Tony DeMacio returns to the Braves as a scout

The Braves are adding a very important person to the front office. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

The Braves have hired Tony DeMacio as the new Special Assistant to the General Manager. DeMacio will be a major league scout and report directly to GM John Schuerholz.

The 61-year-old DeMacio started his pro baseball career with the Braves back in 1983. As an area scout DeMacio signed both Tom Glavine and Chipper Jones.

He then moved on to the Cleveland Indians in 1991 and was involved in the signing of Manny Ramirez, Chad Ogea, Albie Lopez, Paul Shuey, Paul Byrd, and Herbert Perry. From 1995 through 1998 DeMacio was in the Chicago Cubs' scouting department. He was involved in the selections of Kerry Wood, Corey Patterson, and Jon Garland.

Then in 1999 Orioles' GM Frank Wren, now Schuerholz's Assistant GM in Atlanta, hired DeMacio as Baltimore's Farm Director. He drafted Brian Roberts, Erik Bedard, Willie Harris, Nick Markakis, and John Maine. DeMacio has spent the last two years as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He replaces Bob Schaefer, who left the Braves to become Oakland's bench coach.

DeMacio's stories of scouting and signing Glavine and Jones are featured in the book Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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