Blackborow, Ostrosser win HBUA Junior / Senior Umpire of the Year; McRae Enshrined on HBUA Wall of Fame

At the recent HBUA Annual General Meeting, Matt Blackborow and Glenn Ostrosser were honoured as the recipient of the HBUA’s Dennis Aldridge Junior and Senior Umpire of the Year awards. Additionally, longtime HBUA umpire and former executive member Dave McRae was selected as the 10th inductee onto the HBUA’s Wall of Fame.


HBUA President Bill Tunney with Dennis Aldridge Junior Umpire of the Year Matt Blackborow


HBUA President Bill Tunney with Dennis Aldridge Senior Umpire of the Year Glenn Ostrosser

About the Dennis Aldridge Umpire of the Year awards: The Dennis Aldridge Umpire of the Year Award is presented to one junior and one senior umpire who go above and beyond the call of duty on the diamond, as well as working behind the scenes and promoting the values and beliefs of the HBUA. The award is named in honour of one of our brother umpires who passed away in 2006, Dennis Aldridge. Initially a separate award from the Umpire of the Year awards, the decision was made to merge the awards after its last individual award in 2009 because year after year, Dennis exemplified the true spirit of the HBUA. Each season, the HBUA will select one eligible junior and one senior umpire of the year based on accomplishments and ability demonstrated throughout the season. These umpires are carefully chosen and presented with their award at the Annual General Meeting at each year’s completion.

To see a the members of the HBUA Wall of Fame, please click here.

Congratulations Glenn!

Hello everyone,

We wish to extend our most sincere congratulations to Glenn Ostrosser who recently received the City of Hamilton Sport Volunteer of the Year Award.

Congratulations Glenn on this outstanding achievement!

Glenn and Sami Jo

Jaschinski to Work Midwest League All-Star Game

We are thrilled to announce Steven Jaschinski has been selected to work the Midwest League All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday June 19th at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan.

This will be Jaschinski’s first All-Star Game. Congratulations Steven!


Umps Care Charity Bowling Tournament


I’m playing in the Umps Care charity bowling tournament during spring training on March 17 in Florida. Umps Care is the official non-profit charity of professional baseball umpires, providing emotional and financial assistance to youth and families in need across the markets of MLB’s teams. The tournament is a fundraiser to help provide the following programs in 2018:

• Major league baseball experiences for 600 at-risk youth at each ballpark across the big leagues
• Build-a-Bear workshop experiences for 1300 children at 13 different children’s hospitals, and
• College scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted later in life

Obviously, MLB is dominated by American-based teams, but Umps Care is active in Toronto on a consistent basis. Check out this piece Sportsnet ran during a broadcast in 2014 ( Umps Care also returned to Toronto in 2016 and 2017.

My spring crew and I are bowling in support of this great cause and I personally hope to raise more than $120 for our crew. Please visit our crew page and consider making a donation if you are in a position to support.

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