Two of the best third baseman in the league right now are Manny Machado of the Orioles and Josh Donaldson of the Athletics. Both are amazingly talented baseball players who will hopefully be cornerstones for their respected franchises for the rest of their careers. This leads to people choose one or the other to say is “better”.
With recent events that happened, the two players don’t seem to like each other and have started the “Machado-Donaldson Rivalry”, if you want to call it that. I’m sure you know what happened during that whole series. Benches were cleared, bats were thrown and players got really angry. Now I’m here to find out which one is the better baseball player.
To fully compare them, I’ll do it by season since the two have a significant age gap (Donaldson is 28, Machado is 22).
Batting Average (BA)
2012: Machado (.262), Donaldson (.241)
2013: Machado (.283), Donaldson (.301)
2014: Machado (.270), Donaldson (.238)
On Base Percentage (OBP)
2012: Machado (.294), Donaldson (.289)
2013: Machado (.314), Donaldson (.384)
2014: Machado (.319), Donaldson (.318)
Slugging Percentage (SLG)
2012: Machado (.445), Donaldson (.398)
2013: Machado (.432), Donaldson (.499)
2014: Machado (.442), Donaldson (.449)
Isolated Power (ISO)
2012: Machado (.183), Donaldson (.157)
2013: Machado (.148), Donaldson (.199)
2014: Machado (.152), Donaldson (.211)
Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP)
2012: Machado (.293), Donaldson (.278)
2013: Machado (.322), Donaldson (.333)
2014: Machado (.298), Donaldson (.250)
By these, it’s evident that Josh Donaldson has unleashed his true potential as a power hitter this season, with his batting average and average on balls in play have taken a hit. Machado, not known as a power hitter, has upped his average to .270 this season after a very slow start to his season. Both have been fairly even at getting on base the same, with the exception of 2013 when Donaldson’s was way higher than Machado’s. The most notable differences are the spike in power for Donaldson this season and Machado’s consistency while growing into the player he will be for the rest of his career.
Both players are amazing defensively and will be the front runners for the Gold Glove for many years to come. Both have exceptional range, arm strength and ability to make amazing plays everyday.
Both of these guys are amazing baseball players and would be amazing pieces to any franchise, but which one would you rather have?