#113: Gary “No-Show” Varsho

What was the point of Gary Varsho? Other than the fact that he’s one of those guys whose name can only be said as a first and last name combination, little good can be said about Gary Varsho.

Gary Varsho. Why?

Thanks to the lunatic collecting vintage pictures of crappy Cubs for providing this picture. And the one of Chico Walker. Weird.

Gary Varsho had no power, didn’t make contact, couldn’t run, and struck out way more than he walked. Plus, he only has 10 more Major League home runs than I do. When you don’t break into the majors until you’re 27, your career path may look something like Gary Varsho’s.

My favorite “Gary Varsho” moment was during the writing of this article. I inadvertantly saved a copy of the Gary Varsho picture to the wrong folder, so I deleted the out-of-place Gary Varsho picture. My computer asked, “Do you want to send ‘Gary Varsho’ to the recycle bin?” I do indeed, all-knowing computer. I do indeed.

Low Point: How about the entire 1989 season? I don’t know how a guy earning a Major League paycheck can manage a .220 OBP, but Gary Varsho did it.

Did You Know? Gary Varsho and his 27 career stolen bases have taken their act to Cleveland to serve as the baserunning coach for the Indians.

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6 Responses to “#113: Gary “No-Show” Varsho”


  1. 1 Yudchitz, William February 26, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t know how well Gary played but he is a very inteligent coach. He managed winners at the Phillies double A minor leauge team in Reading Penn. and was playing in the minor leauge world series until 9-11 happened and it shut down. I don’t have his managing winning percentage, but he was manager of the year a couple of times. Anybody who can stay and take the pain of minor leauge baseball for the 11 years he did before breaking into the majors loves the game and then played for 9 years in the bigs and then has managed or coached for another seven I would say he has paid teh price and for you to write such a negative aticle has nothing to do with hte man Gary is. I hope you can measure up as well as he does.

  2. 2 Yudchitz, William February 26, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    You really stilted the facts Gary only had one year where he had a .202 obp. He batted 667 in post season and he already is a 500 major leauge manager. This is just as bad as your writing. Gary is 2 for 3 in post season batting and is 1 for two as a big leauge manager. Statistics do not measure all the facts. Only represent what you want to say. Good luck when you get traded I hope somebody wrtes something like this for you.

  3. 3 Bad Kermit February 26, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    You accuse me of stilting statistics and then use a three-at-bat sample size to prove your point? Awesome.

  4. 4 Ryan September 24, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    you are an idiot. I would love to see you step into Gary’s shoes for a day and do as good of a job as he has done. He is actually a pretty close family friend of mine. So since you haven’t had and MLB experience I don’t think you should criticize what he has done throughout his major league career

  5. 5 Don March 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Looking forward to the 2008 season I would have to say Ryan is being polite! As a Brewer fan all I can say is I hope the Cubs have some more positive fans than you. Otherwise it is no wonder that they are still looking for a world series win after all of these years/ I’m sure all 126 names on the right have done a much better job than you could ever hope to do.


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