Buck Martinez

John Albert "Buck" Martinez (born November 7, 1948) is an American former professional baseball catcher and manager, and is currently the television play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays. He played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Kansas City Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Toronto Blue Jays.[1] Since the end of his playing career, he has been a broadcaster, working on the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles radio and television broadcasts, and nationally for TBS and MLB Network.

Martinez managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 to May 2002 and Team USA at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.[2] He attended Elk Grove High School, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and Southwest Missouri State University..

Buck Martinez
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Martinez in 2009
Catcher / Manager
Born: November 7, 1948 (age 70)
Redding, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 18, 1969, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1986, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.225
Home runs58
Runs batted in321
Managerial record100–115
Winning %.465
Teams
As player

As manager

Playing career

Martinez made his major league debut in 1969, playing 72 games with the Kansas City Royals. He is mentioned in Jim Bouton's 1970 bestseller Ball Four as John Martinez, a player Bouton and his Seattle teammates know little about. During a meeting, as Bouton's team is devising strategies to effectively pitch to their opponents, manager Joe Schultz lacks any concrete suggestions about the rookie Martinez, and famously advises that they just "zitz" him.

Over the next few years, however, Martinez developed the reputation of being an offensive liability. He never appeared in more than 95 games during his time with Kansas City, through 1977.

Martinez was traded twice over the next few years, including to the Milwaukee Brewers in late 1977. In the midst of an 18–8 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday, August 29, 1979, Martinez entered the game as the Brewers' sixth pitcher of the day. As a pitcher, Martinez batted in the 9th inning, stroking an RBI single. For Martinez, who played in over 1,000 ML games, this game was his lone appearance in the majors as a pitcher.[3]

Martinez was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays May 10, 1981 after being designated for assignment. He is most remembered for his time in Toronto, where he twice hit 10 home runs (in 1982 and 1983) and was regarded as a solid defensive catcher.

Martinez's career took a bad turn when he broke his leg and severely dislocated his ankle in a home plate collision with the Seattle Mariners' Phil Bradley at the Kingdome on July 9, 1985. After the collision, he still attempted to throw out the advancing runner Gorman Thomas. When the throw went into left field, Thomas tried to come home. However, he was tagged out by a sprawled-out Martinez, who despite having a broken leg had managed to catch the return throw from George Bell on the ground, thus completing a 9–2–7–2 double play.

Martinez attempted a comeback with Toronto in 1986 but retired after hitting only .181 in 81 games.

Broadcasting

Buck Martinez speaking at SABR convention 2014
Martinez in 2014

After retiring as an active player following the 1986 season, Martinez began his broadcasting career as a radio color analyst for Toronto Blue Jays games in 1987. Eventually, this led to a job with TSN in which he was first paired with Fergie Olver. When Olver was replaced by Jim Hughson in 1990, Martinez remained the color analyst. The pair of Hughson and Martinez also worked together on a number of ESPN telecasts, as well as on EA Sports Triple Play Baseball video game series. Hughson left TSN in 1994, and was replaced by Dan Shulman. Like Hughson, Shulman also frequently moonlighted on ESPN and eventually joined ESPN full-time, whereas Martinez became manager of the Blue Jays from 2001 to 2002.

For the 2003 to 2009 seasons, he was the color commentator for Baltimore Orioles television broadcasts, alongside play-by-play announcers Jim Hunter and Gary Thorne on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. From 2005 to 2009, Martinez was a co-host of XM Radio's Baseball This Morning show on the MLB Home Plate channel and contributed color commentary for Sunday afternoon games and on TBS, as well as for the network's postseason coverage. In late April 2009, Buck substituted for the ill Jerry Remy as commentator for the three game Red SoxRays series for NESN.

Martinez returned to the Blue Jays' broadcast booth in 2010, this time as a play-by-play announcer for their sister company and exclusive broadcaster, Rogers Sportsnet, replacing Jamie Campbell, who now hosts the pre-game telecast. His main broadcast partner on Sportsnet is former Blue Jay Pat Tabler. With Shulman's part-time return to the Blue Jays broadcast team in 2016, Martinez now splits duties between play-by-play and color analyst.[4] On September 25, 2014, Rogers announced Martinez had signed a five-year extension to remain the play-by-play announcer for Toronto.[5]

Martinez also participated in the MLB International broadcast of the 2016 World Series as colour analyst.[6]

Managerial career

In 2000, Martinez was hired as Toronto's manager after Jim Fregosi's contract was not renewed. Martinez's energetic attitude was seen as the right fit for the Jays' young roster and through the first two months of the season Toronto outperformed expectations. The success, however, was short-lived as the team struggled through the remainder of the season and finished a mediocre 80–82. He was fired 53 games into the 2002 season after posting a 20–33 record. At the time he was fired, the Blue Jays were on a three-game winning streak, having just swept the Detroit Tigers. He was replaced as manager by Carlos Tosca.

