Max Scherzer is an American baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Washington Nationals in the MLB, and throws and bats right-handed. Previously, he made his MLB debut as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 29, 2008, and later played for the Detroit Tigers. A power pitcher renown for a low arm delivery, Scherzer has achieved numerous strikeout records. He’s the tenth pitcher in history to win at least three Cy Young Awards, the sixth to record two no-hitters in one season, and the fifth to produce more than one immaculate inning, where a pitcher strikes out the side with nine straight strikes. He’s also made five All-Star teams (2013-2017) and is a three-time Wins leader (2013, 2014, and 2016).
Max Scherzer Net Worth As Of 2019: $50 Million
In his 11-season career in the MLB, Scherzer has accumulated a net worth of $50 million. He’s currently in the midst of a $210 million deal with the Nationals that sounds more like a lifetime lottery win than a baseball contract. The deal that was made in 2015 goes like this: for fourteen years, the Nationals will pay Scherzer $15 million each year, although he only has to pitch for them for seven. To elaborate, from 2022 to 2028, Scherzer will be on the Nats bankroll for $15 mil a year but he won’t be pitching for them. The Pennsylvania Lottery has nothing on Scherzer.
Scherzer was born on July 27, 1984, in Chesterfield, Missouri where he was raised as well. He attended Parkway Central High School in his hometown. In high school, Scherzer was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round (1,291st overall) in the 2003 MLB Draft but did not sign and instead attended the University of Missouri. He was then drafted again in 2006 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, this time in the first round as the 11th overall pick. He was Mizzou’s first-ever 1st-round MLB pick. In January 2012, the University of Missouri named Scherzer to their school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
After playing in the minors during the 2007 season, Scherzer was brought up to the majors at the beginning of the 2008 season for the Diamondbacks. On April 29, 2008, Scherzer made his MLB debut against the Houston Astros when he came on in relief and threw 4 and 1⁄3 perfect innings while striking out seven. The seven strikeouts were one short of the major-league record for most in a debut relief appearance. In 2009, Scherzer became a full-time starter and finished the season with 30 starts, a 9–11 record, 4.12 ERA, and 174 strikeouts.
At the end of the 2009 season, Scherzer was traded to the Detroit Tigers. After starting 2010 in the minors, he was eventually brought up to the major leagues for good. He finished the 2010 season with a 12–11 record, 3.50 ERA, and 184 strikeouts. Despite spending some time in the minor leagues, his strikeout total still finished 10th in the American League. Over the next few seasons, Scherzer solidified his role in the Tigers rotation and as one of the most dominant pitchers in the league. In 2013, he made his first All-Star appearance and won his first NL Cy Young Award. He finished with a 2.90 ERA and a record of 21-3, making him the league’s Wins leader.
At the end of the 2014 season, Scherzer signed a deal with the Washington Nationals for seven years and $210 million. He received a $50 million signing bonus that would be paid out over 14 years, the largest deferral in MLB history. His contract also includes several award bonuses. He would receive $250,000 for winning a Cy Young, MVP or World Series MVP award, $150,000 if he’s the MVP of the League Championship Series and $100,000 if he makes the All-Star team, wins a Gold Glove or wins a Silver Slugger award. He’s made use of those bonuses so far with the Nats, winning two Cy Youngs and making three All-Star teams while on the team. During his tenure in D.C., Scherzer has a 60-27 record and 2.67 ERA.
The competition for league’s CY Young award is fierce once again in 2019 and Max Scherzer is surely one of the favourites.