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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: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:59 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Thank you Varitek for an oustanding career with the sox and bringing us the world series not once but twice! a pillar and face of these red sox teams he had a great bat when he was in his prime and a good defensive player. The last few years were tough to watch but you are one of my favorite red sox. Thank you for everything you have done for us!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:58 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

One of the best deals Boston has ever made.  Still doesn't make up for the Bagwell deal
Derek Lowe and Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb was one of the best deals any team has ever made. I'd say it pretty much made up for the Bagwell trade as both Lowe and Tek were invaluable in winning a championship. Seattle's GM at the time must not have gotten a decent nights sleep since he made that deal.

Can't stand this guy.  I wished ARod back in the summer of 2004 would have pulled a Juan Marichal and crack his bat over Varitek head just like Marichal did to Johnny Roseboro back in 1963.  That would have been a Kodak moment.
It was more surprising that A-Rod actually fought back at all, rather than swatting at Varitek like a woman swatting a mugger away from her purse like he did in that Bronson Arroyo tag play. Both the Varitek face shove and the Arroyo ball swat did indeed become "Kodak moments" here in Boston.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:04 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Brutal that he won a Golden Glove.  Looked like he was catching with the a goat head and couldn't throw me out and I waddle. 

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:17 am

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I still say ARod should have cracked the bat over Varitek's head.  Glad Varitek is gone now.  The Sox pissed all over him for his last 2 years.

Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:10 pm
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:09 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

He's probably still one of my favorite all-time Red Sox.  There are lots of reasons to respect him and praise his contributions to some excellent teams.  But, the alleged Watney affair, his seemingly-absent leadership last September and (to a lesser extent) his noodle arm have soured me a bit.

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:36 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Congrats to 'Tek on a great career.  I have enjoyed all 15 years of his career.  He had a respectable season last year and that was a good way for him to make his exit, although I wish the team had given him a high note by at least making the playoffs!  Tough as nails, great with his pitchers, consummate team player.  I wish him all the best!  Thanks for the memories.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:35 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

As much as I'd like to have heard about Varitek going "Crash Davis" on the beer-swillers and chicken eaters in his locker room (he wore that "C" for a reason, folks!), I can't imagine it would have done much good. 

Beside that, he was always a treat to watch.  He may have hit for a pretty low average his last few years, but he was always good for a hit when the Sox really needed one for so many years.  He brought along some pretty good pitchers, too. 

Thanks, Jason!  It was fun.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:22 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Yeah,starts a fight with his catchers mask on...tough guy

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:14 pm

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Thanks for all great memories V-Tek....Losing Wake and Tek is like losing two huge pillars, it was time, but it is tough to see them both go....Outstanidng Gentlemen!!!!

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