John Buck (baseball)

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This article is about the baseball player. For the U.S. Representative, see John R. Buck. For the artist, see John E. Buck.
John Buck
John Buck on April 1, 2013.jpg
Buck with the New York Mets
Free agent
Catcher
Born: (1980-07-07) July 7, 1980 (age 34)
Kemmerer, Wyoming
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .234
Hits 844
Home runs 134
Runs batted in 491
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Johnathan Richard Buck (born July 7, 1980) is an American professional baseball catcher who is a free agent. He went to high school in Taylorsville, Utah. As of November 2011, Buck and pitcher Jeremy Horst were the only active players born in Wyoming.[1]

Buck was initially drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the 1998 Amateur Draft. He was signed to a minor league contract on June 11, 1998.

By 2002, Buck was highly regarded for his defensive ability, becoming one of the game's top minor league catchers and 68th top prospect in all of baseball.[2][3] In 2003, Buck moved farther up prospect lists. He was listed as the 21st-best prospect in baseball by John Sickels.[4]

Career[edit]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On June 24, 2004, the Astros traded him as part of a three-way deal to acquire Carlos Beltrán, sending Buck to Kansas City. The Royals immediately put Buck in their starting lineup, replacing injured veteran Benito Santiago. Buck made his major league debut on June 25. Although he initially appeared overmatched by major-league pitching—his batting average reached a low of .138 on July 7—he impressed the team with his defensive ability and his handling of pitchers. His hitting improved with time, and by September 25 he had raised his average to .243 with 12 home runs, and 30 RBIs.

In 2006, Buck fought with teammate Runelvys Hernández in the Royals dugout during a game against the Indians.[5]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On December 16, 2009, Buck signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $2 million. On April 29, 2010. Buck hit 3 home runs in a single game against the Oakland Athletics. Buck was elected to the 2010 American League All-Star team on July 4, along with fellow Blue Jays Vernon Wells and Jose Bautista. In his first All-Star Game, he went 1–2 with a double.[6] Buck finished his only season in Toronto with career-highs in batting average (.281), hits (115), home runs (20), RBI (66), doubles (25), slugging percentage (.489), and on-base plus slugging (.802).[7]

Florida/Miami Marlins[edit]

Buck agreed to a three-year contract with the Florida Marlins worth $18 million on November 15, 2010.[8] The deal was confirmed on November 17, 2010.[9] In his first game with the Marlins, he hit a grand slam off New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey.[10]

In 2011, he had the lowest percentage of runners caught stealing of all major league catchers, at .170.[11]

In 2012, Buck hit .192/.297/.347 with 12 HR and 41 RBI in 106 games[12] while throwing out 27% of runners.[13]

New York Mets[edit]

On November 19, 2012, Buck was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Josh Johnson, José Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Emilio Bonifacio, in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino.[14] On December 17, 2012, the Blue Jays traded Buck, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, and Wuilmer Becerra to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.[15]

Buck began 2013 as the starting catcher, with Anthony Recker as his backup. After a great April in which he hit .241/.269/.575 with 9 HR and 25 RBI, Buck cooled down some. On August 17, Buck was placed on paternity leave, and he was replaced on the roster by the catcher he was traded with, Travis d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud took the starting role when Buck returned, and Buck would soon be traded.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On August 27, 2013, Buck and Marlon Byrd were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later,[16] identified on August 29 as Vic Black.[17][18] He finished the season as the backup to Russell Martin. In 110 games total (9 with Pittsburgh), he hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 HR and 62 RBI.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On January 14, 2014, Buck agreed to a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. He was projected to split time at catcher with Humberto Quintero and Mike Zunino.[19] On July 7, Buck's 34th birthday, the Mariners designated him for assignment.[20] After clearing waivers unclaimed, Buck became a free agent.[21]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Buck was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Angels on July 21, 2014. He was assigned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.[22] The Angels designated Buck for assignment on October 7, 2014, after claiming Alfredo Marte and Roger Kieschnick on waivers.[23] He rejected an assignment to Triple-A, becoming a free agent.[24]

Personal[edit]

Buck's wife Brooke gave birth to twins twelve weeks prematurely in May 2008.[25] The twins' names are Cooper and Brody.[26] In August 2013, his wife gave birth to their third son, Bentley.[27]

In December 2011, Buck assisted in rescuing two elderly women from an overturned car in Sunrise, Florida.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players by birthplace : Wyoming Baseball Stats and Info". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Astros 2002 Prospect Report", Santillo, M and Goldfine, J (2002), USA Today.
  3. ^ "2002 Top 100 Prospects", Pouliot, M. Rotoworld.
  4. ^ "Top Prospects of 2003", Sickels, J. Minor League Ball.
  5. ^ "Royals pitcher, catcher fight in dugout", Associated Press.
  6. ^ "2010 All-Star Game box score". MLB.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "John Buck Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dan Uggla, John Buck Moves Could Bring Red Sox Closer to Re-Signing Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre". NESN. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Marlins sign catcher John Buck to three-year contract". Florida Marlins. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ "John Buck's grand slam in Marlins' debut helps team defeat Mets". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 1, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2011 Regular Season MLB Baseball C Fielding Statistics". Espn.go.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "John Buck Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MLB Player Fielding Stats - As C - 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "MLB approves mega-deal between Blue Jays and Marlins". TSN.ca. November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dickey trade to Blue Jays official". foxsports.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ Axisa, Mike (August 27, 2013). "Pirates acquire John Buck and Marlon Byrd from Mets". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ DiComo, Anthony; Iseman, Chris (August 29, 2013). "Mets get prospect Black to complete Bucs trade". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ Derespina, Cody (August 29, 2013). "Vic Black to go to Mets in Marlon Byrd deal". Newsday. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ Fisher, Matt (January 14, 2014). "Seattle Mariners officially sign John Buck". fansided.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mariners designate C Buck". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/15/mariners-release-john-buck/
  22. ^ Williams, Carter (July 21, 2014). "Taylorsville High School alum John Buck signs with Angels, to join Salt Lake Bees". Deseret News. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (October 7, 2014). "Angels claim OFs Marte, Kieschnick from D-backs". MLB.com. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ Adams, Steve (October 9, 2014). "Outrighted: Tabata, Buck, Boesch". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  25. ^ Kaegal, Dick (November 26, 2008). "Bucks giving back to KC community". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  26. ^ Roberts, Jeff (May 12, 2013). "Mother's Day: Mets' John Buck credits wife for her care of their premature twins". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  27. ^ Woo, Stu (August 20, 2013). "A Veteran Catcher Gains a Son, Loses a Job". Wall Street Journal. 
  28. ^ McNeal, Sporting News (December 12, 2011). "Marlins catcher rescues women in overturned car". Sporting News. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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