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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: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Tek, thanks for all the great memories and the hard work you put in over the years!! You were a huge part of the Sox and I thank you for the two world championships!! It's great to hear that you're staying with the Sox organization.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Easy now Nova fan...a Kodak moment here in 2012, not 1963 is known as complete bankrupcy which sums up your post. ARod would have done more damage if he had his purse to swing at Tek. As far as 'Yans v Sawx brawls go taht`s outside the top 5. BTW the 70`s clashes were the top 5. It was time for Tek, Wakefield & Co. to hang em up/make changes/ban beer. Pedroia takes the C and the pitching well...same with Francoma or not. One of Bostons best trades ever Lowe & Veritek for Heathclif Slocumb...sill M`s. 



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:57 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Perry04005 said
 Love you Tek. You are one of the best Red Sox of all time. A real classy guy and I'm glad you are staying with the organization on another level

Even though I am a big Yankee fan I have to agree with you.  He played the game the way you should

He was a terrific catcher.  The young guys can learn from him being around

One of the best deals Boston has ever made.  Still doesn't make up for the Bagwell deal
though.






Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Love you Tek. You are one of the best Red Sox of all time. A real classy guy and I'm glad you are staying with the organization on another level



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:37 pm
 

Report: Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I'll miss you Tek,

I loved the way you led the Red Sox; you had a great respect for the game and it showed. A fire tested career. Your career endured the test because you were pure gold a long time ago. 

Thank You, Tek

TrueGrit 



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

i hear he is going to do celebrity boxing... but only if he gets to wear his catchers mask.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Report: Jason Varitek to announce retirement

There have not been very many major league catchers that had the work-ethic of Tek. He will always have the respect of the Boston fans and hope his new "capacity" with the Sox will be something positive for the team. There is not better to be perhaps tutoring young catchers.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Report: Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Love you Tek, allways gave your all. Nothing but respect for you! Dirt Dog, Red Sox HOF but thats a given.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Report: Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Thanks for the years of service Tek, you were a great guy to watch each year and while the last few years have not been kind, I hope to see you continue to mentor the Sox catchers.


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