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John McDonald | Third Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/24/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 181
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Providence
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 12 (0) / CLE

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John McDonald has announced his retirement from baseball.
McDonald finished out his career as a member of the Angels in 2014. A skilled defender, he mostly functioned as a backup infielder during his career while compiling a .233/.273/.323 batting line and 568 hits over 16 seasons between the Indians, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox, Tigers, and Angels. Wed, Jan 7, 2015 02:06:00 PM

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John McDonald had an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

McDonald, who entered the game for Erick Aybar, saved the Angels from being shut out with his run-scoring double in the ninth inning. The 40-year-old batted just .171 and will likely call it a career after the postseason.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 09:07:00 PM

Angels purchased the contract of INF John McDonald from Triple-A Salt Lake.

McDonald, a non-roster invitee this spring, has won a spot on the Angels' roster as a utility infielder. The 39-year-old is a useful player to have around, but he offers zero fantasy value.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 12:29:00 PM

John McDonald went 1-for-4 as the Angels fell to the Cubs 4-2 on Monday.

In the Angels' other split-squad game, Grant Green made a costly throwing error which contributed to Joe Smith blowing the save in the ninth inning. McDonald, Green's competition as the team's utility infielder, was reported as the favorite to win the job on Friday.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 07:12:00 PM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that John McDonald "appears to have a slight edge" over Grant Green and Andrew Romine for the Angels' utility infielder spot.

McDonald is obviously known for his defense, but he's also hitting .462 (6-for-13) this spring. "He's a magician with his hands," manager Mike Scioscia said of McDonald. "You always knew what he could do with his field sense. Now that you have him in the clubhouse and the dugout and in meetings, this guy has a special understanding of infield play. He's fun to be around."
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 02:04:00 PM

Angels signed INF John McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McDonald batted just .116/.197/.174 in 77 plate appearances last season between the Pirates, Indians, Phillies and Red Sox. The 39-year-old will be battling for a utility infield job this spring in Angels camp.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Red Sox acquired SS John McDonald from the Phillies for RHP Nefi Ogando.

McDonald will serve as infield depth for the Red Sox. McDonald is batting .098 (6-for-61) this season.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 08:14:00 PM

Phillies acquired INF John McDonald from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

McDonald was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon to clear a roster spot for Asdrubal Cabrera's triumphant return from the disabled list. The 38-year-old can play all around the infield but owns a weak .236/.274/.327 batting line in the majors.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 02:48:00 PM

Indians designated INF John McDonald for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Asdrubal Cabrera's return from the disabled list. McDonald, who was acquired from the Pirates earlier this month, went 0-for-7 in eight games with the club.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Indians acquired INF John McDonald from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

McDonald had been on the DL with a back injury, but he'll join the Indians' active roster. The slick-fielding infielder will provide depth at multiple positions.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 07:51:00 PM

John McDonald (back) is also dealing with a right elbow injury.

McDonald landed on the DL last week with a lower back strain, but his elbow has also been an issue. The infielder is eligible to return from the DL on May 30, but it's not clear if he'll be ready at that time.
Sun, May 19, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Pirates placed INF John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with lower back discomfort.

McDonald suffered the injury during Tuesday's game and will now get some extended rest. The 38-year-old has just two hits in 31 at-bats this season. Jordy Mercer has returned from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace him on the active roster.
Wed, May 15, 2013 02:10:00 PM

John McDonald left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with lower back discomfort.

The ailment figures to sideline McDonald for at least a few days. He has just two hits in 31 at-bats for the Pirates.
Tue, May 14, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Pirates acquired INF John McDonald from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along word about the player to be named later. McDonald, 38, batted .249/.295/.386 with six home runs in 213 plate appearances last season while making appearances at shortstop, second base and the hot corner. Known as a solid defender, he should be a useful bench player for Pittsburgh.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 01:05:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have acquired infielder John McDonald from the Diamondbacks.

No word on what the Diamondbacks will receive in return. McDonald, 38, batted just .249/.295/.386 last season, but he should do fine as a utility infielder. He's set to make $1.5 million this year.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 12:21:00 PM

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