With three World Series Championships to his name, Jon Lester is arguably one of the most successful baseball players in the MLB. He is also a four-time All-Star and the 2016 NLCS MVP. Amazingly, Lester’s exploits in baseball came after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, which threatened to truncate his career but fortunately, the cancer was treatable by chemotherapy and by the end of 2006, Lester was officially in remission. He has since dedicated his time and resources to cancer research.
Jon Lester’s Bio (Age)
Jonathan Tyler Lester was born on January 7, 1984, in Tacoma, Washington and raised in Puyallup, Washington. His athletic side became evident very early in life. He played on the baseball team while attending Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. He was a three-time MVP and a recipient of the Gatorade State Player of the Year Award for Washington in 2000.
Lester was drafted straight out of high school in the 2002 MLB draft. He was selected in the second round with the 57th overall pick. He started out with the Minor League Baseball’s Portland Sea Dogs and quickly became the highest rated Boston Red Sox prospect. Lester made his major league debut on June 10, 2006, in a game against the Texas Rangers.
By August 2006, a back injury saw him placed on the 15-day disabled list. Lester had initially thought that the sore was due to a car crash he was involved in early August, however, further findings revealed that he had inflamed lymph nodes which were found to be cancerous.
Fortunately, it was treatable with chemotherapy and by December 2006, Lester became cancer free. And just right after his life flashed before his eyes, Lester was back on the pitch. After a couple of rehab outings with the Greenville Drive and Pawtucket Red Sox, Lester was called back to the majors in July 2007.
Later that year, Lester was gifted with the Tony Conigliaro Award in honor of his successful bout with cancer. On May 19, 2008, in a match against the Kansas City Royals, Lester recorded his name in the history books by pitching a no-hitter. He would come to win his second World Series with the side in 2013.
After his deal with the Sox expired, Lester had a brief stint with the Oakland Athletics before joining the Chicago Cubs in 2015.
Salary and Net Worth
Jon Lester has got the millions to show for his successful baseball career. When the Boston Red Sox selected him in the second round of the 2002 MLB draft, he was given a $1 million signing bonus. It was the highest signing bonus among every second rounder that year.
As his performance surged, so did his earnings. Lester was in March 2009 signed to a five-year, $30 million contract extension which came with a $14 million team option by its expiration in 2014.
By the end of 2014, Jon Lester joined the Chicago Cubs on a 6-year contract worth $155 million which saw him make Forbes 2015 list of Baseball’s Highest Paid players with a salary of $30 million. His total earnings for the year was $30.4 million with the $400,000 coming from his endorsement sponsors, chief among them being Nike.
Lester’s earnings for the year made him the second highest paid baseball player of the year, bested by Clayton Kershaw who made $31.2 million. Lester’s contract gives him an average salary of $25.8 million. The deal also comes with a 2021 option that will surge the total worth to $170 million. Jon Lester’s net worth is estimated at $50 million.
Who is Jon Lester’s Wife?
Lester was with the minor league’s Greenville Drive in Greenville, South Carolina when he was working on his rehabilitation from cancer. It was during this time that he met a certain Farrah Stone Johnson who was a nursing student in South Carolina. And though his time at Greenville was short-lived, it was long enough for him to start a relationship with Farrah.
After two years of dating, the couple tied the knot on January 9th, 2009. They have two sons; Hudson and Walker born in 2010 and 2013 respectively. They also have a daughter named Cy Elizabeth who was born on November 29th, 2016. Lester later made it clear that his daughter’s name choice was in no way in reference to the top baseball pitching award.
Lester’s wife frequently shares sweet snaps of the family on social media. The family lives in Chicago in a house that Lester bought for $3.7 million shortly after penning his huge deal with the Cubs.
Stats and Other Facts
As of June 2018, Lester’s MLB career stats are as follows;
Earned run average: 3.47
Win-loss record: 166–94
1. Lester won the Babe Ruth Award in 2016.
2. In 2008, two years after his own cancer diagnosis, his father, John Lester was diagnosed with lymphoma. The cancer, Lester explained is a slow-growing one that would most likely be with him for the rest of his life, rather than become the death of him.
3. A wine aficionado, Lester owns his own wine line under the Longball Cellars brand. The line is in partnership with Charity Wines.
4. As part of his contributions towards cancer research, Lester and his wife established NVRQT, short for “Never Quit.”
5. Lester loves to hunt in his free time.