A former managing director with Aegis Capital, James “Jim” Ahern has served as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company since 2010. In this role, he has helped grow the firm into a prominent healthcare investment bank with three American offices as well as one in London, England. When he isn’t focusing his efforts on expanding Laidlaw’s investment portfolio, James “Jimmy” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.
The 2017 regular season has not been kind to Red Sox’s pitcher Rick Porcello. As of September 11, the nine-year veteran led the American League (AL) in losses with 17 and hits allowed with 220. However, the year prior, Porcello was one of the league’s best pitchers and he has the hardware to prove it. The New Jersey native led the league with 22 wins, which was the most recorded by a pitcher since 2011, and recorded a career-best 3.15 earned run average (ERA). He also struck out 189 batters and allowed only 193 hits in 223 innings.
Those numbers earned Porcello the AL Cy Young Award, as he narrowly edged Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. Porcello earned eight of the 30 first-place votes and finished with a total of 137 points. Verlander and Kluber had 132 and 98 points, respectively, while Verlander actually garnered the most first-place votes with 14, but was hurt by a lack of second-place votes.