At about this time four winters ago Josh Donaldson was in the Dominican Republic learning how to play third base. He was about to turn 26 and with just a small handful of major-league plate appearances to his name, he could feel the time ticking away on his baseball career. Donaldson was settling into what baseball people call a “four-A player” which is a short-hand way to refer to players that are too good for Triple-A but can’t quite get their game right in the big leagues. Those kind of guys are valuable to an organization, useful in a utility role and good to have around in case of an injury, but they’re not being confused as being the most valuable. 41 home runs and 123 RBIs are numbers attainable over the course of a career. Certainly not in one season. And an MVP award? Forget it.
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