John Lackey
Major League Baseball pitcher
John Lackey
John Derran Lackey is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Lackey was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 1999 and helped the franchise win its first World Series title in 2002, which was his first season in the major leagues. In 2007, he led the American League in earned run average and was also named to the All-Star team for the first time. When he became a free agent in 2009, Lackey signed with the Boston Red Sox.
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From 1908 To 2016: How The Cubs Were Named To Win The World Series
Huffington Post - 4 months
It is a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs will win the 2016 World Series. How, you ask? Well Dr. Mallory Katz of analyzed the names of both the 1908 and 2016 rosters and came to the realization that, by any other name, this year the Cubs will be champions once again. First, I must admit that I am a die-hard Cubs fan from a die-hard Chicagoland family, growing up in Evanston, Illinois. As co-founder of, I have compared the rosters of the 1908 and 2016 players and have determined, even if in name only, the Cubs will win the 2016 World Series. Who else is from Evanston? Why, John Cusack of course. Of note, John (God is gracious) and derivations of John (Jon, Johnny, Jack) are the most common name on the 1908 Cubs roster and also appear on the 2016 roster twice (Lackey and Lester). Lackey and Lester, along with 1908's Jack Fiester, pitch. The other most common name of pitchers from the two years is Carl (Lundgren, Spongberg, Edwards), meaning manl ...
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Hotheaded John Lackey does Cubs no favors in Game 4 loss
Chicago Times - 4 months
Two of the more polarizing figures in Chicago were on the same field Saturday night at Game 4 of the World Series, and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts has to get along with both of them. Ricketts needs Mayor Rahm Emanuel for city approval on many of the changes at Wrigley, and he needs John Lackey to...
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No anger issues here: Cubs let pitcher John Lackey be himself
LATimes - 4 months
America will get another chance to see the raging bull that is John Lackey when the Chicago Cubs right-hander starts Game 4 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field Saturday night. Parents watching with young children might want to keep a finger on the mute button. When...
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Cubs' Lackey misses chance at win
LATimes - 4 months
John Lackey, Chicago’s starter Wednesday, didn’t last long enough to get the win even though the Cubs cruised to a 10-2 victory at Dodger Stadium in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The veteran right-hander was replaced in the fifth inning when, with the Cubs up 5-0, he issued...
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NLCS Game 4 pitching matchup: John Lackey vs. Julio Urias
Chicago Times - 4 months
Cubs: John Lackey John Lackey, David Ross said, brought something to the Cubs they were lacking last season. "Competitive fire," the backup catcher said. "A presence, a resume." And one more thing. Ornery "Kind of, (an ornery) attitude that makes everybody better," Ross said. "I love it when he's...
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Ninth-inning rally memorable for young, old Cubs
Chicago Times - 5 months
John Lackey has earned two World Series clinching victories, but the Cubs’ 37-year-old starter was nearly at a loss for words after watching his teammates rally in stunning style to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Giants and win the National League Division Series three games to one. “(It) was...
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NLDS Game 4 pitching matchup: John Lackey vs. Matt Moore
Chicago Times - 5 months
Cubs' John Lackey John Lackey’s ire wasn’t aimed at barbers when he said earlier this year he didn’t come to Chicago for a haircut. His intention when he signed with the Cubs before this season, he said, was to play in “big-boy” games, to add to his jewelry collection that already includes World...
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Cubs Continue Dominance of Pirates in 6-4 Win
NYTimes - 5 months
John Lackey fielded phone calls from plenty of interested teams in the offseason. Yet the veteran pitcher opted for the Chicago Cubs.
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Cubs Sweep Reds With 9-2 Victory
NYTimes - 5 months
John Lackey was cruising along when Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon hit for the right-hander in the eighth inning.
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Cubs waste strong John Lackey outing with poor hitting in clutch
Chicago Times - 6 months
John Lackey makes no secret that the wear and tear of pitching in the major leagues has taken its toll on his 37-year-old body. "I've been pitching for 15 years," Lackey said after a lack of run support Saturday was critical in a 2-1 loss to the Astros. "I've been feeling something for 10 years....
