Salvador Pérez

Salvador Johan Pérez Diaz (born May 10, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a six-time MLB All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner, and received the World Series Most Valuable Player Award when the Royals won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets.

Salvador Pérez
Salvador Pérez on October 19, 2015
Pérez with the Kansas City Royals in 2015
Kansas City Royals – No. 13
Born: May 10, 1990 (age 29)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 10, 2011, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.266
Home runs141
Runs batted in503
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Pérez was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. He was abandoned by his father at age four and raised by his mother, Yilda Diaz. When he was eight years old, the two relocated to Valencia to live with Yilda's mother, Carmen de Diaz. Yilda supported the family by selling homemade cakes, flan, and lasagna.[1]

To keep her only child busy, Yilda enrolled him in a baseball school in Valencia, where he showed an ability to throw, catch, and hit balls as young as age six. He played pitcher and shortstop with teams competing in state and national tournaments. At age eight, he indicated his preference to play catcher, and, at 14, set his mind to playing that position professionally.[1] Pérez played with and against current Major Leaguer and fellow Venezuelan second baseman José Altuve during his boyhood.[2]

Professional career

Minor Leagues

Pérez was signed by the Royals for $65,000 when he was 16 years old.[3] His minor league career began in 2007 when he was placed in the Arizona Rookie League.[3]

Kansas City Royals


Pérez was called up to the majors for the first time on August 10, 2011 and debuted against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. [4] He picked off two baserunners, caught five popups – both uncommon occurrences for the Royals that season – recorded his first RBI in the 4th, and first hit in 7th.[1] On August 29, Pérez hit his first Major League home run against Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. In that game, Pérez was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. In his rookie year, he batted .331 with 3 HRs and 21 runs driven in, in 39 games played.


On February 27, 2012, Pérez signed a five-year, $7 million extension that includes three club options. He is under team control through 2019. He could earn up to $26.75 million if he reaches all of his incentives and all of his options are picked up. The extension covers his pre-arbitration seasons, two of his three arbitration eligible years, and, if all of his options are picked up, his final arbitration year and his first two years of free agency.[5] Pérez earned $750,000 in 2012, $1 million in 2013, $1.5 million in 2014, $1.75 million in 2015 and will earn $2 million in 2016. His options are $3.75 million in 2017, $5 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019.

While catching a bullpen session before a spring training game in 2012, Pérez tore the meniscus in his left knee.[6] He did not return until July 2. In the 2012 season, he hit .301 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 79 games played.

Ervin Santana and Salvador Pérez on May 7, 2013
Pérez (right) and Ervin Santana with the Kansas City Royals in 2013


On July 16, 2013, Pérez was the catcher for Mariano Rivera in Rivera's final All-Star Game before retirement. After the season, Pérez was awarded the American League Gold Glove Award for his defense at catcher.[7] He finished the year playing 138 games with a .292 batting average, 13 home runs, and 79 RBI.


In 2014, he logged more starts (143) than any other catcher in the Major Leagues.[8] Pérez played 150 games all together in 2014 batting .260 with 28 doubles, 17 home runs, and 70 RBI.

In the 2014 American League Wild Card Playoff, Pérez singled down the left field line in the bottom of the 12th inning, knocking in the winning run to lift the Royals over the Oakland As 9–8.[9]

In Game 1 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Pérez hit a home run off eventual series MVP Madison Bumgarner, representing the only run given up by Bumgarner in five World Series appearances covering 36 innings. Pérez was the final out of the series, popping out to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory to clinch the series for the Giants.[10]


In 2015, Pérez was voted to start in the 2015 All-Star Game, his third All-Star appearance.[11]

Pérez batted .364 in the 2015 World Series, which the Royals won in five games. In the Series-clinching win, Perez grounded to third in the ninth inning allowing the tying run in the Royals' comeback. The game continued into extra innings. In the 12th, Perez singled to right with no outs and Jarrod Dyson pinch ran for Perez. Dyson would eventually score, giving the Royals their first lead of the night. The Royals won 7–2 in the twelfth inning, making them the 2015 World Series Champions.[12] Pérez was unanimously named the World Series Most Valuable Player.[13] He is the first catcher to win the award since 1992 and the second Venezuelan to win World Series MVP.[14]

