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Buck Martinez

John Albert Martinez

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: November 7, 1948 in Redding, CA
High School: Elk Grove HS (Elk Grove, CA)
Schools: California State University Sacramento (Sacramento, CA), Sacramento City College (Sacramento, CA)
Drafted
by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1967 amateur draft (January). Player signed May 21, 1967. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 18, 1969 (Age 20.223)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1969 season [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Royals/Brewers 1969-1986

Final Game: October 3, 1986 (Age 37.330)
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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1969 20 KCR AL 72 214 205 14 47 6 1 4 23 0 0 8 25 .229 .258 .327 .585 63 67 4 0 1 0 2 2/9
1970 21 KCR AL 6 11 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .111 .273 .111 .384 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 /2
1971 22 KCR AL 22 53 46 3 7 2 0 0 1 0 1 5 9 .152 .231 .196 .426 23 9 1 0 1 1 0 2
1973 24 KCR AL 14 37 32 2 8 1 0 1 6 0 0 4 5 .250 .333 .375 .708 95 12 2 0 1 0 0 2
1974 25 KCR AL 43 123 107 10 23 3 1 1 8 0 1 14 19 .215 .317 .290 .607 73 31 1 2 0 0 0 2
1975 26 KCR AL 80 255 226 15 51 9 2 3 23 1 0 21 28 .226 .293 .323 .616 72 73 4 1 6 1 0 2
1976 27 KCR AL 95 295 267 24 61 13 3 5 34 0 0 16 45 .228 .269 .356 .625 81 95 2 0 9 3 1 2
1977 28 KCR AL 29 85 80 3 18 4 0 1 9 0 1 3 12 .225 .253 .313 .566 52 25 1 0 2 0 0 2
1978 29 MIL AL 89 286 256 26 56 10 1 1 20 1 1 14 42 .219 .255 .277 .533 50 71 4 0 12 4 1 2
1979 30 MIL AL 69 214 196 17 53 8 0 4 26 0 1 8 25 .270 .296 .372 .669 80 73 3 0 8 2 0 2/1
1980 31 MIL AL 76 238 219 16 49 9 0 3 17 1 0 12 33 .224 .266 .306 .572 59 67 3 1 5 1 0 2
1981 32 TOR AL 45 146 128 13 29 8 1 4 21 1 0 11 16 .227 .287 .398 .685 92 51 6 1 3 3 0 2
1982 33 TOR AL 96 291 260 26 63 17 0 10 37 1 1 24 34 .242 .301 .423 .724 90 110 10 0 2 5 1 2
1983 34 TOR AL 88 253 221 27 56 14 0 10 33 0 1 29 39 .253 .337 .452 .790 111 100 7 0 1 2 0 2
1984 35 TOR AL 102 273 232 24 51 13 1 5 37 0 3 29 49 .220 .301 .349 .651 77 81 2 2 1 9 0 2/D
1985 36 TOR AL 42 113 99 11 16 3 0 4 14 0 0 10 12 .162 .239 .313 .552 48 31 3 1 0 3 0 2
1986 37 TOR AL 81 185 160 13 29 8 0 2 12 0 0 20 25 .181 .271 .269 .539 46 43 5 0 4 1 0 2/D
17 Yrs 1049 3072 2743 245 618 128 10 58 321 5 10 230 419 .225 .284 .343 .627 73 940 59 8 56 35 5
162 Game Avg. 162 474 424 38 95 20 2 9 50 1 2 36 65 .225 .284 .343 .627 73 145 9 1 9 5 1
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
KCR (8 yrs) 361 1073 972 72 216 38 7 15 104 1 3 73 144 .222 .277 .322 .599 69 313 16 3 20 5 3
TOR (6 yrs) 454 1261 1100 114 244 63 2 35 154 2 5 123 175 .222 .297 .378 .675 81 416 33 4 11 23 1
MIL (3 yrs) 234 738 671 59 158 27 1 8 63 2 2 34 100 .235 .271 .314 .585 62 211 10 1 25 7 1

