WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has made every All-Star team since 2013, pitching for both the American and National leagues. On Friday, it was announced that his streak would continue, capping off another impressive first half for the Nats ace:
But the regularity of his selection doesn’t make it any less exciting, as manager Dusty Baker found out.
“I’ve never seen a veteran guy as elated as he to be a part of the All-Star Game,” Baker told the media. “I think he’s a good representative to show people what a privilege and an honor it is to go.”
The National League team will be coached by Terry Collins and the Mets coaching staff, who consulted Baker on which pitchers made the original cut.
“When Terry Collins called me, I recommended that I thought Max deserved to go to the All-Star Game. And then he wasn’t chosen simply because of the numbers,” Baker explained. “Then when I found out that he indeed was chosen to go to the All-Star Game, I was excited, excited for our organization, and Max was excited.”
Scherzer will be joined by Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, giving the Nats a franchise record five All-Stars:
Scherzer will likely have one more start, on Saturday against the Mets, before wrapping up his first half. He goes into the game with 155 strikeouts in 120.2 innings, a 9-6 record and a solid 3.21 ERA. These numbers compare favorably to his outstaning first half in 2015: 150 strikeouts in 131.1 innings, a 10-7 record and an electric 2.11 ERA
Of course, no All-Star berth is official until you get the jersey: