives training program. He joined the Pirates in December 2009 as director of baseball operations.

“Getting my break with the Braves totally changed my life,” Brooks said.

In September, Brooks interviewed with the Milwaukee Brewers for the general manager's job. Although Brooks was a finalist, the post went to David Stearns.

Brooks is the third executive to depart the Pirates since the end of the 2015 season. Special assistants Mark DelPiano and Jim Benedict were hired by the Miami Marlins this offseason.

“We have a very special, very distinct culture with the Pirates,” Brooks said. “It's about helping each other and preparing people to step up and step in when it's their turn.”

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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