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This article is about the baseball player. For the British politician, see Brendan Donnelly (politician).
Brendan Donnelly
Born: (1971-07-04) July 4, 1971 (age 43)
Washington, D.C.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2002 for the Anaheim Angels
Last MLB appearance
July 23, 2010 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 32–10
Earned run average 3.22
Strikeouts 369
Career highlights and awards

Brendan Kevin Donnelly (born July 4, 1971 in Washington, D.C.) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He bats and throws right-handed. Through the 2007 season, Donnelly had pitched for eighteen teams (two of them independents), nine organizations, two independent leagues, eleven organized minor leagues, and the American League. 2007 was Donnelly's 16th season in professional baseball.

Professional Baseball Career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Donnelly was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 27th round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] The White Sox released him in April 1993. In June 1993, he signed with the Chicago Cubs organization; the Cubs released him before the start of the 1994 season. In 1994, he played for the independent Ohio Valley Redcoats.

In March 1995, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds and participated in Spring Training as a replacement player during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike. As a result of his participation as a replacement player, Donnelly is permanently barred from joining the Major League Baseball Players Association.[2] Donnelly remained in the Reds organization until he was released in April 1999.

He started the 1999 season with the independent Nashua Pride. In May 1999, he was purchased by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was released on August 12, 1999. On August 18, 1999, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was released on August 25, 1999. On August 26, 1999, he was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was released in July 2000. In August 2000, he signed with the Chicago Cubs. He became a free agent after the 2000 season.

Anaheim Angels[edit]

In January 2001, he signed with the Anaheim Angels, where he made his major league debut in 2002. He was an immediate fan favorite because of his intensity, the goggles that he wears, and his effectiveness as the main setup man to Troy Percival. Donnelly would go onto play an integral part of the Angels' bullpen in their 2002 championship season, serving as the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the World Series. He was the third replacement player to win the World Series, behind both Shane Spencer of the 1998 New York Yankees and Damian Miller of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2003, in that same role, Donnelly put up an 1.58 earned run average and became a rare example of a non-closer who was selected as an All-Star. Donnelly went on to be the winning pitcher in that mid-summer classic.[3]

He suffered a broken nose during spring training 2004, causing him to miss a large portion of the season. Donnelly remained fairly effective throughout 2004 in a very good bullpen for the American League West Champion Anaheim Angels. In 2005, Donnelly began to see a decline in performance, including a decrease in velocity on his fastball as a set-up man for closer Francisco Rodríguez after Percival's departure. In June 2005, Donnelly was suspended for having pine tar on his glove. In 2006, Donnelly continued to drop down the depth chart in the bullpen becoming an inconsistent middle reliever.[citation needed]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On December 15, 2006, Donnelly was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Phil Seibel.[4]

On July 31, 2007, it was announced that Donnelly would need Tommy John surgery. During his absence, the Red Sox would eventually go on to win the 2007 World Series. Donnelly became a free agent after the 2007 season.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On February 6, 2008, the Cleveland Indians signed Donnelly to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Indians hoped Donnelly would provide bullpen help at the end of the season when he recovered from Tommy John surgery.[5]

Donnelly was brought up to the Indians in August 2008, as a replacement for Tom Mastny.[6]


In February 2009, he was signed by the Texas Rangers. He was released in March 2009. In April 2009, he signed with the Houston Astros. He was released on July 1, 2009. On July 5, 2009, Donnelly signed with the Florida Marlins. He became a free agent after the 2009 season.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On January 16, 2010, Donnelly agreed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.[7] Before he could reach incentives that would have approximately doubled his salary, the Pirates released Donnelly in July 2010 denying that the incentives were the reason for the release.[8]


He announced his retirement on March 9, 2011.[9]

Mitchell Report[edit]

Donnelly was named in the December 13, 2007 Mitchell Report regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. According to former clubhouse attendant and admitted steroids distributor Kirk Radomski, Donnelly sought him out in 2004 looking to purchase Anavar, an anabolic steroid. Radomski says he made one sale of Deca-Durabolin to Donnelly, for which he received $250–$300.[10] In a statement in response to the report, Donnelly admitted contacting Radomski in 2004 regarding Anavar, hoping it would help him recover from injuries faster. Donnelly denied ever buying or using the drug because he was made aware that it was considered a steroid.[11]

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Huffington Post
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:07:30 -0700

The title of Brendan Donnelly's first exhibition at Paul Loya Gallery, "How To Be A Magician In Your Spare Time," is something of a misnomer--the show has little to do with magic. However, the emptiness of the titular promise is itself an ironic trick ...
Hunterdon County Democrat
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:11:15 -0700

The offense of Wasitowski, Cameron Erwin, Sebastian Maldonado, Mitchell, Beckham, Joshua Davis Pyzik, Chad Joyce, Daylen Joyce, Brendan Donnelly, JJ Cote and Jared VanVeldhuisen pushed the pile forward for a QB keeper and the Falcons put ...
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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

The second half saw strong defense by Kleiner, Slaughter, Jared VanVeldhuisen, Joshua Davis-Pyzik and Baehr while the offensive line of JJ Cote, Chad Davis, Brendan Donnelly, Daylen Joyce, and Miguel Ramos allowed the running backs room for gains ...
The Ridgefield Press
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:48:45 -0700

Ridgefield Music and Art Center — or “RMAC” — will be hosting open mic night at the RMAC stage at St. Andrew's Church on Friday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Those interested in performing may contact RMAC at ...

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Irish Mirror
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:00:24 -0700

The devastated fiancee of a man left to die by a drunk driver is sickened after learning the killer has been released. Heartbroken Kate Flynn hit out after we revealed how Anthony Long has been let out early despite killing two people in the horror smash.

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The Guardian
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:33:43 -0700

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:24:54 -0700

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700

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