Boston Red Sox Hiring Jason Varitek
The Boston Red Sox are hiring Jason Varitek, it would appear.
With Ron Roenicke getting bumped up to manager, a vacancy has opened up on the bench.
Although the team has not yet formally announced who will be stepping in as bench coach, one name keeps getting mentioned above all others: Varitek’s.
According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Varitek as been a “much more noticeable presence” at this most recent training camp.
“The Red Sox have dodging questions about who the bench coach will be,” he said.
“So worth noting that Jason Varitek stood next to Ron Roenicke during the game today.
“Varitek also has been a much more noticeable presence in camp, too, when compared to previous seasons.”
The #RedSox have dodging questions about who the bench coach will be. So worth noting that Jason Varitek stood next to Ron Roenicke during the game today. Varitek also has been a much more noticeable presence in camp, too, when compared to previous seasons.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 21, 2020
Varitek spent 15 years with Boston before ultimately calling it quits back in 2011. Although he has frequently been mentioned as a potential manager for the Red Sox down the line, he has always limited his capacity to simply being a special assistant.
A lot of folks were hoping to see him step in for Alex Cora when the cheating scandal erupted, but ultimately that did not end up happening.
Varitek is widely regarded as one of the most respected and stabilizing figures in the Red Sox organization’s history, so it would not be particularly shocking to see his role with the team grow from here on out.
An official announcement on what Varitek will be doing with the Red Sox should come at some point in the next few weeks.
Related: Clemson Star Undergoes Knee Surgery