Quick Facts of Joshua Adam Donaldson
- Full NameJoshua Adam Donaldson
- Net Worth$43 Million
- Date of Birth1985 /12 /08
- Marital StatusIn a relation
- BirthplacePensacola, Florida
- EthnicityNorth American
- ProfessionBaseball Player
- Active Year2006-Present
- Eye colourBlue
- Hair colourLight Brown
- Height6feet (1.83m)
- Weight215lbs (97.5kg)
- Body Measurement 33-16.5-45
- EducationAuburn University
- Online PresenceTwitter, Instagram
Josh Donaldson is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Moreover, he made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2010 as a catcher, progressing with the team, switching positions to third base, and eventually he became an All-Star in the 2014 MLB season.
As of 2019, Donaldson earns $14 Million. Besides, Josh is dating Briana Miller, an actress in 2016. The couple is together for over a year and they are enjoying their company. To know more in details about Donaldson’s career as well as his personal life, net worth, and height, read the biography of Josh Donaldson.
Early Life of Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson is one of the greatest baseball players in baseball history. Currently, he plays as a third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Moreover, he was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the 2015 MLB season. Donaldson is the first Blue Jays player to be named MVP after George Bell in 1987.
Donaldson was born as Joshua Adam Donaldson on 8th December 1985, in Pensacola, Florida. His father, Levon Donaldson, a construction worker and was mostly in jail, for various crimes while Josh was raised by his mother, Lisa French. Sadly, his parents divorced when he was a child and such circumstances led him to acquire a violent streak. He would get into fights in school almost every day, and this led to a lot of emotional and physical problems. His mother, Lisa did as much as she could, to help him.
This had a positive impact on Donaldson and he slowly started becoming inclined toward sports, particularly toward baseball and golf. Moreover, he started playing football at – Pace High School in Florida and was later transferred to Faith Academy in Alabama. This constant shift was due to the socializing problems he had facing, which led to many instances of fighting and bullying.
Later, Donaldson attended Auburn University where he played baseball as the third baseman for the Auburn Tigers, a baseball team in the Southeastern Conference.
Inside of Donaldson’s Career
Talking about Josh Donaldson’s profession, Donaldson began his baseball career professionally in 2006. He first started playing for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2006. He was also named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American. The Chicago Cubs drafted him as a catcher in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2007. Moreover, he spent 3 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and later joined Oakland Athletics on April 30, 2010.
True to his word Mr Josh Donaldson signed cards to support @Sigs4Soldiers efforts to raise money for @MMIA27526 Asking $30 per card with 100% going directly to support disabled veterans Thank you @BringerOfRain20 pic.twitter.com/hFZNT10Hw5
— Signatures For Soldiers (@Sigs4Soldiers) September 29, 2018
Furthermore, Donaldson made his debut for the Oakland Athletics in the same night as a pinch hitter. The Oakland Athletics sold him to the Toronto Blue Jays on November 28, 2014. In the following year, he was named the American League Player of the Week for the second time in his career on June 1, 2015.
Will @BringerOfRain20 be able to avoid penalty areas as well he avoids being tagged at home base?
— LPGA (@LPGA) January 13, 2019
Donaldson had his career’s maiden walk-off home run, and he hit his career’s first grand slam on June 7. By the month of September, Donaldson’s performance improved from next. He was also named the American League Player of the Month. He ended the 2013 season with 24 home runs, 93 RBIs, and an average of 301, which got him the 4th place in the American League Most Valuable Player list.
Lifetime Accomplishments & Accolades
Josh Donaldson is a phenomenon on the field, that his fans would start chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P”, whenever he played. By the end of the 2015 season, crowd honors started pouring in. He had got many titles including the MLB Player of the Year Award, Hank Aaron Award, Silver Slugger Award, Players Choice Award, and American League Outstanding Player Award.
Following this success, Donaldson asked his team manager to raise his salary and was signed on for 2 more years with a substantial hike in his pay. In the 2016 season, he got the June 19 Player of the Week Award. Moreover, he hit 3 home runs in a match, for the first time in his career, when he played against the Minnesota Twins.
Furthermore, Donaldson ended the 2016 season with a batting average of 284, 37 home runs, and 99 RBI. He won the second consecutive Silver Slugger Award in November 2016. He suffered a calf injury after the first few matches of the 2017 season, following which he was placed on a 10-day disabled list.
Salary & Net Worth
Josh Donaldson earns a lucrative amount of salary of $14 Million and has a net worth of $43 Million as of 2019. Moreover, the Athletics traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto on November 28, 2014. Besides, he lost his salary arbitration case against the Blue Jays after seeking $5.75 Million in February 2015. Instead, Donaldson was awarded the Blue Jays’ offer of $4.3 Million for the 2015 season.
.@BringerOfRain20 has been making it pour, leading all 3B in HR (173) since 2012.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) March 9, 2018
Furthermore, Donaldson and the Blue Jays appeared to be heading to salary arbitration for the second consecutive year in February 2016. He had asked for $11.8 Million for the 2016 season, while the Blue Jays countered at $11.35 Million. On February 10, he signed a two-year, at $28.65 Million extensions that paid him $11.65 Million in 2016 and $17 Million in 2017. On January 12, 2018, he avoided salary arbitration with the Blue Jays by agreeing to a one-year, $23 Million contract for the 2018 season.
Social Media Presence
Josh Donaldson is active on social media. He has a huge number of fan following on Twitter, Instagram. Moreover, he has 724k followers on Twitter as well as 430k followers on Instagram.
Josh Donaldson has a sportive personality with a height of 6feet (1.83m) and weighs 215lbs (97.5kg). Moreover, Donaldson’s hair color is lights brown and his eyes are blue in color. He has a perfect body measuring 33-16.5-45 inches respectively.
Coming up to Josh Donaldson’s personal life, Donaldson is 33 years old and still he is an unmarried man. Besides, he linked into a relationship with Jillian Rose for 2 years. The couple started dating each other from 2013. However, they separated in 2015 because of some misunderstandings created.
Furthermore, Donaldson started dating Briana Miller in 2016. The couple is together for over a year now and they are living a happy life. Besides, there are no other records of his past and present relationships as presently. Further, he doesn’t have any children until now. Hence, he is living a happy mingle life with his girlfriend and he is busy with his working while focusing on a career.
Rumors and Controversies
Talking about Josh Donaldson’s rumors and controversies, St. Louis Cardinals has shown interests in him and there are some rumors that he might join St. Louis Cardinals next season. Donaldson had a rough argument with Blue Jays’ manager in November 2016. Moreover, he showed his anger with his manager in the dugout after he slammed his bat in frustration following a third-inning he strikeout. Besides, there is no other debates and disputes regarding Donaldson’s personal life and career.