Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien launched his 44th home run on Wednesday night against the Yankees, giving him the single-season MLB record for homers by a second baseman. MLBbro Semien breaks a record that has stood for nearly a half century.
After betting on himself last off-season Marcus Semien turned out one of the greatest offensive seasons for a second baseman of all-time.
He is now tied for the record for most home runs in a year for the position and continues to make “Money Ball” and analytics look silly.
Baseball is in a Golden Age- There is talent everywhere you look, from two-way stars to Triple Crown hopefuls.
Some extraordinary accomplishments can be swept under the rug, but what Marcus Semien has done this year is going to be etched in history forever and it goes to show, always bet on yourself.
Most single-season HR by a 2B in @MLB HISTORY:
T1) Marcus Semien – 43 (2021) 🤯
T1) Davey Johnson – 43 (1973) pic.twitter.com/RKVEUs4ZXd
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 26, 2021
Record Breaking, Money Making Season
Saturday night Semien tied Davey Johnson’s record of 43 home runs in a season by a second baseman. The record has stood since 1973.
Semien spent the first eight seasons of his career at shortstop, but after the Oakland A’s decided not to offer him a deal to stay, he decided to show his versatility.
“When we go out there and do our thing and play our game, no matter what the circumstances are, I’ll take us over anybody,” said Semien.
The Jays are trailing New York and Boston for the final wild card spot with just six games left on their schedule — three head-to-head in “The Six” against the Yankees.
The addition of Marcus Semien to the Blue Jays lineup shifted them from a young team on the rise who may be a year or two away, to one of the best teams in the Majors.
Semien is leading all second baseman in home runs, slugging percentage and has played in the most games. He’s also second in doubles, RBI and second in runs scored.
Marcus is so charming lol 😍🤪 pic.twitter.com/B1MjP7qzAa
— Marcus Semien’s #1 Fan (@hiphilary) September 18, 2021
Semien told reporters over the weekend that he “Still sees himself as a shortstop” which puts his name on a wide list of elite players at the position looking to cash out this summer, none of which have put up better numbers than he has.
Marcus Semien, senhoras e senhores! pic.twitter.com/vRXYY2HS7X
— After Home Plate #ComeBackGuto💪🙏 (@AfterHomePlate) September 19, 2021
Before worrying about inking a new deal, Semiens soul focus this week will be getting the Jays in the playoffs and adding a few extra dollars by showing up big in October. Toronto meets Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees for a critical three-game set on Tuesday.
Marcus Semien hit another blast last night for his 41st homer of the season. Semien has joined some exclusive company and sits just three homers from breaking the all-time single season record for second baseman.
Labor Day Weekend belonged to Marcus Semien as his four total homers now have him at 37 which is just shy of the record for most in a season by a second baseman in Major League history.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) September 8, 2021
Marcus Semien was the starter for the American League All-Star team at second base earlier this summer, but this most recent stretch of play may be the best showing in what has been a career year.
Over his last seven games he’s slugging a sick 1.000 with 6 homers and 11 RBI.
Semien has not been stat padding with his numbers either: entering Tuesday, his Blue Jays had won eight of their last 10 games, which included a sweep of the Wild Card hopeful Oakland Athletics. Then they double flexed and grounded the surging Yankees on the back of Semien’s five RBI on Labor Day.
Marcus Semien is a winning baseball player. Great talent. Great teammate. pic.twitter.com/woHdtPmKxR
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 4, 2021
Friday night’s game against the Athletics was one of the wildest games played this season. The Jays trailed 8-2 before a six run eighth inning tied the game. The A’s would respond with two runs in the ninth, but then in the bottom half Semien called game by hitting a three-run home run to the second deck.
I feel when you play this game so hard you realize things about the baseball gods and you tend to believe. For Marcus to come up in that situation at that time in the game to do what he did is wild. I wanted to live in that moment for a bit. that’s all https://t.co/FSEatZcDzs
— Tony Kemp (@tonykemp) September 4, 2021
Fellow MLBbro and Oakland A Tony Kemp stayed on the field long after Semien’s walk-off heroics to watch his on field press conference. Then came Monday afternoon when the Blue Jays went into the Bronx and shut out the Yankees 8-0. Semien got the Day Party started with a solo homer.
What a year Semien is having. After the A’s treated him like damaged goods, he rebounds with one of the greatest statistical seasons by a second baseman in MLB history. How’s that for sticking it to your ex?
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) September 6, 2021
He decided then to end the game with an exclamation point. After walks loaded the bases Semien hit his first grand slam of the season.
Semien slam! pic.twitter.com/ym6PL4JDWx
— MLB (@MLB) September 6, 2021
Semien now has 38 home runs which is the most ever for an MLBbro second baseman and the 13th most in a season for any second baseman in Major League history. The record is 43 set by Davey Johnson in 1973.
Semien is evoking memories of the great Joe Morgan. He’s also having a career year on the defensive side of the ball. He made the switch this season from shortstop to second base for the first time in his nine year career and currently has his highest Defensive WAR at 1.6.
Semien now has a .270 average, 88 RBI, 14 steals and .875 slugging percentage and a Big Bag coming his way this off-season.
Marcus Semien was a Gold Glove caliber shortstop who came to the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, show-me deal after the Oakland A’s passed on offering him the long-term deal he deserved.
He comes to Canada, moves to second base to accommodate the younger Bo Bichette and proceeds to not only have an All-Star season but one of the greatest seasons by a middle infielder in franchise history. Putting himself in line for a thick bag from the highest bidder in the off-season.