Blackborow Hired by MiLB Umpire Development

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


With Condolences

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

Congratulations to Sean Manning and John Doyle – 2014 HBUA Umpires of the Year

At the recent Annual General Meeting for the HBUA, two individuals were recognized for their outstanding 2014 seasons.

Sean Manning was named the Dennis Aldridge HBUA Junior Umpire of the Year, while John Doyle was named the Dennis Aldridge HBUA Senior Umpire of the Year.

The Dennis Aldridge Umpire of the Year Awards are presented to individuals who consistently demonstrate outstanding work on the diamond, as well as behind the scenes promoting the values and beliefs of the HBUA. Level 1 and 2 umpires are considered for the Junior award, while Level 3, 4, and 5 umpires are considered for the Senior award. Dennis Aldridge is a former umpire who passed away in 2006 who, year after year, exemplified the true spirit of the HBUA.

Congratulations to both of these men on an outstanding season.

Congratulations London Badgers!

After a very competitive weekend the London Badgers proved to be the champions to win the 2014 Minor Midget AAA tournament. Congratulations!

We want to thank all those who participated this weekend, your efforts continue to make these weekends a success. Special thanks to Bill Tunney and the boys in pink, to support cancer awareness for the Juravinski Wellness Center in Hamilton.

We are already looking forward to the tournament next year, see you all soon!