Antonio Perez

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Antonio Miguel Perez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Antonio Perez played four seasons in the big leagues, and is also known as the player the Los Angeles Dodgers traded to get Andre Ethier. [1] He was with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 48 games in 2003, the Dodgers for 13 games in 2004 and 98 games (hitting .297) in 2005, and the Oakland Athletics for 57 games in 2006.

Perez was born in the Dominican Republic in 1980, the same year that Albert Pujols was born there. Antonio began in the low minors in 1999 (he started in A level ball rather than in a rookie league) in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He then moved to the Seattle Mariners organization in 2000-2002, rising to AA. He came to the majors for a couple of games in the middle of May 2003, but spent most of the first half of the season in AA and AAA ball in the Devil Rays organization before playing more extensively with the big league team in the second half of the year. With Tampa Bay that year, he primarily played second base for manager Lou Piniella.

He came to the Dodgers for two seasons, 2004 and 2005, spending most of 2004 with the Las Vegas 51s, for whom he hit .296 with 22 home runs. The following year he spent most of the year in the majors, appearing for the 51s in only 16 games. He was then traded to the Athletics for the young Andre Ethier. In 2006, he played only in the majors, with no minor league appearances.

In 2007 he played 26 games for the Sacramento River Cats. In 2008 he was not in the majors or minors (Wikipedia's entry on him says the Washington Nationals signed him to a minor league contract but released him before the season started), and in 2009 he was with the Atlanta Braves organization at age 29 to play a few games in AA ball and 49 for the AAA Gwinnett Braves.

He also had played several seasons in the Dominican Winter League.

In total in the majors he played 68 games at third base, 64 at second base, 43 as a pinch hitter, 31 as a pinch runner, 25 as a Designated Hitter, 20 as a shortstop, and a few games elsewhere.

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