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Boston Red Sox Report; Varitek Joins Management

Jason Varitek Joins Management

On Sept 27, 2012, Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington announced that long time catcher and captain of the Sox, Jason Varitek joins management as a special assistant. One of the most respected and revered players in Boston's history, Varitek will be involved in personnel decisions and evaluations and play a key role in young player development.

Prolific Career

Varitek, 40, played in the Little League, College and MLB World Series, one of only two players ever to achieve this accomplishment. He also played for the 1992 US Olympic Team. Originally a Seattle Mariners minor league prospect, the Rochester, Michigan native was traded to the Red Sox and made his major league debut in Sept., 1997. His 2004 season was highlighted by winning the world series, being appointed Captain of the Red Sox and the now famous fight with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. In his fifteen year major league career, Varitek is a three time All Star selection, two time world series champ and 2005 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winner.

A Student Of The Game

Aside from his attributes as a player, Varitek is noted for his preparation and understanding of the game. His ability to manage pitchers was a major contributing factor to the 2004 and 2007 World Series.

Red Sox Manager Candidate

The fact that Varitek joins management is no surprise as it was highly suspected by fans and members of the press that he was a candidate for Valentine's vacated position, but Jason dispelled those rumors; or did he. “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.” The ambiguous nature of this comment leads many to believe that the Red Sox understand what Jason Varitek brings to the table in so many areas, yet aren't 100% sure exactly what capacity would best suit the captain. His lack of any managerial experience, either minor or major league, would seem to be a hindrance to that appointment but his leadership and field persona dictate otherwise. Whatever capacity he occupies, the entire Red Sox Nation overwhelmingly approve of his return to the fold.

More Than a Pesky Replacement

Varitek's addition to the team fills a void created by the recently deceased Red Sox Hall of Famer Johnny Pesky. But where they have many similarities, their roles in the organization are decidedly different. They both spent most or all of their major league careers with the Red Sox, both have outstanding achievements as players and both are or were considered to be the 'heart and soul' of the team. However, Pesky was more of a component, a coach and special assistant to the team, where Varitek will undoubtedly have a more critical role in player personnel acquisition and development. Whether he assumes the reigns as the dugout skipper or dons the garb of upper management, Varitek's role revolves around his leadership capability. His career path may be hazy but his future as a fixture in Boston seems crystal clear.

Career Stats

Varitek had 5099 at bats, playing in 1546 games over his career. His lifetime batting average was .256 while collecting 757 rbi's and 193 home runs.


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