TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays hitter Marcus Semien set a major league home run record by a second baseman when he hit his 44th of the season Wednesday night against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
Semien’s home run, a two-point drive into the left-field reliever box, broke the tie with Davey Johnson (1973 for Atlanta) and gave Toronto an early lead in their September clash against a rival. of AL.
Rogers Hornsby (42 homers in 1922), Brian Dozier (42 in 2016) and Ryne Sandberg (40 in 1990) are the only other second baseman in major league history to reach the 40 homerun mark.
The Semien circuit was the 249th of the season for Toronto, the ML leader.
Four of Semien’s home runs this season came when he was playing shortstop. But the nine-season veteran, a first-time all-star this season, made 142 of his 157 starts on second base.
Semien signed a one-year, $ 18 million contract with Toronto this season. He was third in the AL MVP vote in 2019 with Oakland, when he hit 33 home runs with 92 RBIs with an .892 OPS.
Semien, 31, had played most of his career shortstop before leaving the As to join the Blue Jays.
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