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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: John McDonald

(Born September 24, 1974) -- The Buffalo Bisons have been lucky enough to have some superb infielders  wear their uniform over the years. John McDonald certainly was in that class.

McDonald grew up in Connecticut, and was drafted by the Indians in 1996. He started out with Watertown in the New York-Penn League, and worked his way up to Buffalo.

The shortstop arrived here in 1999. In 66 games, he hit .316 and displayed that great glove. He played in Buffalo for the next two years as well, with briefs stops in Cleveland each time.

Finally in 2002, the Indians gave McDonald a good dose of playing time, and he fielded .986. He remained a spare infielder for Cleveland until 2005. From there it was on to Toronto, Detroit and Toronto again. With the Blue Jays in 2007 he hit his peak with 353 plate appearances.

McDonald arrived in the National League in 2011, when Toronto dealt him to Arizona. He’s still playing for the Diamondbacks this year. McDonald has played parts of 14 years in the majors, so you’d have to say he’s gotten the most out of his ability.

--- Budd Bailey

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