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Anthony Varvaro, a former MLB pitcher who retired in 2016 to become a New York City-area police officer, was killed in a car crash while he was on his way to work at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan. He was 37.
Varvaro’s former team, the Atlanta Braves, revealed the pitcher’s death in a statement on Sunday.
“We are deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro. Anthony, 37, played parts of six seasons in the majors, including four with Atlanta,” the Braves said.
This undated photo provided by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows police officer Anthony Varvaro (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey via AP)
“He voluntarily retired from MLB in 2016 to become a Port Authority police officer.
“He was en route to serve at the World Trade Center Command in commemoration of September 11, 2001 activities when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro delivers in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)
St. John’s University coach Mike Hampton said he was “at a loss for words” after learning of Varvar’s death. Varvaro, from Staten Island, played for St. John’s before turning pro.
“Not only was he everything you could want out of a ball player, he was everything you could want in a person,” Hampton said. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.”
Port Authority officials also put out a statement.
“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 deepens today with the passing of Officer Varvaro,” the statement read.
Anthony Varvaro #46 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rob Tringali/MLB via Getty Images)
Varvaro played in the majors from 2010 to 2015. He spent time for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox along with the Braves. He made 166 appearances.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to [email protected]