TORONTO- Last Tuesday was an emotional homecoming for Josh Donaldson when he returned to the Coliseum and faced off against his former team, Oakland Athletics. He went 5-13 with a home run and three RBI during the 3-game series and the Blue Jays won two of the three games.
Donaldson felt some jitterbugs during his first at bat. It is clear that Donaldson still has an emotional attachment to his former teammates and the fans in Oakland. A’s fans gave their former MVP candidate a nice ovation as they continue to show their appreciation and love for Donaldson.
The two-time all star was acquired by the Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin in last November. Donaldson’s departure has been arguably the most questionable trade that Billy Beane made. The price was steep, but the Blue Jays got a player who by all rights should never even have been available.
During Donaldson’s first season with the Blue Jays, he is hitting .292/.353/.538 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He also been playing gold glove defence at the hot corner. Led the 2015 MLB All Star Voting with a MLB record of 14,090,188 (thanks to Don Cherry). Once again, Donaldson is on pace for career year and is a candidate for the American League MVP this season.
But what makes Donaldson so unique is that he is a game changer. His leadership is a commodity the Blue Jays loves as much as his production. He influence the clubhouse and showing up everyday to help win ball games. Donaldson one of those players who can lead by example.
Donaldson is a superstar and still in his prime of his career. Blue Jays fans can see why A’s fans were upset to see Donaldson leave. They love his bat. They love his glove. They love him in general. He isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season. So Blue Jays fans, Donaldson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The Blue Jays are very fortunate to have Donaldson. He is one of those players that can do it all. It is so rare to find a player who can present above average skill set in hitting, power and defence. He is one of those player that many GM’s would love to build around. Imagine what they would do without him?