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Jeff Lahti
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Lahti with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983
Pitcher
Born: (1956-10-08) October 8, 1956 (age 66)
Oregon City, Oregon
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 27, 1982, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
April 24, 1986, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record17–11
Earned run average3.12
Strikeouts137
Saves20
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jeffrey Allen Lahti (born October 8, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is an alumnus of Portland State University.

Early life

Lahti was born in Oregon City on October 8, 1956 to parents Marlene and Bob. Following their divorce, Marlene married Fred Lahti in Astoria.[1] He attended Hood River Valley High School where he earned first-team All State honors as a pitcher. In 1973, Lahti set the school record for most strikeouts in a season with 70.[2] He graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 1975.[3]

Lahti attended Treasure Valley Community College before being recruited for Portland State University by Jack Dunn.[4]

Playing career

Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 5th round of the 1978 MLB amateur draft, Lahti made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on June 27, 1982, and appeared in his final game on April 24, 1986.

Lahti was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals team that defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. He spent his entire career with the Cardinals. He led the 1985 Cardinal team that went to the World Series in saves a year after the departure of relief ace Bruce Sutter. He went 5–2 with a 1.84 ERA in 1985.[5] He was forced into retirement due to injuries and turned to coaching.[6] In 2016, Lahti was appointed the manager of the Portland Pickles.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Jeff Lahti (1956-)". oregonencyclopedia.org. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "BASEBALL INDIVIDUAL RECORDS". hrvathletics.com. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Dohnal, Chris (2003). Columbia River Gorge: Natural Treasure On The Old Oregon Trail. Arcadia Publishing. p. 153. ISBN 9780738524320. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Former MLB hurler Lahti takes Pickles reins; Winterhawks' Glass named WHL player of the week". pamplinmedia.com. October 10, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Wuerz, Scott (March 24, 2011). "Tiger Woods dating former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Lahti's daughter". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jeff Lahti - Profile". baseball.pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 22, 2019.