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Former Red Sox Pitcher Jon Lester Retires

January 12, 2022

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has called it a career.

The three-time World Series champion will not pitch in the big leagues ever again. Lester retired from professional baseball on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Lester spent nine years with the Red Sox (2006 to 2014) before being traded to the Oakland Athletics.

Lester helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2007 and 2013. He also helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016; it was their first World Series win since 1908 — the longest drought in Major League Baseball history.

Lester is remembered for his dominating left-handed pitching — and for acknowledging in 2011 that he and other starting pitchers for the Red Sox often ate chicken and drank beer in the clubhouse during games when they weren’t pitching. Lester also had a long-running problem throwing over to first base when a runner was on. He went long periods of time without throwing to first.

Lester turned 38 years old on Friday, January 7, 2022. He was a free agent at the time of his retirement.

His finishes with a career record of 200 wins against 117 losses. His careen earned run average is 3.66 earned runs per nine innings pitched.


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