Tagged: Joe Mauer

Boston Has its ‘Tek Back

Jason Varitek resigned with the Red Sox on a $5 million, one year deal with a club option for 2010 worth $3 million. In 2010 he could also earn an extra $2 million if he gets all of his incentives completed. The deal isn’t official yet though and we all remember what Rafael Furcal did this offseason, but I don’t think Varitek would do that. Varitek turns 37 in April. In twelve major league season, all with the Red Sox he has batted .263, with 161 home runs, 654 RBI’s, 1,156 hits, and 25 stolen bases. He is an excellent fielder with a carer .993 fielding percentage and the 2005 Golden Glove award for catchers. He also works very well with pitchers. He has caught four no-hitters in his carer. In 2008 Varitek had a down year batting .220, with 13 home runs, 43 RBI’s, zero stolen bases, and 93 hits. Varitek did however get voted in to his third all-star game as back up to Twins catcher Joe Mauer. Varitek is also a decent hitter. He won the 2005 Silver Sluggers for catchers. Varitek has won two World Series, 2004 and 2007. His postseason stats consist of a .237 batting average, eleven home runs, 33 RBI’s, 54 hits, and zero stolen bases. Varitek has been the Red Sox captain since the 2004 offseason. This is a fantastic move by the Red Sox. Varitek is the heart of Red Sox Nation in the best of times and the worst of times as William Shakespeare would say. Varitek is a Red Sox legend and soon to be a baseball legend. I mean he is the only player ever to catch four no-hitters! While Varitek wasn’t the best slugger he was awesome. Am I saying Varitek will go into the baseball hall of fame? Maybe, I don’t know. I would probably say no but he would come very close. The next thing on the Red Sox to do list is win the 2009 World Series but a few things could be added before that happens, like sighing or trading for a young catcher or trading some guy who “forces” the Red Sox to trade him. cough *** cough *** Manny Ramirez *** cough *** cough

Captain Jason Varitek   "Tek" by garreyf.
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Jason Varitek gives Alex Rodriguez a face full of catcher's mitt, setting off a benches-clearing incident July 24.
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Jason Varitek
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The Roster Game- Catchers

I got this idea from hardball. Try to make a 25 man roster using 2008 salaries whose team payroll is under 100 million.

Today were doing catchers.

C- Brian McCann, .301, 23 home runs, 87 RBI’s, 5 stolen bases, $966,666
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McCann is great, under rated, and cheep. He is also only 24. He won the Silver Slugger for catchers in the N.L. McCann is under rated because he plays for the Braves. The Braves don’t have a huge fan base like the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, or Dodgers. The Braves also aren’t that good. 
C- Joe Mauer, .328, 9 home runs, 85 RBI’s, 1 stolen base, $6,250,000
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Mauer is going into his prime only four years into the majors. He won the Golden Glove for catchers in the A.L. this year along with the Silver Slugger. He is pretty good at handling pitchers to. He is young also. If it wasn’t for him I don’t think the Twins would have competed this year.
C- Geovany Soto, .285, 23 home runs, 86 RBI’s, 0 stolen bases, $401,000
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Geo was N.L. rookie of the year at age 25 and started in the all-star game. He was up and down through the minors since 2005 till this season. He still has much to learn though, but he could be the future of the Cubs.
Honorable Mention 
A.J. Pierzynski
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The total payroll today was- $7,617,666