In 2013, Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson was the biggest All-Star Game snub. Since Donaldson was not well known around the league and was up against some well-known third basemen like Miguel Cabrera, he finished a disappointing fourth in the voting. But this is a new season. Donaldson is back in the running looking for that win.
It has been hard for the Athletics in the past to get anyone on the All-Star team. This small market team is usually known as the underdogs – not the All-Stars. Even though they have had some pitchers throughout recent years make the All-Star team, the last position player to make the team was catcher Ramon Hernandez back in 2003. It has been more than a decade since the Oakland A’s had a position player take the field in an All-Star game, so what makes Donaldson special enough to make the team this year?
This is Donaldson’s second full season in the major leagues and he has striven to get better each and every game he has played. Donaldson takes the A’s slogan to heart and plays true “Green Collar Baseball” meaning that he will do whatever it takes to win. The passion he has for the game exudes from his pores every time he steps up to the plate or takes the field.
Along with his passion, Donaldson has proven that he’s a threat both offensively and defensively. For 2014, he is currently batting .276 with a .523 slugging percentage. He already has 12 homers and 38 RBI this season alone.
Even though Donaldson has already committed 8 errors at third base, he racked up 16 errors last season and currently holds a .955 fielding percentage. And these errors did not occur for a lack of trying. Many still talk about Donaldson’s diving catch made in September of 2013 into a tarp in foul territory.
Donaldson leads the voting for the AL third base position with 464,367 votes as of Tuesday morning. It may help that Cabrera is now at first base, however, Cabby aside, Donaldson has definitely earned some recognition around the league. Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria trails behind Donaldson by more than 50,000 votes.
Although there is still more than month left until voting officially close, Athletics nation has already shown that they prepared and ready to vote any Oakland A’s player into stardom. During spring training, Athletics fans voted furiously to propelled second baseman Eric Sogard past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista during the 2014 Face of MLB contest where Sogard ultimately came in second to New York Mets third baseman David Wright. With dedicated fans and a strong track record of success, Donaldson should be able to claim a spot on the AL All-Star team this year.
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