September 11, 2022

RIP: Anthony Varvaro (2015 Red Sox)

Anthony Varvaro's last nine major league appearances came with the 2015 Red Sox. Varvaro decided to retire after six seasons rather than undergo additional elbow surgery and began a second career in law enforcement. In 2016, he enrolled in the Port Authority police academy and became a police officer. He later became an academy instructor.

Varvaro, 37, was killed early Sunday morning while on his way to a September 11 commemoration in Manhattan. He was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike when another vehicle going the wrong way struck his car, causing it to hit a concrete barrier. The driver of the other car also died.

Varvaro was drafted by the Mariners in 2005 and debuted with them in September 2010. Atlanta picked him up off waivers in the off-season and he pitched in 153 games over parts of four seasons before being traded to Boston (for Aaron Kurcz, a minor league pitcher who never made the majors, and cash). Varvaro pitched 11 innings in nine games for the Red Sox, all in April 2015.

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