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Published On: November 14th, 2013

The Baseball Writers Association of America named former Logger hurler Max Scherzer as the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner earlier today. Scherzer, who received 28 of the 30 first place votes, enjoyed the best year of his career, as he won an MLB-best 21 games, while pitching to a 2.90 ERA and striking out 240 batters over a career-high 214 innings. Scherzer was also named the top pitcher of the year in the AL in the Player's Choice Award voting. In garnering the prestigious honor, Scherzer became the first Logger and NWL Alum to ever receive the award. Scherzer, a St. Louis, Mo. native, was a member of the 2004 La Crosse Loggers squad that became the first Loggers team to qualify for a NWL post-season berth. The big right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA and six saves for the Lumbermen that summer when he had just finished his freshman season at the University of Missouri. Scherzer also struck out 50 batters over 33 innings. Another former Logger, Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox) finished fifth in the AL Cy Young Award voting and also garnered a first place vote.