Jason Varitek wants to return to the dugout someday.
The former Boston catcher, who was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Monday, currently is a special assistant to general manager Mike Hazen. But Varitek thinks he could become a manager in the future.
“Having been a part of the front office and having the ability to still get on the field everywhere that I go, I know I have more impact on the field,” Varitek said in a conference call Monday. “Where that role takes me through time, I’m not positive when that will be, but I think my greatest impact to give back to the game is on the field.”
Still, Varitek is enjoying his time in the Red Sox’s front office. He said he learns something new about baseball every day.
“I’ve learned how everybody behind the scenes functions, how people in management function, how the different networks throughout the organization function,” Varitek said. “I learned — which I also had to learn later as a player — I learned how to coach, to translate knowledge that I have to both ends — to both player and to management — and to facilitate between the two in some cases.”
Varitek definitely has the leadership skills to become a skipper. He even became the Red Sox’s fourth captain since 1923 before the 2005 season — an honor rarely bestowed in baseball nowadays.
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Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox former catcher Jason Varitek walks to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch with other members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox prior to game two of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.