Josh Donaldson Net Worth 2024, Biography, Age, Height

By Alice Moreno

Josh Donaldson, also known as Joshua Adam Donaldson, goes by the nickname “Bringer of Rain”. Born on December 8, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, he’s now 37 years old. He stands 6′-1″ tall and weighs 210lb. Josh resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.

He’s a professional baseball player. He bats and throws with his right hand. His position is a third baseman. Josh’s MLB debut was on April 30, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 from Auburn University.

Donaldson wears jersey number 3. His earned run average is .261, and he’s hit 279 home runs. He attended Pace High School and, later, Auburn University.

Throughout his career, he’s earned over $152 million. His net worth is $90 million, with a salary of $720,000. He endorses brands like Marucci and eBay.

Off the field, Josh is a family man. He’s married to Briana Miller, and they have one child. Levon Donaldson is his father, and Lisa French is his mother.

Quick Facts About Josh Donaldson

NameJosh Donaldson
Real NameJoshua Adam Donaldson
NicknameBringer of Rain
Birthday/AgeDecember 8, 1985 (age 37)
Weight210lb(95kg)
Height185cm(6′-1″)
BirthplacePensacola, Florida, U.S.
ResidenceGreenwich, Connecticut
ProfessionAmerican professional baseball player
DraftDrafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (48th) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Auburn University (Auburn, AL).
Mlb Debut DateApril 30, 2010
Mlb Debut TeamOakland Athletics
Batted/ThrewRight/Right
Positionthird baseman
Jersey Number3
Earned Run Average.261
Home Runs279
High SchoolPace High School
CollegeAuburn University
Net Worth$90 Million
Career Earnings$152,745,218
Salary$720,000
EndorsementsMarucci, Cetaphil Canada, eBay, Signing Day Sports
FatherLevon Donaldson
MotherLisa French
Marital Statusmarried
SpouseBriana Miller
Children1

Josh Donaldson Biography

Joshua Adam Donaldson was born on December 8, 1985. He’s an American baseball player. Now, he plays as a third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers in the MLB. Before this, he played for teams like the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees.

In 2007, the Chicago Cubs drafted him. This was after his college baseball days at Auburn University. By 2010, he started his MLB career with the Athletics. He began as a catcher. Later, he switched to third base. By the 2014 MLB season, he was an All-Star.

After the 2014 season, the Blue Jays traded for him. In 2015, he started in the MLB All-Star Game. He got the most fan votes that year. He also became the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2015. That year, he won the Silver Slugger Award. He led in RBIs and runs scored in the American League.

In August 2018, he moved to the Indians. In 2019, he signed with the Braves for a year. After that, he joined the Twins with a four-year deal. But in 2022, he got traded to the Yankees.

Josh Donaldson Net Worth

Josh Donaldson Net Worth

Josh Donaldson has a net worth of $90 million. Over his career, he’s earned $152,745,218.

Currently, he’s with the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a contract for one year. This contract is worth $720,000. The entire amount is guaranteed.

This means he gets an average annual salary of $720,000 from the Brewers.

Estimated Career Earnings

YEARTEAMAWARDSSALARYSIGNING BONUSINCENTIVETOTAL CASH
2007$652,500$652,500
2010$41,534$41,534
2012$364,597$364,597
2013$492,500$492,500
2014$500,000$500,000
2015AL MVP,AL HANK AARON,AL SILVER SLUGGER:3B$4,300,000$4,300,000
2016AL SILVER SLUGGER:3B$11,650,000$11,650,000
2017$17,000,000$17,000,000
2018$1,133,336$1,133,336
2018$21,866,664$21,866,664
2019$23,000,000$23,000,000
2020$6,666,667$6,666,667
2021$21,000,000$21,000,000
2022$21,000,000$2,000,000$23,000,000
2023$21,000,000$21,000,000
2023$77,420$77,420
Est. Earnings(13 seasons)$150,092,718$652,500$2,000,000$152,745,218

Source: Spotrac-cash-earnings

Josh Donaldson Contract Details

YEARTeamAGESERVICESTATUSBASE SALARYLUXURY TAX SALARYPAYROLL SALARYADJUSTED SALARYYEARLY CASH
2023Milwaukee Brewers3710.158$720,000$77,420$720,000$77,420$77,420

