Buck Martinez returns for a 12th season in the broadcast booth after returning to the Blue Jays for the first time since managing the club in 2002. The 72-year-old brings with him 54 years of baseball experience, including 20 years as a player, 39 years in broadcasting, and two as a manager. Beginning in 1967 when he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez spent 20 years as a catcher in professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and his final six seasons with the Blue Jays. He appeared in the postseason with Kansas City in 1976, batting .333 in the five-game ALCS against the New York Yankees. Has written three books about his experiences with the Blue Jays, “From Worst to First” (1985), “The Last Out” (1986), and “Change-up” (2016). Among his 14 seasons associated with the Blue Jays, he served as manager for Toronto in 2001 and part of the 2002 season, compiling a 100-115 record. In 2006, he managed the United States team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. He then took part in the next three WBC’s as a colour commentator. Martinez’ first experience with broadcasting came in 1982 when he covered the American League Championship Series, the World Series and the All-Star Game for the Telemedia Radio Network. His television broadcast career began in 1987 as a colour commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays on TSN. He began his work with ESPN radio and television in 1992, and in 1995, Martinez was awarded a Sports EMMY Award for his work on ESPN’s coverage of Cal Ripken’s 2,131st consecutive game. He worked as a television analyst for the Baltimore Orioles from 2003-2009, for which he won another EMMY, and has also served as a co-host of XM Radio’s Baseball This Morning show on the MLB Home Plate channel. Martinez contributed colour commentary for Sunday afternoon games on TBS, as well as for the network’s postseason coverage. Most recently, he has worked the All-Star game and the World Series over the last five seasons for MLB International and will do so again this fall. In 2020, he took over as President of the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), which is dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the baseball family. A California native, Martinez attended Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and Central Missouri State University. He and his wife, Arlene, have been married for 46 years and now reside in New Port Richey, FL. They have one son, Casey, a 47th round pick by Toronto in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, who is married to Jennifer and has two daughters, Zoe and Lara.