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Salvador Johan Perez Diaz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 230 lb.
 Biographical Information
Salvador Perez was signed by scout Juan Indriago for the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He made his pro debut for the AZL Royals in 2007 and reached the major leagues late in the 2011 season. He did extremely well in his first taste of the big leagues, hitting .331/.361/.473 in 39 games, during which he hit 8 doubles, 2 triples and 3 homers, with 20 runs scored and 21 RBI. He hit his first career homer on August 29th, connecting off the Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer as part of a three-hit day in a 9-5 Royals win.
As a result of his good play the previous year, Perez headed into spring training in 2012 as the favorite to be the Royals' starting catcher, but he injured his knee and had to go on the 60-day disabled list before the start of the season. After undergoing surgery, he returned to the majors on June 22nd, smashing a two-run homer off the St. Louis Cardinals' Joe Kelly in his season debut.
On September 20, 2014, with the Royals trying to make the postseason for the first time since 1985, Salvador made a costly baserunning blunder in a key game against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. With the score tied at 1-1 in the 6th, he was on third base with Eric Hosmer on second with one out when Omar Infante lined out to 2B Ian Kinsler for the second out. Kinsler tried to pick Hosmer off second base, but his throw ended up in left field, allowing Perez to score. The Tigers put on an appeal play, after Hernan Perez, sitting on the bench, told manager Brad Ausmus that the Royals' catcher had failed to retouch third base before scoring. At first, third base umpire Larry Vanover denied the appeal, but Ausmus asked for a video review. Vanover said the play was not reviewable, but still checked with Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, NY. While that was going on, the scoreboard at Kauffman Stadium showed a replay, with Salvador not coming close to retouching the bag; so after MLB confirmed that the play could not be reviewed, the four umpires conferred and decided to reverse the original call, negating Perez's run. It turned out to be a key one as the Tigers scored twice in the top of the 7th and won the game, 3-2.
 Notable Achievements
- 3-time AL All-Star (2013-2015)
- 2015 World Series MVP
- 3-time AL Gold Glove Winner (2013-2015)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2015)
- Won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals (2015)
 Further Reading
- Anthony Castrovince: "Perez voted unanimous World Series MVP: Seventh catcher to take home Fall Classic award", mlb.com, November 2, 2015.