MacDonald pitched for six seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990 and finishing with the New York Mets in 1996. In between, he pitched for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. He also pitched one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers. In 197 games, MacDonald posted an 8-9 record with a 4.34 ERA and three saves. His best year was 1991 when he won three games and had a 2.85 ERA in 45 games for Toronto.
MacDonald made his major league debut on August 14, 1990, at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox. He entered the game in the eighth inning in relief of Todd Stottlemyre. He retired Ozzie Guillen, then walked Phil Bradley, before getting Lance Johnson to hit into a double play. The Blue Jays won the game 12-4.
Nolan Ryan threw his seventh, and final, no-hitter on May 1, 1991, at Arlington Stadium against the Blue Jays. MacDonald took over for Toronto starter Jimmy Key in the seventh inning and gave up two hits, but also struck out two hitters. He did not allow a run. Ryan and the Texas Rangers won the game 3-0.
Bob MacDonald – career stats