BOSTON (AP) _ The Red Sox have named Jason Varitek a special
assistant to the general manager.

The catcher announced his retirement on March 1 after 15 seasons
with the team following a trade from the Seattle Mariners.

`Jason was one of the most respected players of his era and
will be a key voice as we move forward,” general manager Ben

Cherington said Thursday. “He will be involved in a number of
areas including major league personnel decisions, evaluations, and
mentorship and instruction of young players.”

At Wednesday night’s home finale, Varitek was among players
honored as members of the “All Fenway Park Team” during a pregame
ceremony that capped a year of celebrations for the ballpark’s
100th anniversary. He was named the second-string catcher behind
Carlton Fisk.
Varitek served as Red Sox captain from Dec. 24, 2004 until his

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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