Rangers hope Oakland homecoming sparks more from Marcus Semien
OAKLAND — Previous time, when Marcus Semien initial returned to Oakland on May perhaps 3, the former A’s infielder experienced a .228 batting ordinary. When he and the Toronto Blue Jays remaining the Bay Area four online games later on, Semien experienced enhanced his normal to .254.
No area like residence, right?
“I recall sort of battling with the bat,” Semien, an East Bay native, reported about previous year’s homecoming against the A’s. “Then coming right here and just sensation like I was again at dwelling, I experienced a very good series.”
Becoming back in the Bay sparked what would become an All-Star, silver-slugging, 2nd-foundation-file-breaking time for Semien, who slugged 45 property runs a time back. Semien and the Rangers are possibly hoping this year’s homecoming could render a very similar impact.
Semien is off to a gradual begin right after signing a 7-12 months, $175 million deal with the Rangers this offseason. He entered Friday’s match in Oakland hitting .180 with an OPS of .476 and zero home runs.
Remaining again household could help adjust Semien’s recent hitting trajectory. He went to large university at St. Mary’s in Berkeley and then went to faculty at the University of California-Berkeley, as perfectly. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and performed two seasons for the qualified club ahead of he returned dwelling to Oakland, exactly where he used six seasons, hitting 107 total residence runs and totaling 345 RBIs.
“You just know the batter’s box, you know the hitter’s eye. The far more you strike somewhere, the a lot more relaxed you get,” Semien explained. “My time in Chicago, I did not automatically play a complete large amount so I by no means got that [comfortable] there, but at the time I received traded to [Oakland] and played here for 6 many years I absolutely felt that.”
That ease and comfort was clear straight away. Semien, who nevertheless owns a property in the Bay Spot, claimed howdy to a lot of stadium workers prior to Friday’s match. He signed autographs for the number of admirers who were at the coliseum early. As he did, an A’s enthusiast in a No. 10 Semien jersey viewed on.
Semien also entered Friday’s sport as the energetic player with the next-most hits at the Oakland Coliseum (373).
His first at-bat didn’t incorporate to that whole — he struck out swinging versus A’s starter Adam Oller — but he did have a sacrifice fly in the second inning for his fifth RBI of the period. He finished devoid of a hit but he did incorporate a wander. The hope is a return home will spark a lot more hits soon.
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