Matt Lindstrom: Mormon Athlete
Matthew Lindstrom is a retired professional baseball pitcher. He played as relief pitcher with the Chicago White Sox (2013–2014) and has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2012), Baltimore Orioles (2012), Colorado Rockies (2011), and the Houston Astros (2010). His major league debut was with the Florida Marlins (2007–2009).
Lindstrom was born on February 11, 1980, in Rexburg, Idaho. He played college baseball at Ricks College, where he studied business management. The New York Mets picked him in the tenth round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He played in the Rookie and Double-A leagues until 2007 when he was traded to the Marlins. His fastball was clocked at 102 mph while playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League in the off-season and while pitching in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 17. He spent the next few years being traded until he came to the White Sox. In February 2015, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels on a minor-league deal, but was released the following month and then in April signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was assigned to the AAA Charlotte Knights.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission in Sweden. He married Lynnzie Smith in November 2013.