TOafter 16 seasons in Major League Baseball be three-time World Series championjug John Lester you have chosen to retire as a potential Hall of Fame member.
The pitcher won the World Series twice with Boston Red Sox, in 2007 and 2013, in addition to reaching it for the third time in 2016, with Chicago Cubsthe same year the team ended their 108-year curse without becoming a champion.
Leicester also played for Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals…
Lester’s body told him “Enough”
Lester, 38, admitted that his physique is not what it was many years ago, after winning 200 games while in All Stars Match five times and having made 30 or more starts in 12 seasons.
“Everything goes on as usual, it is getting harder and harder for me physically. The little things that come up over the course of the year have turned into bigger problems that interfere with your work, ”Lester told ESPN.
“I would like to think that I have half decent self-esteem. I don’t want anyone to tell me that I can’t do this anymore. I want to be able to hand over my jersey and say thank you. , It was fun. “This is probably the most important deciding factor,” he added.
From being diagnosed with lymphoma to winning an MVP
Leicester’s first season in the Major Leagues was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form lymphoma… i passed chemotherapy and returned to the Majors in July 2007, helping the Red Sox win the AL East title, playing 4-0 with a 4.57 ERA in 12 straight games.
Lester signed $ 155 million, six-year contract with Chicago after the 2014 season. I have shared NLKS MVP honors with Javier Bez on track to a historic 2016 Cubs championship.