97 Facts About Max Scherzer


Maxwell Martin Scherzer was born on July 27,1984 and is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

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Max Scherzer previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Max Scherzer helped the Tigers win four consecutive American League Central titles from 2011 to 2014.

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In 2015, Max Scherzer became the sixth pitcher in Major League history to record multiple no-hitters in a single season.

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Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young Award in 2016 and 2017 and made the National League All-Star Team five times with the Nationals.

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Max Scherzer is the fifth pitcher to start an All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues.

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Max Scherzer is a four-time wins leader and a winner of three strikeout titles.

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Max Scherzer recorded more wins and strikeouts than any pitcher in the 2010s.

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Max Scherzer currently holds the record for the highest average annual value baseball contract ever, earning over $43 million per season.

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Max Scherzer attended and played baseball, football, and basketball at Parkway Central High School in his hometown.

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Early in his time at Missouri, Max Scherzer exerted so much effort in his windup that his head whip constantly caused his cap to fall off.

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Max Scherzer did not pitch the final 50 days of his freshman season, choosing instead focusing on working out and doing long toss, while gaining velocity in the process.

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Max Scherzer modified his delivery and worked constantly over the following winter, leading to a 1.

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On January 9,2012, it was announced that Max Scherzer would be one of six new inductees to the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Mike Rizzo, the Diamondbacks' scouting director, marveled that Max Scherzer attacked hitters with a relentlessness that he had never seen.

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Max Scherzer began playing in the Diamondbacks organization in 2007 with the Single-A Visalia Oaks.

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Max Scherzer was promoted to Double-A Mobile BayBears after three impressive starts for the Oaks.

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Max Scherzer returned to the bullpen for much of the 2008 season.

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Max Scherzer participated in the 2008 Arizona Fall League season as a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

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Max Scherzer became a full-time starter in 2009, filling the fifth starter role in the starting rotation.

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In Detroit, Max Scherzer grew from a hard thrower with control issues into an ace, teaming with fellow right-hander and future Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander to front the Tigers' starting rotation for five seasons.

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Max Scherzer allowed two hits, four walks, and hit a batter on his last pitch.

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Max Scherzer gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out nine on 107 pitches, though he received a no-decision as the Tigers lost the game in the tenth inning.

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On May 20,2012, Max Scherzer struck out 15 Pittsburgh Pirates in seven innings, falling one strikeout short of tying Lolich's franchise record.

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Max Scherzer surpassed the 200-strikeout mark for the first time, totaling 231 during the regular season to place second in the league to teammate Verlander with 239.

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On July 1, Max Scherzer was selected by player vote to represent the American League in the 2013 All-Star Game, his first major league All-Star selection.

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Max Scherzer became the second Tigers pitcher to reach 20 wins since Bill Gullickson in 1991, following Verlander in 2011, and the 45th in Tigers history.

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Max Scherzer was the winner of the Players Choice Award for AL Outstanding Pitcher, and the Baseball Digest Pitcher of the Year—bestowed annually to one pitcher in the major leagues.

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Max Scherzer cultivated a dominant performance in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS versus the Oakland Athletics, recording 11 strikeouts and giving up just one hit through the first six innings, before surrendering a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes.

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Max Scherzer struck out each of Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Josh Reddick twice.

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Max Scherzer was in line to make a Game 5 start in the same series, but facing elimination in Game 4, manager Jim Leyland chose to bring him in as a reliever in the seventh inning.

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Max Scherzer gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the inning, but the Tigers regained the lead in the bottom of the frame.

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Max Scherzer then loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth, but wriggled out of trouble by striking out Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt, then getting Alberto Callaspo to line out to the center field.

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Max Scherzer continued his brilliance into the 2013 ALCS against the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

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Max Scherzer struck out eight batters and expended 113 pitches in the contest.

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Max Scherzer pitched a scoreless fifth inning, surrendered a double to Troy Tulowitzki, and struck out Yasiel Puig and Paul Goldschmidt.

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Max Scherzer made his only postseason appearance of 2014 in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles.

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On January 21,2015, Max Scherzer agreed to a contract with the Washington Nationals, now led by Rizzo as general manager.

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Max Scherzer made his regular season debut for the Nationals as their Opening Day starting pitcher versus the New York Mets on April 6,2015.

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Max Scherzer accrued six perfect innings before Carlos Gomez, leading off the seventh inning, fought off a 96 miles per hour fastball for a bloop single to right field inches past the outstretched glove of second baseman Anthony Rendon.

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Max Scherzer secured the no-hitter by retiring the next batter, Josh Harrison, on a fly ball.

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Max Scherzer was selected to that year's All-Star Game via players' vote.

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At one point, Max Scherzer had struck out nine consecutive Mets, just one shy of the Major League record set by Tom Seaver in 1970.

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On May 11,2016, Max Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tiger batters, his former team, to tie the record for strikeouts over nine innings in a single game, held by Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Kerry Wood.

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Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a regulation game in the 21st century.

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Max Scherzer joined Johnson as the only pitchers to have performed both a 20 strikeout game and a no-hitter during their careers.

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On July 8,2016, Max Scherzer was named to the National League squad at the All-Star Game in San Diego as roster replacement for teammate Stephen Strasburg, who was recently activated from the DL.

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Max Scherzer performed in relief in the sixth inning, allowing no baserunners.

