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11/03/2011

Johnny Mac, he ain't coming back.......

We are gonna miss number six!

He actually left on August 23rd when he was packaged up with Aaron Hill and traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson.

While John McDonald wasn't one of the key members of the Jays, getting into 549 games in seven seasons in a Jays uniform, it seems most of his moments on the diamond were key.

His hustle, glove and patience made him a fan favourite.

I'm sure the news that he has resigned with the Diamondbacks are going to leave those Toronto Blue Jay's fans who had hoped for his return a little sad.

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RICK MADONIK - Fans show their displeasure with the move of John McDonald during MLB action between Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals at Rogers Stadium, August 23, 2011. 

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RENE JOHNSTON -  Toronto Blue Jays John McDonald at batting practice, April 5, 2011.

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TONY BOCK - Not big with the bat, huge on the hustle,John McDonald runs hard but he still grounds out for the final out in the tenth inning, April 21, 2010

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DAVID COOPER - Blue Jays Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Bryan King uses a tethered belt with John McDonald #6 for  their resistance  sprint program as part of the condition at  the Cecil B. Englebert Complex, in Dunedin, February 17, 2011.

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TONY BOCK - Magic with the glove, there always seemed like Johnny Mac's bat had a little magic in it with several key hits as a Jay. Here John McDonald strikes out in the seventh inning with two runners on base, May14, 2009.

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STEVE RUSSELL -  John McDonald corals the ball after it bounced off of him, April 18, 2010.

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TONY BOCK - Jays beat RedSox, 7-4. Eighth inning, John Mcdonald and Vernon Wells collide going for a Kevin Youkilis triple, Alex Rios winces watching them, though both continued in the game. June 4, 2008.

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PETER POWER -The Toronto Blue Jays were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 during an afternoon game at Rogers Centre in Toronto. John McDonald celebrates after being called safe on a play at the plate in the 3rd inning. He slid past the plate, and during the race back to home plate Phillies catcher Sal Fasano lost the ball trying to make the tag. July 2, 2006.

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DAVID COOPER - Toronto Blue Jays John McDonald rolls around in pain during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, May 6, 2008. McDonald was helped off the field by Blue Jays medical staff.

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RICK EGLINTON - Jays John McDonald comes up with a big catch and a second out in the top of the fourth inning. May 10, 2011.

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COLIN MCCONNELL - Short stop John McDonald makes a fantastic catch and throws from his knees to get the Tigers Brandon Inge, March 25, 2010.

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ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE - Toronto Blue Jays John McDonald checks on Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau after breaking up a double play during 8th inning MLB play at the Rogers Centre. Morneau did not return to the game in the bottom half of the inning. July 07, 2010.

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TONY BOCK - APRIL12, 2010  -  Jays versus White Sox in the season opener. Gordon Beckham slides under John McDonald, Carlos Quentin hits into 7th inning double play. April 12, 2010.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - John McDonald beat Clay Rapada's throw to first in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to a 7-1 victory over the Texas Rangers. June 9, 2010.

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DAVID COOPER - John McDonald starting at  third base makes a diving stop on a hard hit ball off  the bat of Pat Burrell in the second inning during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Burrell was out on the play as John McDonald recovered the ball and got him at first. August 26 2009.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - On Father's Day, a couple days after his own father passed away, John McDonald is congratulated by his teamates after hitting the game winning homer in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Tampa Bay Rays and won 6-4 in 11 innings. April 22, 2011

 

John McDonald's Line as a Toronto Blue Jay

Games    At Bats    Runs    Hits    Doubles    Triples    Homers    RBI's    Stolen Bases    Walks    Average

  549      1337       160     325        62            8            17        140            26                58        .243

 

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It's really enough with Toronto sports fans blindingly loving mediocre players who really don't contribute wins to the team. Think about Tie Domi, Matt Bonner, Jerome Williams (JYD), Darcy Tucker... I don't care if John MacDonald was a nice guy and hard worker - he hit .200 and couldn't consistently stay in the lineup because of how much of a liability he was at the plate. I am not sad to see him leave. I much rather have a lazy jerk on the team if it helps any Toronto team make the playoffs.

The league is full of x Toronto ball players that Toronto coaches didn't think had any talent! The problem is obvious, it's the coaching staff that should be traded.

Ian Hayes obviously thinks a batting average is the most important way to evaluate a ball player. He needs to examine the history of baseball and see how many heros have popped out of the crowd of players, that were poor hitters but had contributed in a big way to the teams success in some other way. Johnny Mac. could lay down a bunt as good as anyone in the game. How many hot shot average hitters have you seen that couldn't move the runners because he couldn't lay down a simple thing like a bunt. Hussle on the bases, John never trotted to first base, he was flat out when the opportunity presented itself. John's glove was his forte, he could play any position on the hot infield and you knew he had control, he was an exceptional fielder. When you looked at his salary, he was the best bargain the Boo Jays ever had and they gave him away. If they couldn't recognize that talent their future isn't very bright!

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