Chicago Cubs: Evaluating Jon Lieber’s underappreciated body of work

Jon Lieber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tannen Maury/Getty Images)
Jon Lieber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tannen Maury/Getty Images) /
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Jon Lieber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: Coming back to the Windy City

On January 16th, 2008, Lieber would return to Chicago. Although he was on the DL for most the season with the right foot injury. Lieber ended up making his final appearance on the mound against the Reds, as he gave up two runs in two innings. Upon his return to Chicago, Lieber pitched in 26 games, compiling a 2–3 record, a 4.05 ERA.

After the 2008 season, Lieber decided it was time to retire.  In his 14-year career, Lieber had a 131–124 record, a 4.27 ERA, 1,553 strikeouts, 422 walks, 2,388 hits allowed, and 2,198 innings pitched in 401 games (327 starts). His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.680 ranks 23rd all-time among dominant league pitchers.

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During his MLB career, the South Alabama alum became a member of their 2002 Hall of Fame Class. Just 13 years later, Lieber became a member of the Iowa Western Community College 2017 Hall of Fame class. This past February, Lieber was recognized once again by South Alabama by devoting in his name the newly built 2.3 million dollar clubhouse. Below is a short video of a tour through the clubhouse.