John Buck simply refuses to quit. The New York Mets catcher is off to a spectacular start, the likes of which the franchise hasn’t ever seen before out of a player in his first year with the organization. When the Mets acquired Buck in the offseason from the Toronto Blue Jays, he was known for having some pop, but he has by far exceeded any expectations during the first two weeks of the season.
During spring training, Buck drew a lot of praise for his work with the rotation, his ability to call a game, and his mentoring of the Mets’ catcher of the future Travis d’Arnaud, but he also surprised a lot of people with the bat, which has carried over into the regular season.
Buck made a great first impression in front of his new hometown fans, going six for 12 with two home runs and five RBIs in the opening series of the season against the San Diego Padres.
But Buck’s hitting didn’t stop after that first series, and it hasn’t stopped yet. He has a hit in all but two games this season and has already hit six home runs, including a stretch of four straight games, and driven in 19 runs.
Even in games in which the rest of the Mets have been shut down, Buck has been impossible to silence at the plate. He has played in day games after night games, and even been moved into the cleanup spot in the order for some games.
It is just a couple weeks, and Buck could go cold at any point, but so far he is showing signs of having a career year. His performance at the plate has been beyond anybody’s wildest expectations for the veteran catcher, and his success with the bat has been instrumental in many of the Mets’ early season wins.