Former Dominican Republic pitcher Pascual Perez was killed in an armed robbery on Thursday.
Perez was in his hometown of Haina when he was stabbed in the neck at his residence. Perez was already ill with a liver disease and the motive for the attack is believed to be his MLB pension money he routinely received. Dominican authorities are reporting his home had been ransacked by several assailants. His former wife Maritza Montero found his body Thursday morning with a fractured skull and stab wounds. Currently no one is in custody.
Perez played 11 years in the MLB for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Montreal and the New York Yankees. He was a starting pitching and made the 1983 MLB All-Star Game. In the 1983 season he was 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and 144 strikeouts for Atlanta. Perez had a strong follow up season in 1984 with a 14-8 record, 3.74 ERA and 145 strikeouts.
Perez also played a dozen seasons in the Dominican Winter League. He suited up with Santiago’s Aguilas and Santo Domingo’s Tigres. He was one of the best pitchers in the country. His 11-season MLB career was not completely trouble free with two suspension for drug use.
Perez was 55.