Jon Lester is retiring from baseball after a brilliant 16-year run. The veteran left-hander ends his career with five All-Star nods, 200 wins, 2,488 strikeouts, a no-hitter, and three championships. Only one pitcher recorded more wins than Lester and only two lefties had a better fWAR between 2008 and 2018.
Here are the top five moments from Lester's career.
5. 2,000th strikeout, 1st HR
Lester had a night to remember on Aug. 1, 2017. He recorded his 2,000th strikeout in a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks and became just the 25th southpaw in MLB history to accomplish the feat.
4. No-hitter vs. Royals
The then-24-year-old threw the 18th no-hitter in Boston Red Sox history in a legendary performance against the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008. He struck out nine and walked two on 130 pitches.