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Marcus Semien Sets Cal's MLB Single-Season HR Record

Sep 7, 2021
Marcus Semien broke a tie with Jeff Kent for the most MLB single-season home runs by a Cal Golden Bear on Tuesday.

BERKELEY – Former California infielder Marcus Semien hit his 38th home run of the 2021 Major League Baseball season Tuesday night, setting a program record for single-season home runs at the MLB level by a Golden Bear.
Semien, who is in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays and his ninth major-league season overall, slugged No. 38 in a 5-1 win against the New York Yankees. The long ball broke his tie with fellow Cal baseball alumnus Jeff Kent, who hit 37 for the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

It was Semien's sixth home run in as many games. The 2021 All-Star played at Cal from 2009-11 and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2011. He's slashing .270/.338/.548 with 38 home runs and 88 RBI in 137 games played for the Blue Jays this year.
Cal Baseball's Single-Season MLB Home Run Leaders
1. Marcus Semien (Toronto, 2021) – 38
2. Jeff Kent (San Francisco, 2002) – 37
3. Jackie Jensen (Boston, 1958) – 35
4. Marcus Semien (Oakland, 2019) – 33
5. Jeff Kent (San Francisco, 2000) – 33
6. Jeff Kent (San Francisco, 1998) – 31
7. Mike Epstein (Washington, 1969) – 30