Max Scherzer’s fourth All-Star Game start, by the numbers


Tuesday night Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will become the fifth pitcher in MLB history to start their fourth All-Star game. ‘Mad Max’ seems destined to be enshrined into Cooperstown once his career concludes, but for now, he takes pride in the fact father time hasn’t slowed him down.

Scherzer’s latest All-Star selection and starting nod makes history for a few reasons:

8: Number of All-Star Game appearances for Max Scherzer

Scherzer has been named an All-Star every year since 2013, save 2020 when no game was played due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of active players, only Mike Trout (9), Yadier Molina (10), Albert Pujols (10), and Miguel Cabrera (11) have more All-Star bids. Now in his 14th year, Scherzer has been more likely to appear in an All-Star Game in any season in his career than not.

4: Number of All-Star Game starts

Scherzer’s fourth time taking the mound to start an All-Star Game is the most of any active pitcher. It’s his first start in the mid-summer classic since 2018, in which he appeared in front of a home crowd at Nationals Park.

5: Scherzer becomes just the fifth pitcher to start at least one All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues

Scherzer’s first All-Star start came in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers—the same year he took home his first Cy Young Award. When he started the 2018 All-Star Game as a National, Scherzer became only the fifth pitcher in the history of the majors to do so in both the AL and NL.


3: Number of pitchers with more than four All-Star Game starts

Robin Roberts, Lefty Gomez and Don Drysdale are the only pitchers in MLB history to start more than four All-Star Games on the mound, as they all accomplished the feat five times. Scherzer, along with Jim Palmer and Randy Johnson, becomes just the sixth pitcher all-time to have at least four starting nods. All other players on that list have been immortalized in Cooperstown.

36: Scherzer’s age when he takes the mound Tuesday night

Per the Washington Post, “At 36, Scherzer will be the oldest pitcher to start for the NL since 41-year-old Roger Clemens did so in 2004.” Having your name spoken in the same breath as the man who accumulated the third-most strikeouts in league history is high praise for any player.