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Buck Martinez

Buck Martinez
MLB Player information
NameBuck Martinez
PositionCatcher / Manager
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB debutJune 18, 1969 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearanceOctober 3, 1986 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average.225
Home runs58
Runs batted in321
Teams
As player *Kansas City Royals (1969 1977) *Milwaukee Brewers (1978 1980) *Toronto Blue Jays (1981 1986) As manager *Toronto Blue Jays (2001 2002)

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John Albert "Buck" Martinez (born November 7, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and manager, and television baseball commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays. He played 17 seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. After his playing career, he became a broadcaster. In 1987, he became a radio color analyst for Blue Jays games. He went on to become a color commentator for TSN for their Blue Jays games while occasionally working ESPN games.

More recently, he had provided color commentary for TBS and from 2003 to 2009 he was the color commentator for Baltimore Orioles television broadcasts on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. He managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 until May 2002 when he was fired. He also managed Team USA at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in

2006. On December 10, 2009, it was announced that Martinez would be the play-by-play announcer for the Rogers Sportsnet telecasts of Toronto Blue Jays games. Martinez attended Elk Grove High School, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University and Southwest Missouri State University.


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