RICHMOND, Va.(WRIC) — The Akron RubberDucks took two out of three games from the Richmond Flying Squirrels this weekend and then headed back home to Akron to begin a new series with the Erie SeaWolves. For RubberDucks’ manager Mark Budzinski, he isn’t returning home; he’s leaving it.
Budzinski has made his home in the Richmond area since he began school at the University of Richmond. He met his wife at UR and eventually began working in real estate here. After retiring from baseball, Budzinski coached his son at Tuckahoe Little League and found he missed the game.
Enter the Cleveland Indians.
Budzinski had a few friends in the organization, and he eventually landed a job managing a Low-A team. He was promoted to High-A Lynchburg a year later, and after two years in Lynchburg he took over the RubberDucks in 2017. All the while, Budzinski has worked as a real estate agent with Re/Max Action in Glen Allen. When he’s not in-season with Akron, he’s back home in Central Virginia.
Budzinski said he had dozens of friends and family come to this weekend’s three-game series at The Diamond, and he really enjoyed seeing everyone before heading back to northeast Ohio.
The RubberDucks return to Richmond in mid-August for another three-game series.