During his illustrious career, Max Scherzer has been part of starting rotations that have included Justin Verlander, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, just to name a few.
However, the rotation that Scherzer was part of during his rookie season with the Arizona Diamondbacks may be the most fun to look back on.
As MLB.com's Mike Petriello reminds us, the Snakes had a pretty crazy group together late in the 2008 campaign:
Among these accomplished pitchers, the one who was at the height of his powers in 2008 was actually Brandon Webb. Webb went 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA and 5.5 fWAR, netting him a second place finish in National League Cy Young Award voting. It was the third consecutive season that Webb finished in the top two in voting for the senior circuit's top pitching honor, previously winning it in 2006. Ultimately, injuries derailed a career that once seemed destined for Cooperstown.
The No. 11 overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, Scherzer went 0-4 with a 3.05 ERA and a 3.33 FIP across 16 games -- seven of which were starts -- for the 2008 Diamondbacks. Arizona traded Scherzer to the Detroit Tigers in December of 2009, as part of a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees, with Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson landing with the Diamondbacks. Scherzer, of course, would win his first of three Cy Young Awards while pitching for the Tigers in 2013.
It's funny, some players -- Verlander would be an example -- cement their Hall of Fame case during their 30s. Scherzer has won two National League Cy Young Awards since turning 30, and finished in the top five in voting for the award six times. He's really made himself into a Hall of Famer during his 30s.
Ironically, Randy Johnson -- briefly Scherzer's teammate in 2008 -- won all five of his Cy Young Awards after turning 30. His final came in 2002, during his age-38 season. Looking to ride a similar wave into Cooperstown, it appears that a 37-year-old Scherzer is about to get paid like someone who could still compete for prestigious hardware in his late-30s.