Source: Spotrac

Josh Donaldson Injuries

DATETEAMREASONDAYS MISSEDCASH PAID WHILE INJURED
07/16/2023 – 08/29/2023NYYCalf45$5,080,635
04/06/2023 – 06/01/2023NYYHamstring57$6,435,471
05/23/2022 – 06/03/2022NYYShoulder12$1,354,836
04/03/2021 – 04/14/2021MINHamstring12$1,354,836
08/07/2020 – 09/02/2020MINCalf27$3,134,322
09/01/2018 – 09/11/2018Calf11$1,360,216
06/01/2018 – 09/01/2018TORCalf93$11,500,008
04/13/2018 – 05/03/2018TORShoulder21$2,596,776
04/14/2017 – 05/26/2017TORCalf43$3,994,528
321$36,811,628

Source: Spotrac-injuries

Josh Donaldson Early Life

At Faith Academy, Josh Donaldson was a multi-sport athlete. He played football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, he played as a shortstop and pitcher. During his senior year, he achieved the title of Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. He had an impressive batting average of .515 that season. His performance helped Faith Academy secure a state title. Donaldson also set four of the school’s single-season records in baseball: hits (55), triples (6), doubles (21), and RBIs (54).

In football, Donaldson showcased his versatility. He played as a wide receiver, defensive back, and punter. He set a school record in his senior year with 11 interceptions in a single season.

Josh Donaldson Career

Josh Donaldson Career

Josh Donaldson attended Auburn University. There, he played baseball for the Auburn Tigers, competing in the Southeastern Conference. In his 2005 first year, he started 39 games as a third baseman. He had a batting average of .294 and hit seven home runs.

He also began training as a catcher. During his sophomore year, he led the team with ten home runs and had a .276 average. He also showed defensive skills, stopping many base stealers. In the summer of 2006, he played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

He was an All-Star with a .302 batting average. By 2007, he earned the title of Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American.

In 2007, the Chicago Cubs selected Josh Donaldson in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. They picked him as a catcher, 48th overall. In his initial minor league season, Donaldson played for the Arizona League Cubs and Boise Hawks. Across 53 games, he achieved a batting average of .335 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs. Interestingly, he had 39 walks compared to 38 strikeouts. In 2008, Donaldson played with the Class-A Peoria Chiefs for 63 games. There, he hit .217 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

On April 12, 2013, Josh Donaldson hit his first career walk-off home run against Detroit Tigers’ Brayan Villarreal. This marked the A’s first walk-off win for that year. Later, on June 7, he achieved another milestone by hitting his first career grand slam. This time, it was against Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.

In March 2022, the Twins traded Josh Donaldson to the New York Yankees. The trade also involved Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt going to the Yankees and Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela moving to the Twins. Later in May, MLB suspended Donaldson for a game. This was due to a comment he made about Tim Anderson. In August, Donaldson hit a significant walk-off grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays. This made him the third Yankee to achieve such a feat, joining legends Babe Ruth and Jason Giambi.

In 2023, on August 31, Josh Donaldson signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was then assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. After playing five games for Nashville and batting .177, the Brewers moved Donaldson to their major league roster on September 11.

Josh Donaldson Jersey

YearsTeamJersey Number
2010-2010Oakland Athletics29
2012-2014Oakland Athletics20
2015-2018Toronto Blue Jays20
2018-2018Cleveland Indians27
2019-2019Atlanta Braves20
2020-2020Minnesota Twins24
2021-2021Minnesota Twins20
2022-2023New York Yankees28
2023-2023Milwaukee Brewers3

Josh Donaldson Stats

SEASONTEAMGPGSABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSBKAVGOBPSLGOPSWAR
2023MIL51471651825501326220500.1520.2490.4180.667-0.02
2022NYY1321254785910628015625421480.2220.3080.3740.6822.62
2021MIN1351264577311326026727401140.2470.3520.4750.8273.19
2020MIN282581141820611180240.2220.3730.4690.8420.54
2019ATL15714954996142330379410041550.2590.3790.5210.95.42
2018CLE52501873046140823312540.2460.3520.4490.8010.54
2017TOR1131124156511121033787621110.2670.3830.5570.944.59
2016TOR155154577122164325379910971190.2840.4040.5490.9537.24
2015TOR158157620122184412411237361330.2970.3710.5680.9397.11
2014OAK1581556089315531229987681300.2550.3420.4560.7986.94
2013OAK1581585788917337324927551100.2990.3820.4980.887.24
2012OAK75742743466160933144610.2410.2890.3980.6871.45
2010OAK1493215101420120.1560.2060.2810.487-0.29
Totals1,3861,3415,0218161,30828712279815724401,2210.2610.3570.4890.84646.57

