Retirement is always hard for athletes because the appropriate time to step away can be a tough thing to gauge. Most professional players have never been anything else but athletes and sometimes have a hard time adjusting to life outside of the game.
Anthony Vavaro made more than $2 million over the course of his Major League Baseball career. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine him retiring and moving somewhere warm to live out his days golfing or coaching somewhere.
After an arm injury prompted him to retire this year, no one would blame him for taking a year to figure things out.
Instead, the 32-year-old is poised to become a police officer. He graduated as a member of the 80 person class from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police academy. The six-year veteran will patrol New York’s airports, bridges, tunnels and transit systems.
The Staten Island native pitched for the Braves, Mariners and Red Sox during his playing days. The Red Sox had him on their roster in 2015 and he pitched down in Triple-A for Pawtucket this year. These appearances suggest that Varvaro could have found a home for spring training.
His track record wasn’t terrible as he registered a career 3.23 ERA along with a 1.28 WHIP and 150 strikeouts over 183 innings. The former Mariners draft pick clearly could have helped some team.
From the looks of it, he has a deep desire to serve his community instead of hanging on for paychecks near the end of his career. Going home to make a difference in your community is all the rage now with high profile stars like LeBron James leading the way.
It certainly is admirable and he will no doubt be a curiosity on the force during his tenure. If nothing else, he will give the unit unique insight whenever a water cooler conversation about baseball occurs.News Now - Sport News