Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald

College Baseball Analyst, SEC Network/ESPN

Ben McDonald is a longtime television commentator, serving as a college baseball game analyst for SEC Network and ESPN during the regular season and as one of the primary booth voices throughout the NCAA Men’s College World Series on ESPN. McDonald was one of the original voices of college baseball on SEC Network alongside current SEC Network/ESPN analyst Chris Burke and has also been a commentator for the Baltimore Orioles since 2016, joined by fellow ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown.

Drafted first overall by the Orioles in 1989, McDonald made his MLB debut two weeks after signing his first professional contract. He spent seven years with the Orioles and then signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent in 1995 before officially retiring in 1998. Over his career, McDonald amassed a record of 78-70, a 3.91 earned run average (ERA), and 894 strikeouts. Before being drafted by the Orioles, McDonald was selected straight out of high school in the 27th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 1986 MLB Draft.

The Denham Springs, La. native was a three-year letterwinner in baseball at LSU, where he was a two-time All-American and led the Tigers to two College World Series appearances while also playing two seasons of basketball. In 1988, he pitched for the United States in the 1988 Olympics hosted by South Korea where the U.S. took home the gold medal after beating the 1984 champion Japanese team. The following year, McDonald went on to win the 1989 Golden Spikes Award with LSU, awarded to the nation’s top college baseball player.

McDonald is a 2008 inductee of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. He resides in his hometown of Denham Springs, La. with his family.

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