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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History <br> John McDonald — Sept. 24, 1974

The Buffalo Bisons have been fortunate 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 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 brief stops in Cleveland each season.

In 2002, the Indians gave McDonald a good dose of playing time, and he put up a .986 fielding percentage. 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. 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

Sports Ink at buffalonews.com.