Signed in blue ballpoint pen on the sweet spot
Inscription: HOF 2000
Atanasio "Tony" Pérez Rigal (born May 14, 1942), is a former Major League Baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Variously nicknamed "Big Dog", "Big Doggie", "Doggie", and "The Mayor of Riverfront", the slugging seven-time All-Star split his career between third and first base, earning two World Series rings during a twenty-three year playing career, and one World Series ring as a coach.
Along with fellow stars Pete Rose and Johnny Bench, Pérez was a key member of Cincinnati's celebrated "Big Red Machine". Following a thirteen year initial stint with the Reds (1964–76), he played for the Montreal Expos (1977–79), Boston Red Sox (1980–82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983) before returning to Cincinnati for his final three seasons (1984–86). He finished his career with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1,652 runs batted in and 1,272 runs scored.
After retiring, Pérez went on to coach and later manage the Reds and manage the Florida Marlins. He currently holds the title of Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Marlins. He has been with the Marlins organization since they were created in 1993, as the Florida Marlins. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.