The pinnacle of one's professional career, when the job is complete, is that one will be commended for one's accomplishments by peers. Perhaps receive an award. Maybe a new watch.

Or, if one is an athlete, a spot in a particular sport's hall of fame.

Or, more specifically, in this case, the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Of which Camden native Mike MacDonald now is a member.

The 33-year-old MacDonald, who resides in Saco, was one of 12 accomplished former players enshrined in the 45th class of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday July 26 at the Holiday Inn By The Bay.

“It's a humbling experience to be in the presence of so many great baseball people in the state of Maine,” MacDonald said. “It's certainly an honor and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity.”

MacDonald joined the hall with Eddie Woodin, Sylvanus “Junior” Tracy, Dennis Sweetser, Ed Paterson, Donald “Tink” Kilbreth, Clarence Keegan, John Dumont, Pail “Jim” Dumais, Rod Choroszy, Gerry Berthiaume and Robert “Bob” Anthoine.

MacDonald, a 2000 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School, was, by far, the youngest inductee in the 12-person class.

MacDonald, a standout right-handed pitcher, said there was “a little over 20 years between me and the next closest [in age].”

In his final two seasons for CRHS, MacDonald had a 13-3 record, pitched 103 innings and struck out 176 batters while sporting a microscopic 1.02 earned run average. He was no slouch at the plate either as he batted .431 his junior year and .409 his senior year, driving in 33 runs and swiping 18 bases.

MacDonald, who also played soccer and basketball for the Windjammers, was a two-time Courier Publications schoolboy athlete of the year for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 school years.

“Baseball was always a deep passion for me,” MacDonald was quoted as saying for the hall of fame program. “Growing up, I spent most of my time either reading, watching or playing baseball. I just took in all the elements of the game. My love for it grew.”

So did his talent.

MacDonald pitched for the University of Maine at Orono where he enjoyed four solid seasons for the Black Bears. As a sophomore, he was named America East Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-conference, while nabbing second-team all-conference honors as a senior.

Former UMaine baseball coach Paul Kostacopoulos said MacDonald “could do it all. Throw hard, hit the corners and he had a terrific breaking ball that he could locate well.”

MacDonald finished his Black Bear career with a 25-13 record, a 3.36 ERA and 284 strikeouts in 313 2/3 innings. He leads the Division I school in career strikeouts, second in innings pitched and is fifth in career wins.

MacDonald was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and spent nine seasons in the minor league, including stops with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Syracuse Chiefs, Las Vegas 51s, Salt Lake City Bees, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Portland Sea Dogs and the Pawtucket Red Sox, while also spending time in the independent leagues.

MacDonald was the first Maine native to ever play for the state-based Portland Sea Dogs.

Portland native Ken Joyce was coaching Class A ball in Charlestown, W.V. when MacDonald was drafted and asked the Blue Jays to send him to West Virginia. Joyce, who also later was a member of the coaching staff with the Fisher Cats during MacDonald's tenure in the Granite State, likened MacDonald to MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux.

“He had it all,” said Joyce of MacDonald. “Maybe he didn't have a 95-mile-an-hour fastball, but he had great control [and] great competitiveness. You don't last nine years in pro ball unless you are smart, [have] good character and are a great guy to have in the clubhouse.”

MacDonald admitted, in reference to his speech to a packed house at the hall-of-fame ceremony, public speaking is not his forte.

“Pitching in front of thousands of people is a lot easier,” he said. “Speaking in front of people is not my favorite thing to do, but at the same time it was nice to get up there and see all the support.”

MacDonald said he hopes to some day be involved in baseball again “in other avenues,” perhaps as a coach.

“I think about it all the time,” he said. “You can take yourself out of the game but you can't take your heart away from it. It's something I always think about and certainly will try to get into at some point.”

MacDonald credited his “high level of sustained success in the game he loved to the unwavering love and support of his parents Paul and Betsy, his wife Jen, and the innumerable coaches, friends and family who cheered him along his remarkable journey into Maine baseball history,” according to the hall-of-fame program.