Behind The Breakout: Marcus Semien
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Although Marcus Semien truly broke out with 27 home runs in 2016, it looked like an outlier until this season. Semien launched his 31st home run on Monday and set a team record with 29 of them occurring while hitting lead-off breaking a mark set by Rickey Henderson in 1990. However, it’s not the only statistic making waves for Semien, suddenly a most valuable player candidate. He’s only the third player in major league history with at least 116 runs, 173 hits, 38 doubles, seven triples, 30 home runs, 85 RBI, 78 walks and 10 stolen bases in a season joining Babe Ruth (1921, 1923) and Lou Gehrig (1927, 1930).
Semien has appeared in each of Oakland’s 151 games this season scoring 117 runs with 31 home runs, 87 RBI, 10 steals and a .284/.365/.519 slash line. If Semien can score seven more runs, he will set another franchise record presently held by Reggie Jackson (123 in 1969). Among his peers this year, Semien’s one of 11 players with at least 30 home runs with at least 10 stolen...