Police in the Dominican Republic say former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was killed in his home during an apparent robbery.
A statement from police in the Caribbean country said Perez was attacked by several people inside his home in a town west of the capital. He had been struck in the head but the cause of death has not been released. No suspects are in custody.
The 55-year-old Perez last played in the majors with the New York Yankees in 1991. He was suspended in 1992 following two positive tests for cocaine. In recent years, he has had kidney problems.
He made his major league debut in 1980 with the Pirates and played 11 seasons, including stints with the Braves and Expos.
Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz released the following statement:
"We were shocked to hear the news of Pascual Perez' death earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during the aftermath of this tragic event. Pascual left his mark with the Braves organization and will always be remembered fondly by Braves fans."
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