Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who retired in 2016 to work as a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has died.
According to police officials and his former coworkers, he was killed in an automobile accident on his way to work at the September 11 memorial event in Manhattan on Sunday morning (September 11).
Varvaro's MLB career lasted six years, and his estimated net worth at the time of his death was $3 million.
Anthony Varvaro: Biography
Anthony Varvaro was born on October 31, 1984, in New York, New York. He was a former Major League Baseball pitcher and Major League Baseball player (MLB). He was chosen in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.
He made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners on September 24, 2010. He later played for the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2014. On April 28, 2015, he appeared in his final MLB game for the Boston Red Sox.
He retired from baseball in June 2016 and began working out with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was hired as a police officer with the Port Authority in December 2016.
He died tragically on September 11, 2022, at 37. According to SI Live, Anthony was driving to work at the World Trade Center Command in honor of September 11, 2001, when he was injured in a car accident.
The Atlanta Braves, one of his former teams, expressed their sadness on their official Twitter account, writing: “We are deeply grieved by the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro, 37, who played parts of six seasons in the majors, including four with Atlanta.”He voluntarily quit MLB in 2016 to work as a police officer for the Port Authority.
Anthony Varvaro's Baseball Career
Varvaro was drafted in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2005 Major League Baseball draught while attending Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York.
Varvaro played five games for the Peoria Mariners in his first professional season in 2006 and 30 games for the Class-A High Desert Mavericks in 2008, including 24 starts.
Varvaro played the first half of the 2011 season with the Gwinnett Braves of the Triple-A International League before being claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on January 13, 2011. In July 2011, he was promoted to the big leagues.
The baseball player was traded to the Boston Red Sox on December 17, 2014, for minor leaguer Aaron Kurcz and made a few appearances out of the bullpen before being returned to Gwinnett.
Anthony Varvaro: Net Worth
According to The Sun, Anthony Varvaro is worth $3 million. Anthony's primary source of income came from his jobs as a police officer and baseball pitcher, but he also made money through sponsorships and brand endorsements.
USA Today says that when Varvaro's contract ended in 2015, he got a one-year package worth $600,000. In 2014, he made $500,000, and in 2015, he made $600,000. Varvaro made it to the major leagues in 2010 with the Mariners. From 2011 to 2015, he played for the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves.
After a long time recovering from his second Tommy John surgery in 2015, he came back to the field with courage in 2016. Varvaro was ready to wear a different uniform after having played in 166 MLB games over six seasons and made more than $2 million.
Varvaro has been a transit officer for the Port Authority since December 2016. Varvaro also stayed involved in the community. In 2021, the Snug Harbor Little League chose him as its president.
Anthony Varvaro: Personal Life
In 2019, Varvaro will be added to the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame. In 2011, he married Kerry Thomson. They have four children.
Varvaro was on his way to serve at the World Trade Center Command in memory of the September 11 attacks when he was killed in a head-on collision with a car going the wrong way in Jersey City, New Jersey, near the Holland Tunnel, on September 11, 2022.