Josh Donaldson & Blue Jays: A Safe Bet To Repeat This Season

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016
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86th MLB All-Star Game

This Isn’t The “Try League,” This Is The “Get It Done” League- Josh Donaldson

The slugging hot corner specialist known as Josh Donaldson took the baseball world by storm last season belting tape measure bomb after tape measure bomb for the upstart Toronto Blue Jays, who remain firm favourites to retain the AL East division this season. Donaldson filled the back of his baseball card with offensive numbers usually seen on video games and was crowned the American League Most Valuable Player for 2015 garnering 23 of a potential 30 first place votes. Los Angeles Angels uber talent Mike Trout would finish a distant second to Donaldson in balloting.

We are now a week into the 2016 MLB season the reigning MVP has shown no signs of relinquishing his title to Trout or anyone for that matter. Through the first 7 contests, Donaldson has went yard 4 times and is batting a healthy .310 thus far. The third-baseman is battling a nagging calf injury as well but it does not appear to be affecting his lumber.

Trout was the unanimous award winner in 2014 securing all 30 first place votes. Trout has stumbled out of the gate early-on this season batting .200 with no round trippers, a stat line that is sure to change in the coming days.

Many baseball prognosticators anointed Trout as the heir incumbent to Donaldson this season but early on Donaldson appears to be the safe bet. Prior to the start of the season Trout was also the favorite among oddsmakers to regain his title.

AL MVP Odds:

Mike Trout (LA Angels): 5/4
Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays): 4/1
Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles): 6/1
Carlos Correa (Houston Astros): 7/1
Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers): 8/1

Regardless of the odds, Donaldson and the Blue Jays are on a mission to prove last year was no fluke and they weren’t a one-trick pony. Buckle-up baseball fans, this season should be a good one. Baseball is finally back!

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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