#37 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers
Jul 27, 1984
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#52 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals
Jun 19, 1977
|2011 - Bruce Chen||5-5||14||14||1||0||0||0||82.1||93||45||40||12||31||49||4.37||1.51|
Don't stare directly at Scherzer's eyes or they will FREAK YOU OUT MAN!
At the risk of outing myself, my first name is the same as Scherzer's - Max. Growing up I really didn't know any other Maxes (other than dogs - its a popular name among pooches apparently). It has somehow become kind of a trendy name lately, but for kids like me and Scherzer, it was a lonely world, devoid of personalized vanity plates at Disney World (unlike say, kids named Bort). As a kid, the only ballplayer I knew that shared my name was legendary Angels reserve outfielder Max Venable (father of Padres outfielder Will). Could Scherzer becoming the greatest Max in Major League history?
Max Bishop played eleven seasons, mostly for the Philadelphia Athletics. He didn't hit for average, power, or run well, but he drew a crap load of walks. He was a stat geek's wet dream. He was a second baseman who presumably wasn't mistake-free since he only once garnered MVP votes despite regularly drawing over 100 walks. He accumulated 36 WAR in his career.
Max Lanier won 108 games, mostly for the dynasty Cardinals of the 1940s. He once led the league in ERA, and was twice an All-Star, although he only won more than eleven games in a season three times. He posted 25 WAR in his career.
Max Alvis was an Indians third baseman in the 60s who twice made the All-Star team as a low average, twenty-home run kinda hitter. He amassed 7.4 WAR.
But the best Max of all was undoubtedly Max Carey. Carey played twenty seasons in the 1910s and 1920 for the Pirates and Dodgers, and was one of the first real threats on the basepaths. Eight times he led the league in steals, and his 738 swipes are still ninth all-time. He hit .458 in the 1925 World Series and was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1961. Here's to you Max.
Who is the best player to share either a first or last name with you?