Eduardo Perez joined the Astros as bench coach in 2013. Prior to 2013, Perez had been the Marlins hitting coach since June 8, 2011. During the 2012 offseason, Perez served as manager of the Columbian national team as they played in a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic in November (finished at 1-2). Prior to his stint as Marlins hitting coach, Perez was a special assistant to the baseball operations department for the Cleveland Indians, during which he spent time in uniform during Spring Training providing instruction at the Major League and minor league levels. Perez had success in his two seasons as manager of the Ponce Lions in the Puerto Rican Winter League (2008-09), earning Manager of the Year honors in 2008 after leading his club to the league title. Following the season, he took the Lions to the 2009 Caribbean Series, where they finished with a 2-4 record. Perez had also previously served as the manager and general manager of the Puerto Rico National Team and, in 2009, was their hitting coach in the World Baseball Classic. The Club finished second in on-base percentage (.409) and seventh in batting average (.286) among the 16 teams in the WBC tournament.
Perez played parts of 13 seasons (1993-2006) in the Major Leagues, primarily as a first baseman, for the Angels, Cardinals, Reds, Devil Rays, Indians and Mariners. In 754 career games, he posted a .247 average (445x1800) with 79 home runs and 294 RBI. Perez had his best season in 1997 while with Cincinnati, reaching career highs in home runs (18), RBI (52) and games (106). He collected his first ML hit and HR in his first ML game, going 2x4 with three RBI in a 15-8 win July 27, 1993, vs. Oakland while with the Angels. Perez hit two home runs in a game five times in his career and tallied a career high four hits on June 24, 1997, at Montreal. Perez was the Angels first-round draft pick (17th overall) in 1991 after starring at Florida St. University, helping to lead the Seminoles to the College World Series that season.
Following his playing career, Perez joined ESPN as a baseball analyst for the 2006 postseason and worked full-time for the network for the next four seasons. Eduardo is the youngest of two sons of Hall of Famer Tony Perez. He and his wife, Mirba, reside in San Juan, PR, along with their two daughters, Andreanna and Juliana.