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1969 20 KCR AL 72 214 -11 -1 -0 0 3 -9 -1.1 7 -2 -0.3 .486 .494 -0.3 0.3 -2 $4,200 2/9
1970 21 KCR AL 6 11 -1 0 -0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 -0.1 0.1 -1 $12,500 /2
1971 22 KCR AL 22 53 -5 -1 -0 -3 1 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .460 .495 -0.4 -0.2 -3 2
1973 24 KCR AL 14 37 -0 0 -0 0 1 -0 -0.0 1 1 0.1 .498 .500 0.1 0.1 1 2
1974 25 KCR AL 43 123 -4 -1 -0 -4 2 -7 -0.8 4 -3 -0.3 .482 .495 0.1 -0.2 1 2
1975 26 KCR AL 80 255 -7 0 -0 -1 5 -4 -0.3 9 6 0.5 .495 .498 0.7 0.4 7 2
1976 27 KCR AL 95 295 -8 1 0 3 5 2 0.2 11 12 1.2 .502 .501 0.9 1.0 9 2
1977 28 KCR AL 29 85 -6 -0 0 0 2 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.2 .483 .497 -0.2 0.2 -2 $50,000 2
1978 29 MIL AL 89 286 -19 0 0 -2 5 -15 -1.6 10 -5 -0.6 .481 .490 -0.4 0.4 -3 2
1979 30 MIL AL 69 214 -8 -1 0 6 4 2 0.2 8 9 0.9 .502 .501 0.3 1.0 3 2/1
1980 31 MIL AL 76 238 -13 -0 -0 5 5 -4 -0.4 8 4 0.4 .494 .497 -0.2 1.0 -1 2
1981 32 TOR AL 45 146 -2 -0 -1 -3 3 -4 -0.4 5 1 0.1 .491 .497 0.4 -0.0 4 2
1982 33 TOR AL 96 291 -3 -2 -2 7 5 6 0.6 10 16 1.6 .507 .504 0.9 1.3 9 2
1983 34 TOR AL 88 253 4 -2 -2 2 4 7 0.8 9 15 1.6 .508 .504 1.4 0.7 13 2
1984 35 TOR AL 102 273 -7 -2 0 3 5 -1 -0.1 9 8 0.8 .499 .499 0.5 0.8 5 2/D
1985 36 TOR AL 42 113 -6 -0 -0 1 2 -4 -0.4 4 -0 -0.1 .490 .497 -0.2 0.3 -1 $356,300 2
1986 37 TOR AL 81 185 -11 -1 -1 1 3 -9 -0.9 6 -3 -0.3 .488 .494 -0.4 0.4 -4 $347,096 2/D
17 Seasons 1049 3072 -108 -10 -7 16 54 -54 -5.6 107 53 4.6 .494 .498 3.2 7.5 37 $770,096
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
KCR (8 yrs) 361 1073 -42 -2 -1 -4 18 -31 -3.3 38 7 0.4 .491 .497 0.9 1.6 11 $66,700
TOR (6 yrs) 454 1261 -26 -7 -6 11 22 -6 -0.5 43 37 3.6 .499 .500 2.5 3.5 26 $703,396
MIL (3 yrs) 234 738 -40 -1 0 9 14 -18 -1.8 26 8 0.6 .492 .496 -0.3 2.4 -1

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1976 27 KCR AL ALCS NYY L 5 16 15 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 3 .333 .375 .333 .708 5 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 5 16 15 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 3 .333 .375 .333 .708 5 0 0 0 0 0

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1979 30 MIL AL 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 64 5.73 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
1 Yr 0 0 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 64 5.73 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 9.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 68 68 68 68 0 68 0 0 0 0 0 340 64 5.73 2.000 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1979 30 MIL AL 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 5.20 0.04 -0.42 102.0 4.83 -0 -0.0 .0 0.0 -0.0 -0 .455 .500
1 Season 1.0 1 0 1 9.00 5.20 0.04 -0.42 102.0 4.83 -0 -0.0 .0 0.0 -0.0 -0 .455 .500

