By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been named the American League MVP. He beat out Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star Mike Trout, who was looking to win the award for the second straight year.
Donaldson, who was acquired by the Blue Jays from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last off-season, had a very good inaugural season North of the Border. He received 23 of the 30 first-place votes.
“I have a lot of respect for Mike Trout and what he’s able to do out there on a day-to-day basis,” Donaldson said in the conference call after the announcement. “It’s hard for me to sit here and think I beat him.
“We’re not playing basketball or anything like that, not necessarily competing in that way, but in a numbers game…. You know going into the season if you’re going to ultimately win an MVP Award, you’re going to have to put up better numbers than Mike.”
He was one of the power-hitters in the loaded Blue Jays offense. He had a career-high 41 home runs with a .939 OPS, while also leading the league in runs (122) and RBI’s (123).
He joins George Bell in 1987 as the only players in team history to win the award.
Trout received the other seven first-place votes that Donaldson did not receive. The Millville, N.J. native led the league in WAR (wins above replacement).
This season, Trout had a .299 batting average with 41 home runs and 90 RBI’s in 159 games.
Donaldson had 385 votes, as he also had seven second-place votes. Trout finished with 304 with 22 second-place votes and one third-place vote, besides the aforementioned seven first-place votes.
Besides being named the AL MVP, Donaldson also received the Hank Aaron Award. This award – which is voted on by the fans and the media members – is presented to the best hitter in each league.
He also received his first Silver Slugger Award last week.
During the summer, the Toronto fans knew that the season that Donaldson was having was special. They would chant “M-V-P” at the Rogers Centre, and his performances were a factor in the team making their first post-season since the 1993 season.
“I remember the first time I heard it and it was kind of like, ‘OK these guys are starting to get pretty serious about what’s going on here,’” he added. “I recognized that I was having a pretty good season at the moment … but I understood too that there was a lot of seasons left and my goals aren’t necessarily to win MVP’s, but to help my team win.”
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