Marcus Semien Shines In MLB All-Star Game
BERKELEY – Former California baseball standout Marcus Semien became the fifth Golden Bear to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game when he started at second base for the American League in the 2021 edition of the Mid-Summer Classic Tuesday.
Semien, representing the Toronto Blue Jays, made his first career All-Star appearance in his ninth major-league season. The pro bear batted sixth for the American League in addition to starting at second base, and opened the game's scoring by driving home New York Yankee Aaron Judge on an infield single to third base in the second inning. Semien went 1-for-2 before he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.
"It still doesn't feel real," Semien said via MLB.com prior to the All-Star Game. "You've seen the ups and downs, what I've been through. I still have a lot to learn. Being in Toronto with a change of scenery, a new position, I've handled it well and swung the bat well in the first half. I'm here."
Semien joins fellow Cal baseball alumni Sam Chapman (1946), Jackie Jensen (1952, 1955, 1958), Jeff Kent (1999-2001, 2004, 2005) and Andy Messersmith (1971, 1974-76) as Bears who have played in the MLB All-Star Game. He's the first to do so since Kent in 2005.
Semien, who played for Cal from 2009-11, is in his first season with the Blue Jays after spending the previous six playing shortstop for the Oakland Athletics. A sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2011, Semien is finding success with Toronto this season as he's batted .277 with 22 home runs, 21 doubles, 56 RBI and 67 runs in the first half of the campaign.
Semien finished third in the 2019 American League MVP race after totaling 33 home runs, 92 RBI and 123 runs with the A's.