Brian Buchanan

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Brian Buchanan, known as “Buck” is a former baseball player that played four years in the Major League Baseball (MLB) and then had short stints in the Minor League and the Japan League. After retirement, Buck moved from the outfield to the front office where he has managed multiple teams in the minors. He brings years of experience as a two way player to any team and makes significant contributions to the growth of young players with dreams of playing in the MLB.

 

High School and College

Brian Buchanan was born in Miami Florida, after moving to Virginia he became a standout player at Fairfax High School and he was named First Team All-Region for Northern Virginia as he showed promise as both a hitter and pitcher. He was then recruited as an outfielder to the University of Virginia, who have standout athletes such as Ralph Sampson, Chris Havlicek and Tiki Barber just to name a few; during his UVA years he was named an All-American as a junior after hitting .396 along with 22 home runs and 6 RBIs.

Professional Career

After his breakout season in UVA Buck was the 24th pick in the 1994 draft where he was taken by the New York Yankees and played for their multiple minor league teams throughout the various minor leagues.  In 1998 he was traded to the Minnesota Twins, where he got a chance to display his talents on the top level and he proved himself by putting up career numbers throughout his time in Minnesota. Prior to the 2002 season he learned that he would be on the move, this time to the San Diego Padres, where he would make his biggest mark on the game of baseball as he was one of the few hitters in the league that only wore one batting glove. Batting company, Franklin, began selling a signature “Buck” batting glove that was said to improve the swing of the batter who wore it.  His last game was in 2004 and after two years of playing for multiple minor league teams, he took his talent across the ocean to Japanese Baseball League team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks for a short stint. After returning to the U.S. and playing in the minor league Buck finally hung up his cleats and gloves in 2009.

Managerial Career

After his retirement in 2009 he was the manager for multiple minor league teams such as the Idaho Falls Chukars, Kane County Cougars and the Lexington Legends. As of 2015 he was named manager for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. During his UVA days he met his wife Jill Havlicek, who is the sister of Chris Havlicek and daughter of Celtic legend John Havlicek, and the two were married and now have four children.