The Pirates today named Tyrone Brooks as director of baseball operations, Mike Basso as a major league scout and Toshi Nagahara as assistant athletic trainer. Also, Kevan Graves was promoted to assistant director of baseball operations.
Brooks, 36, spent three seasons as a professional scout for the Cleveland Indians and also worked 11 years for the Atlanta Braves. Basso, 45, spent seven years with the Toronto Blue Jays, including 2009 as manager at Triple-A Las Vegas. Nagahara, who spent the past two years with Cleveland, also will serve as interpreter for Pirates second baseman Akinori Iwamura.
– Voting is under way for the Ford Frick Award, which enshrines a broadcaster in the Hall of Fame. Among the 212 candidates for a spot on the ballot are the former Voice of the Pirates, Lanny Frattare, as well as the current crew of Bob Walk, Steve Blass and Greg Brown. You can cast a ballot online at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/baseballhall). Voting will end Dec. 31. The top three picks from fan voting will be on the 10-person ballot. The overall winner, which will be decided by a HOF panel, will be revealed in February.