- John McDonald (baseball)
Infobox MLB player
team=Toronto Blue Jays
birthdate=birth date and age|1974|9|24
statyear= August 19, 2008
stat2label=Hits| stat2value= 356
stat5label=Runs batted in
Toronto Blue Jays(by|2005-present)
John Joseph McDonald (born
September 24, 1974in New London, Connecticut) is a Major League Baseball infielderfor the Toronto Blue Jays, primarily known for his defensive abilities. He was also a member of one of the last baseball teams for Providence College before the team was disbanded.
Johnny Mac was drafted in the 12th round of the by|1996
Major League Baseball Draftby the Cleveland Indians. He made his MLB debut for Cleveland on July 4, by|1999. On December 2, by|2004, McDonald was traded from Cleveland to the Toronto Blue Jaysin exchange for future considerations ( Tom Mastny) [http://tsf.waymoresports.thestar.com/thestar/baseball/tradelog-viewtrade.cgi?trade&x_id=167] .
McDonald was primarily a backup for
Russ Adamsat shortstop, putting up a .290 batting averageand .340 OBP in 93 at bats for the Blue Jays to go along with 5 stolen bases. He was traded from the Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigerson July 22, by|2005 for future considerations. [http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050722&content_id=1140624&vkey=news_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor] . McDonald hit .260 with a .308 OBP for Detroit in 73 at bats. He was traded from the Tigers back to the Toronto Blue Jayson November 10, 2005, for cash considerations. [http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20051110&content_id=1267074&vkey=news_tor&fext=.jsp&c_id=tor] .
During the by|2006 season, he was the starting shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays due to the defensive struggles of teammate
Russ Adams. At a point in the season, McDonald was labeled the "Emergency Back-up Catcher" for the Blue Jays behind their starting catchers Bengie Molinaand Gregg Zaunas both played the role of Designated Hitterwhen they were not defensive catchers.
July 25, 2006, McDonald hit his first career grand slam in a game against the Seattle Mariners.
McDonald started the by|2007 season by sharing the shortstop position with newcomer
Royce Clayton. He also played games at third base as Troy Glaus's backup. Later in the season after showing his strong defensive abilities, McDonald replaced Royce Clayton as the everyday starting shortstop. Clayton was then released and McDonald took his role as starting shortstop, often contributing exceptional defensive plays (in conjunction with fellow infielders Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay). He was considered by the media as a contender to win a Gold Gloveafter leading AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.986) in 2007. Due in large part to his displays in the field this season, he received a 2-year contract extension from the Blue Jays - the deal was reportedly worth 3.8 million US.
In a poll of the viewers of the Canadian sports station
Rogers Sportsnet, which broadcasts the majority of the Blue Jays' games, John McDonald was voted the most popular Blue Jay, narrowly edging out Roy Halladay.
Due to the off-season signing of all-star shortstop
David Eckstein, John McDonald's role in the 2008 season is slated to be as a backup. This move has prompted a wave of questions from Blue Jays fans, as the team had signed McDonald to a multi-year contract not long before their acquisition of Eckstein. This new contract led most people to believe that McDonald, a fan favorite due to his stellar defense and gritty style of play, would stay on as starting shortstop. But, with the departure of David Eckstein in late August, to the Arizona Diamondbacks, John McDonald was able to regain the lead-role at shortstop.
*McDonald is one of only a few players to be traded for himself. The Blue Jays traded him to the Tigers in the middle of the 2005 season for future considerations. McDonald was then given back to the Blue Jays following the 2005 season to complete the exchange.
*Has a rare bobblehead made in his image. Only a few hundred were given out to 2008 Flex Pack purchasers.
*Designed a "John McDonald" t-shirt with a picture of his most memorable play in his professional career on the back. The first 10,000 fans each received at the SkyDome on September 21, 2008.
*List of baseball nicknames
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