To say that Josh Donaldson has come a long way for the Oakland A’s should be considered possibly the understatement of the year.
Donaldson, sent down to the minors three times last season, has emerged as one of the A’s rising stars and one of the best third basemen in all baseball. For a time though, it didn’t look like he necessarily factored into their plans at all any more.
Now, less than a full year removed from the promotion that would land him in the Majors for good, Donaldson has earned national attention for an All Star snub by American League manager Jim Leyland. Clearly the peoples’ hero in Oakland, and with a reputation growing nationwide, you almost forget that a year ago Donaldson wasn’t even so sure he was still in Oakland’s plans. You certainly (conveniently) forget, if you’re one of those A’s fans that was clamoring for anyone to come fill the position last season before Brandon Inge finally signed with the team.
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