Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien

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Height: 6-0
Weight: 195 lbs
Age: 30
College: California
Toronto Blue Jays

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The ScoreBlue Jays' Semien unhappy in Dunedin: 'I've enjoyed being on the road'

The Toronto Blue Jays' temporary stay in Dunedin, Florida, is nearing its end, and at least one member of the team won't shed any tears when they leave.Second baseman Marcus Semien was quite frank about not enjoying life at TD Ballpark - normally a Low-A and spring training stadium - following the Blue Jays' 10-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies."I've enjoyed being on the road this year, actually, just because we're playing in big-league stadiums," Semien said, according to Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com. "It's a little different here. I do enjoy the Tampa area, Dunedin area, living here, off the field. But I think a lot of us wish we were in a big-league ballpark."The Blue Jays haven't played in Toronto since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that's kept the Canada-United States border closed. Renovations at Buffalo's Sahlen Field, their temporary home last summer, forced the team to play its first few home series in Dunedin.Semien, who homered in Sunday's win, has struggled to hit in Dunedin. He entered Sunday's game sporting a .614 OPS in 57 plate appearances at TD Ballpark, compared to .855 on the road. But his main complaint relates to an absent home crowd while playing thousands of miles away from Toronto. He feels that fans of the opposition have populated TD Ballpark since spring training ended."When you go on the road, you may get booed or no cheers for you, but it seems like that's how it is here in Dunedin, too," Semien said. "There's a lot of fans of other teams. Personally, I don't think playing here is a relief, or whatever you want to call it. I just enjoy living in the Tampa area, I guess."The Blue Jays play their final regular-season game in Dunedin on May 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays. They'll open up the Buffalo portion of their home schedule on June 1 against the Miami Marlins.A timeline for the team's return to Toronto remains unclear, but general manager Ross Atkins said Sunday that he and president Mark Shapiro have had "consistent dialogue and communication with" government officials about coming back later this season, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith. Atkins added that while public health concerns remain a priority, the front office is "encouraged by the communication that has occurred."Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Sunday, May 16, 2021

FOX SportsMarcus Semien s three-run jack pushes Blue Jays past Astros, 8-4

The Toronto Blue Jays held off the Houston Astros, 8-4. Marcus Semien belted a three-run shot in the ninth inning to extend the Blue Jays lead over the Astros. Cavan Biggio also belted a two-run shot of his own in the second to jumpstart Toronto s offense.

