Oh captain, my captain! Jason Varitek has given the Boston Red Sox 15 years of loyal service, and has won the hearts of Red Sox Nation as a proven leader. Nothing will ever take his legacy away, including the fact that he was wearing the "C" when the Sox finally broke the curse that haunted their fathers and grandfathers!
But all good things must come to an end, and it is time to cut ties with Tek as a player. In the last two seasons, Jason has only appeared in 107 games for the Red Sox, hitting .232 and .221, respectively. In fact, Tek has hit over .250 only once in the last six seasons.
I love seeing this guy behind the plate just as much as you do, and there aren't very many catchers in the league that can handle the Sox's needy pitching staff like he can, but it's time to transition.
With the addition of Kelly Shoppach, as well as Jarrod Saltalamacchia already being on the roster, the bulk of playing time behind the plate figures to be split between those two. Not much sense can be made of adding a third catcher to the roster and paying him to be there.
First-year general manager Ben Cherington knows how important Tek is to the franchise, and he's already stated that he will be part of the team in some way.
To me, the most logical fit for Varitek should be as a coach. Keeping his leadership on the club is important, and continuing to mold Salti as well as introducing Shoppach to the staff is very crucial. There is nobody better for that job than the guy who has spent his entire career doing that.
Red Sox Nation, it is time to thank Jason for loyalty as a player and say goodbye to seeing him behind the plate! Wouldn't it be great to do so by welcoming him to the coaching staff and seeing him in a Boston uniform for another 10 years?
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