Former Baseball Pitcher Joins Police Force
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Anthony Varvaro has decided to leave baseball and become a Port Authority Police Officer. Fox News reported:
Varvaro, a former set-up reliever with the Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners, joined the police force of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Friday, one of 80 officers in the Port Authority training class, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“I figured that I had a pretty successful career in baseball, I had played a number of seasons and I was fine moving on to the next step of my life knowing that I could choose what I wanted to do,” Varvaro told St. John’s University newspaper The Torch. “The Port Authority, it’s something that I sought out, I actually sought it out while I was in the major leagues.”
Varvaro’s major league career had come to something of a crossroads. He had been a key member of the Braves’ bullpen in 2013 and 2014, but was traded to the Red Sox for the 2015 season, in which he only saw action in nine MLB games. He pitched all of 2016 for the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate and was likely ticketed for a return engagement in 2017, given the Red Sox pen depth. So, Varvaro decided to leave baseball before it had a chance to push him out.
“I kind of felt like my body was breaking down a bit, I felt like my career may have been coming to an end,” he said. “I probably could have played a little longer, but that’s when an opportunity with the Port Authority Police Department arrived.”
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Good for him. He got out before he was a has-been and can now do whatever he wants with the rest of his life.