Former MLB Reliever Tragically Killed In Car Accident

Horrific news in the baseball world on Sunday. At the young age of just 37, former standout Atlanta Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro was killed in a car accident. As a New York police officer, he was on his way to Manhattan's 9/11 services to honor his fallen comrades when the crash tragically took his life. 

From 2010 through 2015, Varvaro pitched 183.2 innings in the majors, all but 15 of them with the Atlanta Braves. He compiled a 3.23 ERA. 

He retired from baseball in 2016 and returned to his home of Staten Island, to become a Port Authority police officer. Less than a year ago, he was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame.  

Varvaro's first role with the Port Authority was serving as an officer at the World Trade Center Command. 

“Anthony’s life was taken from us as he prepared to honor the lives of the 37 Port Authority police officers who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center,” said Frank Conti, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association. “Police Officer Anthony Varvaro will always be honored and never forgotten.” 

Our sincerest condolences go out to Varvaro's family. RIP.

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