Dodgers: Why Max Scherzer Chose LA Over Padres & Rays

Max Scherzer had his first official press conference being since acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers before the MLB trade deadline last Friday. The 3-time Cy Young Award winner discusses why he chose LA, the craziness surrounding the MLB trade deadline rumors and dealing with the World Series or bust expectations of playing for the Dodgers.

Plus, we discuss how Mad Max ended up on the Dodgers and not other possible contenders like the San Diego Padres or Tampa Bay Rays. Plus, what would it take for the Dodgers to re-sign Max Scherzer in the offseason.


Mad Max had his fair share of options to choose from when it came to waiving his no trade rights, but nowhere was going to give him the warmth and sunshine, AND the chance to win quite like the Dodgers.

Scherzer makes his Dodger debut tonight against the hated Astros. Talk about an opening act.

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. I’d have chosen SD over Tampa or LA any day.
    Who the heck would live in Florida and most of LA City proper is a dump.
    SD, great weather, great scenery.

  2. Have to admit it looks funny to see Mad Max in Dodger Blue, but with Kershaw maybe sidelined for a while, this move is looking more genius all the time. Pretty sure that the only scenery he is concerned about is between the foul lines at Dodger Stadium.

  3. Nats fan here and Max is a beast on the mound and a leader in the clubhouse. Devastating loss for the Nationals but Rizzo/Max knew it was coming. Nats farm team is so bad it’s almost unbelievable statistically. In 15 years since the Expo’s they have developed one player (Ian Desmond) who was not a slam dunk first draft pick like Harper (1) and Rendon (6 b/c he was hurt. Otherwise he’d have been a 1). Ditto for pitchers with only J Zimmerman developed by their farm system (Strasburg was another first pick reward for losing over 200 games in two years. Rizzo threw in the towel and got as many players as possible from other teams who draft well and develop players. Max won’t go back to DC b/c they’re at least a couple of years away from competing again. Congratulations to the Dodgers and enjoy MadMax for us.

  4. Robby,
    The reason Scherzer chose L.A. is because it’s a first class organization, unlike San Diego. Padres have been, “Cellar Dwellers” for years. Yes, you’ve beat a Dodger Club this year that had about 4 starters in the lineup. But like last year in the Playoffs, when the chips were down, we all know what happened…. We shoved the broom up your can and told you to sweep the field, after we were done embarrassing you, for the millionth time! I admit, the Pads have got better and it’s about time! Look at it this way, 1 day Robby you too, may be in L.A. landing the best players, in trades, or free agency? Look at your Chargers? They knew they couldn’t beat us, so they joined us, unfortunately! Until then, enjoy the view from below.. As far as, “Most of L.A.being a dump” (as you put it) If San Diego were that great then, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Bel Air, etc, those, “so called dumps” would be in San Diego! They’d be in San Diego with their 1 & only, 2nd rate, pro organization…. The Madres! Best of luck Rob. I’m not a Madres hater, as many are… I welcome the challenge. It would be nice for a change, instead of seeing you 20 games back in September!

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