Guest Blogger: Jason Donald

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Hello, my name is Jason Donald and I am an infielder in the Philadelphia phillies organization. This is my first time ever doing a blog so hang with me. Obviously, I along with pretty much everybody else in this league, are pretty excited to be here. This is my first time in the Fall League, but not my first time being in the state of Arizona for a long period of time. I went to the University of Arizona(BEAR DOWN!) down in Tucson so I guess you could say I’m somewhat used to the dry heat and desert landscape.

I would say one of the main goals for me while I am here is to learn and play third base. I have always been a shortstop and have only played shortstop my whole entire life, so this will be a great opportunity for me. I still will play short while I am here, but also third and maybe mixing in some second base as well. It has been a process thus far, but getting reps and experience is the most important thing for me. I also know that Jimmy Rollins won’t be going anywhere for quite awhile, and if learning and knowing how to play all three spots helps get me to the big leagues, then I will take the opportunity every time.

One aspect that has made my time here enjoyable thus far is the guys on the team. We have guys from the Phillies, Cubs, Marlins, Braves, and Tigers. I think we have meshed pretty well and everyone gets along great. Even though we all have different uniforms on, there is a sense of camaraderie inside the clubhouse and dugout. Plus, you get to see how other guys work and approach the game and maybe pick something up that could help your game get better.

Well I think that is about it for this blog. We start our second week of the AFL tomorrow night against Scottsdale. I am looking forward to the games and work ahead this week. Hope you enjoyed the blog entry. 

 

3 Comments

Hey Jason,

I just wanted to say good luck! I saw you play in Lakewood and have followed you since you went to Reading . I am a lifelong Phillies fan and I hope to see you at CBP very soon. You keep hitting the ball like you did last year in spring training (two 3-run blasts in one game against the Jays) and keep working at third I think I will be seeing you sooner rather then later! Best of luck!

Tom Bucci

I see that Ryne Sandberg is one of your coaches. Has he been helpful in your transition to playing second and third base? And many of us have you penciled in as the Phils starting third baseman in 10 after Feliz’s contract expires next year. Would you prefer to play 09 at third in AAA or be a utility infielder with the Phils next year?

Hey Jason…we met in Spring Training earlier this year and you seem like a really great fit for this organization. Saw you hit a monster home run that week too (think it was against the Yankees?) Anyway, I was very happy to see you up with the team late in the year. Keep working at third…I think you will be great at it and this team is going to need you :O) Hope to see you again in February…take care!

Jenn
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