Blue Jays infielder Marcus Semien has broken a pretty impressive record this evening, hitting his 44th home run of the season and setting the single-season record for home runs by a second baseman in Major League history.
The record was previously held by Davey Johnson at 43 home runs for quite some time – since1973 to be exact. Semien entered tonight’s game tied with Johnson before hitting a first-inning home run off of Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, a no-doubter to left field that put the Blue Jays ahead by two runs early.
Signed by the Blue Jays to a one-year, $18 million dollar contract this past off-season, Semien has been nothing short of amazing at second base this year for the club.
Blue Jays’ second baseman Marcus Semien has broken the home run record second baseman in a single season with his 44th knock earlier this evening.
His .267/.338/.541 slash line entering tonight’s game has him leading multiple offensive categories amongst second basemen such as home runs, slugging, RBI (101), and OPS (.884). He’s most likely going to earn the Silver Slugger award and will likely earn some MVP votes alongside teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. His 6.5 fWAR on the season has him sitting fourth among position players in the league and is looking like an absolute steal for the club this past off-season.
A pending free agent this upcoming off-season, Semien is surely going to cash in this Winter considering how well he is performing. The free-agent class this off-season looks to be one of the strongest in recent memory, especially in the middle infielder category boasting the likes of Javier Baez, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, and now Semien.
The Blue Jays front office has already approached him regarding a contract extension this season and the talks have apparently not progressed far, which makes sense given he would be silly to not explore what is out there this off-season.
The Blue Jays will 100% be giving him a qualifying offer should he leave the organization but I’m sure fans would like to see him return to the team for the long run to continue hitting the ball in a Jays jersey.