Chris Perez (baseball)
Perez with the Cleveland Indians
July 1, 1985 |
|May 16, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.51|
Career highlights and awards
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2007 Tianmu||National team|
Perez grew up on Anna Maria Island with his father, Tim Perez, in Florida. He pitched collegiately for the University of Miami. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (42nd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and also played for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.
St. Louis Cardinals
He was 1–1 with a team-leading eleven saves and a 3.20 ERA in 26 games for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in 2008. He fanned 38 batters in his 251⁄3 innings pitched, walked just 12 and allowed only 18 hits. He was added to the Cardinals 25-man active roster from Triple-A Memphis on May 16, 2008. He made his debut that same day, working one scoreless inning in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays. He picked up his first career save on August 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He attended the Cardinals' 2009 spring training camp to compete for a relief pitcher spot, but had arm trouble and was returned to the minor leagues for more experience. In 70 total games with the Cardinals, he was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 8 saves.
Perez and Jess Todd were traded to the Cleveland Indians on June 27, 2009 for Mark DeRosa. Following the trade of Kerry Wood to the New York Yankees on July 31, 2010, Perez became the Indians' permanent closer.
After a breakout 2011 season that included playing in the All-Star Game and being fourth in the league in saves, on February 23, 2012, Perez strained his left oblique in spring training and was expected to miss 4–6 weeks. However, Perez himself set a goal for March 15. He was throwing a 10-minute bullpen session, when, after 25–30 pitches, he felt a pain in his left side. He returned for Opening Day despite the injury, but blew the save by loading the bases and allowing multiple runs.
Perez's ongoing and vocal criticism of Indians fans has made him a controversial figure. In May and June, 2012, Perez publicly criticized Indians fans in response to the team beginning the season last in attendance across both leagues and for being booed in a game on May 17. Perez was booed in the 10th inning for allowing two runners, although the opposition failed to score in the inning and the Indians won the game.
On July 1, Perez was named to his second consecutive All-Star Game as a member of the American League squad, joining Indians teammate Asdrúbal Cabrera. At the time of his selection, Perez had converted 23 of 24 save opportunities, his save count total tied for best in the Majors.
On August 13, 2012, Perez earned his 100th save in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He entered the ninth inning with runners on first and second but recorded three strikeouts to record the save. On January 18, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced they had avoided arbitration with Perez, signing him to a one-year contract worth $7.3 million.
On August 5, 2013, Perez blew a save to the Detroit Tigers, and after the game decided to boycott the media for the rest of the season, which lead to a rocky relationship between him and the fans. On September 29, 2013, he broke his silence and talked with the media.
The Cleveland Indians released Perez on October 31, 2013.
Los Angeles Dodgers
He signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 24, 2013. The contract included a base salary of $2.3 million with incentives worth as much as $8 million. Perez appeared in 49 games for the Dodgers and was 1–3 with a 4.27 ERA. He was owed a $500,000 bonus if he appeared in 50 games, but the Dodgers did not use him at all the last week of the season to avoid paying the bonus.
His entrance music is "Firestarter" by The Prodigy. He is nicknamed "Pure Rage" and uses it as his Twitter handle. He deleted his Twitter account at the beginning of the 2013 to "minimize any potential off-the-field distractions."
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- Fenell, Zachary (30 May 2012). "Cleveland Indians Closer Chris Perez Irks Kansas City Royals: A Fan's Reaction". News.Yahoo.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Castrovince, Anthony (26 August 2010). "An exclusive interview with two Chris Perezes". MLBlogs Network (MLB.com). Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2013-05-22/indians-chris-perez-twitter-close-shut-down-account-blown-save-negative-feedback Chris Perez Shuts his Twitter down
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