MLB and the Players Association are meeting today in New York, as they keep discussing the details of the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
There is a wide range of possible outcomes after today’s meeting, one of them being the CBA being agreed in principle and the season starting with a 162-game calendar.
While it remains an unlikely scenario given how far both sides still are in their respective demands, it is a possibility nonetheless.
Yes: according to Newsday’s Tim Healey, “if MLB and the MLBPA *somehow* make a deal today, it would set up Max Scherzer making his Mets debut against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.”
If MLB and the MLBPA *somehow* make a deal today, it would set up Max Scherzer making his Mets debut against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 8, 2022
Scherzer Is A Hero In DC
Scherzer is a hero in Washington: he built a strong relationship with DC fans, who absolutely love him.
He pitched in the nation’s capital city from 2015 to 2021.
He won two National League Cy Young awards there, in 2016 and 2017, and pitched two no-hitters in 2015.
Most importantly, Scherzer was the ace of the rotation when the Nats won the 2019 World Series title in a tight matchup against the Houston Astros.
Only in the 2020 shortened season (3.74) did Scherzer have an ERA over 3.00 during his time in Washington, and chances are that it would have been lower if the season had more innings.
Now with another jersey, Washington fans are probably heartbroken to see him playing for a division rival.
They understand it’s a business, though, and Scherzer has always expressed his gratitude towards Washington’s fans.