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Report: Pascual Perez killed in his home in the Dominican Republic

Nov 1, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

Pascual Perez

As we have all learned over the years, initial reports of celebrity deaths are often wrong. One hopes that is the case here, but as of now, two Spanish language newspapers are reporting that former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was murdered in a robbery in his home this morning in the Dominican Republic.

The reports come from the Dominican Republic newspapers “Hoy,” and “Diaro Libre,” each of which report that Perez was killed by an intruder in his home during a robbery in the early morning hours. We will update with any further confirmation, including any English-language reports that come out. UPDATE: The official Twitter of the Montreal Expos (note: how can a non-existent team’s Twitter be official?) is saying the reports are true.

Perez was one of the game’s great characters and unique talents. He compiled a 67-68 record with a 3.44 ERA and 822 strikeouts in 1244.1 innings for the Pirates, Braves, Expos and Yankees between 1980 and 1991. He may have been better known for his non-pitching exploits, however.

He threw eephus pitches. He’d check the runners on base by bending over and looking at them between his legs. He once famously missed a start for the Braves in 1982 when he could not find Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium as he circled I-285. Which was strange, because it was his third home game for the Braves which meant that he had found the park previously. Someone made a pretty sweet poster commemorating the event. He was flamboyant on the mound, taunting the opposition and often causing brawls.

On a sadder note, he was arrested for cocaine in the Dominican Republic during the 1983-84 offseason and missed playing time because of it.  Later, he was suspended for violating the league’s drug policy, which ended his career.

David Meadvin and Larry Koestler wrote a definitive profile of Perez over at River Ave. Blues last winter. Go check it out.

Bad news for a colorful figure in baseball history.

  1. skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    RIP, ole I285.

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Wow. I remember this dude. Very sad. RIP Pascual.

  3. chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Always sad to read stuff like this

  4. cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Damn. Only the other day I was talking about this guy and the stuff he used to pull when he was a ‘Spo. Another Expo down, too.

    Sorry to hear this.

  5. Marty McKee - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Do we really know for sure Alan Wiggins is dead? #perfectalibi

    • willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      I was going to go down this route and am pissed that I didn’t. Nice brawl recall.

    • sdfan91911 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Man!! That was a classic brawl between my Pads & Braves!!
      RIP man!!

  6. indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Awful news. Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon for people presumed to have money in the Dom Rep and other poor countries.

    (To be fair to Pascal, the Atlanta beltway is really confusing.)

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Yeah, circles will get you every time. It’s that damned PI thing….

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        Ah, that must be the problem. I prefer cake to pi…

  7. vallewho - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    RIP. I’ll always remember the jheri curls.

  8. sdelmonte - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Ow. Hoping this is not true, but it sounds all too plausible.

  9. koufaxmitzvah - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I haven’t been able to look at a gold chain without thinking about Pascual’s game ensemble. Horrible news.

  10. ebrownwareagle - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Rest In Peace “Perimeter Perez”! ATL will Miss You! And I was a kid at that game he missed driving around I285. You will always be remembered in the City.

  11. raysfan1 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Awful. RIP. Also prayers for peace and comfort for his loved ones.

  12. stlouis1baseball - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I too have always remembered his jheri curls (and pitching mound antics).
    Quite the character. RIP Pascual.

  13. shackdelrio - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    RIP Pascual. Thoughts with Melido & the family.

  14. Balcacer - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Yes , sadly he was killed in his home. Probably by a small group of drug user’s, trying to steal of his 2000 dollars baseball paycheck.If any one has a you ube video of his days please tell us. Dialysis patient and living alone,but near of his brother and 5 kids

    RIP

  15. Balcacer - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Yes , sadly he was killed in his home. Probably by a small group of drug user’s, trying to steal of his 2000 dollars baseball paycheck.If any one has a you tube video of his days please tell us. Dialysis patient and living alone,but near of his brother and 5 kids

    RIP

  16. raidergary - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Was playing ball in Atlanta system when he was playing…remembered him well. Prayers to his family.

  17. jakeman517 - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    This entire story is incredibly sad. But I do have a question:

    How is it “a sadder note, he was arrested for cocaine in the Dominican Republic during the 1983-84 offseason and missed playing time because of it”

    than the fact that he was

    “murdered in a robbery in his home this morning in the Dominican Republic”.?

    I find this almost offensive…and I neither do cocain nor have I been murdered.

    Yet.

    • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      I think he meant that it is just another unfortunate episode on top of what just happened. There’s nothing offensive about.

    • bigbells1 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      The paragraph that begins with “on a sadder note” follows two paragraphs which detail the unique antics he brought to baseball.

  18. necr0philia - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Atlanta Braves fan here just wanting to say RIP and thanks for the memories.

  19. yahmule - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Very sorry to hear about Pasqual Perez. His far less talented brother Carlos was one of the worst human beings to wear a major league uniform.

  20. freeagentsignee - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    RIP Pascual!

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