Saturday, November 21, 2009
#498) BOB MacDONALD
Bob MacDonald was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent on January 13, 1996. Met's manager, Dallas Green named him the club's left-handed set-up relief pitcher during spring training that year. Bob out performed fellow southpaw Pedro A. Martinez. "He's got a better breaking ball to left-handed hitters," Green said, "Most of Martinez's best pitches are to right-handed hitters." MacDonald was used out of the bullpen and made 20 appearances with a 4.28 ERA. He remained on the major league roster until the Mets found themselves in need of adding a starting pitcher on June 14th. Robert Person was added from Triple-A Norfolk and Bob found himself ending the season with the Tides. In 1997 he decided to play in Japan and pitched for the Hashin Tigers for that year before retiring from the game.
Bob MacDonald signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home in January 2009.