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Darnell McDonald joins Cubs front office two weeks after retiring

Apr 15, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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Earlier this month journeyman outfielder Darnell McDonald announced his retirement via Instagram and he’s already landed a good post-playing gig in the Cubs’ front office as a baseball operations assistant.

McDonald was the Orioles’ first-round pick in 1997 and went bust as a prospect, but then stuck around in the minors and wound up playing parts of seven seasons in the big leagues. He totaled 854 plate appearances for six different teams–including a brief stint with the Cubs last year–all but 45 of them after turning 30 years old.

He also played 16 seasons and logged 6,175 plate appearances in the minors, so McDonald is definitely a baseball lifer and it makes sense that he’d want to jump right into the off-field side of things.

  1. drewsylvania - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Good for him. The guy’s a class act.

  2. Wesley Clark - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Hope he does well. I had no idea he had so much minor league time. In the interviews that I have seen with him he does come off as a class act.

  3. kruegere - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I’m glad David Price won’t have to pitch agaisnt him anymore.

    • kruegere - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM


  4. jeffberk2014 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    He has ties to Theo from his Boston days.

    • Caught Looking - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      ……and his Cubs days from last season

  5. bilunov77 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    Reblogged this on GLOBAL HARDWARE (GH) à paris sur SOCIETE.COM ….

  6. psousa1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Good for him. Not that I know him but every interview I saw or read with him, while in boston, he seemed like a humble and likeable dude.

  7. larry1994 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    The guy has played his butt off in the minors. It was cool to see him hit a dinger last year for the Cubs. Glad the Cubs front office has the empathy to hire from within their organization.

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