On the second anniversary of the day he signed his seven-year/$210M deal with the Washington Nationals, Max Scherzer received the second Cy Young Award of his nine-year career at the 94th Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards Dinner in New York City.
Scherzer, 32, finished his second season in D.C. at (20-7), with a 2.96 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 56 walks (2.21 BB/9) and 284 Ks (11.19 K/9) in 34 starts and 228 1⁄3 innings pitched over which he was worth 5.6 fWAR.
In winning his second Cy Young, Scherzer joined Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers to win one in both the AL and NL.
Scherzer talked about the company he was in with the accomplishment this winter, at the end of a season which also saw him become just the fourth pitcher to record 20 Ks in a nine-inning game.
“I appreciate the history of the game,” Scherzer told reporters this winter, “and all the greats and what they’ve been able to accomplish and that really means something to me to be able to be among those because sometimes you pinch yourself like, ‘How the heck did you get here?’ But it just shows you that when you’re on good teams and you have guys behind you supporting you, you can accomplish great things.”
The stars are shining bright at the @officialBBWAA dinner! #AwardWorthy pic.twitter.com/YRs6sxGB62— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2017
Step into the batter's box.— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2017
Who would you rather face? #AwardWorthy pic.twitter.com/oLFrNoRSGq
Max Scherzer gets his Cy Young Award. pic.twitter.com/XSkRDpy3X9— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) January 22, 2017
#MadMax took home his official hardware this evening! #CyYoung pic.twitter.com/RiB7wyWKAk— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) January 22, 2017
Scherzer is in the process of rehabbing a stress fracture in the knuckle of the ring finger of his right hand.
The injury, which first came up in late August, was originally diagnosed as a sprain, but he pitched through it and got a second MRI which revealed the stress fracture.
He said he’d be ready for Spring Training in a tweet about the injury earlier this month.