Chris Perez (baseball)
|Cleveland Indians – No. 54|
|Born: July 1, 1985 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 16, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Career statistics |
(through September 13, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.28|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2007 Tianmu||National team|
Christopher Ralph Perez (born July 1, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. His pitches have been clocked at 98 mph on the radar gun.
Perez grew up on Anna Maria Island with his father, Tim Perez, in Florida. He pitched collegiately for the University of Miami. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (42nd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.
St. Louis Cardinals
He was 1–1 with a team-leading eleven saves and a 3.20 ERA in 26 games for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in 2008. He fanned 38 batters in his 25⅓ innings pitched, walked just 12 and allowed only 18 hits. He was added to the Cardinals 25-man active roster from Triple-A Memphis on May 16, 2008. He made his debut that same day.
Perez and Jess Todd were traded to the Cleveland Indians on June 27, 2009 for Mark DeRosa. Following the trade of Kerry Wood to the New York Yankees on July 31, 2010, Perez became the Indians' permanent closer.
After a breakout 2011 season that included playing in the All-Star Game and being fourth in the league in saves, on February 23, 2012, Perez strained his left oblique in spring training and was expected to miss 4–6 weeks. However, Perez himself set a goal for March 15. He was throwing a 10-minute bullpen session, when, after 25–30 pitches, he felt a pain in his left side. He returned for Opening Day despite the injury, but blew the save by loading the bases and allowing multiple runs.
Perez's ongoing and vocal criticism of Indians fans has made him a controversial figure. In May and June, 2012, Perez publicly criticized Indians fans in response to the team beginning the season last in attendance across both leagues and for being booed in a game on May 17. Perez was booed in the 10th inning for allowing two runners, although the opposition failed to score in the inning and the Indians won the game.
On July 1, Perez was named to his second consecutive All-Star Game as a member of the American League squad, joining Indians teammate Asdrúbal Cabrera. At the time of his selection, Perez had converted 23 of 24 save opportunities, his save count total tied for best in the Majors.
On August 13, 2012, Perez earned his 100th save in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He entered the ninth inning with runners on first and second but recorded three strikeouts to record the save. On January 18, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced they had avoided arbitration with Perez, signing him to a one-year contract worth $7.3 million.
Perez and his wife were arrested on June 4, 2013 in Rocky River, Ohio on drug possession charges. 
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- Fenell, Zachary (30 May 2012). "Cleveland Indians Closer Chris Perez Irks Kansas City Royals: A Fan's Reaction". News.Yahoo.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Castrovince, Anthony (26 August 2010). "An exclusive interview with two Chris Perezes". MLBlogs Network (MLB.com). Retrieved 17 August 2012.
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