- John Buck (baseball)
"This article is about the baseball player. For the U.S. Representative see
John R. Buckand for the artist see John E. Buck."Infobox MLB player
team=Kansas City Royals
birthdate=birth date and age|1980|7|7
debutteam=Kansas City Royals
Home runs| stat2value=56
stat3label=Runs batted in
Kansas City Royals(by|2004-present)
catcher, Buck was initially drafted by the Houston Astrosin 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.
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 25he had raised his average to .243 , had hit 12 home runs, and had driven in 30.
In by|2006, Buck fought with teammate
Runelvys Hernándezin 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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