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Anthony Varvaro leaves baseball to become a crime-fighter

After spending parts of six seasons in the MLB, former relief pitcher, Anthony Varvaro, has found a new career path. On December 8, Varvaro graduated from New York’s Port Authority police academy and became a police officer.

Varvaro, 32-year-old from Staten Island, made his last outing on June 15 for the Pawtucket Red Sox and decided to hang up his baseball cleats in the same month. However, it didn’t take him long to figure out what he wanted to do in his post-MLB career.

Anthony Varvaro during his stint with the Boston Red Sox (Courtesy of bostonglobe.com)

Anthony Varvaro during his stint with the Boston Red Sox (Courtesy of bostonglobe.com)

He graduated from St. John’s University in 2005 and majored in criminal justice. Shortly after graduating, the MLB came knocking at his door. Varvaro was selected in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2005 MLB Draft. From there, he got to pitch for three MLB organizations spending most of his pro career with the Atlanta Braves. Most of his playing time was split between the minors and majors, but he pitched fairly well in the MLB.

Most of Varvaro's MLB service came as a member of the Atlanta Braves (Courtesy of zimbio.com)

Most of Varvaro’s MLB service came as a member of the Atlanta Braves (Courtesy of zimbio.com)

The former right-handed reliever compiled a 3.23 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 183.2 innings pitched. He was primarily used to get right-handed batters out and he relied on three pitches: four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. Utilizing these pitches, he made himself useful for late game situations.

Now, Varvaro is making the most of his college degree and he’s returning home where he began his life and career. This time around, he will work alongside New York’s finest. Varvaro’s story goes to show that regardless of where life takes you, you should never lose sight of your hopes and dreams. In Varvaro’s case, he succeeded in fulfilling both of his dreams as a ballplayer and a police officer.

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