Ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro dies in car crash en route to 9/11 memorial
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro has been killed in a car crash whilst on his way to the 9/11 memorial in New York
Varvaro retired from Major League Baseball in 2016 in order to become a New York City area police officer.
He has now passed away at the age of 36 in tragic circumstances as he was in the early stages of his second career.
“We are deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro. Anthony, 37, played parts of six seasons in the majors, including four with Atlanta,” the Braves said.
“He voluntarily retired from MLB in 2016 to become a Port Authority police officer.
“He was en route to serve at the World Trade Center Command in commemoration of September 11, 2001 activities when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.”
St. John’s University coach Mike Hampton said he was “at a loss for words” after learning of Varvaro‘s death. Varvaro, from Staten Island, played for St. John’s before turning pro.
“Not only was he everything you could want out of a ball player, he was everything you could want in a person,” Hampton said. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.”