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Max Scherzer became just the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win the award in both the American and the National Leagues.

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Max Scherzer navigated a delayed start to spring training and missed the World Baseball Classic.

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Max Scherzer obtained the first 10 outs of the game via strikeout in spite of his own throwing error on a pickoff attempt, two walks allowed, and a passed ball by Matt Wieters.

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Max Scherzer reached the 2,000 plateau in the third-fewest innings, behind Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

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Max Scherzer had struck out 11 and allowed one walk to that point in the contest.

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Max Scherzer became the fifth pitcher to start at least one All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues.

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Max Scherzer became the 3rd starting pitcher in MLB history to have more than twice as many strikeouts in a season as hits allowed.

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Incredibly, Max Scherzer barely missed accomplishing this ultra-rare feat in the following 2018 season, where he recorded 300 strikeouts and only 150 hits allowed.

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End of season awards for Max Scherzer included selection as a starting pitcher on Baseball America's All-MLB Team.

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Max Scherzer won the 2017 National League Cy Young Award—his third—making him the tenth pitcher in history to win at least three.

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Max Scherzer was the Players Choice Award winner for National League Outstanding Pitcher, the second of his career.

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Max Scherzer was elected to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame in late 2017, along with Mike Trout and David Wright, and had his number 51 jersey retired by the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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Max Scherzer initiated a contest with at least five hitless innings 11 times, including successfully concluding two no-hitters.

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Max Scherzer made his third Opening Day start for Washington and struck out seven consecutive Cincinnati Reds batters on the way to a 2-0 win.

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Max Scherzer joined Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Sandy Koufax as the only MLB pitchers to have recorded multiple immaculate innings in a career.

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Max Scherzer was selected as the NL starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, played at Nationals Park, for his third starting assignment.

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Max Scherzer procured his 200th regular season strikeout in 2018 on July 27 versus the Marlins, retiring Justin Bour with a swinging strikeout, to gridlock with Walter Johnson and Roger Clemens with seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more strikeouts.

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Max Scherzer threw 3,493 pitches, more than any other major league pitcher.

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Max Scherzer finished second in Cy Young Award voting, behind Jacob deGrom.

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Max Scherzer started for the Nationals on Opening Day 2019 against Jacob deGrom of the Mets at Nationals Park.

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Max Scherzer became the third-fastest to achieve the feat based on innings pitched, trailing Johnson and Martinez.

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Max Scherzer became the fourth pitcher since 1920 to post an ERA of 1.

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Max Scherzer was named NL Pitcher of the Month for the sixth time.

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Max Scherzer was named to the National League team at the All-Star Game in Cleveland, his seventh consecutive all-star selection.

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Max Scherzer finished third in the league in strikeouts and fifth in adjusted ERA+.

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Max Scherzer started the NL Wild Card Game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Max Scherzer pitched five innings and gave up home runs to Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames.

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In Game 2, Max Scherzer took his own no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a leadoff single to Paul Goldschmidt.

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Max Scherzer started Game 1 in Houston, giving up two runs over five innings and earning the win.

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Max Scherzer was scheduled to start Game 5 at Nationals Park but was scratched due to severe neck spasms, for which he received a cortisone shot.

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Max Scherzer instead started the decisive Game 7 in Houston, again giving up two runs over five innings.

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Max Scherzer got a no decision as the Nationals came back to win the game and the Series.

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Max Scherzer finished third to deGrom and Hyun-jin Ryu in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

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Additionally, Max Scherzer had taken a perfect game into the eighth inning, until Hosmer doubled to deep right field with one out.

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Max Scherzer remarked after the game that he felt like his arm was dead in the game and was unable to properly get loose.

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Max Scherzer was scheduled to start again in Game 6 but was scratched from the game because he was still dealing with arm soreness.

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Max Scherzer was named the Sporting News NL Starting Pitcher of the Year, and Players Choice Award winner for NL Outstanding Pitcher.

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Max Scherzer placed third in the NL Cy Young Award balloting, receiving six first-place votes.

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Max Scherzer passed Pedro Martinez for 13th place on the all-time strikeout list.

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Max Scherzer earned the 200th win of his career on September 19,2022 after pitching six perfect innings at American Family Field in his return from the injured list.

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Max Scherzer joined Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke as the only active pitchers with 200 wins.

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Max Scherzer was going to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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Max Scherzer goes to a different level with everything: hitting, baserunning, pitching, all facets of the game.

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Max Scherzer primarily uses a fastball-slider combination against right-handed hitters and a fastball-changeup-cutter combination against left-handed hitters.

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Max Scherzer prepares intently on other aspects of the game, including hitting and baserunning.

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Max Scherzer has heterochromia iridum; his right eye is blue and his left eye is brown.

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In 2015, after her husband signed with the Washington Nationals and inspired by the actions of his future teammate Sean Doolittle and Doolittle's future wife, activist and sports journalist Eireann Dolan, Erica May-Max Scherzer partnered with organizers of the Nationals' annual "Night Out" event for LGBT fans and led an effort by Nationals' spouses to promote the event.

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In June 2022, the Max Scherzer's again agreed to cover the adoption fee for any dog over 30lbs adopted between June 6th and 12th from St Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.

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Max Scherzer learned the value of sabermetrics from his brother, and he implements this as a tool to improve his game.

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