Jason Varitek, who on Thursday was named a special assistant to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, was asked today if he would have any interest in becoming the manager.
“If I answer it either way right now, I wouldn’t be giving myself the best opportunity to … I’m not in a position to make that a yes or a no at this point,” Varitek said on a conference call with reporters.
The 40-year-old Varitek has long been seen as a potential manager. His 15 years as a catcher and long tenure as the team captain are bold lines on a resume. But for now, he wants to learn as much as he can in his new off-field role.
“I’m going to be involved in a lot of different areas to learn a lot of different things. Everything from meetings to player development and things along those lines,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any one thing. I’m trying to learn what I don’t know and what I can help with and what I need to learn where maybe I fit better to help with. It’s a huge gray area where I’m trying to learn as much as I can.”
Varitek said his duties would include working with minor league catchers.
One of the great winners in Red Sox history, Varitek was a key player on two World Series champions and played in 63 postseason games from 1998-2008.
The demise of the Red Sox over the last few seasons was one of the driving forces in his return to baseball after retiring seven months ago.
“It’s upsetting, more so for the organization, the fan base and what everybody has grown to expect in a place like that. The ultimate goal is to get back to that same winning tradition,” Varitek said. “That’s why you do it. That’s why I never left this organization. That’s why you take part. I know a lot of the people still and I’m not that far removed. If I can offer some help in some ways then I want to be able to do it.”