Max Scherzer Remembers His Brother Alex Scherzer

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Max Scherzer brother Alex played a vital role in shaping his life and aspirations, impacting the baseball star’s journey.

Max honors his late brother’s memory and passion for MLB by dedicating every start to him and striving to improve each performance.

On June 21, 2012, Alex tragically ended his life after his long battle with clinical depression; his body was discovered in the basement of their parent’s home.

Despite grieving over his brother’s death, Max did not let his emotions get the best of him.

Max Scherzer American MLB Pitcher For The New York Mets
Max Scherzer American MLB Pitcher For The New York Mets (Source: Twitter)

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Scherzer with the 11th overall pick of the 2006 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2008.

In December 2009, Scherzer joined the Detroit Tigers in a trade and spent almost his five-year tenure with the team.

Later, he earned two American League All-Star Team selections and claimed the 2013 American League Cy Young Award.

After this, Alex signed three years deal with the New York Mets, in December 2022.

The Mets offered him a $43.3 million deal, which is the most significant average annual value in MLB history.

Max played with the players like Tommy Hunter on the New York Mets roster.

Max Scherzer Brother Alex Scherzer: Suicide 

Late Alex Scherzer three years younger brother of Max Scherzer was born in 1981 to his parents Brad and Jan Scherzer.

Moreover, the grandson of Frances Shirck is remembered and deeply missed by his loving family.

Alex graduated from Parkway Central Senior High School in 2006 and earned an undergraduate degree in Economics and his MBA at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Further, Alex got employment at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney after completing his studies.

Max Scherzer Brother Alex
Max Scherzer Brother Alex (Source: Facebook)

On June 21, 2012, Alex tragically took his own life. Authorities discovered his dead body in the basement of their parent’s home.

The pain and grief were too intense for Max to speak about his brother’s death publicly.

Max’s wife of over eight years, Erica May, expressed the pain they were going through. Despite the immense sorrow, Max Scherzer, just two days later, pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Moreover, it exemplified his determination and a tribute to his brother, as he believed Alex would have wanted him to continue playing.

Alex’s loving family, including his uncle Doc Scherzer (Melanie), aunt Gail Winham, aunt Joyce Shimamoto (Dave), uncle Dave Shirck (Sarita), uncle Tom Shirck, aunt Mary Mercer, aunt Patty Land (Chris), and uncle Jim Shirck, cherish his memory and deeply miss him.

Funeral Of Max Scherzer’s Brother Alex

The SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory in Ballwin hosted Alex’s funeral, honoring his life.

Max and his family requested contributions to the Boy’s Club of St. Louis in lieu of flowers, as it was a cause that held special significance to Alex, during the memorial gathering held on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

The family requested friends and loved ones to express their condolences by signing the family’s online guestbook at

During this challenging time, the support and love of those who knew Alex comforted his grieving family.

Vandana Thapa
Vandana Thapa
Vandana is one of our observant and appreciative writers, an avid reader with a passion for sports, whether from F1 to Lacrosse. Our work gives a two-way growth to the readers as well as the writer and a tour of the sports world.

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