Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson Wins AL MVP Award

In his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays, third baseman Josh Donaldson captured the 2015 American League MVP Award. 

Hitting in a stacked Blue Jays' lineup, Donaldson had a career year. He finished the year with a .297 batting average, 41 home runs and 123 RBIs. His 8.81 WAR is actually behind Trout's 9.39, but the voters still gave Donaldson the award. 

Donaldson beat out Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who won the award in 2014. Donaldson received 23 of the 30 first place votes, with Trout picking up the other seven. Trout has now finished at least second in the last four MVP votes. He's just the fourth player to do so in history. 

Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third, with 20 of the 30 third place votes. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took fourth, with Houston Astros pitcher and AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel finishing fifth. 

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz finished sixth, but picked up a second place vote. 

Donaldson is the first Blue Jay to win the MVP since 1987, when George Ball won. Bell and Donaldson are the only two Blue Jays to win. Donaldson is the first player to win the MVP in his first season with a new team since Vlad Guerrero did it in 2004.

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