Youngsters strive to be like John Lackey


This guy is the man. Velocity is not the only way to get guys out and win championships!!!


Fastball is about 91-92

John Derran Lackey (born October 23, 1978) is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. A three-time World Series champion, Lackey is regarded as a key figure in his clubs’ postseason success, winning the title-clinching games of two out of the three Series. Selected to the MLB All-Star Game in 2007, he won that year’s American League (AL) earned run average (ERA) title. After missing the 2012 season due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in his pitching elbow, and helping the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, Lackey was named the winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award.

A right-handed pitcher and batter, the Anaheim Angels selected Lackey from Grayson County College in Texas in the 1999 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2002 and helped the franchise win its first World Series title that year. After winning more than 100 games with the Angels, Lackey signed with Boston in free agency prior to the 2010 season. Declining performance and elbow injuries in 2011 led him to allow the most earned runs in the American League before missing the next season due to elbow surgery. Lackey rebounded in 2013 to win his second championship. Boston traded him to St. Louis in July 2014, and prior to the 2016 season, he signed with Chicago as a free agent.

Known for his intense competitiveness and overall durability, Lackey has reached at least 200 innings pitched six times in his career, and in five seasons has been in the top ten in games started. He has reached at least 10 wins in each year that he has played in since 2003. In ten of 14 seasons, he registered an ERA below 4.00 − once below 3.00 − and four times, has been in the top ten in ERA. He has also twice reached the top ten in both wins and strikeouts. He has appeared in eight postseasons overall. In 2007 and 2015, he received votes for the Cy Young Award.


Workhorse warrior. Does anyone know a pitching coach who would be willing to sign a guy like this.