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Former Angels infielder John McDonald retires after 16-year career

Former Angels infielder John McDonald retires after 16-year career

The 2014 season John McDonald spent as a valuable late-inning defensive replacement for the Angels turned out to be his last. The popular 40-year-old infielder announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 16-year major league career in which he played for eight teams.

“I think it was time,” McDonald said by phone from his home in Scituate, Mass. “As the off-season went on, unlike last year, when I had such a desire to play, I didn’t necessarily have that same drive. I’ve been thinking about it an awful lot, about what’s next, but I can’t go on to what’s next until I stop playing.”

McDonald, who grew up in East Lyme, Conn.,...

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