Semien’s time with the Blue Jays lasted an entire 162 games. During his tenure he was the epitome of class. He was a leader, an All-Star, a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glover, and an absolute steal of a free agent signing. He turned the one year, $18 million deal into a seven (!) year deal with the Rangers. Alas, lets review his season, as I truly believe this was one of the best short tenures in team history.
2021 saw Semien club 45 home runs and drive in 102 runs. He didn’t miss a single game, playing 147 of them at second, 21 of them at shortstop, and serving as the DH for a single game. His time at second earned him a Gold Glove, the first of his career. He also mixed in 15 stolen bases for good measure. This well rounded season accumulated a 7.3 WAR. This is quite the figure, as this number managed to even best Vlad’s 2021 WAR (6.8). Semien’s WAR is tied for the fourth best single season mark in team history. Lloyd Moseby and Carlos Delgado recorded a similar number in 1984 and 2000 respectively. Semien’s leadership and consistency helped the Jays to their 91 wins in 2021, and they truly could not have done it without him.
Semien is now gone to Texas. His third place finish in MVP in 2021 earned him a massive payday. As a baseball fan, you have to love watching hard working players flourish. Semien earned every cent of his new deal, and he will no doubt be very missed.