In the 2015 season he batted .260/.280/.426. He won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award in 2015.[15]


On March 1, Pérez signed a five-year extension to remain with the team through the 2021 season.[16] Perez was named to his fifth consecutive All-Star Game as the starting catcher for the American League along with teammate Eric Hosmer. Pérez would finish the 2016 season with 22 home runs, more than any other American League catcher en route to his first career Silver Slugger award. He had the lowest number of pitches per plate appearance in the major leagues (3.43).[17] He won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award on November 8th.


On August 6, Perez was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an intercostal strain.[18] He played 139 games in 2017, batting .268 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI.


On March 28, 2018, Pérez suffered a grade 2 MCL tear while carrying a suitcase up a flight of stairs. It was deemed to be a non-baseball injury, and Perez was ruled out for 4-6 weeks.[19] On May 10, celebrating his 28th birthday, Pérez hit a grand slam, but the Royals lost to the Orioles.[20]

Batting .213 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs, Pérez was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[21] On September 14, Perez hit his second grand slam of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins.

He finished his 2018 campaign batting .235 with 27 home runs and 80 RBIs. He swung at 48.4% of pitches outside the strike zone (the highest percentage in the majors).[22] He also won his fifth Gold Glove,[23] and second Silver Slugger award.[24]


On February 27, Perez sustained an injury to his elbow during a workout in Surprise, Arizona. On March 1, an MRI revealed that there was a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow.[25] On March 6, it was revealed that Perez had undergone Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2019 season.[26]

Personal life

Near the end of the 2013 season, teammate Alcides Escobar sprayed Pérez with Victoria's Secret women's perfume and he had four hits. Pérez continued to wear perfume during games as a good-luck charm, switching to 212 VIP cologne by Carolina Herrera in 2014.[3][27]

Pérez is also well known for giving a Gatorade shower ("Salvy Splash") to teammates during television interviews after every home win and notable away wins.[28][29]

Pérez delighted fans with his positive attitude and humorous postings on social media. In the 2014 and 2015 season, Pérez made a habit of playfully pestering teammate Lorenzo Cain by taking videos of him and posting them on Instagram.[30]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kaegel, Dick (September 22, 2011). "Mom's support has Perez on Royals' fast track". Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Snyder, Matt (July 14, 2014). "From childhood friends to AL All-Stars: Salvador Perez, Jose Altuve". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Kepner, Tyler (October 21, 2014). "Lights, Catcher, Action!". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Kaegel, Dick (August 10, 2011). "Perez, catcher of the future, called on by Royals". Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Dutton, Bob (February 27, 2012). "Royals sign catcher Perez to five-year extension worth $7 million". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Royals' Perez has surgery to repair torn meniscus". Associated Press. March 16, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "2013 Kansas City Royals Batting, Pitching, and Fielding Statistics". Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Salvador Perez the rock behind Royals' pitching staff". USA Today. October 28, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Tayler, Jon (October 1, 2014). "Watch: Perez gives Royals walk-off win over A's in Wild Card Game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  10. ^ Waldstein, David (October 29, 2014). "Bumgarner, a Three-Ring Master, Leads San Francisco to Its Third Title in Five Seasons". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Royals". kansascity. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets – Play By Play – November 01, 2015 – ESPN". Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Fox Sports. "Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez named World Series MVP". FOX Sports. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Royals' Perez MVP with 'no pain,' .364 average". Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Miller, Doug (November 10, 2015). "Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards". Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  16. ^ Perez, A.J. (March 1, 2016). "Royals, catcher Salvador Perez agree to a 5-year extension". USA TODAY Sports. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  17. ^ 2016 Regular Season MLB Baseball Batting Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball - ESPN
  18. ^ Alexander, Wilson. "Salvador Perez placed on DL with intercostal strain". MLB. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "Salvador Perez suffers grade 2 MCL tear after slipping while carrying luggage". ESPN. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Salvador Perez hits grand slam on 28th birthday". MLB. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  21. ^ Royals catcher Salvador Perez back to the All-Star game | News |
  22. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Plate Discipline Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  23. ^ KC Royals Gordon, Perez wins MLB Gold Glove awards | The Kansas City Star
  24. ^ Silver Slugger Award winners announced |
  25. ^ | Salvador Perez sidelined with elbow injury |
  26. ^ "Salvador Perez to undergo Tommy John surgery, out for 2019". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  27. ^ "Salvador Perez sticks with perfume". Associated Press. October 24, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  28. ^ Smith, DeAnn; Fanning, Brad. "Royals catcher Salvy Perez's post-game celebrations make big splash". KCTV. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  29. ^ Rittman, Emily; Pimentel, Donovan. "Perez's Gatorade baths are keeping one dry cleaner busy". KCTV. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  30. ^ "Royals Catcher Salvador Perez Loves Annoying Lorenzo Cain". Deadspin. Retrieved November 2, 2015.

