Former major-league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said yesterday.
Perez, 55, who last played in the majors for the Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in San Gregrorio de Nigua, a town west of Santo Domingo. There was evidence at the scene to suggest that whoever killed him had been searching for money, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor involved in the investigation. Police said there were several assailants and that the house appeared to have been ransacked.
Perez's brother Carlos, a former pitcher for the Dodgers, confirmed his death. Perez's ex-wife, Maritza Montero, found his body at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday and investigators said he appeared to have been slain about eight hours earlier.
The precise cause of death had not been determined but officials said Perez, who had suffered severe kidney problems in recent years, had a fractured skull from a blow to the head.
He was 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees.
Marlins hire Redmond
The former major-league catcher received a three-year contract and will be introduced as the Marlins' fifth manager since mid-2010 at a news conference Friday. Guillen said he will be rooting for him.
"Congrats Mike Redmond," Guillen tweeted. "Good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you . . . Hope the best for you. u are a good baseball man and you will have fun with the players."
Redmond, 41, was a .287 hitter in 13 seasons. He was a backup catcher on the Marlins' 2003 world championship team.
Zimmer back for Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing back Don Zimmer for the 2013 season as a senior adviser, marking his 10th with the Rays and 65th season in professional baseball. Zimmer, 81, has worn a uniform for 13 major-league teams.
Former players Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Tony Mullane and Deacon White also are on the 10-man ballot, along with former Cardinals owner Samuel Breadon, sporting goods executive Alfred Reach and umpire Hank O'Day.
A committee will meet Dec. 2-3 at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.