Lester: 'Welcome back John!'

October, 21, 2012
10/21/12
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Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, whose best seasons came with John Farrell as his pitching coach, tweeted early this morning on the news that Farrell will become his team's manager:



Under Farrell's tutelage, Lester was 54-23 with a 3.40 ERA, 652 strikeouts and 244 walks in 684 2/3 innings pitched from 2007-10. Since Farrell left, Lester is 24-23 with a 4.17 ERA, 348 strikeouts and 143 walks in 397 innings pitched. He had a career-worst 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA this past season.

Infielder Mike Aviles, who will go to Toronto as compensation for Farrell, also took to Twitter to react to the news:



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