BOSTON (CBS) — It is the end of an era for the Boston Red Sox.

Longtime catcher and captain Jason Varitek will retire on Thursday, and MLB source has confirmed to WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche.

The news was first reported by Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.

The news is not surprising, considering the Red Sox have Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach and Ryan Lavarnway under contract this season, but it is nevertheless significant. Varitek made his Red Sox debut as a 25-year-old in 1997, eventually playing 1,546 games, all in a Red Sox uniform.

Captain of the team since 2005, Varitek will finish his career with 1,307 hits, 193 home runs and 757 RBIs. He batted .221 last season, playing in a combined 107 games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He is a three-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also caught four no-hitters, an MLB-record.

From 2002-07, Varitek hit .269 with an .808 OPS and averaged 17 homers and 69 RBIs per season.

Varitek’s retirement will be the second for the Red Sox this spring, with Tim Wakefield ending his 19-year career earlier this month.

“I could not be more proud of my husband!” tweeted Varitek’s wife, Catherine Varitek, on Monday afternoon. “What a truly remarkable 14 years with the Boston Red Sox. You are a true Champion!”

Comments (7)
  1. Lindylou says:

    My favorite Red Sox player! You will be missed but I thank you for your years of playing with dignity, class and professionalism. I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful, well-deserved retirement.

    1. Bruce says:

      couldn’t say it better myself!!!!!! Good luck with all your future endeavors

  2. Karen in NY says:

    Say it ain’t so. Aw Tek, how much you have brought to the Sox, and Red Sox Nation. A career of effort, teaching, managing. Another changing of the guard. Hope the youngsters will long remember the lessons you’ve taught them. Not just the mechanics of the position, “calling” a game, but the finer points of good sportsmanship, and contributing to the community. Thanks for being part of the home team.

  3. roman says:

    Come on people….varitek absolutely sucked the past two seasons… couldn’t hit, couldn’t run,couldn’t throw and oh yeah, couldn’t catch; and the fact that he had a “C” on his jersey last September was an embarrassment…thanks for the memories but good riddance…

  4. sloopjohnB2 says:

    roman you are right on.It’s time for him to start picking up his social security check.

  5. martinmunson says:

    Good luck to Tek! Sign the virtual “Thank You” card for Tek at

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