Martinez was selected as the field manager for Team USA in the 2006 inaugural World Baseball Classic. He led the superstar-laden American squad to the second round. While Martinez wore number 13 as both a player and a manager in the Major Leagues, he wore number 31 while managing in the WBC because Alex Rodriguez had already been assigned number 13.

Managerial record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TOR 2001 80 82 .494 3rd
TOR 2002 20 33 .377 3rd (fired)
USA 2006 3 3 .500 8th
MLB Total 100 115 .465
Int. Total 3 3 .500
Total 103 118 .466

Personal life

Martinez and his wife Arlene have one son Casey, a 47th round pick by Toronto in the 2000 First Year Player Draft.[7] They reside in Clearwater, Florida.

Martinez has authored two books. In 1985 From Worst To First: The Toronto Blue Jays in 1985 was published, and in 2016 Martinez released his second book entitled Change Up, outlining his views on modern-day baseball and what can be done to improve it.

References

  1. ^ "Buck Martinez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "August 29, 1979 Milwaukee Brewers at Kansas City Royals Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. August 29, 1979. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Buck Martinez returns as Blue Jays TV announcer | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sportsnet locks up Blue Jays broadcast duo". Sportsnet. September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sportsnet touts four million viewers for Jays vs. Orioles matchup". Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Casey Martinez Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.

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Carlos Tosca

Carlos Tosca (born September 29, 1953 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is the current Field coach for the GCL Orioles. He is a former Major League and minor league baseball manager. He was the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2002 to 2004. He succeeded Buck Martinez on June 3, 2002, served the entire 2003 season, and was replaced by John Gibbons on August 8, 2004, after compiling a 191–191 win-loss record (.500).

Tosca is a graduate of the University of South Florida. He did not play professional baseball, but became a coach at the high school level after his graduation. In 1978, he entered pro baseball as a coach in the Short Season-A New York–Penn League.

Dan Shulman

Daniel "Dan" Shulman (born February 9, 1967) is a Canadian sportscaster with the American network ESPN as well as Canadian network Sportsnet.

Shulman serves as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN's men's college basketball coverage (with Jay Bilas), select regular season Major League Baseball games, and post-season MLB coverage on ESPN Radio. He also calls select Toronto Blue Jays telecasts on Sportsnet and hosts a baseball-themed podcast, Swing and a Belt with Dan Shulman.

Previously, Shulman served as the play-by-play announcer for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball (with Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza), a position he resigned from at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Double play

In baseball, a double play (denoted as DP in baseball statistics) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous play. The double play is defined in the Official Rules in the Definitions of Terms, and for the official scorer in Rule 9.11. Double plays can occur any time there is at least one baserunner and fewer than two outs.

During the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season, the average for double plays completed by each team during the course of a 162-game season was 145 — nearly one per game by each team.

List of American League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have covered the American League Division Series throughout the years. It does include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters are listed below, including games broadcast only on ESPN currently and formerly.

List of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters

Listed below is a list of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters by both name and year since the program's debut on ESPN Radio in 1998.

List of National League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

List of Toronto Blue Jays broadcasters

This page details the broadcasters for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team.

List of Toronto Blue Jays managers

The Toronto Blue Jays are members of the American League (AL) East Division in Major League Baseball (MLB). There have been 16 different managers of the Blue Jays, the only Canadian baseball franchise in Major League Baseball. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager). They are the only team outside the United States to win a World Series, and the first team to win a World Series in Canada.Cito Gaston has both managed and won the most games of any Blue Jays manager, with 1,731 games and 894 wins. He is followed by John Gibbons in both categories, with 1,258 games and 644 wins, who surpassed Bobby Cox's marks during his second stint as manager. Gaston is the only Blue Jays manager to win a World Series in 1992 and 1993, the fourth African-American manager in MLB history, and was the first African-American manager to win a World Series. Cox is the only Blue Jays manager to be awarded the AL Manager of the Year Award in 1985. Mel Queen has the best winning percentage by winning 80 percent of his 5 games coached.

MLB International

MLB International is a division of Major League Baseball primarily responsible for international broadcasts of games. Prominently, in partnership with DirecTV and MLB Network, it produces and syndicates the All-Star Game, NLCS, ALCS, and the World Series, as well as the Caribbean Series, the Australian Baseball League Championship Series and the World Baseball Classic to broadcasters in over 200 countries, and the American Forces Network for U.S. military troops abroad.

Mark Littell

Mark Alan Littell (born January 17, 1953), is a professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1973 to 1982 for the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. Littell had a lifetime ERA of 3.32 and saved 56 games from 1976 to 1981. Bone spurs in his elbow cut his career short, and Littell retired midway through the 1982 season at the age of 29.

Primarily a relief pitcher, Littell served at the Royals' closer in 1976–1977, and is best remembered for giving up a walk-off home run to New York Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss to end the 1976 American League Championship Series. It was only the second home run he allowed in more than 100 innings pitched that year.

Two years later, the Royals dealt Littell, along with catcher Buck Martinez, to the Cardinals in exchange for relief pitcher Al Hrabosky.

