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blumj
04-20-2010, 11:55 PM
PH game tying HR in his first AB, walkoff hit in his 2nd.

Tom Servo
04-20-2010, 11:58 PM
Darnell McDonald is not your savior.

11larkin11
04-21-2010, 12:00 AM
I continue to LOL at people that say "Only the Reds would have _______ on their roster."

Ramon Ortiz said hello today as well.

blumj
04-21-2010, 12:09 AM
Darnell McDonald is not your savior.

For one night, he got to play the part and bask in the glory, though. That's what's so great about baseball.

Ravenlord
04-21-2010, 12:12 AM
even Reggie Taylor had nights in the limelight of the Reds.

Ghosts of 1990
04-21-2010, 12:13 AM
For one night, he got to play the part and bask in the glory, though. That's what's so great about baseball.

Great point. That's why I love the sport. Any given night...

reds44
04-21-2010, 12:34 AM
Wow.

flyer85
04-21-2010, 12:39 AM
knew Reds should have kept that guy ;)

Brutus
04-21-2010, 01:17 AM
Wily Taveras, Darnell McDonald and Alex Gonzalez have all had at least one heroic night this season. What's the world coming to?

blumj
04-21-2010, 08:14 AM
I just heard the radio call of his HR, after the initial excitement is over you hear this:
And Wakefield's off the hook, despite 5 walks, 2 wild pitches, a balk, and 9 steals.

LoganBuck
04-21-2010, 08:44 AM
I just heard the radio call of his HR, after the initial excitement is over you hear this:

That applies to nearly every Reds starter this year.

blumj
04-21-2010, 08:56 AM
That applies to nearly every Reds starter this year.

I'll give you walks, maybe even some WPs and an occasional balk, but no way on the 9 stolen bases.

Strikes Out Looking
04-21-2010, 09:00 AM
The only reason McDonald is on the Major League club is that both Cameron and Ellsbury went on the DL.

Roy Tucker
04-21-2010, 09:11 AM
Good for him.

I had MLB Network on in the background last night while reading and I heard "blah blah blah Darnell McDonald blah blah blah" and I was like huh? Watched the highlights and I just had to laugh. Dude doesn't give up. Maybe he's the Hal King of this year's Red Sox.

oneupper
04-21-2010, 09:44 AM
Darnell kind of grew on me last year. Serviceable type. Not a bad guy to have at AAA in case tragedy strikes.

Redsfan320
04-21-2010, 09:56 AM
Wily Taveras, Darnell McDonald and Alex Gonzalez have all had at least one heroic night this season. What's the world coming to?

Seems like EdE's in the highlights a lot too.

Apparently Kepp's settling in pretty well with Houston.

Someone I haven't heard a thing about is Jolbert Cabrera. What's he been up to? EDIT: After checking BR it appears he's retired.

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oneupper
04-21-2010, 10:09 AM
Jolbert is actually Orlando's brother.

Redsfan320
04-21-2010, 10:12 AM
Jolbert is actually Orlando's brother.

I know. When I first heard it mentioned on a Reds broadcast a few days ago, it surprised me. They do look a bit alike though.

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GOYA
04-21-2010, 11:03 AM
Scapegoat McDonald

2009 Reds overall - BA .267 in 105 AB

April .273 - 22 AB
May .056 - 18 AB
Aug .385 - 13 AB
Sept .298 - 47 AB
Oct .400 - 5 AB

In AAA he hit .314

The man has received a lot of scorn for having a bad 18 AB in May of 2009.

nate
04-21-2010, 11:18 AM
Scapegoat McDonald

2009 Reds overall - BA .267 in 105 AB

April .273 - 22 AB
May .056 - 18 AB
Aug .385 - 13 AB
Sept .298 - 47 AB
Oct .400 - 5 AB

In AAA he hit .314

The man has received a lot of scorn for having a bad 18 AB in May of 2009.

Darnell McDonald
Age: 31
Career PAs: 158
Career "slash line": .242/.285/.362 - MLB
Career "slash line": .272/.333/.404 - MiLB

He didn't "just" have a "bad 18 AB in May of 2009," he's just not a very good player.

oneupper
04-21-2010, 11:30 AM
I know. When I first heard it mentioned on a Reds broadcast a few days ago, it surprised me. They do look a bit alike though.

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Yep. Cabrera in Latin America isn't quite Hernandez or Perez, but its still very common for a last name.

forfreelin04
04-21-2010, 11:42 AM
Darnell McDonald
Age: 31
Career PAs: 158
Career "slash line": .242/.285/.362 - MLB
Career "slash line": .272/.333/.404 - MiLB

He didn't "just" have a "bad 18 AB in May of 2009," he's just not a very good player.

