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Maxwell M. Scherzer is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 6 feet 3 inches high and weighs 215 pounds. He has actually also played in the MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer became simply the sixth pitcher in Major League history to throw 2 no-hitters in a single season in 2015. On May 11, 2016, Scherzer tied the major league nine-inning strikeout record with 20, against his former team, the Detroit Tigers.
Scherzer was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th overall choice of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Nevertheless, he and his agent, Scott Boras, failed to reach a contract with the club. Scherzer hence began his professional career with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association. After appearing in 3 games, Scherzer signed a $4.3 million contract with the Diamondbacks. He began playing in the Diamondbacks organization in 2007 with the Single-A Visalia Oaks. He was promoted to Double-A Mobile BayBears after 3 excellent starts for the Oaks. Throughout the 2008 offseason, he was named the fourth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization. After a great begin to the 2008 season in Triple-A Tucson he was called up to the Diamondbacks on April 27, 2008.
On May 11, 2016, Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tiger batters, his former team, to tie the record for strikeouts over 9 innings in a single game, held by Roger Clemens (twice), Randy Johnson, and Kerry Wood. Scherzer ended up being the first pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a guideline game in the 21st century. He achieved the accomplishment and earned the win in a match with former Nationals colleague Jordan Zimmermann. In addition, Scherzer joined Johnson as the only other player with a career 20 strikeout game and a no-hitter. Throughout the season, Scherzer ended up being the 17th pitcher in Major League history to record a win against all 30 MLB teams in his career.
On July 8, 2016, Scherzer was named as the National League All-Star Game roster replacement for Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg due to Strasburg just recently coming off of the DL.
Scherzer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner on November 16, 2016, winning his second Cy Young Award on the strength of a 20– 7 record, 2.96 ERA, MLB-leading 284 strikeouts, and an MLB-leading 0.968 WHIP. He became just the 6th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win the award in both the American and the National Leagues. He was also the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Pitcher.
Scherzer was not the Opening Day starter in the 2017 Washington Nationals season, getting a late start on spring training due to a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger. Despite that, Scherzer avoided investing at any time on the disabled list to start the season. On May 14, 2017, he pitched his first career spotless inning versus the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out 3 of the best Phillie players in César Hernández, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr on nine pitches. It was the second immaculate inning in Nationals history, after Jordan Zimmermann’s against the Florida Marlins in the 2011 season, and the 84th in Major League Baseball history. On June 11, Max Scherzer would end up being the third fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts (after Nolan Ryan and Clayton Kershaw) by striking out Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers. Scherzer also reached the 2,000 plateau in the third fewest innings (1784), behind only Pedro Martínez (1711.1) and Randy Johnson (1733.1).