Daughter of Blue Jays 1B coach died in Va. tubing accident
Authorities announced on Monday that the 17-year-old daughter of Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski perished in a boating mishap in Virginia over the weekend.
One of the two girls who went off a tube being pushed behind a boat on the James River in Richmond on Saturday was Julia Budzinski, according to Paige Pearson, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
The boat hit a wave as the captain turned around to retrieve the girls from the sea, pushing it into Budzinski and striking her with the propeller, according to Pearson.
In an effort to save Budzinski, who was later determined to be dead at a hospital, the boat's driver and the captain of another passing boat dove into the sea.
Alcohol was not a factor, according to Pearson, and no foul play is suspected. She declared, "It was a horrific accident.
A vigil was held on Sunday night at Glen Allen High School, where Budzinski was a rising senior and participated in soccer and other sports, as word of the disaster spread.
She had a very joyful and enjoyable last day on earth, according to her mother Monica Budzinski, who spoke at the vigil. She was joyful, laughing, and having fun, and that is how I will remember her.
After learning of his daughter's passing during the third inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays, Mark Budzinski left the Blue Jays.
He would take some time away from the team to grieve with his family, the Blue Jays said in a later statement.
Prior to Sunday's series finale, a moment of silence was observed for Julia Budzinski.
After the game, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo stated, "My heart hurts for Bud." "There are great men and nice men. He's a wonderful man
He is a unique individual. Her family is wonderful. He left a note for the team, and that is all I can say about what transpired. He accomplished this while experiencing a catastrophe, which says everything about him.
University of Richmond alumnus Mark Budzinski played four games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 before retiring in 2005.
In 2017, he joined the big league staff of the then-Indians after managing in Cleveland's minor league system. Budzinski was hired by Toronto in November 2018.