MLB’s Perez makes second straight all-star game
Former Holmes Beach resident Chris Perez’ 2012 season as the closer for the Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians got off to a rocky start.
First he strained his oblique muscle during spring training. He followed that by blowing an opening-day save opportunity and wasting a 4-1 lead and a beautiful two-hitter from Indians’ starter Justin Masterson.
Since then, Perez has converted 24 straight save opportunities and was recently selected to his second straight MLB All-Star team by his peers. In addition, he has helped his Cleveland Indians team to a 44-40 record, which puts them in second place and only three games back in the American League Central Division at the midway point of the MLB season.
Perez is now firmly entrenched as a premier closer. With 24 saves, Perez is on pace to challenge Jose Mesa’s team record 46 saves set in 1995. He has compiled an impressive 2.59 earned run average — amassing 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work — and Indian opponents are batting a paltry .210 against him.
There are many instances of players making it into one all-star game, but when you’re selected by your peers twice, it’s quite an honor. Perez also is quickly moving up in the Indians’ record book. In only two and a half seasons as the Indians’ closer, Perez has closed out 85 games, putting Bob Wickman’s career mark of 139 saves in reach. Not bad for someone who didn’t really start pitching until his sophomore year of high school.
He was a good catcher up to that point, but guys who possess a 95-mph fastball don’t grow on trees.
Perez and wife Melanie have a 21-month old son Maxwell and are expecting a daughter in September. He made his first all-star team last season and took his wife and son, along with mother Julie and father Tim to partake in all of the festivities that accompany Major League Baseball’s midseason classic.
Congratulations to Perez, and here’s hoping this all-star thing becomes a regular “working” vacation for Perez and family.
AMICC to host sports camps
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host a baseball camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 30-Aug. 2. Baseball camp will cost $80 per player.
The camp will be directed by Jesse Brisson, who professes that baseball — not the real estate business he works at daily — was his first love. Brisson’s goals for the camp are to bring children together as a team, promote sportsmanship, instill a love of the game and have fun.
British Soccer Camps will be held at the center 9-11 a.m. July 23-26 for players ages 3-5 and 9 a.m.-noon for players ages 6-16. Cost for the younger players is $85, while the older age group is $110.
British Soccer Camps provide players of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts. Each day’s camp includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a daily tournament.
Registration forms are available at the center, but players are encouraged to register at www.challengersports.com. Applications received for the British camp less than 10 days prior to camp will be charged an additional $10.
Next up at the center is an ultimate Frisbee camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-8.
Ultimate is a non-stop competition between two teams that involves running, throwing and catching a Frisbee. Also known as Frisbee football, it is among the fastest growing sports in the country.
This camp will teach participants the fundamentals of the game under the direction of David Greene, a local resident with more than 20 years competitive experience. He won one out nine national championship tournaments appearances.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908 or go online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
AMICC indoor soccer league schedule
July 16 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
July 11 6 p.m. Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bistro
July 11 7 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs. Beach Bums
July 16 7 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs. Gettel Toyota
July 11 8 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Eat Here
July 16 8 p.m. Eat Here vs. Waterfront
NFL Adult Coed Flag Football Schedule
July 11 6 p.m. Chargers vs. Dolphins
July 11 7 p.m. Browns vs. Saints
July 11 8 p.m. Titans vs. Jets
July 11 9 p.m. Raiders vs. Vikings
AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball Schedule
July 17 6 p.m. Best Buy vs. FL Discount Signs
July 17 7 p.m. Troy’s vs. The Feast
July 17 8 p.m. Troy’s vs. The Feast