Jon Lester is a five-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion. His arrival on the North Side kick-started the Cubs' path from perpetual losers to annual contenders in the National League.
That might not be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame post-retirement, especially with MLB looking at a shortened season due to COVID-19, according to one MLB insider.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post names Lester as one player whose shot at Cooperstown could be impaired by shortened season. According to Sherman, Lester’s résumé needs a bit more padding, and because he’s on the “back-nine” of his career, time is running out.
In 14 seasons, Lester holds a 190-108 record, a 3.56 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 2,355 strikeouts in 412 games (only one as a reliever). He’s fourth among active pitchers in wins and eighth in strikeouts.
Sabermetrician Jay Jaffe developed a measuring system, ‘JAWS’ (Jaffe WAR Score system), to determine a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness. Walter Johnson scores the highest among pitchers at 126.9, and Lester’s average (39.7 — No. 151) is better than Hall of Famers Jack Morris (38) and Catfish Hunter (37.9), among others.
We could compare stats all day, and Sherman’s opinion is one among many. One thing that’s certain is a shortened 2020 season hurts Lester’s ability to add to his résumé, in terms of both stats and rings.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.