MINNEAPOLIS — What Marcus Semien has done in 2021 is initiating to head previous personal bests. Toronto’s star 2nd baseman is now chasing baseball historical previous.
Alongside with his 43rd home proceed in Saturday’s 6-1 beget over the Twins, Semien tied Davey Johnson (1973, Braves) for the most homers by a 2nd baseman in a single season in AL/NL historical previous. His timing might perhaps perchance well perhaps now not be any greater, given the Blue Jays are two video games support of the Yankees and Red Sox within the AL Wild Card bustle.
“It’s large. I restful look myself as a shortstop since I’ve been playing the sector for therefore lengthy, nonetheless I moved over there to 2nd and I’m hitting extra home runs, so it’s all correct,” Semien said. “I’ve never had my name in any document books or something like that, so it’s indubitably cool.”
When Semien joined the Blue Jays on a one-year, $18 million deal, he made the switch from shortstop to 2nd, allowing Bo Bichette to handle set up at rapid. The two straight shaped chemistry, with Semien’s protection being very solid regardless of the switch — nonetheless his bat is the star of the impart.
Semien now has 99 RBIs, so he’s lawful in line to hit one other fundamental benchmark over the closing seven video games of the season. Shohei Ohtani and teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are anticipated to get 1-2 in AL MVP vote casting, nonetheless Semien must restful manufacture a field within the head five of vote casting with the campaign he’s set up together.
“That’s reasonably cool. To shatter a document of any style, for a 2nd baseman in his first year playing 2nd immoral, he’s a candidate for MVP,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “I speak he must restful be mentioned by manner of the MVP, too. What a large season he’s had.”
Focus on over with any Blue Jays coach or participant, and the first mumble they’ll point out is Semien’s work ethic. He presentations up early, stays unhurried and does the an analogous mumble each day. It’s a mannequin for younger Blue Jays avid gamers looking out for to get routines of their beget, and Semien’s upward push from a mean participant to a sound star is a blueprint for avid gamers who don’t come up as a high prospect.
His pitchers hang taken seek for, too, including Robbie Ray, who gave the Blue Jays six innings of 1-proceed ball in Saturday’s beget, making one of his closing instances for the AL Cy Younger Award.
“Forty-three homers for a 2nd baseman is quite unheard of in currently’s game, and it’s ethical a credit to the work that he places in each day,” Ray said. “The fellow doesn’t purchase any shatter day and it’s indubitably spectacular to gaze. He’s earned it. He’s earned the credit. He’s earned every bit of the acknowledgement that he’s getting.”
Now fourth within the home proceed bustle, Semien has seven video games closing to purchase this document for his beget. There are bigger group targets at hand, too, because the Blue Jays gaze to style one final surge in direction of the postseason.