Braves’ Josh Donaldson turning back the clock to his MVP season

Josh Donaldson is five years removed from his best season in the Major Leagues, but lately, he’s found a way to channel that groove. It was his MVP season of 2015 when he took the American League by storm in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Donaldson had a .297 average, but 41 home runs, drove in 123 runs and scored 122 runs which led the majors. All were career highs for Donaldson.

Fast forward to 2019, 89 games into his season and he’s putting together another hot streak. Donaldson has started off July with six home runs in eight games and is on in his last 25 games. He has hit 12 home runs and driven in 25 runs during that stretch from mid-June. It’s his best stretch since 2016, the last time he hit 30 home runs in a season. He is on pace for 40.

He is coming off one of the worst seasons in his career statistically in 2018 as he spent time between the Blue Jays and Indians. In 52 games he had 8 home runs and 23 runs batted in while battling a calf injury for most of the season.

Josh Donaldson is playing on a one year deal for the Braves at roughly $23 million dollars. The 33-year-old third baseman would be the first Braves 3rd baseman to hit 30 home runs in a season since Chipper Jones back in 2004.

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