Washington Nationals: Who Wears The “Curly W” First In HOF?
By Ron Juckett
Over the last five years, Max Scherzer emerged from one of Justin Verlander’s backup singers with the Detroit Tigers to one of the most dominant starters in the game today.
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One of the few to earn Cy Young Awards in both leagues, Scherzer’s two seasons in Washington make his starts must watch games. He struck out 20 once with Washington. Toss in a no-hitter and a 20-win campaign in 2016 and you have fans lining up to buy his jersey.
His case for the Hall improves every year. Although he will not see 300 wins, sitting at 125 after nine seasons, he can break 200 and 3,000 strikeouts. He has 1881 now in eight full years. With five straight 200 strikeout years and three topping 250, he will hit the vaunted 3k with ease if healthy.
Under contract to the Nationals for five more seasons, most of his future success will come here. If the Nats can make that playoff breakthrough, Scherzer will lead the cause.
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Although his enshrinement is not certain, his career is established enough he will draw considerable votes from the writers. If he can help bring a championship to Washington that not only should lock his case up but guarantee he will be the first to sport the “Curly W” for all to see as long as we treasure baseball.