There was a lot of concern and confusion when #BlueJays coach Mark Budzinski left yesterday’s game. The team now says in a statement he lost his eldest daughter Julia and will be away from the team.
The Toronto Blue Jays announced Sunday that first base coach Mark Budzinski will retire from the team following the death of eldest daughter Julia.
“Budzinskis has been a part of our Blue Jays team for the past four seasons. Our entire organization has felt this devastating loss, and we mourn with Bud and his family,” said Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement. “I have known Bud for over 25 years and my first admiration has always been his dedication as a father and husband. He is loved and respected in our club and holds a special place in our hearts for all of us.”
The Blue Jays added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and Monica and their children Josh and Lily at this time.”
Budzinski walked in the third inning of Game 2 of Saturday’s doubles game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays said in a statement that he was “managing a personal matter” and was being replaced by bullpen catcher Luis Hurtado.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo also briefly left the game, replaced by backup coach John Schneider, but returned to the dugout.
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