Jeff will be the manager of the Portland Pickles for the 2017 season. He is an Oregon City, OR native who pitched as a reliever in Major League Baseball from 1982 to 1986 with the St. Louis Cardinals under Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog. Prior to reaching the Major Leagues, Jeff was a standout high school pitcher at Hood River Valley, and pitched collegiately at Treasure Valley Community College and later at Portland State University. Lahti won a World Series championship with the Cardinals in his rookie season, 1982, playing alongside Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter. He also pitched on the National League pennant winning Cardinals squad of 1985 that lost to the Kansas City Royals in that season's Fall Classic. Injuries cut his playing career short in 1986. He currently works as a Pitching Coach at Clackamas Community College.