Todd Donovan is entering his 21st season in professional baseball, his second with the Philadelphia Phillies following two years as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Seattle Mariners. Donovan was hired off the field to be a Professional Scout in 2010 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. With Arizona, Donovan held titles of Pro Scout, Area Scout, Regional Supervisor and National Supervisor and was responsible for evaluating and reporting on amateur and professional baseball players both domestically and internationally before being hired away by the Tampa Bay Rays to be a Special Assignment Scout in the winter of 2014.
A graduate of East Lyme High School in Connecticut, Donovan concluded a successful playing career by receiving All-Conference and All State honors in 1996, along with being named The New London Day’s “Player of the Year”. During his senior season at East Lyme High School, Donovan was also an All State long jumper as well as being tabbed an All American sprinter as a member of his schools 4 X 200 meter relay team.
Following graduation, Donovan attended Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., on a baseball scholarship. During his three seasons at Siena, Donovan led the Saints to two conference championships and the school’s first ever NCAA tournament berth. Donovan was awarded 1st Team All Conference honors for three consecutive seasons, and named MAAC Conference Player of the Year in 1999. Later that June, Donovan was drafted in the 8th round by the San Diego Padres and signed a contract to play professionally. Donovan graduated cum laude in May of 2003, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Management along with his Secondary Education Teaching Certification.
In the summer of 1998, Donovan played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League following his sophomore year at Siena. Following a stellar regular season campaign, Donovan was selected the West MVP in the Cape League's Annual All-Star Game after collecting 2 hits, 2 runs and 4 stolen bases in the contest. His record of four stolen bases in that game is still an all-star record to date.
Donovan played 11 years of professional baseball beginning in 1999 and played for 7 different Major League organizations (San Diego, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland, Baltimore, Texas, Oakland, and Toronto). Known for his “all out” playing style and world class speed, Donovan surged onto the prospect scene in his first few years of professional baseball but ultimately became victim of his style of play. Throughout his career, Donovan sustained 4 concussions and multiple hand/arm injuries, 5 of which required reconstructive surgery. In the more than 800 professional games that he did play, Donovan collected 823 hits, 551 runs scored, 31 home runs and 346 stolen bases. Once a member of the San Diego Padres 40 man roster, his career year came in 2005 when he hit .284, including 143 hits, 96 runs scored, 8 home runs and 65 stolen bases. Donovan’s 65 stolen bases that season led all of professional baseball and is the only minor league stolen base king in the past 24 years to have won a crown while in the upper Minors. Over the years, Donovan was voted a league All-Star, League’s Best Hustler, Best Defensive Outfielder, Best Base Runner and Team’s Most Popular Player. During his career, Donovan was fortunate enough to be a part of 3 championship teams (San Diego 2001, 2004, Los Angeles 2005) and 2 “Minor League Teams of the Year” (San Diego, 2001, Los Angeles, 2005). His streak of scoring a run in 19 consecutive games (8/7/1999 - 8/31/1999) is still a professional record to date.
Over the years, Donovan has been recognized for his athletic achievements by being elected into to the East Lyme High School Football Hall of Fame (2008), The Connecticut Sports Foundation Football Hall of Fame (1996), the Niantic American Legion Post 128 Hall of Fame (2010) and most recently, The Siena College Sports Hall of Fame (2011).
Once an aspiring Major Leaguer, Donovan currently has changed hats and hopes to someday be an integral fixture in the front office of a Major League club. Donovan’s passion for baseball is evident and he is much sought after as a speaking clinician on both outfield play and base running. Donovan resides in East Lyme, CT with his wife Erin, their sons Brady and Finn, and their dog, Marley.