Josh Donaldson named NL Comeback Player of the Year

Major League Baseball named Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson the National League Comeback Player of the Year for the 2019 season.

The “Bringer of Rain” played in 155 games in his age-33 season, slashing .259/.379/.521. He held a slash line of .246/.352/.449 in 2018 as he spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. Donaldson was only able to play in 52 games in 2018 due to a calf injury that caused him to be traded from Toronto to Cleveland.

Donaldson led the Braves to 97 wins and a second straight NL-East division title before ending their season in the NLDS against the Cardinals. Donaldson was a force in the cleanup spot. Hitting behind National League All-Star Freddie Freeman, the soon-to-be 34 year old clubbed 37 home runs as a Brave. His 94 RBIs were third on the team behind Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr., who each drove in over one hundred runs last year.

Josh Donaldson was accompanied by Carlos Carrasco, who won the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year award after being diagnosed with leukemia in June.