Miss me yet? :cool:

_Sir_Charles_
04-21-2010, 12:18 PM
Darnell McDonald
Age: 31
Career PAs: 158
Career "slash line": .242/.285/.362 - MLB
Career "slash line": .272/.333/.404 - MiLB

He didn't "just" have a "bad 18 AB in May of 2009," he's just not a very good player.

But he DID have a very nice and solid 2009. I think that's all he was saying. To say otherwise is to not look at the numbers.

BRM
04-21-2010, 12:37 PM
But he DID have a very nice and solid 2009. I think that's all he was saying. To say otherwise is to not look at the numbers.

.706 OPS in 111 PA's. I wouldn't call that "solid" but he wasn't quite as bad as some made him out to be.

mth123
04-21-2010, 09:26 PM
I'd be happy if McDonalod was on the roster to platoon with Dickerson in CF while Stubbs goes down and finishes cooking.

blumj
04-21-2010, 09:28 PM
I'd be happy if McDonalod was on the roster to platoon with Dickerson in CF while Stubbs goes down and finishes cooking.
You can't have him, he just got an OF assist and hit another HR.

edabbs44
04-21-2010, 09:32 PM
You can't have him, he just got an OF assist and hit another HR.

Cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

BearcatShane
04-21-2010, 09:34 PM
I'm extremely happy for him. He seemed like a good humble guy who loved the game when he was here.

blumj
04-21-2010, 09:41 PM
SOSH(Sons of Sam Horn)game thread is very funny, if you don't mind the profanity.


How would one pronounce SODM?


Oh, never mind.


And the papers are stealing gags from them.


Can the Sons of Darnell McDonald be far behind?

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/red_sox/index.php/2010/04/21/you-cannot-stop-darnell-mcdonald-you-can-merely-hope-to-contain-him/

nate
04-21-2010, 09:44 PM
But he DID have a very nice and solid 2009. I think that's all he was saying. To say otherwise is to not look at the numbers.

When I post his career numbers to show he's not been a good player overall, how is that not looking at the numbers? Compared to an average NL CF (OPS .762) in 2009, he was far below average.

It's not a dig at his character or anything like that, it's just saying that if the guy was good, he'd have a lot more than a hundred-ish PAs at age 31. In other words, he's not the one that got away, no matter how "exciting" his play has been in a recent game or two.

KoryMac5
04-21-2010, 09:55 PM
When I post his career numbers to show he's not been a good player overall, how is that not looking at the numbers? Compared to an average NL CF (OPS .762) in 2009, he was far below average.

It's not a dig at his character or anything like that, it's just saying that if the guy was good, he'd have a lot more than a hundred-ish PAs at age 31. In other words, he's not the one that got away, no matter how "exciting" his play has been in a recent game or two.

I think most folks at RedsZone are just happy to see him doing well. He did everything the Reds asked of him last season and it is great for him to be getting his 15 mins in the spotlight. I don't think many are clamoring for him to be back starting with the Reds.

nate
04-21-2010, 10:11 PM
I think most folks at RedsZone are just happy to see him doing well. He did everything the Reds asked of him last season and it is great for him to be getting his 15 mins in the spotlight. I don't think many are clamoring for him to be back starting with the Reds.

Like I said, it's not about his character.

alexad
04-22-2010, 03:59 PM
Good for him. He keeps hanging around waiting on an injury to pop up and seems to find his way onto a major league roster.

bucksfan2
04-22-2010, 04:04 PM
McDonald has been playing professional ball since he was drafted in the first round in 1997. He has been called up to the majors to play in a whopping 70 games. I have heard people describe him as a first class guy so Im glad that he is getting a chance to play. But good lord has he put in his time in the minors.

redsmetz
04-22-2010, 04:16 PM
McDonald has been playing professional ball since he was drafted in the first round in 1997. He has been called up to the majors to play in a whopping 70 games. I have heard people describe him as a first class guy so Im glad that he is getting a chance to play. But good lord has he put in his time in the minors.

History is full of guys like this. My sister-in-law's uncle played three seasons in the ML's, a good rookie season with the Red Sox in the early 50's, another full season with the Senators and then a bit of third season. The rest of his career, he was a AAA guy for the most part, primarily with the Minneapolis Millers. Then some coaching and now fully retired back in NC.

BTW, my wife and I are taking a long weekend to Boston tomorrow. Saturday we've got tickets to Fenway against the Orioles. Should I tell Darnell that RZ says hello?

_Sir_Charles_
04-22-2010, 04:30 PM
When I post his career numbers to show he's not been a good player overall, how is that not looking at the numbers? Compared to an average NL CF (OPS .762) in 2009, he was far below average.

