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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dominican Today: Embattled Major Leaguer’s life ends in tragedy

Santo Domingo.- The embattled ex Major League pitcher Pascual (Cuta) Perez was killed Thursday during an armed robbery at his residence in the town of Haina, 10 miles west of the capital.

The hurler received his Major League Baseball pension money yesterday, and the likely motive for the fatal assault and a stab wound to the neck.  He was reportedly suffering from an ailment at the time of the attack.

If you were unfortunate to be a Yankee fan in 1990 and 1991 you probably remember Pascual Perez.  When just about every Yankee fan was hoping for the Yankees to sign a Montreal Expo free agent named Mark Langston the Yankees wound up with Perez instead.

He didn’t pitch many games for the Yankees, but he was memorable for his antics and his eephus pitches.  This is sad news.  RIP Pascual.

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If you were unfortunate to be a Yankee fan in 1990 and 1991 you probably remember Pascual Perez.

I actually count myself fortunate to be a Yankee fan in 1990 and 1991.  It’s helped foster my love of following minor league players (saw a lot of them in those years), and I think allowed me to better appreciate what we have now.  It also allowed me to see a number of colorful - if not alway effective - players who may not have otherwise been on the team.  Pascual (and to a lesser extent his brother Melido) were certainly among them.

It’s certainly unfortunate that injury and abuse (IIRC he had a cocaine problem) wrecked what could have been a great career.  And sad that his life ended the way it did.

It’s helped foster my love of following minor league players (saw a lot of them in those years), and I think allowed me to better appreciate what we have now.

Sure.  But at the time it stunk.

It also allowed me to see a number of colorful - if not alway effective - players who may not have otherwise been on the team.  Pascual (and to a lesser extent his brother Melido) were certainly among them.

Melido was pretty talented (as was Pascual).  If he hadn’t gotten injured after his very strong 1992 I think he could have had a pretty good career.  He put up a 133 ERA+ over 1991-1992 and was heading into his age 27 season in 1993.  His initial injury in 1993 wasn’t an arm injury, but he ended up needing shoulder surgery by the end of the year and he was never the same.

Sure.  But at the time it stunk.

Probably would have stunk *more* if I had ever seen them in the playoffs.  Their previous appearance I was 5 and had no memory of it.

Melido was pretty talented (as was Pascual).

Yeah Melido was a bit of a different beast.  Pascual was talented, but I think the Yankees of the mid-late 90’s wouldn’t have gotten him.  Melido I believe was the centerpiece of the Steve Sax deal, and Sax had quite a bit of value then (coming off of a 4 bWAR season).  Though Yankees of the mid-late 90’s likely wouldn’t have been trading a productive 2B like Sax…

I was a fan of the team then and my memory may be playing tricks but Perez was one of the few pitchers to get *excited* about, as opposed to just hoping they would be workmanlike.  Also, the fake controversy about whether George would let him keep his hair helped distract me from actual news about the team. 

I think 1990 may have been the year Righetti blew a 4-run lead by walking the bases loaded, walking in a run, and THEN allowing the grand slam.

Sad news about Pascual.

I was on the team back then and snorted with Pascual.  We must have snorted up Peru.

[4] I think you’re thinking of this game in 1986.  I remembered the game but my memory put it in 1985 later in the pennant race instead (I checked both 1985 and 1990 and it doesn’t appear Rags let up a GS in either season).  Rags actually inherited 2 runners and a 6 run lead.  The two inherited runners scored on singles, and then he walked a batter to load the bases for George Bell, who proceeded to hit a game-tying GS off of Righetti.  IIRC, the umpire threw a ball to Righetti after, who promptly threw the ball OVER the wall in RF as Pinella was coming out to get him.

[6] You’re probably right; weird that I remember it as being later in Rags’ career. Just now, I tried looking for it in 1989 instead but got too depressed being reminded of all the other blown games.

There was this game in Detroit on June 21, 1988 where the Yankees led 6-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Neil Allen started the bottom of the ninth and allowed two to reach so they brought in Rags who gave up a single, got two outs then walked two to cut the lead to 6-3 and to load the bases.

But Cecilio Guante is the one who gave up the game-winning grannie to Allen Trammell.  Boy did that one stink.

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