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Former Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson announces retirement

Mar 4, 2024, 1:15 PM

Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first for the out on Alcides Escobar #2 of th...

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first for the out on Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals in the third inning during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Former Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has announced his retirement following 13 seasons in the MLB.

Donaldson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, the Cubs would trade him to the A’s in the summer of 2008. He made his major league debut in 2010, playing in 14 games for the A’s.

After spending the 2011 season with the Sacramento River Cats, the then-Triple A affiliate of the Athletics, Donaldson would return to the big league in 2012, where he moved from catcher to third base. He played 158 games for the A’s the following season and in 2014, he made his first All-Star team.

In four seasons with the A’s, he played 405 games, and hit 63 home runs on a .268 BA and a .805 OPS.

It wasn’t long after the A’s traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014 that he won his first, and only, MVP award. During that season, he hit .297 and recorded 41 home runs and 123 RBIs.

The 38-year-old would bounce around the league after five seasons in Toronto, playing for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. Donaldson would end his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Donaldson made the announcement on The Mayor’s Office with Sean Casey, saying he dedicated his entire life to the game of baseball but is looking forward to his post-career life with family. He said there were a couple of opportunities to keep playing, but “things weren’t clicking.”

“Things didn’t work out the way they it could have but I’m excited about taking the next chapter. I feel very blessed to play for as long as I got to play,” Donalson told Casey.

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