On Thursday, Max Scherzer was named the National League’s Outstanding Pitcher, which is voted by players across Major League Baseball.
This is the third time in his Hall-of-Fame career in which he’s won the award. He won when he was with the Tigers in 2013 and the Nationals in 2017.
Mad Max taking home his THIRD Players Choice Award— MLBPA (@MLBPA) October 28, 2021
MLB Players have chosen @Max_Scherzer as the 2021 NL Outstanding Pitcher! Congratulations, Max!
Presented by @MLBTheShow #PCA21@Dodgers pic.twitter.com/H28jWLljYs
“To be selected by the players as the best pitcher – you face these guys, that just shows you they have a level of respect for you,” Scherzer said in the video. “They recognize you as the best. So that really does mean a lot to me, to be recognized by my peers.”
In his 14th big-league season, Scherzer had one of the best years of his big-league career. He’ll likely be a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award and there’s a strong chance that he could take home his fourth award.
For the season, Scherzer went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA. In 179 1⁄3 innings he had 236 strikeouts and only 36 walks. His 0.86 WHIP led all of baseball among starting pitchers.