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Red Sox Captain Varitek to Retire After 15 Seasons

(Corrects that Varitek was drafted by Mariners in third paragraph).

Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Boston Red Sox captain Jason Varitek is retiring from Major League Baseball after 15 seasons and two World Series championships.

The 39-year-old catcher will make his announcement tomorrow evening at the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, the Red Sox announced today in an e-mailed release. Varitek, the team’s captain from 2005 through last season, is the only player in MLB history to catch four no-hitters.

A native of Rochester, Michigan, Varitek was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1994 and made his major-league debut three years later with the Red Sox. He batted .256 with 193 home runs and 757 runs batted in during his major-league career, spent entirely in Boston.

A three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner for defense in 2005, Varitek won World Series titles with the team in 2004 and 2007. He caught no-hitters thrown by Hideo Nomo in 2001, Derek Lowe in 2002, Clay Buchholz in 2007 and Jon Lester in 2008.

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