Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Jason Varitek, the longtime catcher of the
Boston Red Sox, is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, according
to a report on MLB.com
Varitek, 39, broke into the majors in 1997 and spent his entire career with
the Red Sox. He is the club's all-time leader in games caught (1,488).
The switch-hitting backstop helped Boston end its 86-year World Series title
drought in 2004 and was the starting catcher for the Red Sox when they won
captured the championship again three years later.
Varitek hit just .221 in 68 games last season, finishing with 11 home runs and
36 runs batted in. He is a career .256 lifetime hitter with 193 homers and 757
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