John Buck says Johan Santana was tipping his pitches

johan-santana-metsJohan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history last season, but he struggled mightily after that and finished the season 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA. Santana was bouncing back from shoulder surgery and finished the season on the disabled list with a back injury. Apart from his health, Santana may have had other issues that led to his struggles.

During an interview with SNY Thursday, catcher John Buck, who was acquired in a December trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, mentioned that he thinks Santana has been tipping pitches.

Buck brought up Santana after being asked how his experience as a former Mets opponent can help his new team.

“Being on the other side -– whether it’s Johan tipping his pitches or whatever -– those little tiny things will help. I was just on the other side hitting off of him. I can maybe tighten some of those things up,” Buck said, via Mets Blog.

Buck was asked if he was throwing out a hypothetical issue, or something real.

“I might have seen something. Consider it cleared up,” he said.

Buck’s comments could provide some optimism for Mets fans who are hoping to see Santana rebound to ace form, however, I’m not sure they should get too excited.

As Rotoworld points out, even if Buck’s former team the Miami Marlins knew Santana was tipping pitches, it sure didn’t help them hit off him. Johan had a 2.84 ERA in two starts against them last season while Buck was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Additionally, there have been reports in the past about Santana tipping his changeup, and I was told by former players that Santana tipped his changeup even when he was winning the Cy Young award with the Minnesota Twins. The point is that as long as Santana is healthy and has his best stuff, batters will have trouble hitting him even if they know what’s coming.

You can see Buck’s comments in the video below around the 2:50 mark:

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John Buck flipped the camera a double bird during Marlins’ team photoshoot

There he is, fourth row from the bottom, third from the left, Marlins catcher John Buck flipping the camera a nice big double bird. Apparently the players were told to goof around in this version of the team photo, and that’s when Buck broke out the middle fingers.

Hey, if you were hitting .197 for a team 16 games below .500, you’d probably be flipping off the camera too.

H/T Strip Club with Stanton via Deadspin
Photo via Donovan Solano

Marlins catcher John Buck’s new mask features the Miami skyline (Pictures)

Say what you will about the Marlins and whether or not they can turn an ugly franchise around, but so far I like their style. Take away a few of the gimmicks — like fish tanks as a backstop and whatever that thing is that they have in center field — and I have to admit I’m digging the vibe the new stadium and Ozzie Guillen have brought to the team.

Not many catchers wear a full helmet, let alone one with artwork on it like a goalie mask. As you can see from the photos above that Joe Frisaro of MLB.com shared with us, Marlins catcher John Buck decided to go down that road. Buck’s 2012 helmet features the Miami skyline, which in my opinion is a swagger move in a Tony Montana type of way. Since the Marlins have yet to play a game in their new stadium, the best part of being a Miami Marlin is — well — Miami. Trust me, I’ve been there. Might as well embrace it.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Marlins Catcher John Buck Helped Rescue Two Women from an Overturned Car

This week, John Buck is more than just the name of a Miami Marlins catcher.  The Marlins may be popping up in headlines all over the country for the way they are throwing money around this offseason, but it is Buck who deserves the spotlight after what he went through last week. 

Buck and his wife were driving through their neighborhood on Thursday when he noticed a tree shaking violently and wondered if someone was doing landscape work.  As it turns out, the tree had been hit by a car that had rolled over.  The Palm Beach Post caught up with Buck and he shared the story:

‘I pulled out of the entrance (of his neighborhood) and I saw this car upside down and smoking. I kind of saw a hand pulling at the window,” he said. I looked at my wife and my wife’s like, ‘Go help! Just go!”

Buck ran to the overturned car and went to work with two other Good Samaritans. Buck and a bus driver who stopped to give assistance were able to help the car’s driver crawl out of a window of the upside-down car. Buck and another man pulled the passenger out. Buck also called 911, but at the scene he said. “I didn’t do a whole lot of talking — everybody was speaking Spanish around me.”

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John Buck: Logan Morrison Focused More on Twitter than Baseball

Logan Morrison was demoted to Triple-A after Saturday’s game, leaving many people to question the Marlins’ decision. We’ve already established that LoMo’s outspoken ways were a major reason why they sent him down. We’re also learning that the front office wasn’t alone in their thoughts. Catcher John Buck told The Miami Herald that Morrison’s tweeting had become more of his focus than baseball.

“He’s an awesome dude, a great teammate and a great person,” Buck said. “I don’t think anybody’s telling him not to do the things that he does. I think it’s, just don’t let it be the main focus of who you are, because you’re a pretty dang good baseball player. That, for him, I think that should be good enough. And the other good stuff coming out of him, being who he is, should be icing on the cake. It shouldn’t be flip-flopped, which I think it has become.”

I’m not around the team so I can’t say whether or not tweeting had become more of a focus for Morrison than baseball. Maybe it did. All I know is that Morrison was outperforming most of the team offensively, including Buck. I really think many players are jealous of Morrison’s popularity. Additionally, they probably feel threatened by a youngster who is unafraid to speak his mind. Morrison’s proven he’ll go after anyone. Maybe that’s left the veterans somewhat on guard.

Catcher John Buck Breaks His Second NuttyBuddy Cup of the Season

They say that a dog is man’s best friend. For a baseball catcher, it’s a cup that is his most valuable possession. Marlins catcher John Buck switched to the NuttyBuddy (great name) cup last year in Toronto after breaking one of his old ones.

Buck broke one cup earlier in the season after a curveball from Josh Johnson bounced and hit him in the groin (pictured above). He cracked his second cup of the season Saturday night on a Chris Carpenter fouled bunt attempt. How bad was it?

“I felt like I was gona throw up. That hurt really bad,” he said.

Unlike last time when he missed the next game, Buck says he was available to catch Sunday. The Marlins went with Brett Hayes behind the dish in their 8-4 loss to the Cardinals, so Buck was spared. If he breaks one more, they may have to start a Tin Cup Fan Club in his honor.

MLB Hot Stove Analysis: Dan Uggla-Omar Infante, John Buck, Jake Westbrook

The Florida Marlins made a pair of moves, sending All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for All-Star utility man Omar Infante and left-handed reliever Mike Dunn.  Florida took the money saved on Uggla and signed catcher John Buck for three-years and $18 million.

This is a great move for the Braves, who give themselves a right-handed power bat to supplement their current two best power hitters, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann, both lefties.  The Braves enjoyed Infante’s versatility in the field last season, using him at second, third, shortstop, left field and right field.  However, with Infante coming off a stellar season (.321/.359/.416 in 471 ABs) and having a similar player in Martin Prado, the timing was perfect.  Mike Dunn, if you’ll remember, was one of the players included in the second Javier Vazquez-to-New York trade.  He will be 26 next season and is more of a throw-in than a prospect.

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