The murder occurred at Perez’s home in Hiana, about 10 miles west of Santo Domingo.
In his MLB career, Perez, 55, pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, and the New York Yankees. He also pitched briefly in China and for many years in the Dominican winter league. His overall MLB record was 67-68 with a 3.44 ERA. He compiled his best seasons with the Braves, going 15-8 and 14-8 in 1983 (when he made the All-Star team) and 1984, respectively.
According to Hardball Talk, Perez “was flamboyant on the mound, taunting the opposition and often causing brawls.” Rant Sports notes that “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 also became part of baseball lore as a member of the Braves in 1982 by getting lost on I-285 while trying to find Fulton County Stadium on a day that he was scheduled to start. His big-league career ended in 1992 when he was suspended for violating the MLB substance-abuse policy.
TMZ suggests that a motive for the robbery/murder might have been Perez’s MLB pension which he apparently had just received.
The New York Times indicates that Perez was attacked by several intruders in the home invasion but the police have not apprehended any suspects as yet.