Anthony Varvaro, MLB Pitcher Turned Transit Cop, Dies In Crash On Way To 9/11 Ceremony

Anthony Varvaro, a former Main League Baseball pitcher who retired in 2016 to grow to be a police officer within the New York Metropolis space, was killed in a automobile crash Sunday morning on his approach to work on the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan, in response to police officers and his former groups.

Varvaro, 37, was an officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He performed baseball at St. John’s College in New York Metropolis earlier than a profession within the majors as a aid pitcher with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Crimson Sox from 2010 to 2015.

“We are deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Braves stated in an announcement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”

Anthony Varvaro pitches for the Braves in 2014.

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The crash occurred Sunday morning in New Jersey. Messages looking for particulars in regards to the crash have been left with New Jersey state police.

St. John’s head baseball coach Mike Hampton stated he was “at a loss for words” over Varvaro’s dying.

“Not only was he everything you could want out of a ball player, he was everything you could want in a person,” stated Hampton, who was an assistant coach at St. John’s throughout all three of Varvaro’s seasons there. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.”

Port Authority officers stated in an announcement that Varvaro “represented the very best of this agency, and will be remembered for his courage and commitment to service.”

“On this solemn occasion as the Port Authority mourns the loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center — including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department — our grief only deepens today with the passing of Officer Varvaro,” stated the assertion by Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Government Director Rick Cotton.

Raised in Staten Island in New York Metropolis, Varvaro was drafted by Seattle within the twelfth spherical in 2005. He performed for the Mariners in 2010 and Atlanta from 2011 to 2014.

Varvaro was traded to the Crimson Sox in late 2014 and pitched 11 innings for Boston early within the 2015 season. In Might 2015, the Chicago Cubs claimed him off waivers from Boston, however returned him to the Crimson Sox after testing confirmed he had a elbow harm in his proper pitching arm, which resulted in season-ending surgical procedure.

For his main league profession, he pitched 183 innings in 166 video games, compiling a 3.23 earned run common, 150 strikeouts and one save.

In 2016, he appeared in 18 video games for Boston’s high minor league affiliate earlier than retiring in June and starting his police coaching.

Varvaro, who studied prison justice at St. John’s and graduated in 2005, advised the coed newspaper, The Torch, in December 2016 that he inquired about police jobs on the Port Authority whereas pitching within the majors.

“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,” he advised the newspaper.

Port Authority officers stated Varvaro grew to become a police officer in December 2016 and was assigned to patrol for practically 5 years earlier than transferring to the Port Authority Police Academy to grow to be an teacher.