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Jason Varitek named special assistant to the general manager in Boston

Sep 28, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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The Red Sox have announced that Jason Varitek has been named a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. Cherington’s statement:

“He will be involved in a number of areas, including major league personnel decisions, evaluations, and mentorship and instruction of young players. We are fortunate to have him in this role.”

While many view this as some first step toward a larger role such as maybe being a manager one day, Gordon Edes points out something you don’t think about too often: one of the reasons that teams like to have former players in the front office is that they have contacts with current players on other teams which can come in handy during free agent hunting season.

  1. jayscarpa - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    • pellypell - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Today I learned Craig doesn’t read the blog that employs him.

  2. pellypell - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    And after his Dog Fisting title yesterday, I am wondering if someone might be a little distracted.

  3. aceshigh11 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Better than assistant to the traveling secretary to be sure:

  4. 4cornersfan - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Uh oh. Whoever replaces Valentine better be looking over his shoulder.

  5. badintent - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Put Vaseline all over his ugly head, he’ll need it for his job, putting his head up all the suits arses.Typical RS nation, get another guy to throw the next guy in line under the bus.
    Ichiro had 2 more hits tonight, all washed up hitting .328, stealing bases like a 22 year old and playing a Gold Glove outfield.Must be the sushi. Or being on God’s Destiny of Victory Team. You boys still following the SOX/Dodgers players ?

  6. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

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  7. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    <blockquote cite="Relying on him for what is truly a must-win game is risky simply because he hasn’t faced big-league hitters in three weeks…"

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