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Seriously Folks, Varitek Is Not That Bad

Posted on: January 27, 2009 8:26 pm

He is old. He is overrated. He is well beyond his prime.

His hitting is atrocious. His defense is lacking.

If any unsuspecting member of the Boston area community happens to turn on a radio, television, or read a Red Sox blog, they will quickly learn about a man named Jason Varitek.

According to the various media outlets, Jason Varitek is among the worst players in baseball. He apparently has an uncanny knack of combining a futile hitting approach and sub-par defense with not a terrible and cancerous club house personality.

Wait a minute. The Red Sox are still engaged in contract negotiations with a player this bad?

So who is this guy Varitek? A few minutes of researching takes me to Varitek's career statistics page at . Hmm...

His lifetime batting statistics are not glamorous for sure, but they are hardly terrible. What about his defense? Strange, his defensive numbers seem to contradict what has been repeated over the air waves.

And, hang on, does that say that he is only the third player since 1923 to be a captain of the Boston Red Sox?

And he made the All-Star team last year??

No, this can't be the same Jason Varitek that supposedly has skills that rival a little leaguer. 

Surprisingly enough, it is. Jason Varitek has caught more flack from the media and fans this off-season than he has pitches during his 12 year career in Boston.

Varitek means so much to this Red Sox team, and it is represented by the fact that the Sox are still in contract negotiations with him. The Sox pitching rotation is based on many pitchers who have never thrown to anybody but no. 33.

Would Jon Lester still be a 16-6 pitcher without him? Would another catcher be able to form the same kind of relationship with Daisuke Matsuzaka (who, last time I checked, doesn't speak English)?

Would that bullpen full of young arms be able to be consistently relied upon with someone else behind the plate? Would the team survive another Manny Ramirez-type clubhouse conflict and succeed with that kind of distraction?

Varitek was voted to the All-Star game in 2008 by the people who know his game and what he means to a team best: other players. There is no point in the Sox paying their pitchers without giving them someone reliable to throw to.


Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2009 11:38 pm

Seriously Folks, Varitek Is Not That Bad

Thanks for the comment.

I do agree that Scott Boras is a big part of the problem, and I do ultimately believe that Jason Varitek will re-sign with the Red Sox. But, recall that four years ago, Varitek entered into negotiations without Boras and did all of the contract work without him. There was this same kind of unease with Varitek the last time he resigned, and one of the reasons they gave him the "captain" status was as a bonus for takinga pay cut. The only thing is, you can't make him a captain when he already is one. The Sox only have money to offer this time around.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2009 1:02 pm

Seriously Folks, Varitek Is Not That Bad

Veritek, will be signed and is a crucial part of the Red Sox team in 2009. The team ERA with Jason Veritek behind the plate has better in the past 10 years that is has ever been. Two very young pichers throwing no-hitters with Tek behind the plate ( it would have been 3 , if the Older Pitcher , Shilling would have threw a 1 instead of a 2 ) over the past two years, is as much a tribute to his game management as the picther's ability. Like a solid defense, the catcher is critical to the overall game, especially big games. I know ownership and Francona know this. If Boras was not his agent and he did not stiff the Sox with other potential clients, they would have already signed him. No doubt in my mind Boras is a problem with the negotiations. They'll sign him and though both sides will feel reluctant, his loyalty and their wisdom will prevail!! Jason I am hoping will have a monster year and sign again for two more years before this one ends. The truth will come out about Boras and how the snake oil salesman hopefully will be obsolete in a few years.

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