Congratulations are again in order for Matt Blackborow, Steven Jaschinski and Chris Marco for their selection to their respective league playoffs and championship series to conclude the 2019 season.
Blackborow was selected to work the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) playoffs and League Championship series. This was to be Blackborow’s first career playoff assignment and championship series in his first season of professional baseball. However, the playoffs were cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.
Jaschinski worked the Carolina League (High-A) North Division Championship Series as well as the League Championship Series. This was Jaschinski’s third career playoff assignment and championship series (2018 – Midwest League, 2017 – Northwest League) in his third season of professional baseball. Jaschinski has also been assigned to the Arizona Instructional League.
Marco worked the Eastern League (AA) East Division Championship Series as well as the League Championship Series. This was Marco’s fifth career playoff assignment (2018 – Eastern League, 2016 – Carolina League, 2015 – Midwest League, 2014 – New York-Penn League) and fourth career Championship Series (2016, 2015, 2014) in his sixth season of professional baseball.
Congratulations to Steven Jaschinski and Chris Marco for being selected to work their respective league all star games this season.
Jaschinski will work 3B in the Carolina League (High-A) All Star Game, to be played June 18 in Frederick, MD. This will be Jaschinski’s second career All Star Game assignment (2018 – Midwest League) in his third season of professional baseball.
Marco will work 3B in the Eastern League (AA) All Star Game, to be played July 10 in Richmond, VA. This will be Marco’s second career All Star Game assignment (2014 – New York-Penn League) in his sixth season of professional baseball.
Both games can be viewed on MiLB.tv
We want to extend a very sincere congratulations to our own Matt Blackborow, who earlier this year attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy. He competed with 103 other students and was invited to the Umpire Development Evaluation Course, after which he was offered a job as a Minor League Baseball umpire.
Blackborow has since returned home and will await news of his first assignment. Most likely, Matt’s season will either begin in early-April with a trip to Extended Spring Training in Florida, or mid-June, in Florida’s Gulf Coast League.
Matt joins fellow HBUA alumni Chris Marco (AA Eastern League) and Steven Jaschinski (High-A Carolina League) as former HBUA umpires currently working in professional baseball.
On behalf of the entire HBUA, congratulations Matt!
Matt Blackborow (L) with MLB umpire Dan Iassogna at the MiLB Umpire Training Academy Graduation Banquet
In sad news, we regret to inform the membership that Bill Tunney’s father passed away on Wednesday evening. Visitation is this Sunday with all of the information below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Debbie and his family at this time.
Tunney John (Jack)
After a courageous battle John passed on Wednesday November 12, at the Juravinski Hospital at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Barbara for over 50 years. Cherished father of Bill (Debbie) Tunney and Karen (Lee) Coventry. Much loved Grandpa of Alyssa and Nicholas. John will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home – “William J. Markey Chapel”, 947 Rymal Road East, HAMILTON (905.574.0405) on Sunday November 16, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family