Tigers tidbits: Max Scherzer up for Marvin Miller award; playoff tickets on sale Wednesday

The Detroit News

Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer is one of six candidates for the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Also up for the honor: Carlos Beltran of the Yankees, Josh Hamilton of the Angels, Adam LaRoche of the Nationals, Anhony Rizzo of the Cubs and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. There’s a representative from each of baseball’s six divisions.

The award, handed out annually since 1992, pays tribute to a player who makes significant contributions both on and off the field.

Curtis Granderson and Torii Hunter are among the former winners of the award.

The players will be put on the Players Choice ballot, with voting beginning Tuesday.

Among Scherzer’s off-field contributions, he’s helped raise money for organizations such as the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Detroit’s Police Athletic League and the Detroit Zoo.

The award is named after Miller, the influential head of the Players Association from 1966-82. It’s under him that player salaries started skyrocketing.

Playoff tickets on sale

The Tigers haven’t clinched anything yet, but they will start selling playoff tickets at noon Wednesday. Up for grabs first are tickets to a potential one-game wild-card playoff, as well as tickets to the American League Division Series.

Tickets will only be available at tigers.com, not at the Comerica Park box office.