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Atanasio Perez Rigal

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2000

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Tony Perez is a Hall of Famer who played 23 years in the big leagues, driving in 1652 runs (# 21 on the all-time list). He played on four World Series teams, including the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970's and the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies squad that reunited some of the Big Red Machine players.

Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent before the 1960 season, Perez reached the major leagues late in the 1964 campaign. He made the Reds' roster out of spring training in 1965 and split time at first base with Gordy Coleman that year and with Coleman and Deron Johnson in 1966. Perez began 1967 as the Reds' starter at first base with Johnson moving to third. However, after Johnson was injured in May Perez was moved to third base. He was permanently installed there after rookie Lee May proved himself a more than adequate option at first. Perez was named to his first All-Star team that summer, and his 15th-inning solo home run provided the margin of victory for the National League in the 1967 All-Star Game. Perez would remain the Reds' starting third baseman through the 1971 season, switching back to first base for 1972 after May was traded to the Houston Astros.

The selection of Perez to the Hall of Fame in 2000 promises to be the most important selection in years, because of the shape of Perez's career. Perez, although he had a very long career, was never an MVP and never led the league in any offensive category. His selection gives fodder for the fans of other similar players who have not yet gotten into the Hall of Fame. According to the similarity scores method, the most similar players are Harold Baines, Dave Parker, Andre Dawson, Rusty Staub, and Dwight Evans, none of whom except recently Dawson are in the Hall of Fame (and some of whom added significant defensive skills on top of the offensive skills that the similarity scores method measures).

Perez also managed for parts of two seasons.

He is the father of Eduardo Perez and minor leaguer Victor Perez.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 11, 2000 by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

"When there's a runner in scoring position, I can't think of any batter I'd rather have at the plate than Perez." - Sparky Anderson

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Preceded by
Lou Piniella
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1993
Succeeded by
Davey Johnson
Preceded by
John Boles
Florida Marlins Manager
2001
Succeeded by
Jeff Torborg

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1993 Cincinnati Reds National League 20-24 -- Cincinnati Reds replaced by Davey Johnson on May 24
2001 Florida Marlins National League 54-60 4th Florida Marlins replaced John Boles (22-26) on May 27

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