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Mark Joseph Budzinski (born August 26, 1973) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and current coach. He is the current first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Mark Budzinski
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 53
Outfielder / First Base Coach
Born: (1973-08-26) August 26, 1973 (age 46)
Severna Park, Maryland
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 3, 2003, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2003, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams
As player

As coach

Playing careerEdit

After playing at the University of Richmond, the Cleveland Indians selected Budzinski in the 21st round of the 1995 draft. Budzinski played professionally for 11 seasons, and he spent the 1997 campaign in the Carolina League as an outfielder for the Kinston Indians. After spending time in the Indians, Cubs, and Brewers systems, Budzinski made his Major League debut with the Cincinnati Reds on August 3, 2003. He appeared in four games before returning to the minor leagues. Budzinski retired in 2005 and returned to Richmond, Virginia to go into real estate.[1]

Post playing careerEdit

Mark Budzinski returned to professional baseball in 2014 as the manager of the Lake County Captains. He then served as manager of the Akron RubberDucks. Budzinski was hired to the Cleveland Indians' major league coaching staff on December 11, 2017.[2]

On November 26, 2018, Budzinski was hired as the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.richmond.com/sports/article_ca90c56a-353f-5ff5-86a0-4196bce1de66.html
  2. ^ "Indians name Budzinski & Sweeney to Major League coaching staff". Indians.com. December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Davidi, Shi. "Blue Jays fire bullpen coach Dane Johnson, hire Matt Buschmann". Sportsnet. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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