Feb 18, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs player Darnell McDonald poses for a picture during photo day at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Former Orioles #1 Pick Darnell McDonald Retires


 

Darnell McDonald, the #1 draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1997 (number 26 overall), has announced his retirement on instagram.

The outfielder only ever played in 17 games for the Orioles, batting .156 – all in 2004. He was granted free agency after that season and later played for the Twins, Reds, Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs … that’s six organizations if you were counting them.

McDonald’s best successes were in 2011-12 with the Red Sox. And I can recall him having some good games against the Orioles, though he never lived up to first-round expectations. Until reading it elsewhere, I had forgotten that he was the losing pitcher in that 2012 17-inning epic game where Chris Davis ended as the winning pitcher over the Red Sox.

He is age 35, and finishes with a career average of .250 with 20 home runs…

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

2004

25

BAL AL

17

32

3

5

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

6

.156

.206

2007

28

MIN AL

4

10

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

.100

.182

2009

30

CIN NL

47

105

12

28

6

1

2

10

1

0

5

31

.267

.306

2010

31

BOS AL

117

319

40

86

18

3

9

34

9

1

30

85

.270

.336

2011

32

BOS AL

79

157

26

37

6

1

6

24

2

3

14

33

.236

.303

2012

33

TOT AL

42

88

17

18

7

0

2

9

1

1

12

19

.205

.297

2012

33

BOS AL

38

84

17

18

7

0

2

9

1

1

12

17

.214

.309

2012

33

NYY AL

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

2013

34

CHC NL

25

53

4

16

4

0

1

5

0

0

4

8

.302

.351

7 Yrs

331

764

102

191

42

5

20

83

14

5

68

185

.250

.314

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