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Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer Named “King Tiger”

December 17th, 2013 at 2:19 PM
By Rebecca Pierce

'Max Scherzer - 3' photo (c) 2013, Ryan Hyde - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer was named "King Tiger" by the Mayo Smith Society for the first time in his career on Tuesday. The Mayo Smith Society is a nationwide organization of Tigers fans established in 1983. The 29-year-old right hander was named for his record-breaking play as well as his off-the-field activities. Since 2008, King Tiger has either been Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander.

The 2013 Cy Young award-winner broke a franchise record when he won 13 straight decisions as a starting pitcher, and established himself as a star by becoming the second-ever pitcher in American League history to fan six-or-more batters in his first 18 outings to begin the season. Outside the ballpark, he is involved in a number of charities and organizations, including Scherzer's Superstars, an organization that allows the Big Brother Big Sister program of Detroit's participants to watch practice, score t-shirts and meet him before watching a Tigers game.

Scherzer joined the Tigers in 2010, and will be due for free agency in 2015. Reps from the team have stated that they "would love to keep Max and sign him" but that the process hasn't started yet. While they have plenty of time to work out a deal, Scherzer will be an even hotter ticket if he keeps up the solid work.

 

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