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Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement this Thursday from baseball in Fort Meyers Florida.
In 1997, Varitek was a young catcher (selected in the first round by the Mariners) playing for Mariners AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. At the MLB Trade Deadline, Mariners GM Woody Woodward dealt Varitek and a young Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb who had a 5.79 ERA at the time.
The Seattle Mariners were in first place and were desperate for relief pitching. They also dealt former first round pick (third overall) Jose Cruz to the Toronto Blue Jays for relievers Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric on the same day. This deal makes the Varitek trade even more curious.
Jason Varitek, 39, played 15 seasons with the Red Sox. He ranks first all time for a Boston Red Sox catcher in games (1,546), hits (1,307), runs (664), HR (193) & RBI (757). Varitek was named captain in 2004 and has caught a record 4 no-hitters. Varitek also has 2 World ...
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Of all the things that Jason Varitek has done during his lengthy career with the Red Sox, none is more recognizable than jamming his catcher's mitt in the face of Alex Rodriguez. And that's something that doesn't sit well with Jason, nor his father.
“It wasn't something that you're proud of. We've been down this road talking with my kids...
Longtime Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Veritek is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, but it appears that the organization knew about the impending announcement long before anyone else did. How so? Video of a New York family’s tour of the Red Sox clubhouse on Truck Day (the annual event in early February [...]
Jason Varitek is set to retire tomorrow from Major League Baseball and of course, such news always requires some sort of retrospective analysis. Was he a Hall of Fame player? Where does he rank among catchers of his generation? Yes, such news is always our cue to write something to sum up a career. Such retrospectives are complicated when such a retiring player played for a high...
Jason Varitek was extremely emotional in his retirement speech on Thursday, expressing his utmost gratitude and appreciation for the Red Sox organization. Varitek reached out to the owners of the Red Sox during his address, telling John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner just how much spending his entire career in Boston truly meant to the 15-year veteran. Check out the video above...
Jason Varitek retired Thursday
Trade deadline, 1997. For a Seattle Mariners knee deep in a American League West playoff race, the Mariners found it necessary to trade for an established pitcher to try and make a run for the playoffs. They struck a deal with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Heathcliff Solcumb for two prospects, pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek. Both players...
Longtime Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is announcing his retirement from baseball Thursday and given his status as a well-respected representative of the game (except when it comes to A-Rod and the Yankees, probably), it is expected that players, managers, front office personnel from all across Major League Baseball will express their congratulatory opinions [...]
When the Boston Red Sox reported to spring training and captain Jason Varitek was nowhere to be found, the players could see the writing on the wall.
Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek retired yesterday. Crying like you would if you could retire at 39.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The writing has been on the wall regarding captain Jason Varitek's future with the Boston Red Sox for some time now.
In a nice coda to Jason Varitek's classy, low-key departure, the Future (it's always about the Future) had something to say during a meaningless B game. Buster Olney @Buster_ESPNRyan Lavarnway with a moonshot homer to left with two outs in the first. This is not to say that the future has been determined, but it's a good reminder that change is good and necessary...
Alex Rodriguez laughed off Bobby Valentine's comments about his 2004 scrap with Jason Varitek, then made a brief statement and ducked through the crowd of reporters surrounding his locker.