Marcus Semien is officially a member of the Texas Rangers. And after his press conference with the team, it’s immediately clear why the team pursued him.
The 2021 AL MVP finalist sounded poised, humble and ready to win with the Rangers. Oh, and praising the immortal Ron Washington can’t hurt your relationship with the fans!
The Texas Rangers and Marcus Semien already look like a perfect match for each other
Marcus, you already look amazing in Rangers red, blue and white. We’re foaming at the mouth for Opening Day 2022.
It’s evident that Semien fits the type of high-character player Chris Woodward is looking for on his team, and that notion was only reinforced with the Kole Calhoun signing.
But even before Rangers brass and Semien took the stage for a press conference, Jon Daniels dropped an elite comparison when describing what Marcus brings to the table.
Marcus Semien hasn’t even played a game for the Texas Rangers yet, and he’s already drawing similarities to two absolute legends in Michael Young and Adrian Beltre. If you want to talk about high character and players who play the game the right way, you don’t need to look much further than those two names.
That is some incredibly high praise from Daniels, who had both of these players as GM. So he knows what he’s talking about.
Now, this doesn’t mean Semien will actually be the second coming of Beltre and Young. Semien is not homegrown like Young was, but he’s at roughly the same point in his career as Beltre when he signed here in 2011. Therefore, if there’s any team that knows how to get the most out of the 31-year-old infielder, it would seem to be the Rangers.
Semien is expected to fill a leadership void in the clubhouse right away, along with Calhoun, Corey Seager and Jon Gray. But if Jon Daniels gave us any indication, Marcus is more than ready to lead this next group of Texas Rangers.