Josh Donaldson

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Josh Donaldson
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Donaldson playing for the Oakland Athletics.
Oakland Athletics – No. 20
Third baseman/Catcher
Born: (1985-12-08) December 8, 1985 (age 28)
Pensacola, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through August 6, 2014)
Batting average .266
Hits 349
Home runs 57
Runs batted in 208
Runs 197
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Adam Donaldson (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball.

Career[edit]

Donaldson attended Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama and Auburn University, where he played college baseball for the Auburn Tigers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

The Chicago Cubs drafted Donaldson in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

In 2008, Donaldson was traded with Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Sean Gallagher to the Oakland Athletics for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin.[1]

2010 Season[edit]

Donaldson was called up to the majors for the first time on April 30, 2010.[2] He made his debut that night as a pinch hitter, and struck out.

On May 1, 2010, on the first pitch by Dana Eveland, Donaldson got his first major league hit – a 2-run home run.

2012 Season[edit]

Donaldson officially converted to third base from catching in the beginning of the 2012 season during spring training. Donaldson started the regular season as the everyday third baseman for the A's for the first half, but due to struggles he was sent to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats for a good part of the season. Donaldson was recalled in mid August after everyday third baseman Brandon Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injured arm. Donaldson filled in for Inge and proved to the A's organization that he was capable of holding the everyday job. Donaldson finished the season helping the A's into the postseason. Donaldson finished the 2012 season with 9 home runs and 33 RBI with a .241 average.

2013 Season[edit]

Donaldson started the 2013 season strong. He hit his first career walk-off home run on April 12 against Detroit Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal. His shot was also the first walk-off win for the A's in 2013. Donaldson also hit his first career grand slam on June 7 against Chicago White Sox hurler Chris Sale. He played 158 games, and finished the season with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and a .301 average. Donaldson finished fourth in AL MVP voting.[3]

2014 Season[edit]

Donaldson has been elected to his first All-Star appearance, and he'll be the starter at third base for the American League.[4] Donaldson hit a 3-run walk-off home run in the 9th inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 17 to lead the A's to beat the O's 5-4.

Personal life[edit]

Donaldson was raised by only his mother, Lisa French, with his father Levon Donaldson having been imprisoned for most of his childhood.[5] He was bullied in his first high school and then transferred to Faith Academy, where he played baseball and football.

His father watched him play baseball in person for the first time on September 13th, 2013 against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. He had two hits in three at bats, walking twice, with a homer, a double and three runs batted in, in a 9-8 Athletics victory.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cubs acquire right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from Oakland
  2. ^ Suzuki on 15-day DL with intercostal strain
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/athletics/ci_26099539/oakland-josh-donaldson-an-all-star-starter
  5. ^ Slusser, Susan (May 23, 2013). "A's Donaldson takes nothing for granted". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Slusser, Susan (September 14, 2013). "A's hold off Rangers in 9-8 marathon". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  7. ^ Brown, Tim (September 15, 2013). "A's Josh Donaldson shows father what he missed". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

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