Josh Donaldson Wins American League MVP Award

For the second time in franchise history, a Toronto Blue Jay has been named American League MVP. Josh Donaldson joins George Bell in this exclusive club, having received 23 of a possible 30 first-place votes to edge Mike Trout.

Donaldson arrived from Oakland in a trade that had Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Franklin Barreto and Sean Nolin going the other way. He hit 41 home runs, while leading the league in runs scored, runs batted in and extra-base hits. He also was among the best defensive third basemen in the game and set a franchise record with three walk-off homers.

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dale

Bring on the Rain wins. I truly thought Trout would just beat him BCause playing in the U.S.

Well deserved & Shapiro or GM has to lock him up for 5-6 year contract which is up next year.
Bryce Harper was a lock in NL & only 22 years old.

Josh is epitome of the Jays with work ethic.

November 19, 2015 @ 7:36 PM

Brian Gerstein

I found it interesting that the BBWAA who voted on it do not have as one of their criteria whether or not the player is on a playoff team or not. I am still bothered how Andre Dawson, when he went to the Chicago Cubs from the Montreal Expos, won the NL MVP for a last place, yes, last place team. This made no sense to me. How valuable can you be for a team when you can't even elevate them out of last place.

Having said that, Donaldson was the key offensive component for the Jays throughout the year, especially in the first half, when without him, the Jays never would have even been around 500 and Alex would not have been able to make his moves that led them to the AL East title.

Trout statistically factoring everything in was the better player IMO, barely, but way too many intangibles and the other criteria factors that the BBWAA vote on, i.e. character, that Donaldson had in spades, and it rubbed off on his teammates all year long.

November 20, 2015 @ 8:23 AM

Douglas

Dale and Brian Gerstein both make good points.

How many have noticed how much the American sports press have gone out of their way to say that the Angels' Mike Trout "is a better player" than Josh Donaldson? That may be, based on various statistics, but the "best" player is not what the award is all about. This is Most Valuable Player (to his team throughout the season), in which case , the BBWAA voted accordingly - and got it right.

November 20, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

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