Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson is Not American League MVP

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There is a lot to like about the way Josh Donaldson plays the game of Major League Baseball. The Oakland Athletics third baseman most certainly has proven himself to be one of the better and more consistent players in the game this season. Some even are throwing his name out there for a possible winner of the American League MVP. Most of that reportedly comes from his WAR stat being higher than Miguel Cabrera’s. Being honest, there is little chance he takes that award home and he shouldn’t.

Donaldson is probably the no-doubt MVP of the Oakland Athletics and they are one of the hotter teams in all of baseball heading into the month of September. I would think that would be enough for him or anyone. Still, him not winning the MVP this year will not be a snub in any way. Not sending him to the all-star game this season was definitely a snub but the most valuable player in all of the American League is not him.

Cabrera will probably still win it unless his September hurts him badly enough and if it does then it should go to Mike Trout. If the voters don’t like him there is still Chris Davis.  Either way you slice it, though his season has been great and the Athletics surely appreciate all he has done this year and all he will do in October, Donaldson isn’t the MVP this season. He has shown plenty of potential to put him in the top ten vote getters however and that is saying something huge by itself.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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  • ndanchi

    Why not? All you’ve said is that Cabrera should be the MVP over Donaldson while providing no reasons at all. There are plenty of good reasons to favor Donaldson: His WAR is higher (7.6 according to Baseballreference.com, second in the AL only to Trout, vs. 7.3); he is playing on a team that would likely not be in playoff contention without him; he is a gold glove worthy third baseman whereas Cabrera is lousy defensively; he has been outstanding down the stretch (.396/.500/.736 in September) while Cabrera is in a major slump due to injury…

    I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of reasons to favor Cabrera – this article just doesn’t provide any of them.