Josh Donaldson opens about times he thought about quitting baseball

Donaldson overcame his doubts and went on to have a long MLB career.

by Dzevad Mesic
Josh Donaldson opens about times he thought about quitting baseball

New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson once thought about quitting baseball as he simply wasn't finding happiness and joy in playing the game. However, those times are long gone as Donaldson had thought about quitting while he was playing in the minor leagues.

Donaldson made his MLB debut in 2010 and since then he has been named to three All-Star games and in 2015 he was named the AL MVP. "That was when I was probably more in like Double-A. I was catching at the time. I was hitting well, but I really took it to heart if one of my pitchers did bad, and wasn’t really finding a lot of happiness or joy playing the game that I kind of had given my life to at that point.

When you’re not finding much joy out of it, you kind of question what you’re doing. And obviously I’ve learned tools and figured out ways to kind of get past that," Donaldson told The Post.

Donaldson: Even the biggest stars have the doubters

LeBron James, widely regarded as one of the best players in basketball history, has been a superstar from Day 1.

Now, 19 years later since his arrival to the NBA, James still faces criticism. "Yeah, I think we all have doubters, right? I think even when you look at LeBron James, the guy was a superstar by the time he was 16, 17 years old and he still has doubters to this day.

To each their own. I think people are gonna have people that support them and people that doubt them. At the end of the day, I don’t concern myself with really other people’s opinions, I concern myself really about how I go about my work, and really at a point in my career where I didn’t really know how I was gonna become the player I was gonna be and figuring that out and identifying the things that I needed to do to become better and to be the guy that I saw myself as.

… I think that’s more where I get pleasure out of than anybody that’s ever doubted me. Donaldson, who was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Yankees last month, admitted that working with a sports psychologist helped him overcome his dark period. Donaldson is now locked in on bringing a World Series to the Bronx.