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.