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John Lackey returns in Cubs-Giants finale
Chicago Times - 6 months
John Lackey makes his return from the disabled list this afternoon in the finale of the Cubs-Giants series. Lackey, who went on the DL in mid-August with a right shoulder strain, is 6-4 in 13 starts at Wrigley wit5h a 2.47 earned-run average. He’s facing the Giants for the first time since June...
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Cubs take long-range view by placing John Lackey, Hector Rondon on DL
Chicago Times - 6 months
Manager Joe Maddon said John Lackey didn't put up a fuss when the Cubs decided to put the 37-year-old starting pitcher and reliever Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list. "It was one of the easier conversations, surprisingly," Maddon joked Friday about the notoriously fiery Lackey. "I didn't...
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Cubs lead Cardinals 2-0 after one inning
Chicago Times - 7 months
The Cubs looked to start a new winning streak when they sent John Lackey to the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night at Wrigley Field.  The Cards snapped the Cubs' 11-game winning streak Saturday and hoped to leave town with a split of the four-game series. After one inning, the...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Lackey
  • 2016
    Age 37
    On April 18, 2016, in a game against the Cardinals, his former club, Lackey struck out 11 hitters in 7 innings, earning his third win of the season.
    More Details Hide Details It was also his first regular season win against St. Louis, making him only the 16th player in history to notch a win against all 30 major league teams. He joins Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Barry Zito, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, Derek Lowe, Dan Haren, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Lohse, and Tim Hudson as the only players to achieve this milestone.
  • 2015
    Age 36
    John resides in the Austin area in the off-season. John and his wife, Kristina Carter, are expecting their first child, a daughter, in November, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details John is stepfather to Carter and Mavi, Kristina's children from her first marriage. In 2009, the satirical publication The Onion published an article about Lackey, titled Superstitious John Lackey Has To Build, Destroy A Luxury Hotel Before Every Start. The article was intended to satirize more superstitious professional athletes. He was featured in a 2011 Kevin Fowler music video alongside his fellow Red Sox starting pitchers: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield and Clay Buchholz.
    Instead of retiring and foregoing being paid the league minimum, Lackey had stated in the previous August that he would pitch in 2015 if the Cardinals picked up the option that actuated because he missed the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery.
    More Details Hide Details On October 30, the Cardinals announced they had picked up the Tommy John option. With a guaranteed base salary of $507,000, the club added performance bonuses before the start of the season.
    On December 8, 2015, Lackey signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.
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    By earning his 10th win of 2015 in a 6–2 defeat of the Miami Marlins on August 15, Lackey recorded his 12th consecutive season of double-digit victory totals.
    More Details Hide Details He struck out six in innings and retired nine batters in a row at one point. One of the hits Lackey allowed was a single to Ichiro Suzuki, a hit with which Ichiro passed Ty Cobb for the total attained in top-level professional baseball organizations, including Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball. With seven scoreless innings of the Milwaukee Brewers on September 17, Lackey reached 200 IP for the sixth time in his career and first time since 2010. He had a 2.23 ERA over his last 17 starts. By reaching 200 IP, he triggered a $400,000 bonus, bringing his earnings for the season over $2 million. Further, Lackey turned in a season that exceeded his career norms, including a career-best 2.77 ERA, seventh-best in the league, and recorded 218 IP, his highest total since 2010. His fastball average speed for the season was, the highest since 2009.
    In IP against the Chicago Cubs on May 7, 2015, Lackey struck out 10.
    More Details Hide Details He also drove in his third career run with a double, his third career extra base hit in a 5–1 win. On July 12, despite the Cardinals losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6–5 in 14 innings, he achieved his sixth consecutive quality start, and 12th in 15 appearances. He lost to the Cincinnati Reds on July 29, but gave up just one run with eight strikeouts while allowing one walk and two hits. It was the fewest hits he allowed through that point in the season. He also allowed three runs or fewer in all but of one his prior 17 starts.
    In 2015, he won at least 10 games for the 12th consecutive season in which he has played (not counting 2012).
