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One-time player for Curve named as new manager

Miguel Perez

From Mirror reports

The Altoona Curve on Wednesday named Miguel Perez as the new manager for the upcoming 2021 minor league season.

Perez, who is the 12th manager in franchise history, will become the first former Altoona Curve player to serve as the team’s manager. He appeared in 92 games for the Curve during the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 seasons. Perez hit .271 with four home runs and 36 RBIs in his time with Altoona.

Perez, 37, enters his 14th season as a coach in the Pirates system and will be joined by pitching coach Drew Benes, hitting coach David Newhan and bench coach Gary Green. Tyler Brooks will be another new face in the dugout as the athletic trainer.

The 2021 season will be Perez’s fourth year as a manager in the minors. He owns a career record of 127-145, all with Pirates-affiliated clubs. He spent the 2019 season as the manager for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He led Greensboro to a 79-59 record and a third-place finish. Prior to the 2019 season, Perez spent both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the manager for the Bristol Pirates in the Appalachian League.

Perez’s coaching career started in 2014. His first job in coaching was in the South Atlantic League, coaching third base for the West Virginia Power, under former Curve manager Michael Ryan.

As a player, Perez was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2000. He made his professional debut with the Reds in 2001. Perez spent the majority of the 2005 season with Sarasota in the Florida State League, where he was named to the All-Star team. He was also named as the Reds minor league Defensive-Player-of-the-Year that season. Perez made his major league debut for the Reds in 2005 against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first player from Guatire, Miranda, Venezuela to make the major leagues.

In the offseason, Perez resides in Guatire with his wife Mariafernanda, and two daughters.

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