Josh Donaldson is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. He plays in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins. Other teams he has played for include the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves.
He has been named to the MLN All-Star team, three times (2014, 2015, and 2016). In 2015, he was named the American League MVP. He was also awarded the Hank Aaron Award in the same year. Donaldson won the Silver Slugger Award in 2015 and 2016.
Athlete Bio and Personal Life
Donaldson was born on December 8, 1985. His hometown is Pensacola, Florida. His full name is Josh Adam Donaldson. He stands 6 feet 1 inch or 185 cm. His weight is listed as 210 lbs. or 85 kg. Josh is a right-handed player and he bats and throws with his right hand.
For most of his childhood, Donaldson was raised by just his mother while his father served time in prison. Aside from baseball, Donaldson is a fan of golf and is an avid player as well.
He has one child with long-term partner Briana Miller.
Prior to the MLB
Donaldson played baseball in high school. In addition, he also played football and basketball. As a senior, he was named the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. He helped lead his High School, Faith Academy, to win the state title.
For college, he attended Auburn University. While in college, he played for the summer league and the Harwich Mariners. He was also named the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American.
Professional Baseball Career
He was drafted into the MLB in 2007. Minor league teams he played for include the Arizona League Cubs, The Peoria Chiefs, and the Midland RockHounds.
Donaldson was called up to the major leagues in 2010 to play for the Oakland Athletics. He would later be returned to the minor leagues for a short while but called back to the majors. In September 2013, he was named the Player of the Month by the American League.
In November 2014, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. In June 2015, he was named the AL Player of the Week. He would soon be known as of the best players on the Blue Jays roster.
In August 2018, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. In November of the same year, he signed with the Atlanta Braves. In 2019, he was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year.
After his stint with the Braves, he signed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
MLB Statistics (Through 2021)
Batting average: 0.269
Home Runs: 251
Runs batted in: 728
Career Highlights and Awards
- 2014–2016 - All-Star
- 2015 - AL MVP
- 2015 - AL Hank Aaron Award
- 2015 - AL RBI leader
- 2015, 2016 - Silver Slugger Award
- 2019 - NL Comeback Player of theYear