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).
|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 53|
|Outfielder / First Base Coach|
|Born: August 26, 1973|
Severna Park, Maryland
|August 3, 2003, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 8, 2003, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||0|
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.
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.
- "Indians name Budzinski & Sweeney to Major League coaching staff". Indians.com. December 11, 2017.
- Davidi, Shi. "Blue Jays fire bullpen coach Dane Johnson, hire Matt Buschmann". Sportsnet. Retrieved 27 November 2018.