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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Vladimir Perez followed his brothers to the pros; Played more than a decade, missed bigs

The day after Melido Perez' shortened no-hitter in 1990, talk in The Chicago Tribune turned to his family. One brother, Pascual Perez, was in the opposing dugout. Three other brothers were elsewhere in pro ball, including minor leaguer Vladimir Perez.

The Vladimir talk in The Tribune ended up being a little bit of a joke on Melido's part at Vladimir's expense.

"I haven't heard from Vladimir," Melido Perez told The Tribune the day after. ""He's in Double-A. He doesn't have the money for the call. I should call him."

While Melido and Pascual made the majors and had success, Vladimir never did get there. In a pro career that spanned more than a decade, Vladimir Perez made AAA and played in Taiwan, but he never made the majors.

Vladimir Perez' career began in 1987, signed by the Phillies as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

He started with the Phillies at single-A Spartanburg. The pitcher went 3-2 over 46 relief outings, with a 4.36 ERA. The Phillies then sent him to the Mets for 1988 with another player in exchange for Bill Almon.

With the Mets, he played 1988 at short-season Little Falls, then 1989 at single-A Columbia. He saw 25 outings, eight starts at Columbia, with a 2.99 ERA. 

He split 1990 between high-A St. Lucie and AA Jackson. He went 2-1 over 26 relief outings at Jackson, with a 2.20 ERA.

After going through the Giants system and AA Shreveport in 1991, he played into 1994 with the Royals at AA Memphis and high-A Baseball City.

He went to Taiwan in 1995, briefly playing with Uni-President. He also saw independent Saskatoon. He also moved to Mexico that year and is credited as playing there through 1999 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,796
Made the Majors:1,282-33.8%
Never Made Majors:2,514-66.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:317-X

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