COLUMBUS - The Cleveland Indians organization is mourning the loss of one of its minor league clubhouse managers.
Matt Pruzinsky, home clubhouse manager for the Columbus Clippers, died unexpectedly Sunday. According to a GoFundMe page started by Indians reliever Shawn Armstrong, Pruzinsky's wife is currently expecting twin boys.
The Clippers posted the following statement to their Twitter page Monday:
The Columbus Clippers are saddened today by the untimely passing of Clubhouse Manager Matt Pruzinsky.— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) December 11, 2017
Matt joined the Clippers in 2010 and left an indelible mark on the Clippers and Cleveland @Indians
organizations. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/tFaCf8FvLq
Several current and former players within the Indians organization have donated to the GoFundMe to raise money for Pruzinsky's wife and sons.
Players also turned to social media to share their condolences:
Some of my teammates and I wanted to create a page for Matts future twin boys and his wife in his memory. Thank you for your prayers and support! @Indians @CLBClippers— shawn armstrong (@SArmstrong90) December 11, 2017
I'm raising money for The 26th Man- Matt Pruzinsky. Click to Donate: https://t.co/PT1b6x3kP3 via @gofundme
Words cannot describe what you have done for so many in there careers. You never hesitated to go above and beyond behind the scenes as a member of the @Indians organization. Forever family! Thoughts and prayers to Shannon and future beautiful boys!— Cody Anderson (@Cody_Anderson40) December 11, 2017
My prayers go up for Shannon and Matt’s family. My heart is heavy for their loss. Matt was always a positive light in the clubhouse. Rest In Peace my friend. https://t.co/uDxwFYTZ6T— Luke Carlin (@CarlinsCorner) December 11, 2017
Im at a loss of words right now and just completely devastated. @Indians and @CLBClippers we have lost a great one. Matt, you were always there for us. I cant thank you enough for everything you’ve done brother! We love and will miss you! #26thman https://t.co/cZAl4lkV5H— Shawn Morimando (@ShawnMorimando) December 11, 2017
The Columbus Clippers are the Indians triple-A affiliate.
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