Former Blue Jays SS McDonald officially retires

John McDonald (Gail Burton/AP)

Longtime MLB infielder John McDonald officially ended his playing career Wednesday, retiring from baseball.

The fan favourite played 16 seasons in the big leagues, including seven with the Toronto Blue Jays, who announced his retirement officially. Known for his dazzling defensive ability, McDonald spent most of his career at shortstop while also appearing at second base and third.

McDonald impressed with his glove and some dubbed him the ‘Prime Minister of Defence,’ but he was a below-average hitter with a .233/.273/.323 career batting line. However, one of his 28 career home runs was particularly memorable. He homered on Father’s Day 2010 just days after his father passed away.

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