Odalis Pérez

Odalis Amadol Pérez (born June 11, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. He played with the Atlanta Braves (1998-2001), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2006), the Kansas City Royals (2006-2007), and the Washington Nationals (2008).

Odalis Pérez
Odalis Perez
Pérez with the Washington Nationals
Born: June 11, 1977 (age 42)
Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 1998, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2008, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record73–82
Earned run average4.46
Career highlights and awards


Pérez is a 1995 graduate of Damian David Ortiz High School in his homeland. He is currently single and has a son, Odalis, Jr. Pérez has participated in community baseball clinics for the Dodgers and the Manny Mota International Foundation and has also visited schools in Los Angeles area as part of the Dodger Jams program.

Professional career

Atlanta Braves

Pérez joined the Braves in September 1998, going 0-1. However, he won a game for the Braves in the 1998 postseason, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to earn a playoff win without ever having won a regular season game.

On May 2, 1999, Pérez got his first regular-season victory pitching 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs with seven strikeouts, as Atlanta rolled to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

On January 15, 2002, he was traded by the Braves with Andrew Brown (minors) and Brian Jordan to the Dodgers for Gary Sheffield.

Los Angeles Dodgers

In a two-year period from 2002-2003, he won 27 games (15 in 2002, 12 in 2003), which was tied for the third most wins by a left-handed pitcher in the National League, joining Tom Glavine behind Randy Johnson and Al Leiter, and 10th most in the majors. Beside this, he was the first Dodger left-hander to register at least 12 wins in consecutive seasons since Fernando Valenzuela accomplished the feat between 1986 (21) and 1987 (14). During the same period, Pérez also had the sixth-most strikeouts mark (296) among all majors lefties, ranking fourth in the National League behind Johnson, Randy Wolf and Leiter.

Also in those two seasons, Pérez allowed two earned runs or less in 33 of his 62 starts, being selected to the All-Star game in 2002 — a season in which he pitched a pair of one-hitter games.

A career highlight for Pérez occurred on August 28, 2002, as he defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium with a score of 1–0, during which he pitched 8.0 scoreless innings and slugged his first career home run for the only run of the game. With this victory, he became the first Major League pitcher to win a 1–0 game and hit the game-winning homer since the Dodgers’ Bob Welch accomplished the feat on June 17, 1983. This game also marked the beginning of closer Éric Gagné's record-breaking streak, the first game of 84 consecutive saves.

Pérez had 18 no decisions in 2004, the most among MLB starting pitchers for that season.[1]

Kansas City Royals

In 2006, concerns about Pérez's work ethic and attitude arose, and the front office soon was looking to deal the left hander, as then-GM Ned Colletti details in his memoir, The Big Chair. Shortly after a disappointing outing in a 10-8 loss in Arizona on May 2nd, owner Frank McCourt approached Colletti, telling him to trade Odalis. "I don't care if you've got to eat the entire contract. Get him out of here." On July 25, 2006, Perez and two minor league pitchers (Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel) were traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Elmer Dessens. Cash considerations were also sent to the Royals in the deal.

On October 31, 2007, the Royals declined Perez's $9 million option and paid him a $1.5 million buyout.[2]

Washington Nationals

On February 19, 2008, Pérez signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and was invited to spring training. Pérez had his contract purchased by the Nationals on March 20, 2008.

Perez got the Opening Day start for Washington on March 30, 2008. He gave up the first home run in the history of Nationals Park, to Chipper Jones in the top of the 4th. He gave up one run and surrendered 4 hits over 5 innings and ended up with a no-decision. Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run later that game to win the first game in the history of Nationals Park, 3-2. He also struck out the first batter and delivered the first pitch in the history of Nationals Park.

Pérez agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals prior to the 2009 season. However, he had second thoughts and did not report to spring training, instead wanting a major league deal. He was subsequently released.[3]


  1. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: For 2004, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ ESPN – Royals decline Perez's $9 million option; Riske files for free agency – MLB
  3. ^ Nationals release no-show Perez

External links

Preceded by
John Patterson
Washington Nationals Opening Day
Starting Pitcher

Succeeded by
John Lannan
2001 Atlanta Braves season

The 2001 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 36th season in Atlanta and 131st overall. The Braves won their tenth consecutive division title. The season saw the team finish first in the NL East Division with an 88-74 record – the worst among playoff teams in 2001, and also the worst record for the Braves since 1990 (meaning the worst record through their run of 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season). Atlanta finished the season with just a 2 game division lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves swept the favored Houston Astros in the NLDS before losing to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS 4-1, in which Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling notably dominated Atlanta's offense.

2001 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2001 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 119th season in the history of the franchise.

