Gerald June Perry (born October 30, 1960) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1995 for the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.
In 1988, Perry had his best season, batting an even .300. He was one of only five National League batters that hit .300 or better that season that had the required number of plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. Perry was a contender for the title virtually the entire season, but ended up fifth. Tony Gwynn won the title that season by batting only .313. For his efforts, Perry was named to the 1988 NL All-Star team.
In 1993 he tied a St. Louis Cardinals single-season club record with 24 pinch hits, and in 1995 he became the Cardinals all-time pinch-hit leader with 70th Cardinal pinch hit.
Perry was hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners from 2000–2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003–2005, the Oakland Athletics in 2006, and the Chicago Cubs from 2007 until he was fired on June 13, 2009. The Cubs replaced him with Von Joshua. In 2011, the Athletics re-hired him as batting coach and let go after the season ended.
He was the hitting coach for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox in 2012. Perry joins the Erie SeaWolves for the 2013 season as their hitting coach.
He will be the hitting coach for the USA team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
By Dean Hanley
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