Stéphanie Savoie joined the national team in 2007 and made an immediate impact, helping Canada to its best-ever finish at the IBAF Women’s World Cup in 2008, winning the silver medal. She has since established herself as one of the best catchers in the world and was named to the World Cup all-star team in 2012 (.520 batting average and .880 slugging percentage) and 2014 (.450 batting average with 7 RBI). In 2014 she was also honoured as Team Canada MVP and was nominated for the Tip O’Neill Award, given annually to Canada’s best baseball player and generally won by Major League players. Known for her strong arm, at the 2014 World Cup Savoie threw out six attempted base stealers (four more than any other catcher) on 17 attempts. Savoie says she loves the strategy and mental aspect of baseball. She also acknowledges that being a catcher requires her to be a leader on the diamond.
Family: Father Michel Savoie, mother Carmen Anctil… Older brother Maxime… Getting into the Sport: Started playing at age 4… Grew up playing hockey and baseball… Outside Interests: Has a Bachelor of Education in physical education and health)… Works as a physical education teacher… Enjoys playing road hockey and working out… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Everything is a life experience, live for the moment and smile”… Inspired by catcher Russell Martin because he is one of the few Major League players from Quebec and plays her position… Always wears her lucky necklace and puts her equipment on left to right… Collects small souvenirs of the culture from places she visits… Nickname: Big Papi…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
IBAF WCup: 2014 – 4th; 2012 – BRONZE; 2010 – 5th; 2008 – SILVER