The big news for Copeland Crazies all over the country today was that former La Crosse Loggers pitchers Chris Sale and Max Scherzer have been selected to be the starting pitchers in tomorrow night’s All-Star Game in Miami.
Scherzer, a member of the 2004 Loggers and a pitcher for the Washington Nationals, will represent the National League, while Sale, a member of the 2008 Loggers squad, is currently on the Boston Red Sox and will represent the American League.
— Gregg Wavrunek (@news8gregg) July 10, 2017
Each are incredibly deserving of the honor, as Scherzer is leading the NL with 173 strikeouts over 128 innings pitched. He also holds a league-best 2.10 ERA to go with a 10-5 record.
Sale has 178 strkeouts in 127 innings pitched, while sporting an 11-4 record for the Red Sox. Both Scherzer and Sale are averaging over 12 strikeouts per nine innings.
People around the country are starting to make the connection about the two pitchers:
— Heather McDonough (@schwawa) July 10, 2017
Scherzer says he and Sale representing La Crosse Loggers, where they played together. pic.twitter.com/p7cTV3c1wG
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 10, 2017
More, from the Northwoods League press release:
“First off, we are thrilled for both Max and Chris to once again be recognized for their great seasons with another All-Star selection,” said Loggers General Manager Chris Goodell. “We were honored to be able to be a small part of their careers, albeit a very important part of their development as young pitchers back in 2004 and 2008 respectively. And for our Logger organization, their efforts have created a dream pitching matchup on baseball’s biggest stage for tomorrow night that we cannot wait to witness.”
Scherzer, a two-time Cy Young Award Winner and five-time All-Star, pitched for the Loggers in 2004. In 17 appearances that summer, he went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA and struck out 50 batters in 33 innings pitched.
Sale, a six time All-Star and the league leader in strikeouts for the 2015 season, pitched for the Loggers in 2008. Over 17 games with the Loggers he went 2-3 with a 3.23 ERA. He also struck out 74 batters in 53 innings pitched.
“The Northwoods League could not be more thrilled that two Northwoods League alums, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, are squaring of as the starting pitchers against each other in the MLB All-Star Game,” said Northwoods League President Gary Hoover. “And, very interestingly, both are also alums of the La Crosse Loggers. I begin to wonder if there isn’t something magical about Copeland Park.”