Mets’ first managerial candidate emerges: a real estate agent –

The New York Mets are in the process of finding a new manager.AP
New York Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns is considered to be a leader who embraces all kinds of backgrounds, a baseball mind at the cutting edge of analytics who has a strong resume of building staff and processes that cultivate winning.
So, as he conducts his search for his first Mets manager, it appears he’s included someone on his list who could help him as he settles into his new digs in New York, a real estate agent who doubles full-time as a baseball staffer, Mark Budzinski, the Toronto Blue Jays’ first base coach.
Via TSN’s Scotty Mitchell:
Hearing via sources that both Cleveland and the New York Mets have #BlueJays first base coach Mark Budzinski on their respective lists of managerial candidates.
If he stays in Toronto, I’ve also heard he could shift to the third base coach role after Luis Rivera’s retirement.
Budzinski, 50, has been a coach at the major league level since 2018 when he joined Cleveland’s major league staff. He started his managerial career with three of Cleveland’s minor league teams.
After retiring as a (mostly) minor-league player following the 2005 season, he became a real estate agent in the Richmond, Virginia, area — until he joined Cleveland as a minor-league manager in 2014 and continued both career paths, one that keeps him busy during the baseball offseason.
“I’m very open and honest,” Budzinski told WRIC ABC8 in 2019, referring to his clients. “I’m going to be out of town a lot so first meeting I always make sure they know that so that they’re they’re comfortable with my situation.”
Budzinski played baseball at the University of Richmond and was a 21st-round draft pick in 1995 of Cleveland, where he started his 11 seasons as a minor leaguer. He got into four MLB games in 2003 with the Cincinnati Reds.
Budzinski’s LinkedIn profile shows he’s an active real estate agent at REALTOR, with whom he has worked since 2012.
Something tells us he will give up that offseason gig if he is truly on the Mets’ radar and lands their manager job.
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