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Marcus Semien Newsbeat

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers agree to 7-year deal, sources say

Infielder Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a seven-year contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Sunday.

After struggling in the shortened 2020 with the A’s, Semien bet on himself last offseason, accepting a one-year offer from the Blue Jays in an attempt to rebuild his value and re-enter free agency. He bet right. Semien moved to second base with Toronto and responded with one of the best power seasons from a second baseman in major league history, hitting .265/.334/.538 with 45 home runs, breaking Brian Dozier’s record for home runs by a second baseman.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2021 at 05:32 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus semien, rangers

Monday, November 15, 2021

Breaking down the ‘Big 5’ FA shortstops

It’s similar, though not identical, if you expand the OPS+ list to the past three seasons.

131 OPS+—Seager
130 OPS+—Semien
126 OPS+—Correa
114 OPS+—Story
113 OPS+—Báez

This time, the Statcast metrics rank it as: Seager, Correa, [big gap], Story, Semien and Báez.

Depending on how you want to view it, there’s either a Big Two here (Seager and Correa) or a Big Three (with Semien joining them), and then Story/Báez likely as the final two.

It’s worth noting, as well, that this aligns pretty well to strikeout rate, where Correa and Seager are better than average, Semien roughly average, Story a little worse than average and Báez’s 34% strikeout rate in 2021 one of the highest marks in the game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 10:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, corey seager, javier baez, marcus semien, trevor story

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien sets record for homers by a primary second baseman

Blue Jays slugger Marcus Semien set a record for home runs by a primary second baseman when he hit his 44th of the season Wednesday against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in a critical 6-5 victory.

Semien’s homer, a two-run drive into the left field bullpen, broke a tie with Davey Johnson (1973 for Atlanta), who is still credited by Elias, the official statistician for MLB, as having the most home runs by a second baseman.

Four of Semien’s home runs this season have come while he was playing shortstop, but second base is defined as his primary position as he’s made 75% or more of his starts there. Semien has made 142 of his 157 starts (90.4%) at second base this season.

Rogers Hornsby (42 home runs in 1922), Brian Dozier (42 in 2016) and Ryne Sandberg (40 in 1990) are the only other second basemen in big-league history to reach the 40-homer mark.

Semien’s homer was Toronto’s ML-leading 249th of the season. They ended the night with 251. But from a team standpoint, what was more important was a victory that snapped New York’s seven-game winning streak, and kept Toronto hanging around the pecking order in the hunt for the two American League wild-card spots during this final week of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 03:16 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus semien



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