John Buck

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Johnathan Richard Buck

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Biographical Information[edit]

Playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, John Buck made the 2010 All-Star team after hitting 13 home runs by the All-Star break, tops for any catcher in either league that season. He topped 20 home runs for the first time that year and signed a free agent contract with the Florida Marlins for 2011. He was a starter for two seasons with the Marlins, hitting .227 with 16 homers and 57 RBI in 140 games the first year, and then only .192 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in 106 games for the re-named Miami Marlins in 2012. After that season, the Fish decided to dump a number of their higher-priced (and more experienced) players, and as a result John headed back to Toronto in a blockbuster deal announced on November 13th. Also going north were SS Jose Reyes, Ps Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, and IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio. In return, the Marlins received a package of mainly young players including IFs Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, P Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis and three minor leaguers. He was involved in another major deal just over a month later, on December 16th, being sent with Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

He started the 2013 season red hot, hitting 6 homers and collecting 19 RBI in his first 10 games. His 9 home runs in April tied the record for a catcher in that month, matching Johnny Bench (1971) and Charles Johnson (2001).

Buck went to spring training with the Atlanta Braves in 2015. he stood a chance of making the team as a back-up, following the departure of Evan Gattis via trade and the promotion of rookie Christian Bethancourt to the starting job, but on March 25th, he announced his retirement at 34 even though he had played quite well, hitting over .300 with power in Grapefruit League games.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (2010)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2010)

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