External links

2009 World Taekwondo Championships – Men's heavyweight

The Men's Heavyweight competition was a class featured at the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships, and was held at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 14. Heavyweights were over of 87 kilograms in body mass.

2014 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2014 was the 46th for the Royals franchise. On September 26, 2014 the Royals clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1985. They began the post-season by defeating the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game and sweeping both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, becoming the first team in Major League history to win their first 8 postseason games in a row. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games in the 2014 World Series.

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2014 World Series

The 2014 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 season. The 110th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 21 to 29. The Giants defeated the Royals four games to three to clinch their third World Series championship in a five-season span (2010–14), and their third overall since the club's move to San Francisco from New York. It was the Giants' eighth World Series championship in franchise history.

The Giants won Game 1 behind a strong pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner while the Royals won Games 2 and 3 as their pitchers limited San Francisco to 2 runs per game. The Giants won Games 4 and 5, thanks to 11 runs in Game 4 and Bumgarner's complete game shutout in Game 5. Kansas City tied the series in Game 6, shutting out San Francisco and scoring 10 runs, which forced a Game 7. The Giants won the final game, 3–2, thanks to timely hitting, including the game-winning RBI by Michael Morse to score Pablo Sandoval. Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings in relief on two days' rest to clinch the championship, claiming the series MVP award. Kansas City would somewhat get a measure of revenge by winning the World Series the following year.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

2015 World Series

The 2015 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 season. The 111th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion New York Mets and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 27 and November 1, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 1. It was the first time since the 2010 World Series that the World Series extended into November. The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series to win the World Series after losing in the previous year. It was the first World Series to feature only expansion teams and the first since the 2007 World Series to not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, or San Francisco Giants as the NL champions.

The Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL's 6–3 victory in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game, a practice that was discontinued after the 2016 season. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format: the Royals hosted Games 1 and 2, and the Mets hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 (there was no Game 6 or 7, which the Royals would have hosted).

The Royals won Game 1 in extra innings. The Royals also won Game 2 with a complete game by Johnny Cueto, who allowed only one unearned run and two hits. With the series shifting to New York, the Mets won Game 3 with home runs by David Wright and Curtis Granderson. The Royals came from behind to win Game 4 after an error by Daniel Murphy led to a blown save by Jeurys Familia. Game 5 also went into extra innings, where bench player Christian Colón drove in the go-ahead run for the Royals, who clinched the series. Salvador Pérez was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

Domingo Pérez (footballer)

Domingo Salvador Pérez (born 7 June 1936) is a Uruguayan football forward who played for Uruguay in the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups. He also played for Club Nacional de Football.

Faro de Moncloa

The Faro de Moncloa is a 92-metre (302 ft)-high transmission tower with an observation deck at the Plaza De Moncloa, Madrid, Spain. It was project by architect Salvador Pérez Arroyo and built in 1992. The tower was closed to the public from 2005 to 2015, when new safety regulations were introduced after the Windsor Tower fire took place earlier that year. It reopened to the public in April 2015.