Source: FOX Sports
Saturday, May 8, 2021

The ScoreMLB Roundtable: Biggest early-season questions

theScore's MLB editors Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, Bryan Mcwilliam, Tom Ruminski, and Jason Wilson answer some of the biggest questions six weeks into the 2021 season: Which team has been the most surprising? Matthew Stockman / Getty Images Sport / GettySan Francisco Giants: Somehow, it's the Giants - not the powerful Dodgers or Padres - who are sitting atop the NL West after a month-plus. Gabe Kapler's team has done it despite a boatload of injuries, and thanks to some great pitching. Kevin Gausman has continued last year's resurgence, while newcomers Anthony DeSclafani and Aaron Sanchez have been pleasant surprises. Offensively, it's been veterans Buster Posey and Evan Longoria leading the way with renaissance seasons. On the other side, they've had a relatively easy schedule thus far outside of a few series against San Diego, and it'll stay that way until they face the Dodgers for the first time later this month. So that begs the question: Will it last? And the truth is, it's hard to say right now. - Sharkey-GotliebBoston Red Sox: The Red Sox are tied for the most wins in the majors and sit atop the AL East. This comes after many predicted the club to finish fourth behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays. Boston's offense, thanks to a big bounce back from J.D. Martinez, leads all of baseball with a 20.4 offensive rating, according to FanGraphs. The team's pitching, which was supposed to be a weakness, owns the second-best fWAR (5.4). The Red Sox should also get a boost when Chris Sale rejoins the team at some point this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. - RuminskiOakland Athletics: Oakland looked poised to take a step back after losing Liam Hendriks and Marcus Semien to free agency and watching closer Trevor Rosenthal go down with an injury before the season started. The A's gave doubters further credence by opening the campaign 1-7. Since then, they've won 19 of 26 and sit atop the AL West. Matt Olson, Ramon Laureano, and Jed Lowrie have led the charge on offense, while Chris Bassitt, Cole Irvin, and Sean Manaea have done yeoman's work in the rotation. The lesson? Write the A's off at your own risk. - WilsonWhich offseason acquisition has been most disappointing? Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / GettyFrancisco Lindor: To say the four-time All-Star has been a disappointment with the Mets would be a colossal understatement. Lindor is slashing .175/.302/.247 with two home runs and zero stolen bases over 27 games. This isn't the type of production expected from a player on a $341-million contract. The star's struggles, along with several other key members of the offense, resulted in hitting coach Chili Davis getting fired. - RuminskiGeorge Springer: This isn't an indictment of Springer's skills or a suggestion that the Blue Jays made a mistake when they signed the outfielder to a six-year, $150-million contract this winter. Nor is it casting blame on him for what amounts to a couple of freak injuries. But, seeing the 32-year-old limited to just four games and 18 plate appearances can only be characterized as massively disappointing. - WilsonJosh Bell: The Nationals attempted to address their lack of homers in 2020 by trading for Bell during the offseason, but the early results are hugely underwhelming. Bell has just three homers and 10 RBIs, while his .319 slugging percentage ranks 202nd out of 251 hitters with at least 70 plate appearances. - McwilliamWhich offseason acquisition has been most impressive? Dylan Buell / Getty Images Sport / GettyTyler Naquin: It's hard to imagine the Reds thought they would get elite production from Naquin when he signed a minor-league deal. The 30-year-old has been a revelation with six homers, 19 RBIs, and a .864 OPS in 26 games. Sustainability will be a question moving forward. However, Cincinnati may have found a diamond in the rough. - RuminskiAnthony DeSclafani: The Giants' one-year deal with DeSclafani has been a terrific under-the-radar signing. The 31-year-old already surpassed his innings total from last season and owns career-best marks in WHIP (0.94) and FIP (3.32). His 2.40 ERA ranks 12th in the NL - far better than the 7.22 mark he posted in 2020. - McwilliamJoe Musgrove: It seemed like Musgrove would mostly serve as the Padres' fifth starter when they acquired him with the team already adding Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to the rotation. The San Diego native has exceeded expectations, especially since tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history. He's also shown that his inflated strikeout numbers from 2020 may not have been a fluke as he's punched out 47 batters in 34 innings. - WilsonWhich team's slow start is most concerning? Steph Chambers / Getty Images Sport / GettyLos Angeles Angels: Another year, another wasted effort from Mike Trout in the making. Once again, Trout sits near the top of most offensive categories, and the Angels are playing sub-.500 ball. While they were among the teams vying for Gerrit Cole before he signed with the Yankees a couple of offseasons ago, the fact is the Angels haven't successfully added a frontline starter to help bolster the club's chances. Only the Tigers have a worse team ERA in the AL. This organization hasn't won a playoff game since 2009. - WilsonMinnesota Twins: The Twins entered 2021 with high expectations and aren't living up to the hype. Minnesota sits 12-19 despite outstanding production from Byron Buxton, Nelson Cruz, and Luis Arraez. The trio has scored 37% of the Twins' runs this season, which is part of the problem. Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, and Ryan Jeffers have combined for a minus-0.2 fWAR, while Josh Donaldson has two homers. Kenta Maeda and Matt Shoemaker haven't done much to help the cause, either. The right-handers have combined to allow 69 hits and 40 runs in 56 2/3 innings. - McwilliamWhich struggling player are you most worried about? Todd Kirkland / Getty Images Sport / GettyMarcell Ozuna: Ozuna's looked nothing like the guy who slugged his way into a $65-million contract. He owns a .626 OPS and recorded just seven extra-base hits through his first 138 plate appearances. It's tempting to point to the NL not having a universal DH this year as the reason for Ozuna's struggles, but he's a career National Leaguer who knows the grind of playing the outfield every day. The worry here is that Atlanta paid for the mirage of a 60-game season. Ozuna was absolutely brilliant during that two-month run last summer, producing his best all-around campaign. Right now, though, he looks poised to turn in a season more akin to his two average and disappointing years in St. Louis. - Sharkey-GotliebKeston Hiura: Hiura looked like a superstar in the making two seasons ago. He mashed 19 home runs while hitting .303 in 84 games as a rookie. Unfortunately, he struggled in 2020 other than maintaining his power with 13 homers, and things have only gotten worse this year. Through 26 games, he's hitting .152/.247/.266 with one home run while striking out in 36% of his at-bats. Hiura was benched before being demoted to Triple-A this past week. - WilsonEugenio Suarez: Since 2015, no player has hit more home runs or recorded more RBIs on the Reds than Suarez, but things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Suarez's 98 OPS+ from last season has dropped to 40 this year, while his 49 wRC+ is one of the worst among qualified hitters. He's also leads MLB in strikeout percentage, and his .306 slugging percentage is a career worst. If Suarez can't figure things out, the remainder of his contract - owed $33 million through 2024 - could be a disaster for Cincinnati. - McwilliamWho has been the most under-appreciated player this season? Rob Tringali / Major League Baseball / GettyCedric Mullins: Perhaps it's because he plays for a team lacking star power, but Mullins has been one of baseball's best players that few are talking about. Baltimore's leadoff man owns a .317 average and ranks third in the majors in hits and second in doubles. The 26-year-old owns a .293/.346/.462 slash line with eight homers in his last 80 games. He's also scored 33 runs, drawn 21 walks, and swiped 10 bags. His 1.5 fWAR in 2021 ranks seventh in the majors. - McwilliamJared Walsh: The young Angels first baseman has been so good that he basically ended Albert Pujols' tenure in Los Angeles. Everybody talks about Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani, allowing Walsh to go under the radar despite a .318/.393/.542 slash line with six homers and 22 RBIs this season. The 27-year-old slugger possesses a .953 OPS in 62 games since 2020. Only seven players have a better fWAR than Walsh among first basemen over that span. - RuminskiMadison Bumgarner: Everyone seemed to think MadBum was cooked after his rough first season with the D-Backs in 2020 (6.48 ERA over 41 2/3 innings). That sentiment continued into the early portions of 2021 when he allowed 17 runs over his first three starts. However, since then, he's earned three straight wins, thrown a pseudo-no-hitter, and allowed two runs on six hits in 17 innings while striking out 18. He may not be the ace he once was, but Bumgarner might not be out of gas just yet, either. - WilsonWho will be the first star player traded? Daniel Shirey / Getty Images Sport / GettyTrevor Story: At least the Rockies won't have Jeff Bridich running point on a deal for Story. Colorado will look to a different general manager to maximize a solid return for the impending free agent after Bridich fumbled the Nolan Arenado trade. Story, a two-time All-Star, owns a career .878 OPS with 138 round-trippers and 84 stolen bases over six years in the majors. The 28-year-old is one of the best all-around shortstops and could instantly turn a contender into a World Series threat. - RuminskiKris Bryant: The Cubs should trade Bryant sooner rather than later if they want to get the most value back for him. The 29-year-old is performing like the 2016 MVP version of himself. He ranks first in OPS+ and second in fWAR and homers among NL hitters. Chicago is also playing .500 baseball, shifting toward a rebuild, and has been a part of several trade discussions involving Bryant over the past few years. The writing is on the wall. - McwilliamJoey Gallo: The Rangers aren't contending, and Gallo's name has occasionally popped up as a potential trade chip ahead of the deadline. Several teams would benefit from adding a left-handed bat (Blue Jays, Cardinals) or an extra outfielder. Specifically, the injury-riddled White Sox have a desperate need to fill the void left by Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez's lengthy absences. Gallo is hitting .218 with a sterling .381 OBP in 33 games. The power hasn't come around as he's hit just four homers, but he went deep a combined 81 times across 2017 and 2018 and posted a .598 slugging percentage in 2019 over 70 games before losing most of the season to injury. - WilsonCopyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Yahoo SportsElvis Andrus' struggles magnified by Marcus Semien's Oakland return

The Athletics are lacking production from Elvis Andrus, which was magnified by Marcus Semien's big series this week in Oakland.

Source: Yahoo Sports
Friday, May 7, 2021

CBS SportsMarcus Semien powers Blue Jays against former A's team, finishing series finale with four-hit outing

Semien collected four hits, including a home run, against the A's on Thursday

Source: CBS Sports
Thursday, May 6, 2021


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