Former Captain Jason Varitek Joins Boston Red Sox

By Paul Mroczka
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Many welcomed the news that Jason Vartitek would rejoin the Boston Red Sox as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington for the next season. Varitek, who spent 15 years with Boston as their starting catcher and eventual captain, is definitely excited about coming back to the Red Sox. Some are wondering if the three-time All-Star, 2005 Gold Glove winner and 2006 Heart and Hustle Award might at some point become the Red Sox manager.

When asked during a conference call with reporters about the potential opportunity to serve as the team’s manager, Varitek said, “If I answer it either way right now, I wouldn’t be giving myself the best opportunity to … I’m not in a position to make that a yes or a no at this point.”

It’s doubtful that he would be asked to assume the role of Red Sox manager in the near future. Although known as a team leader and a knowledgeable player, Varitek has no minor or major league managing experience. At this point, he does know what some of his duties will be.

Varitek noted, “I’m going to be involved in a lot of different areas to learn a lot of different things. Everything from meetings to player development and things along those lines. I don’t think there’s any one thing.”

The former catcher will be working with minor league backstops and in many other areas. His desire to come back to the organization is partly related to the hard times the Red Sox have been through the past two years.

The man who was a major part of two World Series winning teams said, “I’m trying to learn what I don’t know and what I can help with and what I need to learn where maybe I fit better to help with. It’s a huge gray area where I’m trying to learn as much as I can.”

So whatever happens to Bobby Valentine when the 2012 season is over, don’t expect Varitek, who is now 40 years old, to take over as the Red Sox skipper. He seems to think he’s a long way from nailing down that job. Whatever the case may be, the announcement the other day by GM Cherington that Tek would be back with the Boston gave Red Sox Nation

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