Indians fans, expect plenty of emotion and passion from Josh Donaldson in October
Looking ahead to the stretch run, the Indians swung a deal with the Blue Jays on Friday for third baseman
We don't need to explain how big a move this could be for the Indians. When healthy, Donaldson is one of the most talented performers in the game today, earning an American League MVP Award in 2015 thanks to his clutch hits, defensive wizardry and a career-high 8.5 WAR. Donaldson joins a crowded infield in Cleveland with Jose Ramirez,
Donaldson will also bring one more thing: His intensity and boundless energy for October baseball. It all started for him in Game 4 of the 2012 American League Division Series, when his surprising A's squad pushed
With his move to the Blue Jays came more postseason opportunities, which meant more chances to flash some serious energy. He scored from second on a fielder's choice to clinch an ALDS sweep over the Rangers in 2015. How's that for drama?
Toronto lost the AL Championship Series to the Royals in 2015, but there was Donaldson giving 100 percent on defense -- even trailing by 10 runs:
In 2016, he had another chance to show his stuff in October when the Jays returned to the ALCS -- this time to face the very Indians he'd join two years later. They lost the series, but he hit a big dinger off
And then flashed more great defense for good measure:
Now, it might take some time for Donaldson to return to full strength after his lengthy time away with a calf injury, but if good fortune shines upon him and the Indians ... you could see more moments like the ones above to add to his repertoire.