John Buck (baseball)

John Buck (baseball)


"This article is about the baseball player. For the U.S. Representative see John R. Buck and for the artist see John E. Buck."Infobox MLB player
name=John Buck

team=Kansas City Royals
birthdate=birth date and age|1980|7|7
debutdate=June 25
debutteam=Kansas City Royals
statyear=July 2,2008
stat1label=Batting average
stat2label=Home runs| stat2value=56
stat3label=Runs batted in
*Kansas City Royals (by|2004-present)

Johnathan Richard Buck (born July 7, 1980 in Kemmerer, Wyoming) is an American baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. He went to high school in Taylorsville, UT.

A catcher, Buck was initially drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the by|1998 Amateur Draft. He was signed to a minor league contract on June 11, 1998 but struggled in the minor leagues, failing to play a single Major League game with the Astros.

On June 24, by|2004, the Astros traded him as part of a 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 , had hit 12 home runs, and had driven in 30.

In by|2006, Buck fought with teammate Runelvys Hernández in the Royals dugout during a game against the Indians The fight ending as Hernandez sack tapped Buck.Fact|date=August 2007


In February, 2008, it was announced on the Kansas City Royals website that Buck and his wife Brooke are expecting twin boys in May or June. The tentative names for the twins are Cooper and Brody.

Buck is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His nickname is "The King of Scotland," given from his friend and former PawSox player Michael Buchanon, from when he went 6/6 in a game and declared he was moving to Scotland.

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