Mark Patrick

Mark Patrick Storen (born c. 1959), better known by his professional name Mark Patrick, is an American radio personality based in Indianapolis. Starting out on satellite radio, he was part of MLB Network Radio as the co-host of Baseball This Morning along with Buck Martinez and Larry Bowa . Patrick also hosted the Hoosier Lottery television game show Hoosier Millionaire for 14 years. Patrick also had a nationally syndicated morning show on Fox Sports Radio for a few years. Patrick was primary sports anchor for WISH-TV from 1990 to 1998.

Patrick also provided a number of voice characterizations on The Bob and Tom Show for many years beginning in the late '80s. His characters included a fictional traffic reporter named "T.C." and impressions of Howard Cosell, Harry Caray, and Marge Schott. The Harry Caray character had a recurring skit called "After Hours Sports with Harry Caray" where "Harry" would interview various celebrities. After the real Harry Caray died in 1998, the skit was renamed "After Life Sports with Harry Caray" so that Patrick could continue his comic impression as the ghost of Harry Caray.

Patrick graduated from Brownsburg High School in 1977, and then attended Ball State University. Patrick married Pam Nelson and they have two children; son Drew Storen is a Major League Baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

The Baseball Network

The Baseball Network was a short-lived television broadcasting joint venture between ABC, NBC and Major League Baseball. Under the arrangement, beginning in the 1994 season, the league produced its own in-house telecasts of games, which were then brokered to air on ABC and NBC. This was perhaps most evident by the copyright beds shown at the end of the telecasts, which stated "The proceeding program has been paid for by the office of The Commissioner of Baseball". The Baseball Network was the first television network in the United States to be owned by a professional sports league. In essence, The Baseball Network could be seen as a forerunner to the MLB Network, which would debut about 15 years later.

The package included coverage of games in primetime on selected nights throughout the regular season (under the branding Baseball Night in America), along with coverage of the postseason and the World Series. Unlike previous broadcasting arrangements with the league, there was no national "game of the week" during the regular season; these would be replaced by multiple weekly regional telecasts on certain nights of the week. Additionally, The Baseball Network had exclusive coverage windows; no other broadcaster could televise MLB games during the same night that The Baseball Network was televising games.

The arrangement did not last long; due to the effects of a players' strike on the remainder of the 1994 season, and poor reception from fans and critics over how the coverage was implemented, The Baseball Network would be disbanded after the 1995 season. While NBC would maintain rights to certain games, the growing Fox network (having established its own sports division two years earlier in 1994) became the league's new national broadcast partner beginning in 1996, with its then-parent company News Corporation eventually purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 (although the company has since sold the team).

Toronto Blue Jays on Sportsnet

Toronto Blue Jays on Sportsnet is a live telecast of Toronto Blue Jays baseball games that air on Sportsnet, Sportsnet One, or Sportsnet 360. Starting in 2003, some games were broadcast in high definition. As of 2007, all games that air on the network are presented in high definition, and as of 2016, all home games are broadcast in ultra-high definition. Sportsnet began showing Blue Jays games in 1999 and is now their official television carrier, carrying all 162 Blue Jays games throughout the regular season.

Non-Blue Jays games on Sportsnet are also branded as MLB on Sportsnet.

Triple Play 2000

Triple Play 2000 is a baseball sports game released for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Microsoft Windows in 1999. It is the only game of the Triple Play series released for the Nintendo 64 where it was only released in North America. It features the 1999 rosters and 1998 stats which included Sammy Sosa's 66 HR and Mark McGwire's 70 home runs.

This iteration of Sculptured's baseball lineage has real players and teams up to date at the time of production. Players can play single matches, a full season, the playoffs, or an all-out action Home Run Derby. Team selection and transfers come under player control. Jim Hughson and Buck Martinez provide the commentary on all console versions except Martinez who was not featured in the Nintendo 64 version. This was the first version to support Internet play on the PC.

Triple Play 2001

Triple Play 2001 is a baseball sports game released for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows in 2000. It features the 2000 rosters and 2000 stats.

Due to complaints about chopping frame rate issues from previous games, EA sports was able to make the previous Triple Play game at a full 30 fps but this game fell short and received heavy criticism for taking a step back. They also introduced classic players that player could control in the game. Players can play a single player game, a full season, playoffs, or the Home Run Derby. Team selection and transfers come under player control. Once again Jim Hughson and Buck Martinez provide the commentary. This game was not released on Nintendo 64 unlike previous version.

Triple Play Baseball

Triple Play Baseball is a baseball sports game released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows in 2001. It would be the last game in the Triple Play series released for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. However it was first game in its series to be released on the PlayStation 2. It features the 2001 rosters and 2001 stats.

Triple Play Baseball was the first and only game in the triple play baseball series not to feature a year on the title. The new game featured a robust "create a player" option and Big League Challenge Mode. The players can play a single player game, a full season, playoffs, or Home Run Derby. Team selection and transfers come under player control. On the PS1 version, Jim Hughson and Buck Martinez provide the commentary, while on PS2 version it is Sean McDonough.

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