October 9, 1925 |
Newark, New Jersey
|September 11, 1953, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1953, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Runs batted in||5|
Thomas Arthur Giordano (born October 9, 1925) is an American professional baseball front-office executive. In 2016, at age 90 and in his 69th season in organized baseball, he was slated to serve as a scout and special assistant to the general manager of the Atlanta Braves.
Giordano is also a former Major League Baseball infielder, scout, and scouting and farm system director, and minor league manager. As scouting and player development director of the Baltimore Orioles (1976–87) he drafted Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., and signed and developed other players who would help Baltimore win the 1983 World Series.
Giordano was born in Newark, New Jersey. Nicknamed "T-Bone", as a player he stood 6 feet (1.8 metres) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg) and threw and batted right-handed. Apart from an 11-game trial with the 1953 Philadelphia Athletics, when he batted .175 with seven hits (four for extra bases), he spent his entire uniformed career in the minors. In 1956 he became a playing manager for the Milwaukee Braves' organization, then returned to the Athletics (based by then in Kansas City) two years later as a minor league manager. In 1960 Giordano became a scout, working for the Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers and the Orioles. He has been a longtime associate of late Orioles and Indians executive Hank Peters and current Braves' president, baseball operations John Hart.
Since 1976 he has been a senior scouting or player development executive or assistant to the general manager for the Orioles, Indians (1987–2000) and Texas Rangers (2001–15). He was named Major League Baseball's East Coast Scout of the Year in 2007 in a vote of his peers.