Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who retired in 2016 to become a police officer in the New York City area, went on Sunday morning to attend the Sept. 11 He died in a car accident on the way to the memorial ceremony. Manhattan, according to police officials and their former team.
Varvaro, 37, is an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He played baseball at St. John’s University in New York City before serving as a backup pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox from 2010 to 2015.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Warriors pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Warriors said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”
The crash occurred Sunday morning in New Jersey. Seeking details about the crash was left to New Jersey State Police.
St. John’s head baseball coach Mike Hampton said he was “overwhelmed” by Varvaro’s death.
“Not only is he everything you want from a player, he’s everything you want from a guy,” said Hampton, who has served as the St. John’s assistant coach Varvaro’s season was there. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and colleagues.”
Port Authority officials said in a statement that Varvaro “represents the best minds in the agency, He will be remembered for his outstanding performance.” Courage and commitment to service. “
“On this solemn occasion, the Port Authority expresses its condolences for the 84 employees killed in the World Trade Center attack – including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department – Port Authority “Our grief is heightened today with the passing of Officer Varvaro,” Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement.
Varvaro, who grew up in Staten Island, New York City, was drafted by Seattle in the 12th round in 2005. He played for the Mariners in 2010 and Atlanta from 2011 to 2014.
Vavaro was traded to the Red Sox in late 2014 and played 11 innings for Boston early in the 2015 season. In May 2015, the Chicago Cubs asked him to waive Boston’s immunity, but he sent him back to the Red Sox after tests revealed an elbow injury to his right-hander arm, ending the season.
During his major league career, he pitched 183 innings in 166 games, averaging 3.23 points, 150 strikeouts and one save.
In 2016, he played 18 games for Boston’s top minors league membership before retiring in June and starting police training.
Varvaro, who studied criminal justice at St. John’s University and graduated in 2005, told the student newspaper The Torch in December 2016 that he asked about police officers at Port Authority while pitching in the majors Work.
“I think I’ve had a very successful career in baseball, I’ve played a few seasons, and I’m well on my way to the next step in my life,” he told the paper.
Port Authority officials said Varvaro became a police officer in December 2016 and was assigned to patrol for nearly five years before transferring to the Port Authority Police Academy as an instructor.