Should the Cubs retire Jon Lester’s number?

Thursday, Tribune columnist Paul Sullivan wrote this article pushing the idea that the Cubs should retire No. 34 in honor of Jon Lester, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

The gist of Sullivan’s argument is here:

Lester would be the first — and probably the last — of the 2016 champions to have his Cubs number retired. He’s virtually a shoo-in to make the Hall of Fame, even if it’s not on the first ballot, and his legacy in Boston and Chicago was secured when Lester led those teams to titles in 2007 and ’16, respectively.

“Looking at Jon’s career in full now, he made an incredible impact on the history of the game, two great franchises, millions of fans, hundreds of teammates and many young kids fighting cancer,” former Cubs President Theo Epstein said Wednesday. “That’s a true Hall of Fame legacy.”

Theo summed up Lester’s career quite well. We were lucky to have him as a Cub for six years.

Sullivan says Lester is a “shoo-in” for the Hall of Fame. Yesterday, we discussed this and about three-quarters of you thought Lester would be inducted eventually. Seventy-five percent of voters in a BBWAA election would put Jon in the Hall. It might happen and I’d vote for him, but I’m not so sure he’s a “shoo-in.”

All the Cubs’ retired numbers honor Hall of Famers: Ernie Banks (14), Billy Williams (26), Ron Santo (10), Ryne Sandberg (23)…

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