Blue Jays’ Mark Budzinski has emerged as managerial candidate for Mets, Guardians’ vacancies
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By Thomas Hall1 month ago
Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski appears to be garnering interest from a few clubs across the industry without a big-league manager.
TSN’s Scott Mitchell reported on Wednesday that Budzinski has received attention from both the New York Mets and Cleveland Guardians regarding their managerial vacancies. It remains to be seen if the 50-year-old coach will interview with either organization.
Budzinski could also remain with the Blue Jays, as Mitchell added, saying he’d be open to moving to the third-base role following Luis Rivera’s retirement.
The Severna Park, Maryland, native joined Toronto as its first base coach in November 2018 and has since remained in that position. Previously, he spent four seasons managing throughout Cleveland’s minor-league system before being promoted to the major-league staff ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Budzinski was also drafted as a player by the Guardians organization in 1995, further adding to his connection to the franchise. He played 11 professional seasons, spending most of his time in the minors, aside from the four major league games he logged with the Cincinnati Reds in 2003.
The Guardians are attempting to fill the void left by longtime skipper Terry Francona, who retired due to health concerns after this past season. The Mets, meanwhile, parted ways with Buck Showalter last month following just two seasons in The Big Apple.
If Budzinski departs for either club, the Blue Jays will be tasked with replacing a pair of coaches this winter.
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