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Toronto Blue Jays hire Cleveland Indians’ Mark Budzinski to coach first base

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians must be doing something right because other teams keep hiring their staff members.

Toronto has hired Mark Budzinski as their new first base coach. The Jays revamped coaching staff under new manager Charlie Montoyo will be announced Tuesday.

Budzinski just finished his first year on manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff. He worked with the outfielders and prepared scouting reports and analytics on the Tribe’s opponents. He prepared the pocket scouting reports that the Tribe outfielders carried in their back pockets on the opposing hitters during games.

The Indians drafted Budzinski in the 21st round in 1995. He played seven years in their minor league organization, but didn’t reach the big leagues until 2003 when he played four games with the Reds.

Budzinski managed in the Tribe’s minor league system from 2014 through 2017 before joining Francona’s staff along with Brian Sweeney before the 2018 season.

The Indians have lost Budzinski, Steve Karsay and Chris Tremie this offseason. Karsay left to become the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen coach, while Tremie joined the Reds as their minor league field coordinator. Karsay, who just finished his seventh season as a pitching coach in the Tribe’s minor league system, spent the last three at Class AAA Columbus. Tremie just finished his sixth season managing Columbus and 12th season in the organization.

Budzinski needed no introduction to Toronto GM Ross Atkins. Before moving to Toronto in 2015, Atkins worked for the Indians for 15 years.

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