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1969 KCR AL 20 C 55 46 40 420.2 324 290 25 9 7 .972 0 0 6.74 5.73 .987 6.65 6.65 6 13 19 11 37% 36% 2
1969 KCR AL 20 OF 1 1 1 8.0 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 0 30 3.38 3.00 .977 2.14 2.10
1969 KCR AL 20 RF 1 1 1 8.0 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 0 30 3.38 3.00 .973 1.91 1.90
1970 KCR AL 21 C 5 3 3 30.0 24 20 3 1 0 .958 1 40 6.90 4.60 .988 6.66 6.62 0 1 2 3 60% 39% 0
1971 KCR AL 22 C 21 14 12 138.1 93 84 6 3 0 .968 -3 -26 5.86 4.29 .988 6.37 6.34 2 10 6 2 25% 39% 0
1973 KCR AL 24 C 14 10 8 94.0 58 52 4 2 1 .966 0 0 5.36 4.00 .985 6.05 6.02 0 1 3 2 40% 38% 0
1974 KCR AL 25 C 38 31 21 281.0 171 151 16 4 1 .977 -4 -17 5.35 4.39 .983 5.89 5.87 6 12 19 7 27% 38% 0
1975 KCR AL 26 C 79 70 54 617.1 408 361 39 8 4 .980 -1 -2 5.83 5.06 .983 6.00 5.98 9 14 61 31 34% 38% 3
1976 KCR AL 27 C 94 87 62 739.1 464 420 40 4 4 .991 3 5 5.60 4.89 .981 5.75 5.77 5 10 76 38 33% 34% 1
1977 KCR AL 28 C 28 22 17 202.0 142 133 8 1 0 .993 0 0 6.28 5.04 .986 6.01 5.97 2 3 12 6 33% 39% 1
1978 MIL AL 29 C 89 85 59 716.1 367 327 32 8 7 .978 -2 -3 4.51 4.03 .983 5.53 5.48 2 18 44 24 35% 38% 0
1979 MIL AL 30 C 68 67 45 547.2 245 198 39 8 2 .967 6 13 3.89 3.49 .982 5.46 5.39 4 9 31 23 43% 36% 3
1979 MIL AL 30 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1980 MIL AL 31 C 76 75 47 622.0 331 293 33 5 3 .985 5 10 4.72 4.29 .986 5.48 5.47 2 13 38 24 39% 35% 2
1981 TOR AL 32 C 45 43 33 372.1 216 192 22 2 3 .991 -3 -10 5.17 4.76 .987 5.51 5.49 1 16 24 13 35% 38% 0
1982 TOR AL 33 C 93 79 53 677.2 422 382 35 5 8 .988 7 12 5.54 4.48 .988 5.69 5.66 2 12 27 23 46% 36% 3
1983 TOR AL 34 C 85 69 43 579.1 360 331 25 4 3 .989 2 4 5.53 4.19 .986 5.70 5.66 1 12 29 14 33% 33% 0
1984 TOR AL 35 C 98 66 42 616.2 396 360 34 2 5 .995 3 6 5.75 4.02 .987 5.96 5.92 3 14 29 15 34% 36% 2
1984 TOR AL 35 DH 1 0
1985 TOR AL 36 C 42 32 18 270.0 173 155 16 2 5 .988 1 4 5.70 4.07 .987 6.05 5.99 1 9 17 10 37% 33% 0
1986 TOR AL 37 C 78 47 23 417.2 310 289 19 2 6 .994 1 3 6.64 3.95 .989 6.62 6.56 3 8 27 12 31% 34% 0
1986 TOR AL 37 DH 1 0
17 Seasons C 1008 846 580 7342.1 4504 4038 396 70 59 .984 16 3 5.44 4.40 .985 5.84 5.84 49 175 464 258 36% 36% 17
2 Seasons DH 2 0
1 Season OF 1 1 1 8.0 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 0 30 3.38 3.00 .977 2.14 2.10
1 Season P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 0 0 0
1 Season RF 1 1 1 8.0 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 0 30 3.38 3.00 .973 1.91 1.90
17 Seasons TOT 1010 847 581 7351.1 4507 4040 397 70 60 .984 16 3 5.43 4.39 .985 5.84 5.83 49 175 464 258 36% 36% 17
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1984 AL  9 (6th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1969 AL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1982 AL  8 (3rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1975 AL  9 (4th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1982 AL  46.0 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1980 AL  5 (5th)
1982 AL  7 (2nd)
Career  16 (74th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1976 AL  .991 (2nd)
1984 AL  .995 (2nd)

Youngest s c a p y
1969 AL  born 1948-11-07 (9th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 2 (2207), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 21 (711), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (273rd), 4.6 career WAR/7.0 7yr-peak WAR/5.8 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1969 20 Kansas City Royals $4,200 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1970 21 Kansas City Royals $12,500 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1977 28 Kansas City Royals $50,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
1985 36 Toronto Blue Jays $356,300 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 37 Toronto Blue Jays $347,096 ? 1986 USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$770,096
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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