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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Auburn
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Josh Donaldson was named the winner of the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.
Donaldson managed to unseat reigning MVP Mike Trout after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, a league-best 123 RBI and an MLB-best 122 runs scored. Per ESPN's Jayson Stark, the last position player to win an AL MVP after being traded the previous offseason was Dick Allen in 1972. Donaldson grabbed 23 of the 30 first-place votes, with Trout garnering the other seven. Lorenzo Cain finished a distant third. Nov 19 - 6:51 PM

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has announced Lorenzo Cain, Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout as finalists for the 2015 American League MVP award.

Cain had a tremendous season but will finish a distant third here. Trout had his fourth straight monster season for the Angels but might finish runner-up for the third time in those years. Donaldson is likely the favorite after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs and 123 RBI in his first season in Toronto.
Nov 10 - 7:10 PM

Josh Donaldson was named this year's Hank Aaron Award winner for the American League.

The Hank Aaron Award goes to the best offensive player in each league. Donaldson certainly fits that description. Donaldson led the American League with 123 RBI and 122 runs scored. He was also second in slugging (.568), third in OPS (.939), third in home runs (41), fourth in doubles (41) and fifth in hits (184). The National League Hank Award went to Washington outfielder Bryce Harper.
Oct 31 - 7:40 PM

Josh Donaldson had an RBI double and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

It looked like the Blue Jays were going to crawl back into the game after a Donaldson double and Jose Bautista groundout plated a couple runs to cut the Royals' lead to 5-2. However, the Royals then proceeded to outscore the Jays 9-0 the rest of the way to win in a laugher.
Oct 20 - 7:52 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 plus a walk and scored a run as the Blue Jays topped the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

With the victory, the Jays get to live and play another day. Donaldson doubled leading off the fourth inning and came around to score on a bases loaded walk by Troy Tulowitzki. His potent bat from the regular season has certainly carried over to this series, slashing a robust .300/.417/.700 through the first three contests.
Oct 11 - 11:24 PM

Josh Donaldson smacked a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

Donaldson cut into the Rangers' early 2-0 lead with his solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it was his only hit in six trips to the plate and the team tallied just eight base knocks as they lost in 14 innings. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki had only one single in 16 at-bats between them.
Oct 9 - 5:46 PM

Josh Donaldson (head) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

Donaldson had to leave Thursday's Game 1 after being hit in the head by Rougned Odor's knee at second base, but he passed concussion tests and is ready to go. The American League MVP candidate is at third base and hitting second against Cole Hamels and the Rangers.
Oct 9 - 9:29 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Josh Donaldson (head) passed a concussion test after his mid-game exit during Thursday's ALDS Game 1 loss to the Rangers.

Donaldson exited the contest after he took a Rougned Odor knee to the head while attempting a slide to break up a double play in the fourth inning. Having passed the concussion test, the slugger will be further monitored for lingering signs of injury. He's expected to be able to return to play soon, though whether he'll start Game 2 on Friday remains to be seen.
Oct 8 - 6:28 PM

Josh Donaldson (head) was lifted from the fifth inning of Thursday's Game 1 ALDS contest with the Rangers as a precautionary measure.

Rougned Odour smacked Donaldson in the face with his knee during a double play attempt during the fourth inning. The Blue Jays' star slugger was lifted in the next half inning. Presumably, he's now being checked out for a concussion.
Oct 8 - 5:30 PM

Josh Donaldson was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning of Thursday's Game 1 ALDS showdown with the Rangers.

Donaldson took a knee to the head in the fourth inning while attempting to break up a double play. He was subsequently removed from the game. Cliff Pennington took over for him at third base. The team has yet to provide an update on Donaldson's status moving forward, but the third baseman should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Oct 8 - 5:22 PM

Josh Donaldson is getting a day off Thursday.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and a ton of other Blue Jays regulars will also get to sleep in after Wednesday's clinching celebration. Toronto is lined up to take on the winner of the AL Wild Card Game in the ALDS.
Oct 1 - 10:47 AM

Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Blue Jays past the Rays 5-4 on Sunday.

Yet another shining moment in what should be an MVP season for Donaldson. He hit the walk-off shot against Rays reliever Steve Geltz with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, sending Rogers Centre into a frenzy and giving the Jays their 90th win of the 2015 season. It was Donaldson's 41st home run. He also now has 122 RBI.
Sep 27 - 4:40 PM

Josh Donaldson slugged his 40th home run of the season Friday against the Rays.

Donaldson also drew two walks. He's the ninth player in Blue Jays history to have a 40-homer season. He's just the third in franchise history to have 40 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. Carlos Delgado (2000) was the last one to do it.
Sep 25 - 10:12 PM

Josh Donaldson had three hits and scored a run in four at-bats as the Blue Jays shut the Yankees out 4-0 on Wednesday.

Donaldson doubled and eventually scored in the seventh inning on Russell Martin's three-run home run. The AL MVP candidate is batting .301/.371/.574 with 39 home runs while leading the major leagues with 120 RBI and 117 runs scored.
Sep 23 - 10:20 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with a long two-run homer in Friday's win over the Yankees.

Donaldson got the scoring started against Luis Severino in the first inning with a blast which traveled an estimated 435 feet. He's third in the American League with 38 homers and leads the majors with 117 RBI. The AL MVP award is starting to look like a foregone conclusion.
Sep 11 - 11:54 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Casey Kotchman
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3David Adams
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Jiovanni Mier
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Ben Revere
2Chris Colabello
3Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2R.A. Dickey
3Marcus Stroman
4Jesse Chavez
5Drew Hutchison
6Aaron Sanchez
7Scott Diamond
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Bo Schultz
5Ryan Tepera
6Pat Venditte
7Steve Delabar
8Chad Jenkins
9Blake McFarland
10Brady Dragmire