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Red Sox name Jason Varitek special assistant to the GM

Sep 27, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

Jason Varitek Reuters

The Red Sox officially welcomed Jason Varitek back to the fold Thursday, and his title comes as no surprise. He’ll serve as a special assistant to the general manager, the team announced.

GM Ben Cherington said Varitek will be involved in “personnel decisions, evaluations, and mentorship and instruction of young players.”

Varitek retired this spring after 15 seasons with the Red Sox. A three-time All-Star and two-time World Series winner, he hit .256/.341/.435 with 193 homers and 757 RBI in 1,546 games. He likely has a future as a manager if he wants it, but this lesser role will allow him to be in baseball and still spend plenty of time with his family.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    This is the best news Sox fans have heard in about a year.

    • Glenn - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      You obviously missed the Ben Cherington interview on WEEI about the manager search.

    • offseasonblues - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      A thousand thumbs up.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Why? What has he done to show any kind of knowledge of talent evaluation etc…?

  2. randygnyc - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Perhaps the manager shopping is already over?

    • bigharold - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      One can only hope!!

      If they give lead bottom the job guaranteed the RS are cellar dwellers for his tenure.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        Harold…please know with you being a Yankees fan I can totally appreciate you despising all things Red Sox related. But Varitek didn’t sucker punch anyone. He was standing face-to-face with Arod and mean mugged his ass like a Man. I have no skin in the game.
        As an unbiased observer…this was straight up…toe-to-toe stuff. Like it’s supposed to be done.

      • bigharold - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        “…toe-to-toe stuff. Like it’s supposed to be done.”

        Except for the face mask and chest protector that is. I don’t know about you but I grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood as a kid and NEVER needed a mask to handle my business and I’m was never considered a tough guy.

        And I don’t despise RS in general, in fact I have a grudging respect for many of them but Ol’ Leadbottom is the exception. His reputation far exceeds his abilities and contributions. If he’s ever was the leader he’s purported to be there wouldn’t ever hand been the great beer and chicken scandal of 2011.

        As a Yankee fan I hope they give him a contract for life. It’d be better than giving Valentine a life time contract because Capt Sucker Punch is younger.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        “Except for the face mask and chest protector that is.”
        So he is supposed to ask A-Rod to give him a minute to disrobe prior to continuing the altercation? This makes ZERO sense. And if you grew up in a tough neighborhood you know full well this would get your assed kicked prior to even removing the first article of clothing and/or equipment. Man…your disgust for Varitek is huge. So huge…you aren’t thinking clearly.

      • bigharold - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        “So he is supposed to ask A-Rod…’

        Even in a hockey fight they drop their gloves. Capt Leadbottom is and always will be chickenshit. hopefully his clueless ass will be with the Rs for years to come.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Although we don’t agree with the way the fight went down (in general).
        I have to compliment you on your “Captain Leadbottom” moniker you attached to Varitek.
        It makes me laugh every time I see it.

  3. bigharold - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Special assistant for feigning leadership and sucker punching????

    Welcome back Capt Sucker Punch!

    • Glenn - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Are you referring to when Varitek picked up and slammed Arod when he was going to go after his pitcher? Missed the sucker punch on that, but did enjoy the greatest choke in post season history that followed. Never saw a sucker punch from one of the classier MLB players of his generation.

      • teaspoon1731 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        If you wanna go with a sucker punch, I’d say maybe Pedro taking down Zimmer. Even though he was charging the mound, hitting an old man is always a sucker punch. HIlarious though it may be.

      • bigharold - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        “Are you referring to when Varitek picked up and slammed Arod when he was going to go after his pitcher? ”

        No. Clearly either you eye sight or memory is faulty to the point of being useless. I’m referring to when Capt Sucker Punch followed A-Rod down the first base line and ol’ Leadbottom hit him with his catchers mitt. Of course he was sure to keep his chest protector and catchers mask on cause he’s areal manly man. When last seen, .. Capt Sucker Punch was in a head lock and being rescued by the rest of the RS.

        Perhaps this will help your refresh your beer addled brain at least remember if not understand.

        “… but did enjoy the greatest choke in post season history that followed. ”

        How’d you feel about the greatest over all choke in MLB history that started last September. You do remember that through the beer fog? It started with a nine game lead…

        As a Yankee fan I can only hope and pray that the RS are STUPID enough to make Capt Useless the manager. But, since I was kind of praying for the RS to hire Valentine last year, .. I don’t want to push my luck.

      • teaspoon1731 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        bigharold –

        you mean while arod was yellin f’ you at the pitcher and the ump was also walking him down to first to prevent an altercation? cus that’s what the video shows. i don’t know what you’re watching.

      • bigharold - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        “…you mean while arod was yellin f’ you at the pitcher and the ump was also walking him down to first ”

        Yeah which is EXACTLY the point, .. he was going towards 1B.. A-Rod wasn’t “..going to go after his pitcher..’ as was inferred.

        Revisionist history only works when people don’t remember the past, .. or here is no video of it.

      • teaspoon1731 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        It’s also not a sucker punch when Arod looks at Tek and says and motions come on. Watch it again. I’m sorry your boy got trashed by Tek, but he actually asked for it.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Harold my maaan!
      You want to talk about 2004! COOL!
      Man, we will talk about 2004 all day, no problem!

  4. teaspoon1731 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    It’s been so long since I read some Boston news that actually makes me happy. I could almost cry right now.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Why is this good news that Varitek is working with the team? That means TWO dolts will be in the GM office next year running a team without direction and losing handily to Toronto and most of the NL competitors that will face them along the way.

    And that ought to be good, them resigning 43 year old David Ortiz (does anyone really believe he isn’t older than 36?) to yet another overpriced 1 year deal so he can sit out against NL teams in NL ball parks.

    Pink hats are happy tonight thanks to Larry Lucchino’s decision to bring back the “varsity” to the front office. I think this is a lame move and a PR stunt. They might as well be singing Sweet Caroline in the office over there it’s THAT lame.

  6. pisano - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Hey guys, don’t get too excited about Tek’s return, seems he’s getting the concession on the chicken and beer.

  7. theskinsman - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Glad to see Tek back. He handled pitching staffs better tahn anyone in the last 20 years. Also glad to see the crybaby douchebag yankoff fans here. Must be a day without a story about Jeter juicing or Cano…
    But hey, 38 year olds ALWAYS peak in MLB….

    • badintent - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Remember when RS nation stopped choking their chicken ( and beer) for a minute and screamed Ichiro was All Washed up when he got traded to God’s Destiny of Victory ? All he’s done is hit .328, another 2 hit tonight in His Glory ‘s win 11-4. Praise the Lord and the Yankees. Now go watch the Departed. Only thing Boston’s got, corrupt cops,politicians and criminals.Wildcard Playoffs ? Forget about it.!!

      No story on ManRam juicing or doing something really stupid to lead the way , eh ???

      • theskinsman - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:56 AM

        Manny got busted while he was playing for the Dodgers, but yankoff fans never let little things like facts get in the way of their whining. A real shame steroid abuse make the bones brittle,isn’t it?

  8. Jeremy T - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    So how does it feel to scoop your boss, Matthew?

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