Former pitcher Pascual Perez killed

Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was killed Thursday at his home in the Dominican Republic. He was 55 years old.

According to the Dominican Today newspaper, Perez was the victim of an armed robbery at his home in the town of Haina, about 10 miles west of the country's capital of Santo Domingo.

The paper said Perez suffered a stab wound to the neck, adding that a potential motive for the robbery was that he had just received money from his Major League Baseball pension.

Perez pitched for the Pirates, Braves, Expos and Yankees in an 11-year big league career from 1980-91. The right-hander had a record of 67-68 with a 3.44 ERA in 207 games, including 193 starts.

Considered one of baseball's characters during his career, Perez once missed a start because he was unable to exit an expressway in Atlanta.

Perez reportedly had been suffering from kidney problems in recent years.