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Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 6:09 pm
By Matt Snyder

Long-time Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has elected to retire,'s Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Boston Globe. The original report also indicated that Varitek will stay with the Red Sox organization "in some capacity."

Varitek, 39, spent his entire 15-year major-league career with the Red Sox. He went to the All-Star Game three times while winning one Gold Glove and one Silver Slugger. He hit 193 career homers while driving home 757 runs and scoring 664. His career line is .256/.341/.435. And, of course, the Red Sox's captain was part of two World Series-winning teams, including the "idiots" of 2004 that snapped the so-called Curse of the Bambino.

As the Globe report noted, only Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Jim Rice had longer stints with the Red Sox without having played for another big-league team.

Varitek also was part of one of the more dubious trade deadline deals. On July 31, 1997, the Mariners shipped Varitek and a 24-year-old Derek Lowe to the Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb. Slocumb had a 4.97 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 13 saves and nine losses in a season and a half for the Mariners.

Kudos to Varitek on a very respectable career.

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Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2012 11:08 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Oh yeah,Varitek is a real tough guy,by starting a fight while still wearing his catchers mask.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:58 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

With the retirement of Tim Wakefield, Jason was going to be dropped anyway... the Wakefield retirement meant the end of the road for Varitek...

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:47 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Varitek's role in managing the pitching staff will be greatly missed.  If they ever develop statistics to measure the catcher's impact on pitcher performance, he will be recognized as one of the greatest tactical catchers of all time.

That function was so much more important than whether he could hit or not.  I hope the Red Sox organization has the sense to immediately hire him as part of player development operations.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:19 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

This guy was a damn good baseball player.  I think right here you also have one of the few clean guys of baseball when so many numbers were jacked up with roids.  he played hard and he was a leader and one of the main reason the red sox have those last 2 titles. 

sure his numbers went down and it wasn't like he ever hit 320 with 40 shots, but its not like he was a slouch at the plate ether.  he had some good years hitting for a catcher.  he was awful at throwing runners out at the end of his career, but overall he was a damn good catcher.  he knew what he was doing back there.  4 no hitters and a lot of productive years while catching 2 world series winning teams.

yankee fans like myself know this guy could play, we watched him a lot.  when the fans of your rival come say best of luck you know you played the game right.  

i see veritek as a good future manager in MLB. 

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:53 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

He should've quit a couple of years ago before he embarrassed himself at the plate. R.I.P.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:44 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

He'll always be my hero for trying to punch out A-Rod. Now if he could've taken down Swisher or Matsui, he'd have a statue erected of him on Yawkey Way.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:11 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Couldn't agree more with your comment.  Also as a Yankees fan it is gonna be a little weird not seeing him behind the plate.  Best wishes to Jason Varitek in the future!!

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:31 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

One of the very select few that had the honor of playing in a "World Series" throughout every level of his entire career. High School, College, and MLB.  He stayed with one team since the Seattle trade that brought him to the Sox. Best wishes in the future captain, thanks for the years you spent making fans here happy. Hope you find a nice slot with the Sox as a coach, you certianly deserve it. 

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:14 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Shows how much you know about baseball. He was only the third captain the Redsox have named since 1923. It's an honor to wear the C on your jersey. You should do your homework before going on a public forum and making a fool of yourself. Now who's the Clown?

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:49 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

of course I'm a BOS/NY hater by nature.  But, best of luck to the guy.  He's been a staple in the MLB for a long time and have enjoyed watching him play in the past.

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