We all know Don Cherry is a big fan of Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. So it was only a matter of time before the hockey icon chimed in on the hot debate of who should be this season’s American League MVP.
Broadcaster and former Blue Jay Gregg Zaun has been vocal about the awards race in recent days, maintaining that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim centre-fielder Mike Trout deserves to take home the hardware. Among Zaun’s arguments are that Trout plays a tougher position than Donaldson and is also charged with carrying a weaker offensive team in the Angels.
Cherry was not having that at all and shared his thoughts in a Twitter rant on Thursday night.
He began by throwing some shade at Zaun and his wardrobe.
Then he offered a little bit of context …
And proceeded to compare the stats of the 24-year-old Trout and 29-year-old Donaldson, who’ll play against each other this weekend when the Blue Jays visit the Angels for a three-game series in California.
Cherry certainly did his homework, as all the stats he presented were correct.
The man they call “Grapes” then moved on to the position argument.
Before dropping the Twitter mic, Cherry let his followers know that he has the utmost respect for Trout and even compared him to a baseball legend.
Cherry famously urged fans to vote Donaldson into the all-star game with a spirited rant on his Coach’s Corner segment during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in June. The two have since become pals, with Donaldson tweeting his appreciation and then catching Cherry’s ceremonial first pitch during the Canada Day contest at Rogers Centre.
With the NHL season quickly approaching, it’s possible we could see this MVP talk carry into an upcoming Coach’s Corner. And hey, wouldn’t it be great if Zaun joined Cherry for a live debate?