Texas' Giardano earns scouting award

Texas' Giardano earns scouting award

Rangers scout Tom Giordano has been selected as the East Coast Scout of the Year by his peers.

Giordano has been with the Rangers since 2001 as senior advisor to the general manager.

"This award could just as easily be for career achievement," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Tom is a one-of-a-kind baseball man who has contributed to the game in many capacities over the years. His energy and passion remain as strong as ever. The Rangers organization and I congratulate Tom on this recognition."

Giordano has a long and distinguished career as a Major League scout, including a 12-year run as the Baltimore Orioles director of scouting and player development from 1976-1987. The Orioles won the World Series in 1983 during Giardano's tenure. Among the players he drafted was Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr.

He went with general manager John Hart to the Cleveland Indians in 1988 as a scout and vice president of baseball operations and was an integral part of the front office that built that franchise into an American League powerhouse.

He came to Texas with Hart after the 2001 season and is part of a veteran professional scouting staff that includes Mel Didier, Keith Boeck, Jay Robertson, Gary Rajsich, Don Welke and pro scouting director A.J. Preller.

In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must have 25 years of experience in a full-time scouting capacity. Each season, Scouting Directors of each Major League team submit names of eligible candidates. At the end of August, the list of nominees is compiled into a ballot, broken down by region, and sent to every Major League Scout in baseball. Scouts are asked to vote for the candidate in their region that they feel best represents the profession.

Ballots are tallied, and an East Coast, Midwest and West Coast recipient is announced. Winners are honored at the Baseball Winter Meetings with an awards ceremony and a special reception and are presented with a black bat from Hillerich & Bradsby, a mantle clock from Topps, and a Scout of the Year ring.

Quiroz takes free agency: The Rangers have outrighted catcher Guillermo Quiroz to Triple-A Oklahoma and taken him off the 40-man roster. Quiroz subsequently refused the assignment and has become a free agent. Quiroz played in nine games for the Rangers in September and was 4-for-10.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.