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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, CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:23 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

i will always remember varitek as the only clown in the MLB to wear a "C" on his uniform!



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:55 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

His production was definitely down at the end of his career, but that happens to a lot of catchers.  Fortunately he was still able to offer guidance to a lot of young pitchers - his presence behind the plate was always fantastic.  I think a lot of people don't quite understand how well he called games...he was the catcher for four no-hitters, more than any other catcher in history, after all.


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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:22 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:01 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

yankee die hard here. it is hard for me to say this but the guy was a good catcher. he brought it every night and never backed down from anyone!!!! he is not hall of fame material but he was a good player for a long time and he always seemed to come up with big hits against the yankee's!!!! part of me is sad to see him go just because of the rivalary between the yank's and the red sox, he was always right in the middle of everything and it is going to feel weird not to see him behind the plate for the sox!!!! best wishes the rest of the way jason varitek!!!!!!



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:41 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Tek should have retired about 4-5 years ago.  After 2007, he's been pretty worthless offensively.  No HOF.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:39 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

but a lowly Oriole fan here and I have to say best of luck to Varitek.


sonic- Cool



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:35 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Easily one of the most overrated players in recent memory. Ran and swung the bat like a fairy. .256 average and not even 200 homeruns. In 15 years. In that ballpark. Weak.


Please detail HOW he was "overrated".

I never heard of people speak highly of his offense, so he's not overrated there.
I have  heard of people speaking very highly of his ability to call games.  4 no-hitters (MLB record) and a 1 hitter.  Seems to be rated pretty much on point there.

But please, do tell exactly how he's rated and how it's "overrated" - I'd hate to think you just posted without actually thinking.


100 bucks says you don't even respond.    




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:33 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Not a Sox fan or a Yank fan - but a lowly Oriole fan here and I have to say best of luck to Varitek. He had quite a career with the sox.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:32 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

No he won't.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:32 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Please Boston...put a stop to this embarrassing "tradition"


What is it about the internet that prevents people from actually knowing what they're talking about?


how could it be an embarrassing tradition, when this is the first time they've done it?       


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