Canadian Scheurwater umpiring NLDS between Braves and Phillies

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Stu Scheurwater (Regina, Sask.)

October 12, 2022

By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

Regina, Sask., native Stu Scheurwater is part of the umpiring crew working the National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

Scheurwater was the third base umpire in the Phillies’ 7-6 win in the opener on Tuesday.

Bill Miller is Scheurwater’s crew chief. David Rackley, Nic Lentz, Chad Fairchild and Ryan Blakney are also umpiring the series. If the regular rotation is followed Scheurwater would be calling balls and strikes in Game 4 (if necessary).

This is the second MLB postseason Scheurwater has worked. In 2020, he umpired the Braves and Cincinnati Reds Wild Card Series, as well as the Miami Marlins and Braves National League Division Series.

Scheurwater was hired as a full-time major league umpire prior to the 2018 season.

The 39-year-old Canadian, who umpired his first big league contest on April 25, 2014, had 253 games of major league experience under his belt before he was hired full-time.

Prior to his pro career, Scheurwater honed his skills through Baseball Canada’s National Umpiring program. Among his assignments were the Baseball Canada Cup in Medicine Hat, Alta., in 2005 and the 21U National Championships in Guelph, Ont. the following year. 

His road to the big leagues in the professional ranks began in the Arizona League in 2007. He then worked in the Northwest, South Atlantic, Carolina and Texas leagues prior to calling games for six triple-A seasons.

Scheurwater is the first full-time Canadian big league umpire since Montreal native Jim McKean, who worked games from 1974 to 2001.

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    1. cooperstownersincanada – Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.
      cooperstownersincanada says:

      Thanks for reading and your support.

    1. cooperstownersincanada – Kevin Glew is a professional writer based in London, Ontario. His work has been featured on CBC Sports, Sportsnet.ca, MLB.com and Sympatico.ca. He has also written articles for Baseball Digest, Baseball America, The Hockey News, Sports Market Report and the Canadian Baseball Network. He has been involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 16 years, including a two-year stint as the museum's acting curator.
      cooperstownersincanada says:

      You are correct and I knew that when I was writing it, but somehow I typed 2021. Duh by me. Thank you for letting me know.

  1. Tom Valcke – Stratford, Ontario – Tom Valcke put his iCASE Baseball Academy as well as his position of Head Coach at George Brown College into hiatus, when Hong Kong brought him there in 2018 to serve as head coach of their Men's Olympic baseball team, where he finished with unprecedented success in the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, spiking their WBSC World Ranking from #41 to #28 in just one year under his tutelage. China then scooped up Valcke, as he became the GM and Head Coach of Panda Sport and Culture, a division of the China Olympic Federation, overseeing baseball and softball, and training the national team coaches of baseball and softball, men's and women's teams. Panda Sport and Culture is based in Zhongshan, China's nationally recognized "#1 Baseball City," located on the southeast tip of China, and has a climate much like Florida. On his own initiative, he spent his evenings working with the local coaches of Zhongshan's local amateur youth baseball teams. For the first time in history, the same city won all four 2019 China National Championship gold medals, in 18U, 15U, 12U and 10U, that city being Zhongshan! Valcke worked with the China Baseball Association and Major League Baseball in helping the world's largest country accelerate their evolution into baseball, and helped them design and build a professional baseball stadium, a 600-room dormitory, and a new HQ for Panda Sport and Culture, where he held the role of CEO, in charge of a staff of 60. Valcke, former Technical Director, and Executive Director of Baseball Canada, and former coach of Team Canada, remains a baseball analyst with CBC Canada Radio and TV. The former president/CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, who spent a decade as the Canadian Supervisor with the Major League Baseball Central Scouting Bureau, served as a television broadcaster for the Montreal Expos, the GM of the Calgary Cannons Triple-A club, and the CEO/Head Coach of the World Children's Baseball Fair. He is the proud father of Alanna, Jaxon and Mia, and lucky husband of Paula since 1987. Jaxon and Mia are current star players and captains, respectively, of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds baseball and softball teams. Mia also became the second female in history to play in World Cups for Team Canada Women's baseball team as well as Team Canada Women's softball team. https://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/canadian-baseball-network-articles/baseball-nomad-valcke-a-top-amateur-executive http://www.wbsc.org/csta-prestige-awards-honors-tom-valcke/ https://cooperstownersincanada.com/2012/01/23/valcke-recognized-for-global-baseball-efforts/
    Tom Valcke says:

    Stu – we are proud of you, and you inspire more people than you could imagine! Good for you, for putting in the work for all of those years, and now being full-time, and getting play-off games. You have no doubt made countless sacrifices, and had some dog nights asking yourself, “What am I doing?” Congratulations for making it all the way to the top!

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