Pérez closes out stellar career with Reds
But at 43 years old, Pérez still had something to leave on the field before he ascended the induction stage in Cooperstown.
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Bergesch also knew that Cooperstown was calling for Pérez. “Honestly, I think he is Hall of Fame material,” Bergesch said.
Pérez retired after the 1986 season with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1,652 RBI and 2,732 hits. He was named to seven All-Star Games and led his teams to the Postseason six times, winning five NL pennants and two World Series rings.
Pérez was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000. A native of Camaguey, Cuba, Pérez became the first major leaguer from the island nation elected to the Hall of Fame.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum