Quick Facts Buck Martinez

  • NameBuck Martinez
  • Birth Year1948
  • Birth month11
  • Father John Martinez
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Birth PlaceRedding, California
  • EthnicityWhite
  • Profession Former baseball player, Sportscaster
  • MarriedYes
  • Married toArlene Martinez
  • EducationElk Grove High School
  • ChildrenCasey Martinez (son)
  • MotherShirley Martinez
  • Online PresenceInstagram, Twitter

Buck Albert Martinez, known by his popular name Buck Martinez, is an American former professional baseball player and manager who currently works as a play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez started working for television after he retired from professional baseball.

Buck Martinez is married to Arlene Martinez and they are together for around 43 years. His involvement in both careers helped him earn a decent salary and is able to amass a good amount of net worth.

Buck Martinez Net Worth, Salary, Earnings, and Income

Buck Martinez retired from his baseball career and started working as a play-by-play commentator for Toronto Blue Jay. The average salary of play-by-play commentator reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is around $41,800. So Martinez might also earn the salary in a similar range. 

During his long career as a baseball player and now as a sportscaster Martinez must have summed up a good amount of money and so his net worth must be pretty good. Since people have a different pattern in spending money and adding up properties, it is hard to calculate his net worth on the basis of the few information that we have.

Buck Martinez Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children

Buck Martinez is a married man. Martinez is married to his long-term girlfriend Arlene Martinez. The duo is together for around 43 years. They have an ideal relationship and there might be some secret reason for keeping their relationship stable for such a long period of time. From their relationship, the couple is blessed with a child, a son Casey Martinez.

They never let minor problems and, in some cases, big problems to turn their relationship sour. The husband and wife respect each other’s privacy and give enough space. The main thing is that they are always faithful to each other.

CAPTION: Buck Martinez with the love of his life

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Buck met his wife Arlene in San Juan, Puerto Rico in January 1971. Buck was there to play a game whereas Arlene was on vacation. Despite his busy schedule, Buck managed to ask her out for a ball game and for dinner afterward which Arlene accepted. 

The duo dated for a few days and when it was time for Arlene to return back to New Jersey they exchanged their numbers with a promise to get in touch. But they didn’t communicate for three whole years.

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Luckily Buck and Arlene met at a party in Florida and again began dating. Buck and Arlene went on a road trip to Boston where Buck proposed her to marry him. Arlene responded to the proposal with a big ‘YES’ and finally married on 14th July 1975, in Kansas City. They had a Catholic wedding held in Blue Springs, Missouri. They had the wedding reception at the Adams Mark Hotel.

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Buck Martinez Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Education

Buck Martinez was born on 7th November 1948 in Redding, California to John Martinez and Shirley Martinez. His father and mother both served in the military. He began playing baseball at the age of 10.

Martinez completed his school from Elk Grove High School where he played as an All-Conference catcher for three years. During his school days, Martinez was regarded as one of the best baseball catchers. 

CAPTION: Buck Martinez early days

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After graduating from high school, Martinez attended Sacramento City College from where he received a bachelors degree. Likewise, he joined Missouri State University for further studies.

Buck Martinez Career, Baseball, Announcer

Buck Martinez made his major league baseball debut in 1969 with the Kansas City Royals playing 72 games. He played in altogether 95 games for that team till 1997. Later, Martinez was traded with the Milwaukee Brewers. His major appearance as a pitcher was in 1979 when he played as a pitcher against his former team Kansas City.

Buck was traded again to Toronto Blue Jays on 10th May 1981 and had his major achievement in the team where he twice hit 10 home runs, first in 1982 and second in 1983

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Buck ended his baseball career after he broke his leg and severely dislocated his ankle during a game on 9th July 1985. He collided with the Seattle MarinersPhil Bradley at the Kingdome which resulted in the misfortune. He attempted to continue his career despite the problem with his leg. He gave it a try but failed and retired from the game in 1986.

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After his retirement, Buck began his broadcasting career as a radio color analyst for Toronto Blue Jays games in 1987. Shortly he was hired by the TSN. Martinez also worked on various ESPN episodes and also on EA Sports Triple Play Baseball video games. He served as a manager of the Blue Jays in 2001 for a year.

Buck became the color commentator for Baltimore Orioles television broadcast from 2003 to 2009. He worked alongside play-by-play announcers Jim Hunter and Gary Thorne on the show Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

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Buck co-hosted a radio show Baseball This Morning show on XM Radio network from 2005 to 2009. He was also a color commentator for Sunday afternoon games on the TBS. In 2009 he also served as a substitute in a Red Sox-Rays series for NESN for few games.

Buck rejoined Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 as a play-by-play announcer and exclusive broadcaster. His contract was extended for 5 more years.

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Buck worked as a manager in Toronto Blue Jays for few games and also as a field manager for Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic’s inaugural.

Besides his baseball and announcer career, Martinez is also an author. To date, he has published two books. His first book From Worst To First: The Toronto Blue Jays in 1985 was published in 1985 and the second book Change Up was published in 2016.