Braves Josh Donaldson out to Prove the Doubters Wrong
Cover Photo: Curtis Compton/AP
By. Andrew Rodberg
Following a disappointing 2018 season where Donaldson couldn’t get fully healthy, he was able to come to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $23 million dollar contract this offseason. With many fans and journalists doubting if he can return to his old self, Donaldson is out to prove that he is ready to come in and help the Braves compete for a World Series. Donaldson a southern boy, attended Auburn University and played 2 years for the Tigers. In 2007, Josh was drafted with the 48th pick and in 2010 made his MLB Debut.
In 2014-2016, Josh went on a 3 year All Star streak where he ended up winning the 2015 MVP title. After the 2016 season, Donaldson had some injuries that affected the way he hit the ball and his production began to slowly decrease throughout the years.
In a few interviews this offseason, Donaldson has openly stated that he feels great and is ready to get to work. per MLB Mark Bowman
“I feel very blessed to be in this situation that I’m in. If I’d have been healthy last year, who knows what would have happened or what situation I’d be in right now. But I’m very confident, and I’m thrilled to be here and be a part of this organization.”
When it comes to Donaldson feeling fresh he said,”I feel like a newborn baby. I didn’t have to go through that grind last year. I went through the grind mentally, because physically I wasn’t able to perform at all really. This offseason, I was able to refresh the mindset, get back to doing what I can do and just focus on staying positive.”
Braves Country can only hope that the old Donaldson shows up. If Josh somehow can stay healthy there is no doubt the Braves have one of the best top of the order starters Ronald Acuña, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman. Buckle up…This could be fun!
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