Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson announces his retirement after 13-year MLB career that included turbulent stint with the Yankees: ‘Today’s a sad day but also happy day for me’

  • Donaldson was a three-time All-Star who faded from stardom after 2016
  • The infielder spent time between the Yankees and Brewers last season
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After a thirteen-year professional baseball career, former American League MVP Josh Donaldson is retiring from the MLB.

Donaldson, 38, announced he was hanging up his boots during an interview on the podcast “The Mayor’s Office with Sean Casey.”

Last year, Donaldson had one of his worst seasons, hitting .152 with 13 home runs and 26 RBIs while wasting time with the Yankees and Brewers.

Donaldson was a three-time All-Star and won AL MVP in 2015 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

He initially rose through the ranks of the athletics organization before truly becoming famous in Toronto.

Donaldson was one of the most feared hitters in the American League in the mid-2010s

Donaldson retired from baseball on Monday after a disappointing final professional season

Donaldson retired from baseball on Monday after a disappointing final professional season

Donaldson played for seven teams in his career and also played for the then Indians, Braves and Twins.

“There was a time at the end of the season where I felt really good where I was and I wanted to try and give it another go,” Donaldson told Casey.

‘But being home with the family, getting married. Today is a sad day, but also a happy day for me. “I’m going to announce my retirement from the game I’ve dedicated my entire life to,” Donaldson added.

Donaldson finished fourth in the AL MVP voting two more times: in 2013 with the Athletics and 2016 with the Blue Jays. His All-Star appearances came with Oakland in 2014, followed by 2015-2016 with Toronto.

Donaldson hit 30 home runs four times, but his MVP season in Toronto marked the only 100-RBI campaign of his career. He won two Silver Slugger awards and finished with 1,310 hits.