CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians’ minor league team, the Columbus Clippers, announced Monday that their clubhouse manager died Sunday.
Matt Pruzinsky, 32, leaves behind a wife, Shannon, the team said. She is expecting twin boys in March.
Pruzinsky and his wife lived in Columbus, but the bio on his Twitter page said that he was a “proud” Cleveland native and a Browns fan.
Before joining the Clippers, Pruzinsky was a clubhouse manager for the Lake County Captains, the team tweeted Monday.
There is a GoFundMe page set up by Indians reliever Shawn Armstrong and other teammates.
“Matt was a brother and teammate to each and every individual that stepped foot in that clubhouse,” a post on the GoFundMe page said. “No Matter what the circumstance was he always found a way to look at the positives in life.”
The GoFundMe page had a goal of $40,000. As of Tuesday morning, nearly $43,000 had been raised.
Several Indians and Clippers players, along with others who knew Pruzinsky, tweeted their condolences. Many also shared a link to the GoFundMe page.