It's not a dig at his character or anything like that, it's just saying that if the guy was good, he'd have a lot more than a hundred-ish PAs at age 31. In other words, he's not the one that got away, no matter how "exciting" his play has been in a recent game or two.

I think you misunderstood me. I was only trying to clarify that original post about him receiving alot of scorn last year despite him playing fairly decently. You responded by posting his career numbers and reiterating he's not very good...but overlooking the fact that he got slammed alot last year here without merit. I was only trying to say that he certainly didn't deserve all the "whipping boy" treatment he got here.

IMO, he's a AAA lifer who's good to have around in case of an injury bug. Solid defensively and not a black hole with the stick. Dime a dozen, sure. Just not deserving of all the crud he took here, that's all.

blumj
04-22-2010, 04:49 PM
History is full of guys like this. My sister-in-law's uncle played three seasons in the ML's, a good rookie season with the Red Sox in the early 50's, another full season with the Senators and then a bit of third season. The rest of his career, he was a AAA guy for the most part, primarily with the Minneapolis Millers. Then some coaching and now fully retired back in NC.

BTW, my wife and I are taking a long weekend to Boston tomorrow. Saturday we've got tickets to Fenway against the Orioles. Should I tell Darnell that RZ says hello?
You're in luck, he's probably starting that game, because of the other reason you're in luck, Matusz is starting for the O's.

blumj
05-25-2010, 11:22 AM
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2010/05/red_sox_designa.html




The Red Sox designated Darnell McDonald for assignment after the game to make room on the roster for Mike Cameron.




Terry Francona appeared emotional discussing the move, saying the Sox had no other choice. He said he hoped for McDonald's sake that another major league team gave him a chance but that it would be beneficial for the Red Sox if he cleared waivers.

Hap
05-25-2010, 11:44 AM
memo to dusty, walt, and bob

NO

BearcatShane
05-25-2010, 12:49 PM
He's really put of some decent numbers so far this year. Hopefully someone gives him a shot. I think he could be a pretty good 4th or 5th outfielder over the next couple years.

forfreelin04
05-25-2010, 12:54 PM
memo to dusty, walt, and bob

NO

I knew this avatar was good/bad luck.

blumj
05-25-2010, 01:00 PM
I knew this avatar was good/bad luck.

I wasn't going to mention it, but bumping into your avatar's been driving me almost as crazy as watching his CF play and futile PAs against RHPs for about a month.

Tom Servo
05-25-2010, 02:12 PM
I don't see the Reds having room to carry a 6th outfielder, and I don't see McDonald as an upgrade over any of our guys.

TRF
05-25-2010, 02:53 PM
Tough break for the guy. a .720 OPS isn't any great shakes, but he had a real nice 1st week with them.

He should have gone to Japan years ago.

blumj
05-25-2010, 08:35 PM
Okay, I take it back, the Red Sox did not DFA Darnell McDonald, they just told him they were going to, so, when Ellsbury showed up sore today, they decided to DFA a pitcher instead. So, never mind, until further notice.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AofTKJOwRidZa1YUeYeaIPURvLYF?slug=ap-redsox-cameron

WVRedsFan
05-26-2010, 02:16 AM
Oh, dear God. Why do we care? We're way beyond fodder like McDonald. I hope.

And like many, I wish him well. If that would make any difference.

blumj
05-26-2010, 09:18 AM
Oh, dear God. Why do we care? We're way beyond fodder like McDonald. I hope.

And like many, I wish him well. If that would make any difference.
Sorry, no reason anyone should care, I guess, it was really just some random piece of "news" about a player I was aware was a former Red and figured I'd mention here in case anyone liked him or was just wondering what he was up to or whatever. Particularly worthless since it turned out to be "fake news", but, if it's annoying, I certainly wouldn't mind not bothering to bring it up when he's DFA'd for real or anything else that happens to him.

TRF
05-26-2010, 09:51 AM
Oh, dear God. Why do we care? We're way beyond fodder like McDonald. I hope.

And like many, I wish him well. If that would make any difference.

Because he was once a Red and the game is also played outside of Cincinnati?

I certainly don't mind reading news about ex players. or players from other teams for that matter. JMO

Sea Ray
05-26-2010, 10:59 AM
I found it interesting that the Red Sox (almost) DFA McDonald because he was contributing. He got some big hits and of course all the Red Sox' big hits are shown nationally

KoryMac5
05-26-2010, 12:24 PM
It's just the silliness of the site sometimes. If you mention an ex Red in a thread eventually a poster will believe that you want him back on the team. Thanks for keeping us updated on Darnell's status.