    More Details Hide Details Lackey was born in Abilene, Texas. Before Lackey was in high school, he played at Dixie Little League in Abilene. Lackey attended Abilene High School, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, he was a two-time first team All-District honoree and as a senior, he was also an All-State selection. He played one season of baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), playing first base and sometimes moonlighting as a reliever. The first summer after attending UTA, Lackey first learned to pitch in the Kansas Jayhawk Summer League. In, he played on the Junior College World Series champion Grayson County College team in Denison, Texas, which went 50–13. In 100 IP, he posted a 10–3 record with a 4.23 ERA and 88 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .428 with 15 home runs (HR) and 81 runs batted in (RBI). In the World Series, he tallied eight hits, two HR, and seven RBI.
  • 2014
    Age 35
    Catcher A. J. Pierzynski, acquired from the Red Sox the same month, caught Lackey for the 19th time in 22 starts in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Wearing uniform number 41 during his tenure with Anaheim and Boston, Lackey acquired the number from new teammate Pat Neshek in exchange for an autographed Babe Ruth baseball. In 10 regular season starts for the Cardinals, Lackey allowed two or fewer runs in seven of them. He totaled a 3–3 W–L with a 4.30 ERA in IP with St. Louis, and his totals for the year including those with Boston were 14-10 W–L with a 3.82 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 198 innings. He made the postseason for the seventh time in his career, starting once each against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series (NLDS) and the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The Giants defeated the Cardinals in five games, ending their season.
    On July 31, 2014, the Red Sox traded Lackey with minor league pitcher Corey Littrell to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details In his Cardinals debut, Lackey pitched seven innings but was behind 2–0 when he exited the game. The Cardinals rallied for three runs the next inning, and ended up winning the game 3–2 while crediting him the win, the 150th of his career.
    Lackey began the 2014 season as the Red Sox' number-two starter behind Lester.
    More Details Hide Details He made six starts in April, with four being quality starts, and two giving up six runs in less than six innings. Dating back to the previous May 23, he had thrown six straight quality starts, going 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 34 strikeouts. On July 5, Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a double off of Lackey. Cruz had served a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis baseball scandal the previous season, which Cruz claimed he had sought help from Biogenesis of American to fight a gastrointestinal infection. After the Cruz' big game, Lackey stated, "I'm not going to comment on him. I've got nothing to say about him. There are some things I would like to say but I'm not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff." Orioles manager Buck Showalter countered by saying, "Considering the timing of things, it's one of those things that you keep quiet about it and it reflects poorly upon the person who said it."
  • 2013
    Age 34
    Lackey finished 2013 with a 10-13 record and a 3.52 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He was plagued by a lack of run support throughout the season, but threw two complete games, the first time in a season that he had multiple complete games since 2008. After the season, Lackey was awarded with the Tony Conigliaro Award, an award given out to the player who has overcome the most adversity.
    Many credited Lackey's turnaround as a major reason for the Red Sox' success in 2013, especially at mid-season when Clay Buchholz went on the disabled list and Jon Lester was going through a rough stretch.
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    On October 30, Lackey was the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, which clinched the Boston Red Sox' eighth World Series title.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, Lackey became the first starting pitcher in Major League history to win two World Series "clinching" games with two different teams. Lackey garnered much media attention by his refusal to leave the game when Manager John Farrell came to the mound with two outs in the seventh inning, telling Farrell "this is my guy" (referring to the next batter, Matt Holliday). Farrell allowed Lackey to stay in the game, but he eventually walked Holliday to load the bases. Lackey exited to a standing ovation from Fenway Park.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    On August 30, 2011, Lackey filed for divorce from Krista, his wife of almost three years, who had been battling cancer since March and underwent chemotherapy through June. The divorce was finalized by February 2012.
