First baseman coach Mark Budzinski is on leave from the Toronto Blue Jays following the death of his daughter.
The team announced the death of Julia Budzinski on Sunday morning.
“The Budzinskis have been a part of our Blue Jays family for four seasons. This devastating loss is felt by our entire organization and we mourn alongside Bud and his family,” said Ross Atkins, executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Blue Jays. “I have known Bud for over 25 years and have always admired his commitment as a father and husband above all else.
“He is loved and respected by our entire clubhouse and holds a special place in all of our hearts.”
Mark Budzinski left the Blue Jays dugout at the start of Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. Manager Charlie Montoyo repeatedly left the dugout for the clubhouse during the game. Bench coach John Schneider replaced the manager during Montoyo’s brief absences.
After the 11-5 loss to Tampa, the Blue Jays released a statement saying there would be no media availability after the game.
The team also closed its clubhouse to reporters as the coaching staff backed Budzinski as he dealt with a “personal matter”.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 3, 2022.
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