Toronto (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays’ first base coach, Mark Budzinski, leaves the team after the death of his eldest daughter, Julia.
“Buzinsky has been part of the Blue Jays family for the past four seasons,” General Manager Ross Atkins said in a statement on Sunday. “This catastrophic loss is felt by our entire organization and we mourn with Bad and his family. I have known Bad for over 25 years and his commitment as father and husband. He has always been admired in the first place. He is loved and respected by all of our clubhouses and occupies a special place in our hearts. “
Budzinski and manager Charlie Montoyo left Dougout three times in the second game of the doubleheader with Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Blue Jays clubhouse was closed after the 11-5 defeat.
Budinsky played four games in Cincinnati in 2003 and retired in 2005. He joined the then Indian big league staff in 2017 after managing with Cleveland’s minor league system. Toronto adopted Budinsky in November 2018.
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