Former star MLB pitcher Odalis Perez dead at 44 after freak accident

Fox News reports that Odalis Perez, the former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, has died at the age of 44. 

According to Walin Batista, Perez’s attorney, Perez’s death is believed to be the result of a tragic accident at his residence that included a ladder.

What happened?

Perez was found dead on Thursday night at his home in the Dominican Republic.

Batista put out a statement revealing the circumstances surrounding Perez’s death.

“Around 7 p.m., his brother Cristian Pérez arrived at the house and found Odalis lying in the patio,” Batista said. “We don’t know yet the cause of his death, but everything seems to indicate Odalis slipped down a ladder.”

“This is a tragedy,” Batista added.

Remembering his career

Perez’s MLB career began in 1998 when, as a 20-year-old, he debuted as a left-handed pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. He would go on to play for 10 seasons.

During his professional career, Perez played for a number of teams, including the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Kansas City Royals, and the Washington Nations. He played his first three years with Atlanta, from 1998-2001, then went to Los Angeles from 2002-2005, to Kansas City from 2006-2007, and, finally, to the Washington Nationals in 2008, which was the year of his retirement.

Perez, over the course of his professional career, played 1,335 innings. His statistics include 252 appearances, a 73-82 record, a 4.46 ERA, and a strikeout tally of 920. He also made the All-Star roster in 2002 after achieving career-high stats that year. Those stats included 30 starts, 15 wins, a 3.00 ERA, 155 strikeouts, and even a home run, which was the only one of his career.

Tributes from former teams

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals are among those to release tributes to Perez on social media following the news of his passing.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers mourn the passing of former pitcher and 2002 All-Star Odalis Pérez,” the Los Angeles Dodgers wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Washington Nationals put out a similar statement, saying, “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.”

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