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John McDonald is retiring

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 06: Mike Morin #64 of the Los Angeles Angels makes a catch for an out in front of John McDonald #8 for the third out of the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 6, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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I’m assuming he held the news a day so’s not to steal the thunder of the Hall of Famers, but journeyman infielder John McDonald has announced his retirement.

McDonald played for eight teams over a 16-year major league career [checks Totally does a double take, realizing that, yes, McDonald was a 16-year big leaguer]. He lasted that long because, for most of his career, he was a downright spiffy defensive shortstop who could handle second, third and even play some outfield. There are a lot of guys who profile as utilitymen. Not many stick around as long as McDonald did. Keeping him from starting was a pretty poor bat, but nobody’s perfect.

So, so long, former Indian, Blue Jay, Diamondback, Pirate, Phillie, Red Sock, Angel and Tiger! Enjoy retirement.