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TORONTO — The “Bringer of Rain” brought home a lot more than that on Thursday night when he became to the second player in Blue Jays history to win the Baseball Writers’ Association of America American League Most Valuable Player Award.
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Toronto’s All-Star third baseman received 23 first-place votes and seven second-place votes from the 30 BBWAA voters. Angels outfielder Mike Trout Jerseys finished second with seven first-place votes, 22 second-place votes and one third-place vote.
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Donaldson joins George Bell (1987) as the only Toronto players to win BBWAA AL MVP honors. The latest was a well-deserved accolade, as Donaldson was among the league leaders in every major offensive category and finished the year hitting .297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs.
“It’s crazy. It’s amazing,” Donaldson said during the BBWAA Awards show on MLB Network. “I have to thank a lot of people, my teammates first and foremost, our coaching staff. My friends and family who are here supporting me the entire time.
“Honestly, our team is so great. I was very blessed to be in the situation I was put in. I’m very thankful and I felt like I was able to take advantage of the opportunities that were put in front of me. I’m at a loss for words, but it’s awesome.” Duquette on AL MVP Donaldson Duquette on Donaldson being named American League MVPJim Duquette discusses why the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson was the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player
AL MVP VOTING
Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Josh Donaldson, TOR 23 7 385
Mike Trout Jerseys, LAA 7 22 1 304
Lorenzo Cain Jerseys, KC 20 8 225
Manny Machado Jerseys, BAL 4 11 5 158
Dallas Keuchel Jerseys, HOU 3 8 107
Nelson Cruz, SEA 1 1 1 4 94 Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain Jerseys finished third in voting, but as expected, this race came down to Donaldson and Trout. The pair had been battling for the honor since late July, and down the stretch it became a race that was almost too close to call. A case easily could have been made for each.
Donaldson had more runs (122 vs. Trout’s 104), RBIs (123 vs. 90), and he ranked first in the league with 84 extra-base hits. Trout had the edge in OPS (.991 vs. .939), WAR (9.0 vs. 8.7) and on-base percentage (.402 vs. 371). The two tied with 41 home runs, and the stats were so even that voters likely had to search for other areas to create separation.
One of the deciding factors for Donaldson likely came with the direct impact he had on helping the Blue Jays win the AL East for the first time since 1993, while Trout’s Angels missed the postseason. Donaldson had the edge in win probability (5.8 vs 5.3) and run expectancy (55.7 vs 52.5), which essentially means he did more to change his team’s chances of scoring and winning games.
MVP MVP….. #bringofrain congrats to my teammate and friend JD @BringerOfRain20 nobody has worked hard and more deserving of this— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) November 19, 2015
Donaldson becomes the 10th player in MLB history to win an MVP Award after being traded prior to the season. He was acquired last November by former Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos in a blockbuster deal with Oakland for infielder Brett Lawrie and a series of top prospects.
It didn’t take long for Donaldson to become a fan favorite in the city, and by the middle of the season he was frequently inundated with chants of “M-V-P, M-V-P” as he stepped to the batter’s box. He later went on to win the Hank Aaron Award, a Silver Slugger and he was named the Players’ Choice Most Outstanding Player for the 2015 season.
Donaldson also becomes the sixth third baseman in MLB history to win the MVP. The impressive group includes: Miguel Cabrera Jerseys (twice), Alex Rodriguez (twice), George Brett, Brooks Robinson and Al Rosen. It’s the first time Donaldson won an MVP, but he finished fourth in 2013 and eighth in ’14, both times with baseball jerseys for sale the A’s.
“I felt like after the [All-Star] break, I came back and felt like I was coming along pretty strong here a couple of weeks into it,” Donaldson said. “Honestly, our team was on a roll so I was able to kind of deflect my own self and thinking I was just going out there and helping my team win.
“Honestly, that’s how I feel. You end up winning awards by not focusing on individual stats. You go out there and play to win the game, and we had guys on any given night really perform. I was very fortunate and blessed to be in the situation I was in, and I felt like I was able to take advantage of it.”
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments