January 25, 1972|
Panama City, Panama
|May 12, 1999, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 2005, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||173|
José Prado Macías Salazar (born January 25, 1972) is a retired utility man who played in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs in all of parts of seven seasons spanning 1999–2005. Listed at 5' 10", 173 lb., Macías was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Panama City, Panama.
Macias was a reliable and versatile player, being able to cover several positions competently and adapt while maintaining the highest performance standards for the team. He was used mostly at third base, but also played in the middle infield and all three outfield positions. Eventually, he pitched in his home country of Panama and was ready to serve as an emergency catcher if need, as he expressed a desire to play all nine positions in a game if at any point his team can afford it.
Macias was released by the Cubs during the offseason in 2005. He then signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan, where he played in 2006. After that, he signed a Minor League contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and played the entire 2007 season with their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, and then agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008, but was released during spring training. As a result, Macías signed a contract to play in the Mexican League with the Diablos Rojos del Mexico for that season and joined the Piratas de Campeche from 2009 to 2010.
In between, Macías played winter ball with the Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira clubs of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, and for the Algodoneros de Guasave, Mayos de Navojoa, Tomateros de Culiacán and Yaquis de Obregón of the Mexican Pacific League, retiring in 2011.