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Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien hits 43rd home run of 2021, ties record for second basemen

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Within the sixth inning of the Blue Jays‘ eventual 6-1 win over the Twins on Saturday, Toronto second baseman Marcus Semien hit his Forty third dwelling run of the 2021 season: 

Because the caption says, that blast means Semien is now tied for essentially the most dwelling runs in a season by a second baseman. He is atop that record with Davey Johnson, who additionally hit 43 out because the Braves‘ second baseman in 1973. Previous to this, Semien had been in a three-way tie for second place at 42 with Brian Dozier in 2016 and Rogers Hornsby in 1922. 

Once we focus on dwelling runs by a participant at a sure place, we normally imply those that performed at the least 75 % of their video games in a given season at that place. In Semien’s case, this season has performed 140 of his 155 video games at second base. Of his 43 dwelling runs, 39 have come as a second baseman. The opposite 4 have come as a shortstop, which in fact is a extra premium place than second base and if something makes what Semien has achieved much more spectacular. In Johnson’s case, he hit 42 of his 43 dwelling runs in 1973 as a second baseman and one as a pinch-hitter. 

Earlier this season, Salvador Perez of the Royals set the single-season record for home runs by a catcher

In issues associated to all of this, Semien this season could be very a lot within the AL MVP dialogue. Whereas Angels two-way risk Shohei Ohtani stays the frontrunner and Semien’s teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. possible his stiffest competitors, Semien deserves severe consideration. He is now batting .271/.341/.548 with, as famous, 43 dwelling runs, and he is additionally stolen 15 stolen bases in 16 makes an attempt. On prime of all that, Semien has thrived defensively in his first season as a main second baseman. Add all of it up, and Semien coming into Saturday truly had the next WAR — 7.1 to six.9 — that Guerrero Jr.

No matter how that awards balloting performs out, Semien’s 2021 season has been a history-making one. Eligible at no cost company this coming winter after signing a one-year pillow contract with Toronto, Semien’s additionally most likely headed for a big pay day.

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