Pascual Perez

Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent home invasion robbery, police said Thursday (November 1). He was just 55 years old.

According to, Perez was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, and there was evidence at the scene to suggest that whoever killed him had been searching for money.

At press time, no one was in custody and it’s currently unclear if there were any suspects. Police did say there were several assailants and that his home had been ransacked.

A precise cause of death had not been determined either, but he suffered a fractured skull from a blow to the head.

Perez played 11 seasons of in the majors leagues and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees. But, his career was troubled, in and out of trouble, including two suspensions for drug use.