The 57-year-old, born in Sharon, PA, is in his third season in the St. Louis Cardinals system. Budaska joined the Memphis Redbirds as their hitting coach in 2008 after serving in the same capacity from 2004-07 at Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox system.
Budaska had coached in the Red Sox organization since 2002, when he was hitting coach at Double-A Portland of the Eastern League. In 2001, he coached for the Angels' Double-A Little Rock affiliate in the Texas League. The Travelers won the Texas League Championship that year and ranked fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska was a hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
As a player, the switch-hitting outfielder competed for 10 years in the Oakland organization, including stints at the big league level in 1978 and 1981.
Prior to the All-Star Game, Budaska offered his thoughts on the honor, his role in player development and his assessment of the two Redbirds pitchers who would later appear in the game, Brandon Dickson and Fernando Salas. One of his charges, Tyler Greene was named to the team, but could not play due to his call up to St. Louis.
The exclusive audio interview was conducted on our behalf by Chuck Hixson, publisher and editor of the Philadelphia Phillies Scout.com site, PhillyBaseballNews.com.
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