2002 Caribbean Series

The forty-fourth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was held from February 2 through February 8 of 2002 with the champion baseball teams of the Dominican Republic, Tigres del Licey; Mexico, Tomateros de Culiacán; Puerto Rico, Vaqueros de Bayamón, and Venezuela, Navegantes del Magallanes. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Estadio Universitario in Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

2002 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2002 season saw Dan Evans take over as General Manager and in his first season the team won 92 games and was not eliminated from post season contention until the next-to-last day of the season, finishing third overall in the Western Division of the National League. Shawn Green hit 42 home runs to become the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back 40 or more homer seasons. He had four homers in one game on May 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 6 for 6 in that game and set a Major League mark for total bases with 19. The number broke the previous record of 18 total bases set by Joe Adcock. Éric Gagné who had been a starter previously became the closer in 2002 and set a club mark with 52 saves. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

2003 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2003 season was a turbulent period as News Corporation (Fox) was seeking to sell the team. Nevertheless, the Dodgers fell just short of a Wild Card berth, winning 85 games, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. The Dodgers pitching staff led baseball in earned run average, Éric Gagné became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988 as he converted all 55 of his save opportunities. Shawn Green set a new L.A. Dodger single season record with 49 doubles and Paul Lo Duca had a 25-game hitting streak.

2003 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2003 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 121st season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies finished in third-place in the National League East, 15 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and five games behind the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins, who were the NL's wild-card winner. The Phillies were managed by their former shortstop Larry Bowa, as they played their final season of home games at Veterans Stadium, before moving the club to Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

The Phillies missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season, tying a record set between 1984-92

2004 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2004 season brought change to the Dodgers as the sale of the franchise to developer Frank McCourt was finalized during spring training. McCourt promptly dismissed General Manager Dan Evans and hired Paul DePodesta to take over the team. That led to a flurry of trade activity as the new group attempted to rebuild the Dodgers in their image.

Despite it all, the Dodgers managed to finish the season in first place in the Western Division of the National League and won their first post season game since 1988. However they lost the NL Division Series 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2004 National League Division Series

The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 105–57) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 93–69): Cardinals win series, 3–1.

(2) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 96–66) vs. (4) Houston Astros (Wild Card, 92–70): Astros win series, 3–2.The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Cardinals became the National League champion, and lost to the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

2005 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2005, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered from a rash of injuries to key players such as closer Éric Gagné, shortstop César Izturis and outfielder J. D. Drew and fell to their second worst record in Los Angeles history, finishing in fourth place in the Western Division of the National League. After the season, manager Jim Tracy and General Manager Paul DePodesta were both fired and the team was torn apart. This was also the last season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

2006 Kansas City Royals season

The 2006 Kansas City Royals season was the 38th season for the franchise, and their 36th at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals finishing 5th in the American League Central with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses and missed the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season.

2006 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2006, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to improve their record from 2005. The team switched General Managers from Paul DePodesta to Ned Colletti, and hired Grady Little as the new manager. The Dodgers were able to win 88 games. In the National League Western Division, the Dodgers won the wild card, but in the first round of the playoffs lost in three straight games against the Mets. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCAL-TV (9).

2006 World Baseball Classic – Championship

The Championship Round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic was held at Petco Park, San Diego, California, United States from March 18 to 20, 2006.

Championship round was a single-elimination tournament. In the final, the team with the higher winning percentage of games in the tournament were to be the home team. If the teams competing in the final had identical winning percentages in the tournament, then World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) would conduct a coin flip or draw to determine the home team.

2006 World Baseball Classic – Pool 2

Pool 2 of the Second Round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic was held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 12 to 15, 2006.

Like the first round, Pool 2 was a round-robin tournament. The final two teams advanced to the semifinals.

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/9 − The index of (RA*9)/IPD.

2006 World Baseball Classic – Pool D

Pool D of the First Round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic was held at Cracker Jack Stadium, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States from March 7 to 10, 2006.

Pool D was a round-robin tournament. Each team played the other three teams once, with the top two teams advancing to Pool 2.

NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. RA/9 − The index of (RA*9)/IPD.

Brian Jordan

Brian O'Neal Jordan (born March 29, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and National Football League safety. In the NFL, he played for the Atlanta Falcons, while he played in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.

Elmer Dessens

Elmer Dessens Jusaino [deh-SENZ] (born January 13, 1971) is a Mexican former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB).

John Patterson (pitcher)

John Hollis Patterson (born January 30, 1978) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise.

List of Washington Nationals Opening Day starting pitchers

The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National League East division. The team was known as the Montreal Expos from 1969 to 2004. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Nationals have used six different Opening Day starting pitchers in their fifteen seasons. The six starters have a combined Opening Day record of 3 win, 7 losses and 4 no decisions. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game, or if the starting pitcher does not pitch at least five innings with the lead. The overall Opening Day record of the team is 4–6.

Liván Hernández and Stephen Strasburg share the franchise record for most Opening Day starts with four. Hernández has a record of 0–3. He also pitched one Opening Day start for the Montreal Expos, in which he received a no-decision. Hernández is the only pitcher to make an Opening Day start for both the Expos and the Nationals. Strasburg has a record of 2–0 with two no decisions.

As the Washington Nationals, the team played their home games at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium from 2005 to 2007; their only home opener there was a 9–2 loss in 2007 by starter John Patterson. Nationals Park is the team's current field, and it was the site of the team's 2008 season opener, with starting pitcher Odalis Pérez on the mound in a game that the Nationals won 3–2 over the visiting Atlanta Braves.


Odalis or Odalys is a given name which may refer to:

Odalys Adams (born 1966), Cuban former hurdler

Odalys García (born 1975), Cuban actress, model, singer and show host

Odalis Pérez (born 1977), former Major League Baseball pitcher from the Dominican Republic

Odalis Revé (born 1970), Cuban former judoka, 1992 Olympic middleweight champion


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