Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien sets MLB one-season home run record by second baseman

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Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien gave his club a lead early Wednesday night against the New York Yankees when he threw a two-run homerun against Gerrit Cole in the game’s first inning. . Semien made history in the process, setting a new single-season record for most home runs by a second baseman.

Semien’s home run, his 44th of the season, broke the tie with Davey Johnson, who scored 43 times in 1973 as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Johnson’s record had already been threatened in 2016, when Brian Dozier, then second baseman for the Minnesota Twins, scored 42 times. In all, there have only been five seasons of over 40 home runs written by players who have played at least 75 percent of their games at the keystone. The others were won by Roger Hornsby in 1922 (42) and Ryne Sandberg in 1990 (40).

Semien, 31, is drawing to a close a season that has turned out to be remarkable. He came into the evening hitting .267 / .338 / .541 (135 OPS +) with 43 homers and 15 goals stolen (out of 16 tries). He’s racked up 7.2 wins over the substitution, according to Baseball Reference calculations. This is the first time in his career that he has served primarily as a second baseman, having already spent most of his serve in the big leagues on the other side of the sack, on shortstop.

Semien joined the Blue Jays on a one-year contract worth $ 18 million during the offseason. Needless to say, his next contract should be longer and more lucrative depending on the year he got.

The Blue Jays could take advantage of the win on Wednesday night. They came into play against the Boston Red Sox for second place in the American League wild card. The Blue Jays are also three games away from the Yankees for first place, but every loss matters with so little time left in the regular season. CBS Sports is keeping track of all the action Wednesday night in the AL wild-card race. Follow live updates, scores, highlights and analysis here.


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