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Heyman: Varitek may return to Sox

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Heyman: Varitek may return to Sox

With Jarrod Saltalamacchia apparently in possession of the starting catching job, Kelly Shoppach on board as a right-handed-hitting complement, and Ryan Lavarnway waiting in the wings, the Red Sox would seem to have no need for Jason Varitek.
But Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com says that's not necessarily the case.
"I've heard that bring Varitek back again is a possibility," Heyman said Tuesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Gresh and Zo' Show, later adding: "It was widely assumed that he would not be coming back . . . I think they just like the idea of him in the clubhouse or around the team."
The question: With two big-league catchers on hand (Saltalamacchia and Shoppach), what would Varitek's role be? The Sox usually carry 12 pitchers, so would they waste one of their four position-player bench spots on someone who'd almost never play? Are his leadership skills so vast that it's worth going with, in essence, a 24-man roster?
Stay tuned.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.