Todd Worrell

Todd Roland Worrell (born September 28, 1959) is a retired professional baseball relief pitcher. He played all or part of eleven seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1985 and 1997. During his playing career, Worrall was a three-time National League All-Star.

Todd Worrell
Born: September 28, 1959 (age 59)
Arcadia, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 28, 1985, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1997, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record50–52
Earned run average3.09
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

St. Louis Cardinals

Worrell was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round of the 1982 MLB draft out of Biola University. He made his MLB debut on August 28, 1985, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Cincinnati Reds. He picked up his first save on September 13 against the Chicago Cubs. Worrell saved five games down the stretch and compiled an earned run average of 2.91, then pitched effectively in the postseason against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 World Series. Worrell was the losing pitcher of Game 6 in the latter series, as a blown call by umpire Don Denkinger set up a rally by the Royals and allowed them to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Worrell was still eligible as a rookie in 1986, and his 9-10 record with 36 saves netted him that year's National League Rookie of the Year Award, as well as the National League Rolaids Relief Man Award. He was on the mound when the winning run in Game 7 of the 1987 World Series scored, though he was not tagged with the loss as the runner who scored it had been inherited from another pitcher. Worrell became the first relief pitcher to save 30 or more games in each of his first three full seasons.

On September 4, 1989, Worrell was pitching for his 125th career save, which would have tied him with Bruce Sutter for the Cardinals' career record. While making a pitch, he felt a ligament snap. He underwent elbow surgery in December to repair the damage, then experienced shoulder pain when attempting to come back for the 1991 season and was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear. As a result, he missed both the 1990 and 1991 seasons due to injuries and rehabilitation.[1] Worrell came back in 1992 as a set-up man for veteran Lee Smith.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Worrell signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 9, 1992, where he struggled for two seasons before regaining his old form and saving 32, 44, and 35 games in the final three seasons of his career, making two of his three career All-Star appearances and becoming the Dodgers career saves leader. He retired following the 1997 season.[2]

Personal life

Todd is also the older brother of Tim Worrell, himself a major league pitcher between 1993 and 2006, and also a distant relative of American swimmer Michael Worrell. Both attended Biola University. Todd currently owns and operates Firesteel Creek Hunting Lodge north of Plankinton, South Dakota.[3]

He has three sons, Josh, Jeremy and Jacob who have all played baseball. Josh played at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana and was drafted in the 30th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. He played three seasons in the low minors.[4] Jeremy and Jacob also played at Indiana Wesleyan University.[5][6]

Todd is currently the pitching coach at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis[7] and also coaches for the River City Rascals of the Frontier League.[8]

See also

External links


  1. ^ Gordon Edes (March 18, 1992). "Worrell's '80-year-old Hand' Now Throwing 95-mph Fastballs". Orlando Sun Sentinel.
  2. ^ Jason Reid (December 5, 1997). "Worrell Closes Door on Career". LA Times.
  3. ^ "Firesteel Creek Hunting Lodge website". Archived from the original on 2014-06-01.
  4. ^ "Josh Worrell minor league statistics".
  5. ^ "Jeremy Worrell profiles at IWU Wildcats".
  6. ^ "Jacob Worrell profile at IWU Wildcats".
  7. ^ [1] St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/19/2009
  8. ^ "Todd Worrell joins the River City Rascals". Archived from the original on 2014-06-01.
1955 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1955 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 74th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 64th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 68–86 during the season and finished seventh in the National League, 30½ games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Outfielder Bill Virdon won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .281, with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs. This was the second consecutive year a Cardinal won the Rookie of the Year Award, with Wally Moon winning the previous season. The Cardinals would have this occur again in 1985 and 1986, with Vince Coleman and Todd Worrell, respectively.

1985 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals' 1985 season was the team's 104th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 94th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 101-61 during the season and finished in first place in the National League East division by three games over the New York Mets. After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the NLCS, they lost in seven games in the World Series to their cross-state rivals, the Kansas City Royals in the I-70 Series. The World Series is known for the infamous "safe" call on the Royals' Jorge Orta by umpire Don Denkinger.

The Cardinals switched back to their traditional gray road uniforms for the first time in ten seasons.

Outfielder Willie McGee won the National League MVP Award this year, batting .353 with 10 home runs and 82 RBIs. Outfielder Vince Coleman won the National League Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .267 with 107 runs scored and 110 stolen bases. Shortstop Ozzie Smith and McGee both won Gold Gloves this year.

During the 1985 playoffs, the Cardinals used the slogan The Heat Is On, in reference to the song that was released earlier that year.

1986 Major League Baseball season

The 1986 Major League Baseball season saw the New York Mets win their second World Series title, their first since 1969.

