Former MLB pitcher Odalis Perez died after an accident at his Dominican Republic home on Thursday, his attorney told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.
Perez apparently fell from a ladder at his home when he was there alone, per the report.
Former #Dodgers #Braves #Royals and #Nats pitcher Odalis Pérez died at his home in the Dominican Republic, his lawyer told ESPN. He apparently fell from a ladder, pending the report of the medical examiner.
He was 44 years old. Too young. Great kid#RIP https://t.co/PbyQvnvEva
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) March 11, 2022
Perez was only 43.
Perez made his MLB debut in 1998 with the Atlanta Braves, where he spent his first three seasons before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. Perez earned his one All-Star nod that season after going 15-10 with a 3.00 ERA in more than 222 innings. He spent five seasons in Los Angeles before a short stint with the Kansas City Royals.
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Perez then closed out his career with the Washington Nationals, and he was actually the first player to throw a pitch in their new stadium in 2008.
The Los Angeles Dodgers mourn the passing of former pitcher and 2002 All-Star Odalis Pérez. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/abX1cgUNNP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 11, 2022
Odalis Pérez was our starting pitcher at our 1st game in Nats Park history.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/r9Y8eJGwv5
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 11, 2022
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) March 11, 2022
In total, Perez had a 73-82 overall record with a 4.46 ERA in 1,335 innings.