October 10, 1959 |
Ciudad Bolívar, Bolívar State, Venezuela
|April 11, 1987, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1988, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.22|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lester Paul Straker Bolnalda (born October 10, 1959 in Ciudad Bolívar, Bolívar State, Venezuela), best known as Les Straker, is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins.
A ten-year minor leaguer, Straker went all the way to the 1987 World Series in his rookie year. As a young prospect, Straker was released by the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics. He made his major league debut with the Twins as their number-three starter behind Frank Viola and Bert Blyleven.
Straker became the first Venezuelan to pitch in the World Series when he started games three and six. He began 1988 on the disabled list and never completely recovered his form, being released when the season was over.
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