1986 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1986 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 104th season for the Phillies. Under second-year manager John Felske, the Phillies stayed just below the .500 mark for roughly two-thirds of the season, until a charge after the All-Star break pushed the club past the St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Expos into second place in the NL East. The eventual World Series champions rival New York Mets finished with a Major League best 108-54 record, and finished 21​1⁄2 games ahead of the Phillies. The Mets and the Phillies were the only teams in the National League East to post winning records. Mike Schmidt became the first third baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP Award three times.

1986 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1986 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 105th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 95th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 79-82 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East division.

1987 National League Championship Series

The 1987 National League Championship Series took place between October 6 and 14 at Busch Memorial Stadium (Games 1, 2, 6, and 7) and Candlestick Park (Games 3, 4, and 5). It matched the East division champion St. Louis Cardinals (95–67) against the West division champion San Francisco Giants (90–72), with the Cardinals winning in seven games. The Cardinals would go on to lose the 1987 World Series to the Minnesota Twins, also in seven games.

San Francisco's Jeffrey Leonard was named the Series MVP despite the fact that his Giants lost the series. Oddly enough, this was the second consecutive year that the NLCS MVP came from the losing team, as Mike Scott had won the award with the Houston Astros the previous year. However, to date, Leonard is the last MVP of any postseason series (League Championship Series or World Series) to have played for the losing team. There is no MVP awarded for the wildcard round or division series.

1987 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 106th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 96th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 95-67 during the season and finished first in the National League East Division for the third and last time before moving to the NL Central in 1994. They went on to win the NLCS in seven games over the San Francisco Giants. In the World Series against the Minnesota Twins, after having fallen behind 2-0 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, they won their next three games at home. However, back at the Metrodome, they lost the last two and fell one game short of a World Series title. It would be the Cardinals' last World Series appearance until 2004.

1987 World Series

The 1987 World Series was the 84th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, and the conclusion of the 1987 Major League Baseball season. It was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Minnesota Twins and the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Twins defeated the Cardinals four games to three to win the Series. Twins pitcher Frank Viola was named as the 1987 World Series MVP.

Minnesota was victorious in a World Series that was the first to feature games played indoors. It was also the first World Series in which the home team won every game; this happened again in 1991 (also a Twins championship, this time over the Atlanta Braves) and in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees.

The World Series win was the first for the Twins franchise since 1924, when the team was located in Washington, D.C., and was known as the Washington Senators.

This is the first World Series in which the series logo appeared on the jerseys; only the Cardinals wore it, however, while the Twins did not.

1988 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1988 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished sixth in the National League East with a record of 65 wins and 96 losses.

1992 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1992 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished sixth in the National League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

1994 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1994 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 112th season in the history of the franchise.

1997 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1997 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 115th season in the history of the franchise.

Don Denkinger

Donald Anton Denkinger (; born August 28, 1936) is a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1998. Denkinger wore uniform number 11, when the AL adopted uniform numbers in 1980. He is best remembered for an incorrect safe call he made at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, which came to be known as The Call.

Jeff Lahti

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

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 led the 1985 Cardinal team that went to the World Series in saves a year after the departure of relief ace Bruce Sutter. He was injured early in the 1986 season and Todd Worrell took over as the team's closer, winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Lahti was often called "Lahti-Da" by his teammates out of respect for his pitching finesse.

In 2012 the acting governor for the Government of Michigan incumbent Rick Snyder contacted the then Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber with a proposition. Snyder had watched Jeff Lahti play throughout his short baseball career, and had been inspired by Lathi and impressed by his charismatic style. Snyder proposed to the governor that a children's health clinic be named in honor of the baseball player. He felt that the name would inspire and give hope to sick children in Lahti's hometown. Initial talks between the governors were promising, but further support was needed to get the project off the ground. Unfortunately, talks broke down when two undisclosed members of the Government of Michigan intercepted the conversations and advised John Kitzhaber to not move forward with the project. The talks were concluded in their very early stages. The Lahti Children's Health Clinic was ultimately never proposed or put into motion.

List of St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri. They play in the National League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Cardinals have selected 74 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 74 players picked in the first round by St. Louis, 38 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 30 of them were right-handed, while 8 were left-handed. Eight outfielders, eight third basemen, six shortstops, six first basemen, five catchers, and two second basemen were taken as well. The team also drafted one player, Leron Lee (1966), who played as an infielder. 16 of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, and Texas and Arizona follow with seven and six players. The Cardinals have not drafted any players from their home state of Missouri.Three of the Cardinals draft picks have won World Series rings with the team. Braden Looper (1996) and Chris Duncan (1999) were both members of the major league roster when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series. Lance Lynn was with the 2011 Champion team. None of the Cardinals' first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and no picks have won the Cy Young Award. Todd Worrell (1982) is the only first-round pick of the Cardinals to earn the MLB Rookie of the Year award with the team, winning it in 1986. The Cardinals have never held the first overall pick in the draft, and have only held a top five pick three times. The highest pick the Cardinals have held was the third overall pick, which they used on Looper in 1996.The Cardinals have made 18 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and 27 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. As the Cardinals have signed all of their first-round picks, they have never been awarded a supplementary pick under this provision.

