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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: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:30 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I love the objectivity of Yankee fans.  You've got the biggest ego in the history of baseball playing 3B, and a cheater on top of that.  And you want to talk about Varitek??  A-Rod is a bigger embarrassment than any Red Sox player ever has been.  I'd rather have Varitek behind the plate than Posada. 



Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:22 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I guess know that they will not be drinking in the dressing room we could expect a few more to retire. Dont get me wrong he used to be a great player.



Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:15 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Great news... Now baseball fans will no longer have to view His hockey jersey C anymore. The difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox is simple..The Yankee uniform never changes and no individual names, titles or accomplishments get slapped on it like billboards. The Yankees have a captain too..it's just not advertised. Please Boston...put a stop to this embarrassing "tradition"



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:31 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.

H.O.F material? Below avg offense and arm. Not in my book.



Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:10 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Even though I sm s Yankees fan, I always admired Varitek and will miss him.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:57 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Hung em up 3 years too late...forgot he even played the last few years.



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:16 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

He will be well-remembered and missed by all Red Sox fans and I hope by other fans of MLB.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:02 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

It is his time to retire though it is pretty crappy of the Red Sox to barely sign him to a minor league deal.  I really have to wonder what he was thinking with Heidi and why he seemed to disappear leadership wise in September but it's not like he was using illegal drugs or did anything illegal so we still have to remember him for what he did with the Red Sox!  



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:23 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

The CAPTAIN will be missed !



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:32 am
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

good bye,get tired of these old dudes.bosox aint nothing anyways.tell him to go get more beer for the clubhouse, keep hearing he was one big drunk anyways.


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