Before this season, Marcus Semien had not manned second base since 2014. On Wednesday, he made history at the keystone position.
Semien clubbed his 44th home run of the season, setting a new single-season record for home runs by a second baseman in major league history. He took Yankees ace Gerrit Cole deep in the first inning to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
The home run broke a tie with Davey Johnson, who hit 43 homers with the Braves in 1973. Prior to this season, Semien's previous career high was 33 in 2019.
Semien had a breakout season with the A's in 2019, playing in every game and setting career highs across the board en route to finishing third in the American League MVP voting. A down year in 2020 forced him to settle for a one-year, $18 million deal with the Blue Jays in free agency this offseason and shift from his natural shortstop position to second, but his stellar 2021 performance has hit set up to cash in big this winter.
Semien, who made his first career All-Star team this season, is now three home runs shy of Salvador Pérez for the major league lead. He has now set new career highs this season in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases.
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