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Jason Andrew Varitek
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.
- School Georgia Tech
- High School Lake Brantley High School
- Debut September 24, 1997
- Final Game September 25, 2011
- Born April 11, 1972 in Rochester, MI USA
 Biographical Information
He was drafted in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins but did not sign, and again in the first round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, making him one of a handful of players to be twice drafted in the first round. He was the College player of the year at Georgia Tech.
Varitek has caught four no-hitters, tying the record held by Ray Schalk; Varitek is the only catcher to have caught four "official" ones as one of Schalk's was removed from the record books. Varitek was behind the plate for no-nos by Hideo Nomo, Derek Lowe, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, all between 2001 and 2008.
He announced his retirement at a press conference in Fort Myers, FL on March 1, 2012. He had become a free agent after being mostly a back-up with the Red Sox the previous two seasons, and at age 40, his services were no longer of interest to teams. He had played his entire 15-season career with Boston. On July 21st that year, the Red Sox staged festivities before their game with the Toronto Blue Jays to honor him, in the for of a "Thanks, Tek" night at Fenway Park. In September, he joined the team's front office as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington, although there was speculation that his future job may well be taking over for embattled manager Bobby Valentine.
He appeared in the movie Fever Pitch as himself.
 Notable Achievements
- 3-time AL All-Star (2003, 2005 & 2008)
- AL Gold Glove Winner (2005)
- AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2005)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1999, 2003 & 2005)
- Won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox (2004 & 2007)