Joe McDonald (baseball executive)

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Joseph A. McDonald (born July 5, 1929 in Staten Island, New York[1]) is a former front office executive in American Major League Baseball.

He played prominent roles in the New York Mets organization in his career there between 1965 and 1980. McDonald was the Mets' Administrative Secretary, Minor League Clubs, where he dealt with minor league operations in 1965 and 1966. In 1967, he was the Mets' Director of Scouting. In 1968, he moved up and became the Mets' Director of Minor League Operations, and he stayed in that position until 1971. In 1972, he served as the Mets' Director of Player Development Operations. In 1973, he again became the Mets' Director of Minor League Operations, and he stayed in that position until October, 1974. In October, 1974, he was promoted to general manager. He was their general manager until 1978. In 1979, he became the Mets' Vice President and also worked as an assistant general manager. He stayed in that position until he was fired on February 21, 1980.[2]

In 1981, he became the St. Louis Cardinals Executive Assistant, where he served as an assistant general manager to Whitey Herzog, the Cards' GM and field manager. McDonald and Herzog had worked closely together in the Mets' farm system from 1966-72. He was assistant GM in St. Louis until April 10, 1982, when he became the Cardinals' general manager, thus enabling Herzog to focus on his on-field responsibilities. McDonald resigned from that post on January 3, 1985.

In 1987, he became the Detroit Tigers' Director of Player Development (he also served as vice president). He stayed in that position until 1991, when he became a Senior Vice President and also a general manager. He stayed in that position until 1992. He later scouted for the California Angels,[3] Colorado Rockies[4][5] and in 2004 he became a scout at the professional level for the Boston Red Sox, based in Lakeland, Florida, the position he still held during the 2013 season.[6]

His son, Jody McDonald, is a sports talk radio host who has worked in Philadelphia and New York City.

McDonald has earned 5 World Series rings: 1969 with the Mets, 1982 with the Cardinals, and 2004, 2007 and 2013 with the Red Sox.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Historical Society: Joe McDonald
  2. ^ Durso, Joseph (February 21, 1980). "Kuhn Aide Is Selected by Mets". The New York Times. p. D19. 
  3. ^ Baseball America 1993 Annual Directory
  4. ^ Baseball America 2000 Annual Directory
  5. ^ Baseball America 2002 Annual Directory
  6. ^ Boston Red Sox 2013 Media Guide
  7. ^ Kornacki, Steve (February 16, 2011). "Ex-Tigers executive Joe McDonald recalls his unique relationship with Ty Cobb". MLive.com. 
Preceded by
Bob Scheffing
New York Mets General Manager
19751980
Succeeded by
Frank Cashen
Preceded by
Whitey Herzog
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager
19821984
Succeeded by
Dal Maxvill
Preceded by
Bill Lajoie
Detroit Tigers General Manager
19911992
Succeeded by
Jerry Walker