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Million Dollar Question – Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

Million Dollar Question – Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

Tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ stems from a conversation I recently had through email with ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.

The premise of the conversation was my questioning if Detroit Tigers fans would be unhappy with Max Scherzer for not agreeing to a contract extension with the club.  Would they boo the reigning AL CY Young Award winner in their home field to show them their unhappiness for his decision?

Does the casual baseball fan have more of an opinion to voice when it comes to players rejecting million dollar contracts or are they more willing to voice their displeasure towards a player that has been suspected of using PEDs to help themselves and their team on the field?

That is tonight’s question –  Who Would Get More Boo’s At Their Home Field: Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer???

I firmly believe that Max Scherzer will be booed at his home field.  And I think that it would be quite a bit more vocal than when Barry Bonds approached the plate in San Francisco.  Ultimately, it is hard to compare a pitcher to a hitter in this argument, simply due to the fact that the batter is announced as he makes his way to the plate while I pitcher can casually approach the mound with little fan-fare.

Still, I think that the causal fan has a larger disliking for the guy that rejects a 6-year, $144 million dollar contract than they do for the guy that is mashing 500-foot home runs into the ocean.  One guy gives you the ‘Who does this guy think he is’ stance while the other makes you leap out of your seat and say ‘Holy S%#t’.

Anyone can relate to what that kind of money represents and how very few people have an opportunity to earn that kind of cash – let alone while doing so playing a game.  On the flipside, I don’t think that the casual fan is as interested in preserving the feats of Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron.

So, my vote is Max Scherzer.  Detroit Tigers fans are passionate and when you mix in the value of the deal he rejected, I believe it will not be taken lightly by the 45,000 that fill the seats at Comerica Park.

Make your pick – Barry Bonds OR Max Scherzer.  Pick now!!

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Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

From The Detroit Free Press

This season, Tigers’ right-handed starter Max Scherzer was the best pitcher in the American League.

He led the league in wins. He finished second in strikeouts. He finished third in wins above replacement.

And on Wednesday night, he was named the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“Ahhhhh!!! What a feeling!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this trophy!!” Scherzer tweeted shortly after winning the award.

Scherzer won with 28 of 30 first-place votes and finished ahead of Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Fellow Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez finished fourth, and Chicago’s Chris Sale finished fifth.

In 2013, Scherzer enjoyed a breakout campaign of 21 wins with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings.

He didn’t suffer his first defeat until July 13 and lost only three games total, benefited greatly by the Tigers’ offensive run support.

“It meant a lot,” he told a MLB Network panel about the wins before the announcement, “Because when you look at the history of the game, the guys who are 20-game winners, they’re legends in the game. It just means so much to me. I can only thank my teammates because of it. They always put me in a position to win.”

In July, he was named the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game.

Scherzer becomes the fifth Cy Young Award winner in Tigers’ history.

Justin Verlander won in 2011. Closer Willie Hernandez won in 1984, Denny McLain shared the award in 1969 and won it outright in 1968.

Scherzer recorded five double-digit strikeout games, reaching a season-high 12 twice, and failed to pitch six innings only five times in 32 total starts. He ranked in the top five of the most important statistical categories in the league and pointed towards the addition of a curveball this year in his results.

“It was huge, that’s the reason why I had so much success this year,” Scherzer said. “Every single year I try to do something better than the next. Because that I think I took a big step forward in 2013 and obviously because of that, I was voted Cy Young Award winner.”

Sanchez garnered one first-place vote, one second-place vote and one third-place vote.