Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 11/10/13
John McDonald just completed his 15th big-league season. The 39 year-old infielder played for four different teams in 2013, finishing the season with the Boston Red Sox. In between, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and the Philadelphia Phillies.   Calling McDonald a light-hitting shortstop would do Brendan Ryan a disservice. He possesses a career .235/.274/.327 batting line with a 57 wRC+. Even in the minor leagues, McDonald only hit .260/.321/.327. Over the course of 1005 career games and 2560 plate appearances, McDonald has compiled exactly 1.0 WAR. Given that he’s more than 125 runs below average as a hitter and almost exactly average as a hitter, it’s not hard to figure out where his value has come from. Despite playing in only 123 games in 2007, Baseball Reference ranked him second in the AL in Defensive Runs Saved. His defensive ability diminished some with age, but here are some nice defensive plays he made this season. Here’s one for each team he played for
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