Julia Budzinski, the 17-year-old daughter of Mark "Bud" Budzinski, allegedly died on Saturday in what was reported as a boating accident on the James River in Virginia.
Blue Jay's coach mark Budzinski Daughter dies at 17
The 17-year-old daughter of Toronto Blue Jays' first base coach Mark "Bud" Budzinski allegedly died on Saturday, after a boating accident in Virginia.
The team released a statement on Sunday confirming the death of Julia Budzinski, the eldest daughter of Budzinski and his wife, Monica. Her cause of death hasn't yet been publicly confirmed.
“This devastating loss is felt by our entire organization and we grieve alongside Bud and his family,” said Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager. “I have known Bud for more than 25 years and have always admired his commitment as a dad and husband first. He is loved and well-respected by our entire clubhouse and holds a special place in all our hearts.”
Budzinski will be away from the team to be with his family, which includes two surviving children, the statement said.
Budzinski formerly played for the Cincinnati Reds and is in his fourth season as the Blue Jays’ first base coach, according to The Washington Post.
He left the third inning of a Blue Jays game on Saturday because of what was described as a "personal matter," The Associated Press reported.
The Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays held a moment of silence in Julia Budzinski's honor before the first pitch of Sunday's game, where an image of her was projected on a giant screen, the AP reported.