Brian Buchanan

Born on July 21st, 1973 in Miami, Florida, Brian James Buchanan is known for his career as an outfielder in Major League Baseball. However, Buchanan was first recognized as an outstanding player at the University of Virginia. His efforts at UVA awarded him with a 24th place draft pick in the first round by the New York Yankees. In 1998, just a short period following the draft, the Minnesota Twins acquired him in a trade that required them to give up Chuck Knoblauch. It was during his time as a Minnesota Twin that his best years as a baseball player were accomplished.

Towards the end of his playing career, Buchanan moved overseas to join the baseball team, The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan, where he spent 2 years. He played as a designated hitter for the majority of his time there, and acquired the following statistics: .285 batting average, 11 home runs and 48 runs batted in.

Currently, Brian lives with his wife Jill Havlicek and 4 children in Jupiter, Florida. Jill comes from a sporting background herself. She enjoyed many athletic team sports – most notably basketball and lacrosse. Her father is the famous Boston Celtics basketball legend John Havlicek, and brother Chris Havlicek was a college basketball star, later working for the NBA.

Coaching

Following retirement from his playing career, Brian moved onto coaching by taking charge of the Idaho Falls Chukars in the Pioneer Baseball League. He later moved onto the Kane County Cougars, and the Lexington Legends in 2013. Currently, Buchanan has made the transition to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Wilmington, Delaware where he manages the team.