Anthony Varvaro, former Braves pitcher who became cop, dies in car crash on way to 9/11 memorial event

Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who chose to retire in 2016 to become a policer officer in the New York City area, died in a crash crash on Sunday morning in New Jersey. 

At the time of the accident, Varvaro was on his way to the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan, according to the Associated Press.

The 37-year-old former pitcher was a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after retiring from baseball.

During his MLB career, Varvaro played for the Atlanta BravesBoston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.

Varvaro was originally selected by the Mariners in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

Late in the 2014 season, Varvaro was traded to the Red Sox, but only pitched 11 innings for the franchise.

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