Robert Pérez (baseball)
June 4, 1969 |
Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
|July 20, 1994, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 7, 2001, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||44|
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.
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.
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.
In 2007 and 2008 Pérez 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. In 2003, he tried to make a comeback to the majors by signing a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, was released at the end of spring training.
Besides, Pérez spent his entire 27-season career in the Venezuelan League with the Cardenales de Lara club between the 1989-90 and 2014-15 tournaments to become a living legend in his country, where he is nicknamed El Hombre Historia (The History Man). Such a nickname comes from the fact he set several all-time records in Venezuelan baseball history, including for the most home runs (125), RBIs (738), doubles (222) extra-base hits (382) and game appearances (1,300).