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Former MLB pitcher Anthony Varvaro died Sunday morning in an automobile crash at age 37, per the Associated Press.
Varvaro, who retired in 2016 to become officer in the brand new York City area, reportedly was on his solution to just work at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan. He previously served being an officer for the Port Authority of NY and NJ.
A native of Staten Island, Varvaro attended St. John’s and made his MLB debut in 2010. He spent six years in the majors with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.
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He was on the way to serve at the planet Trade Center Command in commemoration of September 11, 2001 activities when he was involved with an automobile accident.
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St. John’s baseball coach Mike Hampton, who was simply an assistant coach for the Red Storm during all three of Varvaro’s seasons there, said he was “baffled for words” over Sunday’s tragic news.
“Not merely was he all you could want out of a ballplayer, he was all you could want in an individual,” Hampton said. “My heart is out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.”
Port Authority officials released a statement regarding Varvaro’s death.
“With this solemn occasion because the Port Authority mourns the increased loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the planet Trade Center–including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department–our grief only deepens today with the passage of Officer Varvaro,” the statement said.
Varvaro had a lifetime career record of 7-9 with a 3.23 ERA and 150 strikeouts.