Former Slave Laker scouting in The Bigs

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Former Slave Laker Les McTavish is back in the news. A story about him appeared in the Prairie Post on Feb. 19, breaking the news that McTavish has landed a job with the Philadelphia Phillies as their talent scout for Western Canada.

That’s in addition to his regular job as baseball coach at the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball in Vauxhall, Alberta.

According to the Post story, McTavish had a similar scouting position for the Seattle Mariners for 19 years. When that ended last fall, he was looking around for other opportunities and the Phillies were interested.

“I’m excited about it and the Phillies have a great organization,” he says in the article, written by Cole Parkinson. “They’ve been really supportive and they welcomed me on board.”

Readers may remember McTavish from when he played hockey locally for the Junior ‘B’ Wolves back in the 1990s. By then he had already been making a name for himself playing baseball for Alberta teams.

McTavish went on to a four-year collegiate career as a pitcher for Washington State University and has done a lot of coaching since then, including as a pitching coach for the Canadian Junior National Team.

Les is the son of Bill and Jackie McTavish. Bill was with ATCO Electric in Slave Lake for a few years.

Les McTavish (centre) at Fenway Park in Boston with former big leaguers Chad Moeller (left) and Stephen Randolph. He was coaching the World team vs. the USA.

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