After becoming a 3-time World Series champion, 200-game winner, a 5-time All-Star, and having a no-hitter game, left-handed pitcher Jon Lester has announced his retirement from the MLB. In an interview with ESPN, Lester said his body is no longer up to the physical standards required in order to play baseball. He also stated, “I don’t want someone else telling me I can’t do this anymore. I want to be able to hand my jersey over and say, ‘Thank you, it’s been fun.’”
Already, sports analysts and experts are speculating Lester’s status as a possible future Hall of Famer. Lester won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox (one in 2007, one in 2013) and his third with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, which coincidentally broke the team’s 108-year drought. The pitcher was known for dominating the game with a nasty cutter and an intimidating presence. However, Lester’s career almost didn’t start when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma after his debut in 2006. After a summer of recovery, Lester reappeared better than ever with the Red Sox.
Lester is one of only 9 modern left-handed pitchers with 200 wins, a .600 winning percentage, and a career ERA under 4.00. Although Lester’s MLB career has ended, it is already clear that his legacy as a pitcher and player will last for years to come.