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    During a press conference, Ben Cherington, the new GM of the Boston Red Sox, revealed that John Lackey had Tommy John surgery during the 2011 offseason.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Lackey did not pitch for the entire season. Lackey was later seen drinking beer in the clubhouse during his rehabilitation, causing further controversy. On April 6, Lackey injured his arm in his first start since September 2011. The Red Sox announced it was a right biceps strain. On April 28, Lackey got his first win since the 2011 season, going six innings, giving up one run and five hits in a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros.
    In the end of the 2011 season, Lackey and two more starting pitchers (Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, allegedly) were in the center of a controversy that told that the three (and sometimes more) drank beers and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during games in which they were not pitching.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    Lackey posted a 10–5 record and a 4.26 ERA during the first half of the 2010 season and finished his first season with the Red Sox with a 14–11 record, 4.40 ERA over 215 innings pitched.
    More Details Hide Details Lackey went 2–5 with an 8.01 ERA in his first seven starts, and in May, he was placed on the disabled list with an elbow strain in his throwing arm. Lackey returned shortly, recording an ERA over 5.00 in every month but one. In 28 starts, Lackey finished the season 12–12 with a 6.41 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, both career worsts. The 114 earned runs he allowed were the most in the American League, and his ERA was the highest in Red Sox history for a starter with at least 150 innings pitched.
    On April 7, 2010 Lackey made his debut for Boston at Fenway Park against the Yankees, pitching six innings of three-hit, shutout ball.
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    Lackey signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent prior to the 2010 season, and won his second championship with them in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in July 2014 and prior to the 2016 season signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. An All-Star selection in 2007, Lackey led the American League (AL) in earned run average and finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting. He is a two-time AL Pitcher of the Month Award winner. After declining performances his first two seasons in Boston, he missed the 2012 season to recover from elbow surgery, but rebounded in 2013 as the Red Sox won the World Series.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    On December 16, 2009, Lackey officially signed a five-year contract worth $82.5 million with the Boston Red Sox.
    More Details Hide Details His contract had a clause where if he missed a full season due to injury, the Red Sox would have a team option at the end of the contract worth the league minimum.
    At the end of the 2009 season Lackey became a free agent, widely regarded as the best free agent starting pitcher on the 2010 market.
    More Details Hide Details Baseball Prospectus declared, "Lackey stands alone as the best of the best, a relatively young righty who carries significantly less risk than the other high-upside hurlers", additionally noting he faced a tough division and tougher league and his statistics would likely be even better if he were a National League pitcher. As one of the top free agent starters on the market, he was predicted to command a deal worth around $70 to $80 million, similar to the deal A. J. Burnett received from the Yankees. Lackey drew interest from many teams, including the Seattle Mariners, the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He formally declined the Angels' offer of salary arbitration on December 8.
    On August 30, 2009, Lackey earned his 100th career win against the Oakland Athletics, giving up one run (on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar) through eight innings.
    More Details Hide Details Lackey is one of only six major league pitchers who won at least 11 games in each year from 2004 to 2009, the others being CC Sabathia, Derek Lowe, Johan Santana, Javier Vázquez, and Jason Marquis.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In Game 1 of the 2008 ALDS, he gave up a two-run home run to Jason Bay of the Red Sox, and was charged with the Angels' first loss in the series.
    More Details Hide Details In his first start of, on May 16, Lackey was ejected after his first two pitches of the season in a game against the Texas Rangers. Lackey threw his first pitch behind Ian Kinsler's head, and hit Kinsler in the side with his second pitch. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejected Lackey without hesitation. Since Kinsler scored, Lackey was charged with an earned run, giving him an ERA of infinity. Kinsler had hit two home runs against the Angels the night before.
    On July 29, 2008, Lackey pitched against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
    More Details Hide Details He came within two outs of a no-hitter before Dustin Pedroia singled to left to spoil it. The next batter, Youkilis, hit a two-run homer to break up the shutout. Lackey still finished the game and the Angels won 6–2.
    On July 18, 2008, Lackey recorded his 1000th career strikeout, against Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox.
    More Details Hide Details Lackey was the sixth Angels pitcher to accomplish that feat.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Lackey finished the 2007 season with an American League leading 3.01 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He finished in third place for that season's Cy Young Award voting. On July 10,, Lackey allowed six runs on 15 hits in 5 innings. The 15 hits tied an all-time Angels' franchise record for hits allowed by a starter in a single game.
