After concluding a 20-year playing career in 2006, Eddie Perez opened a new chapter in his baseball life in 2007. He is now in his ninth season as the Braves' bullpen coach after playing 11 seasons at the Major League level, including nine with the Braves.
Perez played 18 of his 20 professional seasons in the Braves organization. The former catcher began his career with Bradenton in 1987 and reached the majors in 1995, the year Atlanta won the World Series. Perez was on seven postseason squads for Atlanta (1995-99, 2001, 2004) and played in 30 postseason games. His .464 (13-for-28) batting average in National League Championship Series competition is the highest ever for a catcher (minimum 25 at-bats). Perez batted .500 (10-for-20) in the 1999 NLCS vs. the New York Mets and claimed series MVP honors.
Perez spent the 2002 season with the Cleveland Indians and played with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003 before re-joining the Braves in 2004. Right shoulder tendinitis plagued Perez throughout the 2005 season, and he spent the entire 2006 campaign at Double-A Mississippi. He was limited to just 13 games in 2006, but spent much of his time assisting M-Braves Manager Jeff Blauser.
Perez attended Doctor Raul Cuenca High School in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela, where he played volleyball and baseball. He and his wife, Marisol, have one daughter, Maried, and one son, Andres Eduardo, and reside in Duluth, Ga.