Once a kid growing up on the baseball fields of Mobile, Josh Donaldson has now cemented his place among the best players in the world.
Donaldson, a Mobile, Alabama native, was named the 2015 American League MVP of Major League Baseball on Thursday evening.
Donaldson, who had 41 home runs along with a .297 batting average and 123 RBI’s this season, led the resurgent Toronoto Blue Jays all the way to the American League Championship Series.
Josh played high school baseball at Faith Academy in Mobile and was standout in college for Auburn University.
Mobile’s Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey also won MVP Awards, both in the National League.
Finishing in second-place was reigning MVP Mike Trout, who hit .290 with 41 home runs and 90 runs batted in. In only four seasons of big-league ball, Trout has been a finalist for the award all four years.
The final contender was Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, who had a .307 with 16 homers, 34 doubles, 72 RBI’s and 101 runs scored.
News 5’s Randy Patrick will have more on Donaldson’s major achievement tonight on News 5 at 6pm and 10pm.