Berardino: Recent hires, promotions show Twins making strides in diversity

From Mike Berardino at the St. Paul Pioneer Press on December 6, 2016, with mention of SABR member Tyrone Brooks:

Deron Johnson did not receive an interview for the Twins’ top two baseball operations positions, but his promotion this week to senior adviser to the scouting department could position him well for future high-level opportunities.

“That’s very much possible in terms of Deron,” said Tyrone Brooks, senior director of Major League Baseball’s diversity pipeline program. “Deron’s an extremely bright guy. He’s been around obviously a long time, has been out there in the trenches in terms of evaluating talent for many years. I don’t see why he wouldn’t (receive consideration). He’s definitely on the radar, for sure.”

Johnson, 50, will expand his scouting reach to include international and professional markets after focusing almost exclusively on the amateur side since joining the Twins in 1994. That included final say in the past nine drafts, dating back to 2008.


Brooks, who sat on a player-development panel with a then little-known [Derek] Falvey in the spring of 2013 at the Society for American Baseball Research convention, was working in the Indians’ front office from 2007-09 during Falvey’s earliest days in baseball.

“Derek is a guy that is extremely thorough,” Brooks said. “I know he’s going to be very process-driven, in terms of looking big picture in how to put together an organization. I had a chance to work with Derek when he was very much in his younger years coming into the Indians organization. He was an intern initially. Then he got a chance to be hired full time working in scouting and our operation there.”

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Originally published: December 6, 2016. Last Updated: December 6, 2016.