Umpire Stu Scheurwater hired full-time by Major League Baseball

 Regina, Sask., native Stu Scheurwater has been hired as a full-time major league umpire. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Regina, Sask., native Stu Scheurwater has been hired as a full-time major league umpire. Photo Credit: Getty Images

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Christmas came early for Regina, Sask., native Stu Scheurwater when he received a call from Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre and Matt McKendry, senior director umpire operations, notifying the 34-year-old that he’s been hired full-time as a major league umpire.

“It’s a phone call I’ve been waiting for my entire life,” said Scheurwater of receiving the news. “It’s a huge relief knowing that I’ve worked my entire life to achieve this goal, and now it’s finally here.

“To know I’ve finally made it, and that my career is set, is very good feeling.”

Scheurwater made his big league debut in April 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and has since worked over 250 big league games. He is the first full-time Canadian major league umpire since Montréal’s Jim McKean who worked primarily in the American League from 1973 to 2001.

“(I’m) definitely proud to be Canadian and doing something that I’m very passionate about,” continued Scheurwater who still makes his home in Regina during the offseason. “I started in umpiring in the Baseball Canada program so I owe a lot to those experiences.”

Prior to his professional career that began in 2006, Scheurwater was a member of Baseball Canada’s National Umpiring program and worked the Baseball Canada Cup in 2005 (Medicine Hat) and the 21U National Championship in 2006 in Guelph.

“That program (National Umpiring Program) has got me to where I am today,” explained Scheurwater. “It’s a program that I care about and enjoy helping with whenever I can.”

Earlier this month, Scheurwater accompanied friend and longtime Baseball Canada umpire Trevor Grieve to Prince Edward Island to conduct a clinic for elite umpires in the province. He’s also an instructor at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in Daytona Beach, Fla., the same school that he came through.

“I like to help (young umpires) as much as I can,” said Scheurwater. “I really enjoy teaching and encouraging people that are passionate about umpiring.”

For now, Scheurwater will focus on getting ready for the grind of a big league season and preparing for life as a full-time big league umpire.

“Stepping on a big league field everyday is a privilege that I’m extremely grateful for,” added Scheurwater. “I feel very fortunate that all the hard work has paid off.”

 

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.