Lester makes history ... while batting
Jon Lester has made his living on the pitcher's mound, but on Friday night he made history from in the batter's box.
Lester is now 0-for-57 at the plate in his career, which “ties San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton (1994-95) and San Francisco Giants pitcher Ron Herbel (1964-65) for most hitless at-bats to start a career,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
While the team signed Lester for his ability to pitch, not hit, Cubs manager Joe Maddon did offer some insight into Lester's abilities at the plate.
“Jonny’s got a good swing,” Maddon told the newspaper. “I’ll defend his hack. From a mechanical perspective, he’s got a good hack. It just hasn’t happened yet.
“Heads up when it does. His first hit could go over the wall, it really could.”
(h/t Chicago Sun-Times)
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