June 20, 1961 |
|July 6, 1988, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Varsho was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round of the 1982 June draft as a second baseman and made his big league debut with the Cubs on July 9, 1988. Primarily an outfielder during his playing career, Varsho played 14 years of professional baseball, including eight seasons in the majors leagues with the Cubs (1988–90), Pittsburgh Pirates (1991–92, 1994), Cincinnati Reds (1993) and Philadelphia Phillies (1995).
During his career with the Pirates, Varsho appeared in the 1991 National League Championship Series and the 1992 National League Championship Series, going 2-for-4 in four combined games. His first major league hit came off Ed Whitson on July 9, 1988 against the San Diego Padres and he connected off Shawn Boskie for his first big league home run on July 2, 1992 at Wrigley Field.
Varsho was the Phillies bench coach from 2002–2006 and was interim manager for the last two games of the 2004 season after Larry Bowa was fired. Varsho was fired as the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 8, 2010. Varsho is currently a professional scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Varsho is married, his wife's name is Kay and the couple has three children, daughters Andie and Taylor born October 19, 1991 and April 12, 1994 respectively, and son Daulton born July 2, 1996. Varsho attended Marshfield High School in Wisconsin graduating in 1979, after which he attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Where he a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1989.
- Gary Varsho Managerial Record
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