Source: Spotrac-statistics

Transactions

DateTransaction
September 11 2023Contract purchased by Milwaukee (MIL)
August 31 2023Signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee (MIL)
August 29 2023Released by New York (NYY)
August 29 2023Released by New York (NYY)
May 23 2022Suspended 1 game for Conduct Detrimental to the League, forfeiting $112.903 in 2022 salary with New York (NYY)
Mar 13 2022Traded to New York (NYY) from Minnesota (MIN) with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt for Gary Sanchez and Giovanny Urshela
Jan 14 2020Signed a 4 year $92 million contract with Minnesota (MIN)
Nov 4 2019Atlanta (ATL) extended a $17.8 million Qualifying Offer
Jun 17 2019Fined $1,000 Role in a brawl against Pittsburgh (PIT)
Jun 11 2019Suspended 1 game for his role in a brawl against Pittsburgh (PIT) forfeiting $123,656 in 2019 salary with Atlanta (ATL)
Nov 26 2018Signed a 1 year $23 million contract with Atlanta (ATL)
Aug 31 2018Traded to Cleveland (CLE) from Toronto (TOR) for Julian Merryweather
Jan 12 2018Signed a 1 year $23 million contract with Toronto (TOR), avoiding arbitration
May 17 2016Fined $1,000 Role in a brawl against Texas (TEX)
Feb 9 2016Signed a 2 year $28.65 million contract with Toronto (TOR), avoiding arbitration
Feb 13 2015Signed a 1 year $4.3 million contract with Toronto (TOR)
November 29 2014Traded to Toronto (TOR) from Oakland (OAK) for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto
March 3 2014Signed a 1 year $500k contract with Oakland (OAK)
March 1 2013Signed a 1 year $492,500 contract with Oakland (OAK)
February 10 2012Signed a 1 year $480k contract with Oakland (OAK)
July 8 2008Traded to Oakland (OAK) from Chicago (CHC) with Sean Gallagher , Eric Patterson and Matt Murton for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin
Jun 6 2007Drafted by Chicago (CHC): Round 1 (#48 overall)
Jul 6 2006Signed a contract with Chicago (CHC)
Sep 11 2023Contract purchased by Milwaukee (MIL)
Aug 31 2023Signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee (MIL)
Aug 29 2023Released by New York (NYY)
Aug 29 2023Released by New York (NYY)
May 23 2022Suspended 1 game for Conduct Detrimental to the League, forfeiting $112.903 in 2022 salary with New York (NYY)
Mar 13 2022Traded to New York (NYY) from Minnesota (MIN) with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt for Gary Sanchez and Giovanny Urshela
Jan 14 2020Signed a 4 year $92 million contract with Minnesota (MIN)
Nov 4 2019Atlanta (ATL) extended a $17.8 million Qualifying Offer
Jun 17 2019Fined $1,000 Role in a brawl against Pittsburgh (PIT)
Jun 11 2019Suspended 1 game for his role in a brawl against Pittsburgh (PIT) forfeiting $123,656 in 2019 salary with Atlanta (ATL)
Nov 26 2018Signed a 1 year $23 million contract with Atlanta (ATL)
Aug 31 2018Traded to Cleveland (CLE) from Toronto (TOR) for Julian Merryweather
Jan 12 2018Signed a 1 year $23 million contract with Toronto (TOR), avoiding arbitration
May 17 2016Fined $1,000 Role in a brawl against Texas (TEX)
Feb 9 2016Signed a 2 year $28.65 million contract with Toronto (TOR), avoiding arbitration
Feb 13 2015Signed a 1 year $4.3 million contract with Toronto (TOR)
Nov 29 2014Traded to Toronto (TOR) from Oakland (OAK) for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto
2014-03Signed a 1 year $500k contract with Oakland (OAK)
Mar 1 2013Signed a 1 year $492,500 contract with Oakland (OAK)
Feb 10 2012Signed a 1 year $480k contract with Oakland (OAK)
Jul 8 2008Traded to Oakland (OAK) from Chicago (CHC) with Sean Gallagher, Eric Patterson and Matt Murton for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin
Jun 6 2007Drafted by Chicago (CHC): Round 1 (#48 overall)
Jul 6 2006Signed a contract with Chicago (CHC)

