[updated: 634 p.m.]
two one of Dan Steinberg’s 10 questions about the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer were answered Wednesday at the $210 million pitcher’s introductory news conference: Stephen Strasburg will get to keep his No. 37. Scherzer, who wore No. 37 during his five seasons in Detroit, will wear No. 31, which he wore at Missouri. (Sorry, Xavier Cedeno.)
Scherzer becomes the seventh — and most distinguished — Nationals player to wear No. 31. Here’s a look at the, uh, legacy he’ll be building upon. How many of these guys did you remember?
[Update: An earlier version of this item made an inaccurate reference to whether Scherzer would start on Opening Day, something that has not been determined. ]
The lefty reliever appeared in nine games for the Nationals last season.
The right-hander wore No. 29 from 2010 to 2011, but wore No. 31 in his only appearance with the Nationals in 2013. It was not a good appearance. Maya retired one batter in the bottom of the 10th inning of a game at San Francisco before giving up a single and a walk-off home run to Pablo Sandoval.
Lannan, who went 42-52 in D.C., wore No. 31 with the Nationals from 2008 to 2012 after wearing No. 26 in his rookie season. If you already own a No. 31 Nationals shersey, it’s almost certainly Lannan.
Ward hit .308 in 78 games during his only season (2006) with Washington before being traded to the Braves in August.
Rasner pitched in five games, starting one, in 2005.
Kim, an Expos holdover, appeared in 12 games and made two starts for the Nationals in 2005 before he was claimed off waivers by the Rockies.