Mizzou remains close to Scherzer's heart

Mizzou remains close to Scherzer's heart

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tigers
Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo.

When Max Scherzer isn't donning one Tigers uniform, he's wearing the colors of another.

Before he became the ace of Detroit's starting rotation, Scherzer played baseball at the University of Missouri, as did teammate Ian Kinsler.

Scherzer's pride in his alma mater is well known around the clubhouse. At a press conference before Game 1 of last year's American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, Scherzer wore a sweatshirt with "41-26" on the front -- the score in Mizzou's huge football upset victory over No. 7 Georgia earlier that day.

"I'm a Tiger for life, M-I-Z all the way," Scherzer told The Kansas City Star. "Going to Mizzou was the best choice I ever made. From a baseball standpoint, from the strength training program they were on … it fit right into my mentality and personality, as well."

Scherzer was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2005, going 9-4 with a 1.86 ERA. He became the first University of Missouri to be drafted in the first round when the D-backs selected him 11th overall in 2006.

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.