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Former MLB Pitcher Killed In Car Accident On Sunday

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JUNE 05: A shot of a baseball on the mound before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on June 05, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JUNE 05: A shot of a baseball on the mound before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on June 05, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)

A heartbreaking story out of New York on Sunday.

Per the Associated Press: "Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who retired in 2016 to become a police officer in the [NYC] area, was killed in a car accident Sunday morning on his way to work at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan, according to police officials and his former teams."

The 37-year-old spent six years in the major leagues as a relief pitcher, suiting up for the Mariners, Braves and Red Sox.

A New Yorker through and through, Varvaro was born in Staten Island and played his college ball at St. John's where he was coached by former MLB All-Star Mike Hampton.

In a statement, Hampton expressed that he was “at a loss for words."

“Not only was he everything you could want out of a ball player, he was everything you could want in a person,” said Hampton. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and fellow officers.”

The Atlanta Braves also released a statement on Varvaro's passing. Saying:

We are deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.