Odalis Perez, former All-Star MLB pitcher, dead at 44

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Odalis Perez, a former MLB pitcher who spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, died after an accident at his home in the Dominican Republic, his attorney said Thursday. He was 44.

The Los Angeles Dodgers released a statement confirming Perez’s death.

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Odalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the New York Mets on Aug. 28, 2004, at Shea Stadium in New York City.

Odalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the New York Mets on Aug. 28, 2004, at Shea Stadium in New York City.
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“The Los Angeles Dodgers mourn the passing of former pitcher and 2002 All-Star Odalis Perez. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the team said.

Perez’s attorney Walin Batista told ESPN that Perez fell from a ladder while he was alone at his home.

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Pitcher Odalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during batting practice prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 18, 2003. 

Pitcher Odalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during batting practice prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 18, 2003. 
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“Around 7 p.m., his brother Cristian Perez arrived at the house and found Odalis lying in the patio. We don’t know yet the cause of his death, but everything seems to indicate Odalis slipped down a ladder. This is a tragedy,” Batista said.

Perez played for the Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals over the course of his career. He was an All-Star for the Dodgers in 2002. He was 15-10 wit a 3.00 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 32 games.

Odalis Perez of the Washington Nationals fields the ball for an out against the New York Mets on April 15, 2008 at Shea Stadium in New York City. The players and coaches of both teams all wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Odalis Perez of the Washington Nationals fields the ball for an out against the New York Mets on April 15, 2008 at Shea Stadium in New York City. The players and coaches of both teams all wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
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He last pitched for the Nationals in 2008. He made 30 starts for Washington and had a 4.34 ERA and 119 strikeouts.  He had reportedly signed a minor league contract with the team for the 2009 season but didn’t report to camp while he hoped for a major league contract. He wouldn’t pitch in the majors again.

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