The Blue Jays acquired Josh Donaldson on November 28, 2014. It was an unquestionable steal, sending Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman for 4 years of a top 5 player in all of baseball.
There are many highlights of Josh Donaldson’s time in Toronto, and we will try to capture the best of them, in somewhat chronological order. I’m sure we’re missing some, so please add them to the comments.
First Walk-off as a Blue Jay - April 18, 2015
This isn’t the Try League - May 16, 2015
Walk-off 3 Run Home Run - May 26, 2015
Diving Catch into the Stands to Preserve Perfect Game - June 24, 2015
Led Majors in All Star Voting, with help from Don Cherry
Home Run Derby - July 13, 2015
All Star Game - July 14, 2015
Walk-off Home Run - September 27, 2015
“We Like Our Team, Barry” - August 3, 2016
Home Run Hat Trick - August 28, 2016
Donaldson Dash - October 9, 2016
Home Run and Whistle - April 3, 2018
Defensive Prowess (this one might be very loud)
2015 AL MVP
2015 Hank Aaron Award
2015 and 2016 AL Silver Slugger
2015 and 2016 AL All Star
3-time AL Player of the Week
Donaldson walks away tied for 9th among Blue Jays position players in WAR as a Blue Jay at 21.8, playing fewer games than anyone above him, or within 10 below him, and having the highest WAR/150 of any Blue Jay batter in history.
Thank you Josh Donaldson for being a Blue Jay!