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Full Name: Jason Andrew Varitek Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'2"/230 First Game: September 24, 1997
Birthdate: April 11, 1972 MLB Experience: 11 years
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota
Bat/Throw: Both/Right


Biography

Jason Varitek (Jason Andrew Varitek) was born on April 11, 1972 in Rochester, Minnesota. He made his Major League debut on September 24, 1997 for the Boston Red Sox. In 1998, his rookie year, he hit .253 with 7 home runs and 33 RBI. Varitek played for the Boston Red Sox for his entire 10 year career.

There is some disagreement on what was Jason Varitek's most productive season. Some believe that it was 2003, when he slugged 25 home runs and knocked in 85 runs. However, others believe that it was 2004, when he slugged 18 home runs, hit for a .296 average and knocked in 73 runs. Another season that some believe was Jason Varitek's best was 1999, when he slugged 20 home runs and knocked in 76 runs.

The captain of the Boston Red Sox came to the team in a very one-sided deal in 1997. The Seattle Mariners, desperate for bullpen help, traded Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb. Slocumb gave the Mariners a year and a half of mediocre/bad relief work. 7 years after the deal, Lowe and Varitek were still with the Red Sox and both were key components of their 2004 World Series win.

Varitek has had a double digit HR total in 6 of the last 7 years. He missed most of 2001 with an injury from hitting the wall when chasing a foul ball. His best year was in 2003 when he hit 25 HR and 85 RBI and was part of a record setting Red Sox offense. He was signed to a four year deal after the '04 season and part of the deal was that Varitek was named the new captain of the team. Many consider him to be the heart and soul of the team and he's one of the pink hat wearing fan girls' favorite players.

Scouting Report

He's a smart hitter who likes to wait for the right pitch to hit. He's one of the game's better offensive catchers. He's a switch hitter who's better from the right side of the plate. His defense is nothing special, but he's known for calling a great game. Pitchers like throwing to the guy.

Career Highlights

  • made the All-Star team in 2003 and 2005
  • won a Gold Glove in 2005
  • won a Silver Slugger in 2005

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1997 BOS A 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 BOS A 86 221 31 56 7 33 .253 .309 .407 13 0 17 45 2 4 2 1 8
1999 BOS A 144 483 70 130 20 76 .269 .330 .482 39 2 46 85 2 5 1 2 12
2000 BOS A 139 448 55 111 10 65 .248 .342 .388 31 1 60 84 6 1 1 3 16
2001 BOS A 51 174 19 51 7 25 .293 .371 .489 11 1 21 35 1 1 0 3 6
2002 BOS A 132 467 58 124 10 61 .266 .332 .392 27 1 41 95 7 1 4 3 13
2003 BOS A 142 451 63 123 25 85 .273 .351 .512 31 1 51 106 7 5 3 8 10
2004 BOS A 137 463 67 137 18 73 .296 .390 .482 30 1 62 126 10 0 10 9 11
2005 BOS A 133 470 70 132 22 70 .281 .366 .489 30 1 62 117 3 1 2 3 10
2006 BOS A 103 365 46 87 12 55 .238 .325 .400 19 2 46 87 2 1 1 7 10
2007 BOS A 131 435 57 111 17 68 .255 .367 .421 15 3 71 122 8 0 1 9 9
Total 1199 3978 536 1063 148 611 .267 .350 .447 246 13 477 902 48 19 25 48 105

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1997 BOS A C 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 BOS A C 75 56 516 367 32 5 3 0 18 49 19 0 .988
1998 BOS A DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 BOS A C 140 130 1153 972 66 11 8 0 25 124 46 0 .990
1999 BOS A DH 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 BOS A C 128 119 1076 867 46 7 3 0 14 104 34 0 .992
2001 BOS A C 50 47 426.2 425 32 2 2 0 3 51 18 0 .996
2002 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 BOS A C 127 121 1064.2 912 55 4 8 0 10 81 31 0 .996
2003 BOS A C 137 119 1075.1 854 43 9 8 0 6 61 23 0 .990
2003 BOS A DH 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 BOS A C 130 121 1062.2 880 49 2 11 0 5 77 23 2 .998
2004 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 BOS A C 130 127 1089 782 32 8 4 0 7 65 21 2 .990
2006 BOS A C 99 94 822.1 647 28 4 3 0 1 46 13 0 .994
2007 BOS A C 125 121 1064 937 39 6 8 0 4 63 20 0 .994
Total DH 12 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total C 1142 1055 9350.2 7644 422 58 58 0 93 721 248 4 .993

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Trivia

  • Varitek played in the 1984 Little League World Series as a shortstop, third baseman, and catcher. He played well defensively, but was silent with the bat, going 0 for 7 with 2 walks and one runs scored.
  • In 2006, Varitek represented the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He made the most of his playing time, hitting a grand slam home run against Team Canada allowing Team USA to move from 8-2, to 8-6. Team Canada, however, kept the lead in the upset victory.
  • On July 18, 2006, Varitek played his 991st game at catcher for the Boston Red Sox, breaking Carlton Fisk's club record. That game was a home game against the Kansas City Royals, during which Varitek's achievement was recognized before the top of the 5th inning (after the game was official and couldn't be cancelled due to weather). Varitek received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Fenway Park for a few moments before play began.
  • On July 31, 2006, Varitek was injured rounding the bases in a 9-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians (his 1000th career Game as catcher), but said he believed the initial injury to the knee occurred while he was blocking home plate to make the tag against the Angels' Mike Napoli on July 29, 2006.


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