Cancer Update: Blue Jays Broadcaster Buck Martinez, Age, Vaccine Status, Meet his Wife, Why is he leaving? Vaccine

John Albert “Buck” Martinez 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.

Buck Martinez, the broadcaster for the Blue Jays, has left the booth after being diagnosed with cancer.

Buck Martinez, a long-time commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays, is retiring from the booth after being diagnosed with cancer.

Martinez started Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics would be his last for “a little while” as he begins weeks of cancer treatment, according to a statement provided by Sportsnet.

Martinez, 73, said he hoped to reunite with his Sportsnet teammates for the Jays’ postseason run.

Martinez expresses his gratitude to the Blue Jays fans, colleagues, staff, and players. When he recovers from his sickness, he stated his eagerness to rejoin his Sportsnet teammates.

We don’t know how serious his health condition is because he hasn’t revealed the type of cancer he has or the stage of his sickness. However, we send him our best wishes for a swift recovery.

Buck Martinez Age, Family, and Early Life

Buck Martinez was born on November 7, 1948 (Age 73 Years) in Redding, California to parents who both served in the military.  His dad, John, was in Pearl Harbor the day of the attack while his mom, Shirley, served in the Women’s Army Core and was on the cover of Stars and Stripes magazine.

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His family moved to South Sacramento when he was 10, and he started playing baseball with Parkway Little League and Southgate Babe Ruth.

Buck Martinez Career, What was his profession?

Playing Career

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. 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. 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 .181 in 81 games. 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 are just “zitz” him. For Martinez, who played in over 1,000 ML games, this game was his lone appearance in the majors as a pitcher.


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. 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.

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. On September 25, 2014, Rogers announced Martinez had signed a five-year extension to remain the play-by-play announcer for Toronto.

Managerial career

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. 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.

Which school did he go to?

He did his high schooling at Elk Grove High School and He then went to Sacramento City College. After graduating from Sac City he attended Sac State and Southwest Missouri State.

Buck Martinez Wife, What about his relationship?

Busk Martinez is a married man and is married to Arlene Martinez. They married in 1975 and have a son named Casey Martinez.

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Buck Martinez Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of Buck Martinez is around $700k.

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Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

He is seen active on Twitter as @BuckMartinez with 2K+ followers.

Body Appearance of Buck Martinez’s Height, Weight

HeightFeet: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Centimeter: 178 cm
Meter: 1.78 m
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBrown
WeightKilogram: N / A
Pound: N / A
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Buck Martinez’s you should be know

Age73 Years
Relationship StatusMarried
SpousesArlene Martinez