    On July 1, Lackey was named as one of three Angels to represent the club and the American League at the 2007 All-Star Game.
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    On June 13,, Lackey became the first pitcher to win 10 games for the 2007 season.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    He was later named American League Pitcher of the Month for July 2006.
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    He threw a career high 30 scoreless innings from July 2 through July 19, 2006, when he gave up a fifth-inning home run to Ben Broussard of the Cleveland Indians, leaving his scoreless streak 5 innings short of the club record, set by Jim McGlothlin in 1967.
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    On July 7, 2006, Lackey retired 27 consecutive batters after Mark Kotsay of the Oakland Athletics led off the first inning with double.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    After the Angels placed 2005 Cy Young winner Bartolo Colón on the disabled list in, Lackey emerged as the team's ace, and skipper Mike Scioscia made him the number one starter after the All-Star break.
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    Mike Scioscia announced that Lackey would start on Opening Day 2003, replacing injured ace Jarrod Washburn.
    More Details Hide Details Lackey struggled his sophomore year, compiling a 10–16 record with a 4.63 ERA while leading the team in hits and earned runs allowed, and wild pitches. He finished with a record of 14–13 and a 4.67 ERA, helping the Angels win their first division title since. The campaign saw Lackey mature further, working into the sixth inning in 30 of his 36 starts, earning a 14–5 record with a 3.44 ERA. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings (with 8.6 K/9 IP) and third in strikeouts (199). However, he finished with the third most wild pitches in the league. He participated in the MLB 2006 All-Star Series in Japan.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    However, it was in Game 7 of the World Series on October 27, 2002, Lackey allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out four in five innings, allowing the Angels to hold an early 4–1 lead to hand over to their bullpen trio of Brendan Donnelly, Francisco Rodríguez, and Troy Percival to seal their World Series title.
    More Details Hide Details Lackey became only the second rookie in World Series history to start and win Game 7, the other being Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    The Angels called Lackey up to the major leagues on June 24, 2002, dropping his first major league start against the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details He was optioned back to Salt Lake, only to be recalled on June 28 to replace pitcher Al Levine. Two days later, he replaced Scott Schoeneweis in the Angels' rotation and gained his first victory against the cross-town rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Lackey was also the winning pitcher for the American League (AL) Wild Card-clinching victory against Texas on September 26. With the AL Wild Card in hand, the Angels began their march through the 2002 postseason, facing the feared New York Yankees in the American League Division Series (ALDS). He made his relief and postseason debut in Game 3, allowing two earned runs in the midst of an Angels rally to win 9–6. He gained his first postseason victory against the Minnesota Twins in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS), pitching seven innings while allowing only three hits and striking out seven.
    He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2002 and helped the franchise win its first World Series title that year.
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  • 1999
    Age 20
    In the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, he was drafted in the second round (68th overall) by the Anaheim Angels.
    More Details Hide Details He began his professional career with the Boise Hawks in the Short Season Class A Northwest League, posting a 6–2 record and a 4.98 ERA. Already in his first year, Lackey became known for his competitiveness. According to, Tom Kotchman, the veteran manager, recalled "one particular game when he tried to replace Lackey only to have the tall Texan tell him otherwise. Sure enough,Kotchman trotted back to the dugout and Lackey kept dominating, as if to say, 'See? I'm not done yet.'" In, Lackey split his time between the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, High-A Lake Elsinore Storm, and Double-A Erie SeaWolves. Because of his quick ascent up the minor league ladder, he was named the Angels' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, posting a combined 15–9 record with a 3.15 ERA. He began with Double-A Arkansas before being promoted in July of that year to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, where he struggled a bit, posting a 3–4 record and a 6.71 ERA. He recovered in the season, being named Best Pitching Prospect of the Pacific Coast League and accumulating an 8–2 record with a 2.57 ERA.
  • 1978
    Born on October 23, 1978.
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