Source: Spotrac-transactions

Josh Donaldson Awards, Records, and Honors

AwardsYear
3× All-Star2014–2016
AL MVP2015
AL RBI leader2015
AL Hank Aaron Award2015
2× Silver Slugger Award2015, 2016
NL Comeback Player of the Year2019

Josh Donaldson Endorsements

Josh Donaldson has endorsement deals with several brands. These include Marucci, Cetaphil Canada, eBay, and Signing Day Sports. These partnerships play a role in enhancing his visibility and income outside of his baseball earnings.

Josh Donaldson Family

Josh Donaldson faced challenges growing up. His mother, Lisa French, raised him. For most of his childhood, his father, Levon Donaldson, was in prison. Levon, who worked in construction, was jailed in 1992. He faced charges including sexual battery and aggravated battery. He got out of prison in 2007.

On September 13, 2013, Levon saw Josh play baseball in person for the first time. This game was against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. During this game, Donaldson showed great skill. He walked twice and scored with a home run and a double in just three at-bats. The Athletics ended up winning the game 9–8.

Josh Donaldson Personal Life

Josh Donaldson had diverse interests growing up. He was a fan of the Atlanta Braves. Apart from baseball, he’s always loved golf. Impressively, when he was just 18 months old, he showcased a “picture-perfect” golf swing on local TV. His golfing skills remained evident in 2014 when he hit a ball approximately 309 yards in a simulator on the Golf Channel. Interestingly, he discovered his trade to the Toronto Blue Jays while watching the Golf Channel and playing the video game Mortal Kombat.

Donaldson is also a fan of the TV series “Vikings” on the History Channel. In January 2016, news came out that he’d make a guest appearance in the show’s fourth season, playing a character named “Hoskuld”. His nickname, “The Bringer of Rain”, is inspired by an episode of the series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”.

On the personal front, Donaldson and his fiancé, Briana Miller, welcomed their first child, a daughter, in November 2020.

Josh Donaldson Education

Josh Donaldson’s educational journey began at Pace High School in Pace, Florida. Later, his mother, Lisa, decided to move him to Faith Academy, located in Mobile, Alabama. After completing high school, Donaldson pursued higher education by enrolling at Auburn University.

Josh Donaldson Philanthropy

Josh Donaldson established the Josh Donaldson Foundation. Its mission is to assist underprivileged children and young people from single-parent homes. The foundation focuses on providing them with opportunities to engage in sports and other positive activities. Through these experiences, they also gain mentorship and guidance to lead positive lives.

Conclusion

Josh Donaldson is an accomplished baseball player. Born in 1985, he now plays for the Milwaukee Brewers. He started his MLB career with the Oakland Athletics in 2010. Over the years, he’s played for multiple teams, earning various accolades.

His upbringing had challenges, with his father in prison for much of his childhood. But his mother, Lisa, played an essential role in his life. Besides baseball, Josh has a passion for golf and even showcased his skills on TV at a very young age.

Donaldson also ventured into acting with a guest role on the TV series “Vikings”. Off the field, he’s a family man, engaged to Briana Miller, with whom he has a daughter. He’s also dedicated to giving back through the Josh Donaldson Foundation, supporting underprivileged children.

FAQs

What year was Donaldson MVP?

Donaldson won the MVP award in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Why did Josh Donaldson get released?

Josh Donaldson was released due to a combination of factors. As stated by Boone, Donaldson was set for a rehab assignment, and by the time he would be ready to return, there would be limited opportunities for him to play. Additionally, the Yankees wanted to provide more playing time to younger talent like Oswald Peraza and Everson Pereira, which would further reduce Donaldson’s playing time.

Alice Moreno
About the author

Hi, I'm Alice Moreno. I've been writing about celebrities since 2005. I love sharing stories about famous people and finding out how much they're worth. I studied Journalism and enjoy digging for facts to make sure everything I write is true.

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