Thursday, February 20, 2014

Canadian Connection (Video): Scheurwater on Call-Up List

Umpire Stu Scheurwater was named to the MLB call-up list in advance of the 2014 season, setting the wheels in motion for a possible regular season debut following a full Spring Training slate.  A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and then a resident of Regina, Scheurwater becomes the only active umpire on the fill-in slate from Canada; in 2012, for instance, he was one of just three Canadian umpires in Minor League Baseball.

MiLB & MLB Fill-In Umpire Stu Scheurwater
He began umpiring at 14 years of age and joined the Baseball Canada National Program at the end of his teenage years, ultimately landing at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 2006, graduating to an Arizona League placement by PBUC, though he sat out the 2006 season due to a delay with Homeland Security processing his visa paperwork.

Scheurwater has also officiated in Northwest, South Atlantic and Carolina Single-A, Texas Double-A and presently serves as a Pacific Coast League (AAA) rover; he worked the 2012 Arizona Fall League, which was followed by a 2013 Spring Training invite for the Arizona region. He is also an electrician and was married this offseason, December 28, 2013.

Global's Morning News Regina produced a brief interview with Scheurwater, who discusses his baseball beginnings, journey and future. The video is accessible via the Global News: Regina website.


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