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Ex-captain Jason Varitek [stats]
is now a member of the front office, a special assistant to general
manager Ben Cherington, and for someone who was here in uniform just a
year ago, he sounded ready and willing to help his floundering team as
soon as possible.
“That’s why you do it, that’s why I never left this organization,”
said Varitek during a conference call yesterday. “That’s why you take
part. That could have just as well happened anywhere else. Here, I know a
lot of the people still and it’s not that far removed. If I can offer
some help in some ways then I want to be able to do it.”
The job description for Varitek does not seem ironclad, yet. He will
help with evaluation at the major and minor league levels, mentorship,
instruction and personnel decisions.
“First and foremost, it’s starting to be involved and to be involved
and to learn a lot in a lot of different areas, that’s the biggest
part,” said Varitek. “I’m not going to be removed from what goes on, but
yet spend time with a lot of different things. As long as I played, I
can still learn.”
Herald - In need of Tek relief
This new Varitek-Red Sox relationship is pretty interesting to me. And, right now, doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Jason Varitek was born to manage a ballclub. That's where we all expect this thing to conclude -- with him at the helm of the Red Sox. As some recent managerial hires have proven, you don't need to have spent several years managing in the minors, or under a different manager to be run a major league club. But if this is the path that Varitek is on, why make him an assistant general manager (assistant TO the general manager!)?
I could be reading entirely too much into this, but I wonder if Varitek truly does want to manage a club. At least at any time in the near future. The Sox clearly want him as part of the organization, which is smart. Maybe they'll let him 'explore' different positions hoping he'll realize that in the dugout is the only place he really wants to be.
All that aside, just having him around next year is going to put me at ease a little bit. I can't even speculate as to how much interaction he'll have with the players in 2013, but I would imagine the Sox made sure that some of the duties they expect from the assistant general manager (assistant TO the general manager!) is dealing with the players on the roster.
Either way, it's just nice to have him aboard again.
Rest of the links:
Herald - Same old result here for Sox | Globe - Held to one hit, it’s a bad night in Baltimore | Varitek’s goal is to help restore the Red Sox | CSNNE -Losses bring Sox closer to protected draft pick | Orioles make short work of Cook, 9-1 | WEEI - A year later, Red Sox still at a loss to explain 2011 swoon | Varitek: Not saying 'yes' or 'no' to managing
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