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Jason Varitek is retiring

Feb 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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This is not surprising given all of the rumblings we’ve heard, but it’s going to be official as of Thursday: Jason Varitek is retiring.  He told the Boston Globe that he will announce it formally in Fort Myers that day.

The end was certainly nigh.  Varitek turns 40 in April. He hit .221/.300/.423 with 11 home runs, 36 RBIs and a .723 OPS over 68 games last season, with basically negative defensive value.  For his career, however, he hit .256/.341/.435 with 193 home runs and 757 RBIs.  He was a three-time All-Star.  He won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award in 2005.  He got a couple of MVP votes along the way.

But more significant is the leadership role he played with the Red Sox teams that will always be remembered for breaking the 86-year World Series drought. And because of that, Varitek’s stature in the team’s history will always be greater than even his considerable stature the pure baseball merits warrant.

Happy trails, Mr. Varitek.  Baseball was better for your being a part of it.

  1. cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    “Happy trails, Mr. Varitek. Baseball was better for you being a part of it.”

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      It is about freaking time. I think he retired two years ago but neglected to tell the front office. And leave that god-forsaken “C” at the door.

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        I remember last season when he was steam rolled by Brett Lawrie, who happens to be built like a superhero. Tek was knocked flying. But, he held onto the ball, came up grinning, made the out, and Lawrie was pulled from the game with a sore shoulder. Keeping in mind that I’m a Blue Jays fan and was rooting for Tek’s limbs ‘sploding off his body like a dropped lego-man, I have to admit to being pretty impressed with him. Not many guys hold onto the ball through that kind of collision, much less laugh it off after. That’s what you want to see from the Captain of your club.

    • garnermusic - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      The guy was a douche. Big tough guy picking a fight at the plate with A-Rod while he had all his catcher’s gear (including face mask) still on. What a friggin’ Mary.

  2. dmobin - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Good luck to Tek in the future, I’m hoping he takes a year away from the game and then come back in a coaching capacity in the minors. He has a lot to teach young players, especially catchers. Thanks for everything he has done for the Sox over the years.

    • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      The thing about coaching in the minors is unless you Really Want to Do It, or need the money or the insurance coverage (Jason Varitek has enough service time to qualify for full family insurance. Sal Fasano didn’t and has a very expensively sick child. Sal Fasano is a minor league manager 1,000 miles from his home.), it’s a pretty lousy job.

      – You’re still away from your family for most of the year.
      – The days are longer for a coach than a player.
      – The pay is lousy.
      – Overnight bus rides are not as good as chartered jets.
      – Motel 6 and Super 8 are not as nice as Hilton and Radisson.
      – Less than 1/4 of the meal money. Hope there’s a Denny’s or Waffle House within walking distance of your motel.
      – Nobody really wants to be there. Almost all of the players and coaches want a promotion to a higher level.

      If you’ve got millions saved saved, why go through the aggravation? If you want to coach just stay at home and be a volunteer coach with your local high school or Legion team.

    • obpedmypants - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      his coaching abilities will be in high-demand. he will not be wasted in the minors.

  3. Callidus - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with that last statement, Craig. Tek was the kind of player you’d want your kids to look up to. At every Sox game I went to, Varitek would be in the outfield during batting practice having the bullpen coach throw him dozens of bouncers to both sides so he could practice his pitch blocking. This was throughout his career and happened all season long. I think I can count the number of times I’ve seen other catchers doing the same thing (outside of spring training) on one hand.

  4. aaronmoreno - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    What’s the over/under on when he gets hired by the Red Sox as a coach or special assistant?

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      He is certainly expected to join the team in some roll.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        edit function “role”

  5. yankeesgameday - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I HATE Varitek. But I respect the hell out of him. The guy comes from the same like as Munson and Posada. Hell of a ball player and should go down as one of the most important Red Sox in the entire history of the franchise.

  6. chiadam - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Now he can join his bat and arm, both of which retired in 2008.

  7. mulletcork - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Great leader this guy was last season!! About time he quit.

  8. bennoj - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    One of the worst Mariners trades ever.

  9. aceshigh11 - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Thanks, Captain. Take a bow.

  10. randygnyc - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Never understood why it was necessary to wear the C on the uni. This isn’t football. Anyway, nice career.

  11. 33redsox - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Jason will be missed dearly by all Sox fans.

  12. phukyouk - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Class act for the most part. I fare thee well

  13. buffalomafia - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Salute’ to Varitek! He was a Yankee killer!

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