Former Missouri Tigers Team Up in Motown
DETROIT- Tiger stripes must be a tough pattern to get sick of for Max Scherzer and Ian Kinsler. The former Missouri baseball stars will be first year Detroit Tiger teammates this season in the Major Leagues.
Kinsler, a three-time All Star second baseman,was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2003 after his junior season at Missouri. Kinsler was traded to the Detroit Tigers from the Rangers this past off season in exchange for slugger Prince Fielder. The trade will be an opportunity for Kinsler to get a fresh start off of a rocky last couple of years in Texas. He recently revealed his frustrations with his former organization in an ESPN interview. "To be honest with you, I hope they [the Rangers] go 0-162. I got friends [on the Rangers], and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass," Kinsler said.
Separate from Kinsler's thoughts about his former organization is his play between the lines. The second baseman is a .273 career hitter and boasts a .978 career fielding percentage. He looks to be a key contributor this season at the top of a Tigers lineup that features back-to-back American League MVP winner, Miguel Cabrera.
Scherzer became Missouri's first-ever first round draft pick in 2006 when he was taken 11th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The flame throwing right hander was sent to Detroit in 2009 as part of a three team trade between the Diamondbacks, Tigers and Yankees.
Scherzer has made the most of his time in motown. After having three solid campaigns from 2010-2012, Scherzer staged a full-on coming out party this past season. Max compiled a mind-boggling 21-3 record along with a stellar 2.90 ERA. His outstanding season performance earned him the 2013 American League Cy Young award as well as his first All-Star Game appearance. Scherzer will help anchor the pitching rotation of the Tigers this season along with former American League Cy Young Award and MVP winner, Justin Verlander.
Other former Missouri Tigers in the Major Leagues in 2014 include pitchers Aaron Crow of the Kansas City Royals, and Kyle Gibson of the Minnesota Twins.