Rolaids Relief Man Award

The Rolaids Relief Man Award was an annual Major League Baseball (MLB) award given from 1976 to 2012 to the top relief pitchers of the regular season, one in the American League (AL) and one in the National League (NL). Relief pitchers are the pitchers who enter the game after the starting pitcher is removed. The award was sponsored by Rolaids, whose slogan was "R-O-L-A-I-D-S spells relief." Because the first closers were nicknamed "firemen", a reference to "putting out the fire" of another team's rally, the trophy was a gold-plated firefighter's helmet. Unlike other awards, such as the Cy Young Award or the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, the Relief Man was based on statistical performance, rather than votes. Each save was worth three points; each win was worth two points; and each loss was worth negative two points. Beginning with the 1987 MLB season, negative two points were given for blown saves. In the 2000 MLB season, the term "tough save", which was worth an additional point, was introduced by Rolaids. A "tough save" happened when a relief pitcher entered the game already having the potential tying run on base, and got the save. The player with the highest point total won the award.The inaugural award winners were Bill Campbell (AL) and Rawly Eastwick (NL); Campbell also won in the following season. Dan Quisenberry and Mariano Rivera each won the AL award five times, while Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter won the award four times each. Lee Smith won the award on three occasions; Campbell, Dennis Eckersley, Dave Righetti, John Franco, Éric Gagné, Randy Myers, Trevor Hoffman, Francisco Rodríguez, Heath Bell, and José Valverde each won the award twice. Sutter (NL 1979), Fingers (AL 1981), Steve Bedrosian (NL 1987), Mark Davis (NL 1989), Eckersley (AL 1992), and Éric Gagné (NL 2003) won the Relief Man and the Cy Young Award in the same season; Fingers and Eckersley won the AL MVP as well, in 1981 and 1992 respectively. Todd Worrell won both the Relief Man and the MLB Rookie of the Year Award in the 1986 MLB season. Rivera and Joe Nathan were the only relief pitchers to have tied in points for the award, and both were awarded in 2009. Goose Gossage, Fingers, Eckersley, Hoffman, Rivera, Smith, John Smoltz and Sutter were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Craig Kimbrel (NL) and Jim Johnson (AL) were the final award winners in 2012. Sanofi acquired Rolaids from Johnson & Johnson unit McNeil Consumer Healthcare in 2013, but the award was not continued as a part of its marketing strategy.

Tim Worrell

Timothy Howard Worrell (born July 5, 1967) is a former professional baseball pitcher. A right-hander, he pitched all or part of fourteen seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a relief pitcher. During his major league career, Worrell pitched for nine teams, including the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants (twice), Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Worrell's greatest success came in 2003 when he replaced the injured Robb Nen as the closer for San Francisco. After the season Worrell signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he returned to his previous role as a set-up pitcher, often pitching the eighth inning before Phillies closer Billy Wagner entered the game.

Worrell is the younger brother of former Major League pitcher Todd Worrell, himself a former closer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

On May 6, 2005, Worrell stated that he was dealing with "personal psychological issues" that had to be resolved and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list. Prior to this disclosure Worrell had struggled, posting a 9.82 ERA, by far the worst of his career. Seemingly back to his old self, Worrell returned to pitch a perfect ninth on July 4, 2005 and completed the season in Arizona with an exceptional 0.90 ERA over his last 18 games.

On December 1, 2005, Worrell's return to the San Francisco Giants was agreed, with a two-year contract valued at $4 million.

On January 10, 2007, he announced his retirement due to a persistent nerve problem in his neck. Worrell stated that his major league career is not completely over as he wanted to get into coaching. He is currently the rehab pitching coach for the Peoria Padres.


Worrell is a mainly English surname of:


Bernie Worrell (1944–2016), American keyboardist and composer

Cameron Worrell (born 1979), American football player

David Worrell (born 1978), Irish football player

Eric Worrell (1924–1987), Australian herpetologist

Ernest P. Worrell, fictional character by Jim Varney

Frank Worrell (1924–1967), West Indies cricketer and Jamaican senator after whom the Frank Worrell Trophy is named

Mark Worrell (born 1983), American baseball player

Peter Worrell (born 1977), Canadian ice hockey player

Tim Worrell (born 1967), American baseball player

Todd Worrell (born 1959), American baseball player

Trix Worrell (born 1960), English writer and director

Worrell Sterling (born 1965), English football playerOthers

Worrell 1000, a 1,000-mile beach catamaran race between South Beach, Florida, and Virginia Beach, Virginia


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