Josh Donaldson brings home the hardware

The Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman brought home the American League Most Valuable Player award this evening by a significant margin. The votes came in as baseball fans around North America and the rest of the world tuned in, anticipating the results. Donaldson earned 23 first-place ballots, Mike Trout earned seven, finishing second.

Other Blue Jays were recognized through the process as well. Jose Bautista finished eighth, David Price finished ninth, and Edwin Encarnacion finished 12th in MVP votes.

The call came just minutes after Bryce Harper was respectively named National League MVP.

Donaldson becomes just the second MVP selection in Blue Jays franchise history, joining George Bell, who won the prestigious award in 1987. The Bringer of Rain also becomes the second player to win MVP the year after being traded since Willie Hernandez did so in 1984.

The 29-year-old finished the season with 41 home runs and a .297 batting average. His 123 RBIs, 122 runs scored, and 323 total bases led Major League Baseball this season.

Donaldson’s 8.8 WAR ranked third in the league.

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