31-year-old Marcus Andrew Semien (born September 17, 1990) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and second baseman for the Texas Rangers. He formerly played for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s, and Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball.
Semien grew up in El Cerrito Youth Baseball, across the water from San Francisco, pitching and playing infield, and was a part of the area’s All-Star teams.
He continued his education at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, California. At St. Mary’s, he hit.471 as a junior, .371 as a senior, and was chosen all-league three times before being drafted in the 34th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Semien agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $18 million contract on January 30, 2021. Semien was chosen as an All-Star for the first time in his career on July 1 and was named the AL’s starting second baseman in the 2021 All-Star Game.
Semien hit his 44th home run of the 2021 season on September 29, surpassing Davey Johnson’s MLB record for the most home runs in a season by a player who played at least 75% of his games at second base.
Semien hit.265/.334/.538 in 2021, with 45 home runs, 102 RBIs, and an MLB-leading 86 extra-base hits. He was voted the American League MVP in third place, trailing only Shohei Ohtani and teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr.