Former MLB pitcher turned cop Varvaro dies in car crash ::

Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who retired in 2016 to become a New York-area police officer, was killed in a car accident Sunday morning on his way to work during the 9/11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan, according to police and his former teams.

Varvaro, 37, was an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He played baseball at St. John’s University in New York before a six-year major league career as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Braves said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”

St. John’s baseball head coach Mike Hampton said he was “at a loss for words” about Varvaro’s death.

“Not only was he everything you could want in a baseball player, he was everything you could want in a person,” said Hampton, who served as an assistant coach at St. John’s for all three seasons of Varvaro there. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.

Port Authority officials issued a statement to the media.

“On this solemn occasion as the Port Authority mourns the loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center – including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department – ​​our grief only grows worse today with the death of Officer Varvaro,” the statement read. .

Neal T. Doss