Jesús Salvador Pérez

Jesús Salvador Pérez Llerena (born December 25, 1971 in Córdoba, Bolívar) is a retired male boxer from Colombia, who competed in the bantamweight division (– 54 kg) during his career. He represented his native country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he was defeated in the first round of the men's bantamweight competition by France's Philippe Wartelle (5:12).

Kansas City Royals award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team.

List of Silver Slugger Award winners at catcher

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage (OBP), in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.Among catchers, Mike Piazza has won the most Silver Slugger Awards, with ten consecutive wins in the National League between 1993 and 2002; this is the most Silver Sluggers won consecutively by any player in Major League Baseball. In the American League, Iván Rodríguez has won the most Silver Sluggers, with six consecutive wins from 1994 to 1999, and a seventh when he tied with Víctor Martínez in 2004. Lance Parrish won the American League award six times (1980, 1982–1984, 1986, and 1990), and Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada have won it five times; Mauer won in 2006, 2008–2010 and 2013, while Posada won in 2000–2003 and 2007. Hall of Famer Gary Carter (1981–1983, 1984–1986) and Brian McCann (2006, 2008-2011) are five-time winners in the National League. Other multiple awardees include Buster Posey (four wins; 2012, 2014–2015, 2017), Benito Santiago (four wins; 1987–1988, 1990–1991), Mickey Tettleton (three wins; 1989, 1991–1992) and Carlton Fisk (three wins; 1981, 1985, 1988). J. T. Realmuto and Salvador Pérez are the most recent National and American League winners, respectively.

Piazza holds several Major League records for catchers in a Silver Slugger-winning season; most were set in 1997. That season, he had an on-base percentage of .431, and had 124 runs batted in (a total he matched in 1999) to lead the award-winning catchers in those statistical categories. Javy López holds the Major League records among winners for home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.687); these were set in 2003. Mauer holds the Major League record in batting average with a .365 clip he set in 2009. Mauer also leads the American League in on-base percentage (.444 in 2009) and slugging percentage (.587 in 2009). Parrish batted in 114 runs in 1983, and Fisk hit 37 home runs in 1985.

Mayte Macanás

Mayte Gómez Macanás (7 March 1984 Murcia, Spain), who performs under the name Mayte, is a Spanish singer and was 11th placed finalist on the fifth series of reality television show Operación Triunfo.

Philippe Wartelle

Philippe Wartelle is a French Olympic boxer. He represented his country in the bantamweight division at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He won his first bout against Jesús Salvador Pérez, and then lost his second bout to Roberto Jalnaiz.

Rawlings Gold Glove Award

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to as simply the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), as voted by the managers and coaches in each league. It is also awarded to women fastpitch softball players in the National Pro Fastpitch as of 2016. Managers are not permitted to vote for their own players. Additionally, a sabermetric component provided by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) accounts for approximately 25 percent of the vote. Eighteen Gold Gloves are awarded each year (with the exception of 1957, 1985, 2007, and 2018), one at each of the nine positions in each league. In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position. The award was created from a glove made from gold lamé-tanned leather and affixed to a walnut base. Initially, only one Gold Glove per position was awarded to the top fielder at each position in Major League Baseball; however, separate awards were given for the National and American Leagues beginning in 1958.

Rubén Pérez (footballer, born 1989)

Rubén Salvador Pérez del Mármol (born 26 April 1989) is a Spanish footballer who plays for CD Leganés as a defensive midfielder.

Salva Chamorro

Salvador Pérez Martínez (Chinese: 沙華; born 8 May 1990), known as Salva Chamorro, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Indian club Mohun Bagan A.C. as a striker.

Villarroya, La Rioja

Villarroya is a municipality and village in the province and autonomous community of La Rioja, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 11.77 square kilometres (4.54 sq mi) and as of 2011 had a population of nine people.

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