Major League Baseball unveiled the starting lineups for the 2021 All-Star Game on Thursday night. On July 13 at Coors Field, Salvador Perez will make his eighth All-Star appearance (and sixth start) as the American League catcher. On July 12th, Perez will also compete in the Home Run Derby. The All-Star Game is being held at COORS FIELD in 2020!
Perez has been one of the most reliable catchers in baseball over the last few years and is a key part of the Kansas City Royals roster. He started 121 games behind the plate in 2019 and posted his third straight season with 100 or more catches. The 35-year-old Perez has played in all but three games since joining the Royals in 2016 and he is a two-time AL Silver Slugger winner. In 2019, he had 14 home runs caught by his partner Yan Gomes of the Cleveland Indians.
Here are the other players who have made the All-Star Game:
Jorge Polanco - C, Minnesota Twins
Francisco Lindor - SS, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Correa - 3B, Houston Astros
Charlie Blackmon - LF, Colorado Rockies
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Perez was the series' last out, popping out to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory to seal the series for the Giants. Perez was selected to start in the 2015 All-Star Game, his third All-Star Game appearance. In the Royals' five-game World Series triumph in 2015, Perez batted.364. He hit two home runs and scored nine times.
He is one of only four players to have started all seven games of a World Series (the others are Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays and Kenley Jansen).
In Game 1, he went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. In Game 2, he was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. In Game 3, he had an inside-the-park home run and three RBIs. In Game 4, he was 2-for-4 with a double. In Game 5, he was 2-for-5 with a double. In Game 6, he was 2-for-4 with a triple. In Game 7, he was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
He became the first player from Puerto Rico to win the World Series MVP Award.
After the season, Perez was named the National League Player of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Perez appeared in 150 games in 2014, hitting 260 with 28 doubles, 17 home runs, and 70 RBI. Perez hit down the left field line in the bottom of the 12th inning in the 2014 American League Wild Card Playoff, driving in the winning run to hoist the Royals past the Oakland Athletics, 9-8. He is a part of the Kansas City community and is renowned for his work with local youth programs and initiatives such as "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Safely."
In 2013, Perez played in 149 games batting.443 with 14 home runs and 73 RBI's. He was voted MVP of the World Series by both players and coaches.
Perez made his Major League debut on April 16, 2010 vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that game he had 3 hits including a double. He ended up playing in 51 games that season batting.275 with 13 HR's and 42 RBI's. In 2011, Perez played in 152 games batting.443 with 15 HR's and 71 RBI's. He had 2 two-home run games that year. In 2012, Perez played in 155 games batting.429 with 22 HR's and 76 RBI's. He had 2 three-hit games that year too. In 2013, Perez played in 149 games batting.440 with 14 HR's and 73 RBI's.
Eduardo Atanasio Perez (born September 11, 1969) is a former professional baseball player, coach, and television sports color commentator from the United States. From 1993 until 2006, he was a first baseman, third baseman, and outfielder in Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
On September 10, 1995, Perez made his major league debut with the Braves at the age of 27. On September 15, he blasted his first major league home run in his first game as a starter. Perez made the postseason roster but did not participate as the Braves won the World Series in 1995.
Perez, his wife, and their daughter were naturalized as U.S. citizens on August 13, 2014. Perez has resided in the Atlanta region since 1994 and will keep his Venezuelan citizenship. Andres, his son, was selected in the 36th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.
Perez was dealt to the Cleveland Indians in March 2002, who were in need of a backup catcher. After the Braves acquired catcher Henry Blanco, Perez became expendable. Perez spent the 2002 season as Einar Diaz's backup and was allowed free agency at the end of the season. He signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2003.
Kansas City Royals (# 13) are the current team (Catcher Salvador Perez).
He has played first base, second base, shortstop, and third base. The most games he has ever played in a season is 154 which he did in 2014 with the Kansas City Royals. His career average is.275. He has hit over 100 balls in flight three times in his career. Two of those years were 2012 when he had 113 hits and 2011 when he had 105 hits.
Perez was born on January 4th, 1984 in San Salvador, El Salvador. He moved to America when he was ten years old and grew up in Lemoore, California. He has two siblings who are also professional baseball players; one plays for the New York Mets and the other one plays for the San Diego Padres. His brother Wilton played four seasons in Major League Baseball between 2010 and 2013. Before becoming a catcher, Salvy played first base and left field. His number 33 was retired by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he went to school until he got drafted by the Royals in the first round of the 2006 MLB draft.
Perez, the American League's starting catcher and a seven-time All-Star, smacked 28 home missiles in the opening round of the Home Run Derby at Coors Field. He surpassed former teammate Mike Moustakas' 2017 total of ten points. In the final round, Perez hit another two homers to finish with 30 points.
After the conclusion of the Derby, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that Perez had suffered multiple fractures after hitting three home runs in the final round of the event. The injuries were confirmed by both the catcher and team management later that night. Perez is expected to be out for approximately six months due to these injuries.
Prior to the Derby, many believed that Perez was finished as an elite hitter due to a decline in his bat speed which has been documented by several analysts across baseball. However, after his successful run in the Derby, many people are now considering him as a potential winner who could have advanced beyond the first round if given more opportunities to hit home runs. Overall, it can be said that Perez had a good season overall batting.282 with 26 HRs in 100 games played.
In 2016, Perez set a new career high in home runs with 36 while also reaching 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. His.282 average was also up from 2015 when he batted.268 with 24 HRs and 98 RBIs in 136 games played.