Josh Donaldson, 2015 AL MVP, announces retirement from MLB after 13 seasons


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Josh Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, introduced he will probably be retiring from MLB on Monday.

Donaldson, 38, defined why he’s hanging up his cleats after 13 years within the league. 

“There was a time on the finish of the season that I felt actually good about the place I used to be and I used to be going to attempt to give it yet another go,” he mentioned on The Mayor’s Workplace with former MLB first baseman Sean Casey. “However being house with the household, getting married, as we speak is a tragic but in addition a contented day for me. I’m going to announce my retirement from the sport I’ve devoted my total life round, and my household has. 

“It’s unhappy as a result of I’ll be not in a position to go on the market and play the sport I like anymore, however it’s additionally a really blissful time I get to be across the household and take that subsequent chapter in life.”


Josh Donaldson #24 of the Minnesota Twins appears on and smiles throughout a spring coaching sport between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins on March 11, 2020 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Pictures)

Donaldson’s decline over the previous two seasons was obvious, hitting .222/.308/.374 with the New York Yankees in 2022 — his first season with the staff after being traded from the Minnesota Twins. Then, he hit .152/.249/.418 in 50 video games between the Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers. 

However Donaldson’s affect on the sport got here first with the Oakland Athletics in 2013 when he hit .301/.384/.499 with 24 homers, 37 doubles and 93 RBI in a breakout season that confirmed the 27-year-old as among the finest third basemen in MLB. 


Josh Donaldson swings bat

Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees singles throughout a sport in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2023, in New York, New York.  (New York Yankees/Getty Pictures)

He would earn his first All-Star look within the American League in 2014, however his greatest season was simply his first with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, successful American League MVP after driving in 123 runs with a .297/.371/.568, 41 homers and 122 runs. 

Donaldson completed high 10 in MVP voting 4 occasions in his profession, which additionally included time with the Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves. 

Whereas the “Bringer of Rain” was largely recognized for his massive leg kick that led to 279 homers and 816 RBI over his 13-year profession, he was one of many smoothest third basemen within the league all through his profession. 

Josh Donaldson celebrates home run

Josh Donaldson (20) of the Toronto Blue Jays appears skyward as he arrives on the plate after homering within the first inning through the sport between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Purple Sox on the Rogers Centre Might 8, 2015. (David Cooper/Toronto Star through Getty Pictures)


Aside from his MVP, Donaldson earned two Silver Sluggers. 

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