Daughter of Blue Jays 1B coach Mark Budzinski died in tubing accident, authorities say

Julia Budzinski was one of two girls who fell off a tube being pulled behind a boat on the James River in Richmond on Saturday, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Paige Pearson said.

As the boat operator returned to get the girls out of the water, the boat hit a wave, causing it to be pushed on top of Budzinski and striking her with the propeller, Pearson said. The boat driver and the operator of another passing boat jumped into the water to try to rescue Budzinski, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.

As news of the accident spread, a vigil was held Sunday night at Glen Allen High School, where Budzinski was a rising senior and played soccer and other sports.

Mark Budzinski left the Blue Jays in the third inning of the second game of the team's doubleheader against the Rays on Saturday after learning of his daughter's death.

The Blue Jays later issued a statement saying he would take some time away from the team to grieve with his family.

Mark Budzinski, a University of Richmond graduate, played four games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 and retired in 2005. After managing in Cleveland's minor league system, he joined its big league staff in 2017. Toronto hired Budzinski in November 2018.