Is Max Scherzer Jewish Or Christian? Religion And Family Ethnicity

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Max Scherzer religion is yet to be confirmed by the MLB superstar. Fans are in a dilemma due to the rumor of the player being Jewish.

Maxwell Martin Scherzer is an MLB baseball player born on July 27, 1984. He goes by the name Max Scherzer professionally and plays as a baseball pitcher for the New York Mets.

The pitcher has previously been on the squad of Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers since his debut in MLB.

Max Scherzer During A Match
Max Scherzer During A Match (Source: Instagram)

A right-handed starter, Max is an eight-time MLB All-Star. He is a winner of the World Series with the Nationals in 2019 as well as three Cy Young Awards.

The University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame member, Scherzer, debuted in the Northwoods League with the La Crosse Loggers. 

In the 2006 amateur draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick. He has a win-loss record of 204-104, 3.12 ERA, and 3224 strikeouts.

Max Scherzer Religion: Is He Jewish Or Christian?

Max Scherzer is often mistaken to be Jewish by fans. The primary reason for the mass confusion is his Jewish-sounding name itself.

His first name Max is common among Jews, which is short for Maxwell. In addition, his last name Scherzer also turned out to be a relatively prevalent surname among the Jewish community. 

Max Scherzer Announcing A Merch Sale For Humane Rescue Alliance
Max Scherzer Announcing A Merch Sale For Humane Rescue Alliance (Source: Instagram)

If Max had been a Jew, as fans speculated, that would have made him one of only nine Jewish players to play in the Major Leagues in 2016. 

The topic was so obscure that an article in The Jewish Journal newspaper even identified Scherzer as Jewish in 2012.

The rumors were invalidated by a 2020 article in The Washington Post which reported that Scherzer is not Jewish.

Even though Max may appear to be a Jewish professional, it is clear that he does not practice Judaism. However, it is still uncertain whether he is Christian or even religious at all.

Max has not publicly stated his religious beliefs as well. Despite his religion, he is excellent on the field and fiercely competitive. 

Max Scherzer Family Ethnicity

Max Scherzer was born to Jan and Brad Scherzer in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri. He went to Parkway Central High School and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan growing up.

Scherzer has a mixed ethnicity and contains the bloodline of German, Irish, English, and Scottish. It can be said that he belongs to the white ethnicity. 

Reportedly, the name Scherzer is derived from its German origin, which could mean “jester” in German. It could also be connected to a family that is descended from Scherz, a tiny town in Switzerland.

Meet Max Scherzer Wife: Erica Scherzer

Max Scherzer and wife Erica are leading a happy married life. Scherzer first met Erica during their student life at the University of Missouri.

The pair started dating in 2005 after getting acquainted over their favorite sports. Erica, an avid baseball fan, was a softball player for the Mizzou Softball team.

Max And Wife Erica With Kids Announcing Their Fourth
Max And His Wife Erica, With Kids Announcing Their Fourth (Source: Instagram)

Sadly, she had to give up on baseball because of her heart condition. She also played as a pitcher for Cherry Creek High School, where she topped the conference in ERA, strikeouts, and win-loss percentage.

The Scherzer couple are praised for their philanthropy through the Humane Rescue Alliance. Erica is also involved in multiple other charitable causes.

The couple got married after eight years of dating in November 2013. They have three daughters, Brooklyn, Kacey, and Nikki, plus a son named Derek. 

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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