Former Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Pascual Perez was found murdered in his Dominican Republic home Wednesday night after a robbery attempt.
The 55-year old Perez, who was known in his Atlanta days as I-285 Perez after missing a start his first year in Atlanta due to getting lost in on his way to the stadium, is survived by his five children.
Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz issued the following statement, “We were shocked to hear the news of Pascual Perez’ death earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during the aftermath of this tragic event. Pascual left his mark with the Braves organization and will always be remembered fondly by Braves fans.”
Perez pitched four years with the Braves (1982-1985), recording a 34-33 record. He made the All-Star team in 1983 when he pitched 215 1/3 innings with a 3.43 ERA.
He was known to bust hitters with his 95 mph fastball, and dazzle them with his “eephus” pitch which had arc like you see in softball leagues.
Perez also played with the Yankees, Expos and Pirates.