Josh Donaldson exploded onto the scene a season ago for the Oakland A’s. He was an All-Star snub, but continued on thereafter to produce a great all-around season filled with quality numbers. During the winter, some may have projected that Donaldson would not be able to repeat that same production in 2014. But after another solid performance against the Los Angeles Angels, Donaldson should now not only become a lock for the All-Star game this year, but he also should be considered as an AL MVP candidate for the 2014 season as well.
On a team that continues to defy the odds, Donaldson is the epitome of the club. He is growing into that clubhouse leadership role and becoming the face of the franchise out by the bay just having fun. Despite the critics, Donaldson’s numbers are just as good as last year’s up to this point. He has been one of the many key factors in Oakland having one of the best records in the league at this time.
With all do respect to Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and company, Donaldson really deserves to be in the MVP discussions as well if this keeps up. He has led his team to a division title, a playoff Game 5 and has just as much fun going about the game in a positive way than anyone.
Against the Angels, Donaldson connected with two home runs giving him a 15-45-.285 clip. His bat has certainly done some damage, but he is also an intangible guy as well. He is a scrappy ballplayer that seems to become clutch when it counts. Donaldson may not be viewed as the best player at his position, but he is a valuable piece to the A’s success, which is what the award is ultimately defined for as being. If he leads the Athletics to the postseason once again, Donaldson should receive strong worthy consideration as the most valuable player for his team and in the league.
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