Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher Pascual Perez Murdered

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Spanish language newspapers in the Dominican Republic are reporting that former Atlanta Braves pitcher Pascual Perez was murdered in his home in the Dominican Republic this morning. The murder reportedly took place during a robbery.

The reports are coming from the Dominican Republic newspapers “Hoy,” and “Diaro Libre,” both of which are reporting that Perez was killed by a home intruder in the early morning hours. The official Twitter page of the Montreal Expos is also confirming the death of Perez

Perez was a colorful and unconventional pitcher, who made the clubhouse an interesting place when present. He was known to throw an eephus pitch, and at time he would check the runners on base by bending over and peering between his legs. He was also prone to taunting opposing teams and was the start of several bench-clearing brawls during his career.

His most famous exploit was the day that he missed a start for the Braves when he got lost trying to make his way to Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium. Despite having been able to find the stadium in his previous starts, somehow the pitcher ended up on I-285, which is a highway that circles around Atlanta.

During the 1983-84 off-season, he was arrested for cocaine in the Dominican Republic and was forced to miss starts due to the arrest.  Later, he was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, which ended his career.

In his 11 year MLB career, Perez compiled a 67-68 record with a 3.44 ERA and 822 strikeouts while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Braves between 1980 and 1991.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook

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