MLB: Lester calls it a day
Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion with the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox has announced his retirement from the sport on Wednesday.
Lester was a two-time champion with Boston, who are 45/1 to win the 2022 World Series, and he managed to win 200 games during his career and was one of the best free-agent signings in Chicago sports history.
Longevity the key for Lester
Known for his consistency and composure in the biggest situations, Lester made 30-plus starts in 12 consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2019. The 38-year-old posted a 2.51 ERA in 154 career postseason innings and made a huge case of Hall of Fame consideration.
It's kind of run its course. It's getting harder for me physically.Jon Lester
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Lester had signalled that 2021 would be his last season in the Majors. Winning his 200th game in a St Louis Cardinals uniform following a mid-season trade from the Washington Nationals, was a huge career plus.
Speaking to ESPN, Lester said: "It's kind of run its course. It's getting harder for me physically. The little things that come up throughout the year, turned into bigger things that hinder your performance.
"I'd like to think I'm a halfway decent self-evaluator. 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". That's probably the deciding factor."
Cubs win capped things off
Lester was originally signed in the second round draft in 2002. He became a fixture at Fenway, a homegrown left-hander who excelled in the high pressure environment and celebrated the World Series title with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2013.
After the Red Sox failed to offer him an extension, they traded him to Oakland before the Chicago Cubs stepped in and also gave him a World Series ring in 2016, capturing the Cubs first Championship in 108 years.
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