Robert Pérez (baseball)

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Robert Pérez
Outfielder
Born: (1969-06-04) June 4, 1969 (age 45)
Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 1994 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
Batting average .254
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 44
Teams
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.

Robert Alexander Pérez Jiménez (born June 4, 1969) is a former Venezuelan outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers in parts of six seasons spanning 1994–2001. Listed at 6' 3", 205 lb., he batted and threw right handed.[1]

Born in Ciudad Bolívar, Pérez started his professional baseball career in the Venezuelan League as a 19-year-old rookie during the 1988–1989 season. He was signed by the Blue Jays organization as an amateur free agent in 1989.[1]

In a six-season career, Pérez posted a batting average of .254 (126-for-497) with eight home runs and 74 runs batted in in 221 games, including 49 runs, 19 doubles, one triple and three stolen bases.[1]

In 2007 and 2008 he played in the Mexican League, batting over .300 both years. He also spent time in Japanese and Korean baseball while playing for the Orix BlueWave (1999) and the Lotte Giants (2003–2004, 2007), respectively, and played with the Novara United of the Italian Baseball League during the 2011 season.[2]

In 2003, he tried to make a comeback to the majors by signing a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, but he was released at the end of spring training.

Through 2013, Pérez has played his entire 25-year career in the Venezuelan league with the Cardenales de Lara. He is a living legend in his country, where he is nicknamed El Hombre Historia (The History Man). Such a nickname comes from the fact he is the only player to collect 100 home runs (123), 700 RBIs (719), 200 doubles (218) and 300 extra-base hits (376) in the league's history, while his 1,246 games played ranks him second behind Víctor Davalillo (1,282).[3]

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