Is Jon Lester a Hall of Famer? Cubs 360 panel discusses
Bruce Levine, Ryan Dempster and George Will join host Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily, presented by Miller Lite, to debate whether Jon Lester’s career is worthy enough of election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“He’s in the hall of the very good right now,” Levine said. “[He has] 190 wins, but a winning percentage of about .640, which puts him in the top 40 all time. He’s knocking on the door in particular because of his postseason record. He’s a great postseason pitcher. His comp is Curt Schilling.”
Dempster believed that if Lester has 25-30 more wins in his career and inches closer to 3,000 strikeouts, he has a chance to get in.
“The thing about it is Jon has kind of been a by-product of the new era, not going deep into ballgames. Those numbers are there and he’s pitched on some of the biggest stages and if he continues to pitch a few more years, you can arguably make a case that he gets in the Hall of Fame.”
Will mentioned that with 5-men rotation and starters not going as deep, that the metrics need to be changed. He believes that with 20 more wins, Lester will get in.
Jon Lester has 3 World Series Championships, is a 5-time All-Star, 2016 NLCS co-MVP and has a career record of 190-108 and a 3.56 ERA. Does Lester deserve to be in Cooperstown?
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