During a time in which America’s police force is the target of extreme criticism from many, one pitcher has left the game of baseball to pursue his dream of protecting those around him.
Anthony Varvaro, a 12th-round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2005, is hanging up his cleats after he received word from the New York Port Authority Police Department that he had been accepted into their incoming recruit class.
Varvaro spent most of his major league career in Atlanta, where he posted a 2.99 ERA in four seasons with the Braves. He pitched 183.2 career innings as a reliever with the Mariners, Braves, and Red Sox. He underwent season-ending surgery in 2015 to repair a torn flexor tendon and most recently pitched with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox this season, appearing in 18 games before announcing his retirement.
In the grand scheme of things, baseball is just a game. Let us not forget those who put their lives on the line to protect our nation so that we may enjoy America’s Pastime.
We wish Anthony Varvaro the best of luck as he embraces the call to serve.