Jon Lester, former Red Sox ace and World Series champ, retires from MLB

One of the best postseason pitchers in recent major league history is calling it quits.

Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester announced his MLB retirement Wednesday morning, telling ESPN’s Jesse Rogers his body can longer hold up over a full MLB season.

NEWS at ESPN: 3-time World Series champion Jon Lester is retiring. I spoke with him and others in his orbit.
Dustin Pedroia: “Anytime he had the ball in a big game, you were going in for an 80-minute massage. You were in good hands.”
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— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) January 12, 2022

“I’d like to think I’m a halfway decent self-evaluator,” Lester told Rogers. “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 biggest deciding factor.”

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Lester split the 2021 season between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals, posting a 4.71 ERA over 141.1 innings at age 37. But the lefty hurler is best known for helping both the Red Sox and Cubs win World Series titles with a grit and resolve that translated to stellar postseason numbers.

A second-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2002, Lester overcame a battle with lymphoma as a rookie in 2006 and a year later pitched 5.2 shutout innings in…

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