I wonder what could have been, or continue to be, if native St. Louisian Max Scherzer had signed with the Cardinals instead of the D’backs. Growing up a huge Cardinals fan Max was born in the STL July 27, 1984 and attended Parkway Central High School (this is a public school for those with $$$). After graduating from high school he was chosen by the Cardinals in the 43 round of the 2003 Amateur Draft. He declined to sign with the Cardinals and instead attended the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) where he was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and an inductee in the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Max was then drafted n the 1st round (11th over all pick) of the 2006 amateur draft by the D’Backs. He made his way up through the minors making his debut against the Astros on April 29, 2008. In his debut he came on in relief and threw 4/13 perfect innings. By the end of the month he had made the starting rotation as a 5th starter. During his Arizona career he threw 226.1 innings, appeared in 46 games with a record of 9 and 15, and an ERA of 3.86 with 240 SO. Following the 2008 season Max was part of a block buster trade between the D’Backs, Yankees, and the Tigers. In the 4 years he has been with the Tigers he has appeared in 128 games with a record of 64 and 30, an ERA of 3.62, and 829 SO. In 2013 Max would take the Cy Young Trophy with a record of 21 and 3, 2.90 ERA, and 240 SO.
The card I have chosen is the 2013 Topps Update #US193 (AS) from his Cy Young year. I chose this card because I think it shows Max clearly and delivering a pitch with an intense facial expression. The back is so so but I think this is a nice card to have. Max’s cards are ones that we hold on to.