Josh Donaldson Wins AL MVP

Josh Donaldson
The Associated Press

Josh Donaldson won the American League MVP award on Thursday.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America awarded him 23 first-place votes. Runner-up Mike Trout, who took the nod last year, received the other seven first-place votes.

The 29-year-old joins George Bell as the lone Toronto Blue Jays to receive the honor.

Donaldson, traded to Toronto from Oakland after last season, hit 41 home runs, lead the AL in RBI with 123, and batted .297. The third baseman played as a crucial component to Toronto making the postseason for the first time in 23 years.

“Our team really broke a lot of thresholds that this organization’s had over the last 20-some-odd years,” Donaldson told reporters. “Being able to win the division and then advance past the first round of the playoffs. Ultimately we didn’t have our end goal accomplished, but Kansas City had a great team.”