GOYA
06-29-2010, 04:49 PM
Darnell McDonald
Age: 31
Career PAs: 158
Career "slash line": .242/.285/.362 - MLB
Career "slash line": .272/.333/.404 - MiLB

He didn't "just" have a "bad 18 AB in May of 2009," he's just not a very good player.

Mr. "not a very good player" is hitting .290/.362/.435 in everyday play in the AL East in June.

Overall for the Sox this year - .271/.331/.410

nate
06-29-2010, 05:23 PM
Mr. "not a very good player" is hitting .290/.362/.435 in everyday play in the AL East in June.

Overall for the Sox this year - .271/.331/.410

In 187 whole PAs.

My opinion: UNCHANGED.

_Sir_Charles_
06-29-2010, 05:55 PM
I agree with GOYA. He's a much better player than many here were giving him credit for IMO. Certainly didn't deserve the thrashing he took on these boards.

blumj
06-29-2010, 06:00 PM
You could do a lot worse when every OFer from your OD roster is hurt at the same time. But how often does that happen?

pedro
06-29-2010, 06:05 PM
McDonald's a good baseball player, just not quite good enough to make it as an everyday player in the Major Leagues.

He had some nice seasons in minors.

_Sir_Charles_
06-29-2010, 06:11 PM
McDonald's a good baseball player, just not quite good enough to make it as an everyday player in the Major Leagues.

He had some nice seasons in minors.

Agreed

nemesis
06-29-2010, 06:17 PM
McDonald toiled and toiled in the Minors after being such a high pick and never reaching his potiential. I take his MiLB numbers with a grain of salt. If he was still here in Cincinnati he would be misused, but, he has found a comfortable home in Boston and hopefully he gets enough service time there in the next few years to draw a small pension after dedicating his entire life to the game.

GOYA
06-29-2010, 07:22 PM
Darnell McDonald
Age: 31
Career PAs: 158
Career "slash line": .242/.285/.362 - MLB
Career "slash line": .272/.333/.404 - MiLB

He didn't "just" have a "bad 18 AB in May of 2009," he's just not a very good player.


When I post his career numbers to show he's not been a good player overall, how is that not looking at the numbers? Compared to an average NL CF (OPS .762) in 2009, he was far below average.


In 187 whole PAs.

My opinion: UNCHANGED.

187 is more than 158. Just sayin'. ;)

Always Red
06-29-2010, 07:27 PM
McDonald toiled and toiled in the Minors after being such a high pick and never reaching his potiential. I take his MiLB numbers with a grain of salt. If he was still here in Cincinnati he would be misused, but, he has found a comfortable home in Boston and hopefully he gets enough service time there in the next few years to draw a small pension after dedicating his entire life to the game.

He never "reached his potential," and then the Reds would "misuse" him...how?

By not playing him enough? And why would they do so- who should sit in favor of Darnell?

Why is Darnell playing for the Sox right now? Injury? ....yes

Kudos to Darnell on finding success this year; he's a good guy, a very hard worker, I'm happy that he's doing well, and I wish the best for him.

The Reds (and all of the others) didn't make a mistake with him. The Sox will let him go also, eventually, when the rest of their OF is healthy (Ellsbury, Hermida, Drew, Cameron)

Darnell is the Corky Miller of OF'ers; a lifer AAAA ballplayer.

And I love Corky!

nate
06-29-2010, 07:32 PM
187 is more than 158. Just sayin'. ;)

343 is the sum of his MLB PAs for a smooth .679 OPS.

He's playing his best baseball this year, great!

I still don't think he's very good.

But he's better than Willy Taveras.

nemesis
06-29-2010, 07:41 PM
He never "reached his potential," and then the Reds would "misuse" him...how?

By not playing him enough? And why would they do so- who should sit in favor of Darnell?

Why is Darnell playing for the Sox right now? Injury? ....yes

Kudos to Darnell on finding success this year; he's a good guy, a very hard worker, I'm happy that he's doing well, and I wish the best for him.

The Reds (and all of the others) didn't make a mistake with him. The Sox will let him go also, eventually, when the rest of their OF is healthy (Ellsbury, Hermida, Drew, Cameron)

Darnell is the Corky Miller of OF'ers; a lifer AAAA ballplayer.

And I love Corky!

I am saying he never reached his draft status. He is succeeding in Boston because they found a way to use him early on to hide his deficiencies and build confidence. I would never want him back here.... Dusty would have run him out there as the #1 or #2 hole hitter after Stubbs early season struggles and woulda drove us crazy. Batting mostly lower in the order in Boston has helped him. It makes pitches pitch to him vs getting Pedroia, Ortiz, Drew, Youkiliis, Martinez, Scutro....

BRM
06-30-2010, 11:58 AM
But he's better than Willy Taveras.

Faint praise.