How The Simplicity Of Baseball Shapes The Game Overseas

How The Simplicity Of Baseball Shapes The Game Overseas

To quote directly from the movie Bull Durham, “This is a simple game. You hit the ball, you catch the ball, you throw the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” I don’t think two sentences can better describe the game of the baseball than that. It’s true. When you break down…

IBC E32: How one player-coach took his fate in his own hands and now has signed contracts in both Europe and Australia

IBC E32: How one player-coach took his fate in his own hands and now has signed contracts in both Europe and Australia

Clayton Carson had a strong desire to take his career overseas and after being overlooked, he decided to take his fate in his own hands and buy a ticket to Europe with no job prospects on the horizon. Given that the 2014 season in Europe was well under way (late May), one would think his chances were…

IBC E31: Playing baseball in New South Wales, Australia with PCBL president, Luis Almenara

IBC E31: Playing baseball in New South Wales, Australia with PCBL president, Luis Almenara

The Pacific Coast Baseball League  (PCBL) in New South Wales Australia is not the top level of baseball on the continent (in fact considered third division), however it presents plenty of opportunity for those who have yet to find a home for the winter. PCBL league president Luis Almenara shares in detail what opportunities exist for…

IBC E30: From Moneyball to the Netherlands with Melvin Perdue

IBC E30: From Moneyball to the Netherlands with Melvin Perdue

Fresh out of a strong NCAA D2 conference, Melvin played pro ball in Texas which eventually led to a role in the movie Moneyball. After Moneyball, Melvin had numerous independent baseball offers but decided to take his career overseas to experience other parts of the world and ended up in the Netherlands. Now, four years later, Melvin is…

European U14 select team invited to Australia! Need players now!

European U14 select team invited to Australia! Need players now!

The Dingo Baseball World Series is an Under 14 aged baseball event held on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia in the first week of January, 2015. It features teams from Australia and worldwide. They are currently seeking to assemble a European U14 team that will be coached by myself, creator of this website and…

Using stats to find the right import for your club

Using stats to find the right import for your club

by Kyle Kennett, IBC Director of Scouting. When staring at the statistics link of a website, one could be overwhelmed with the amount of information being presented to them. There are many magic numbers in baseball that people use to determine how good a player is. Offensively, it is common knowledge in the baseball world…

Overseas professional baseball opportunity for Canadians

Overseas professional baseball opportunity for Canadians

To play baseball in Europe can be tricky due to visa restrictions. Canadians, however, have a special working holiday relationship with many of Europe’s top baseball countries which make them a valued commodity. Check out this informative eBook on the various countries where these opportunities exist and detail about the baseball within these countries. (Free…

IBC E29: A European coaching dream with Ron Frazier

IBC E29: A European coaching dream with Ron Frazier

At 49 years old, married and with teenage children, retired high school and college coach Ron Frazier decided to throw his hat in the coaching ring again but this time his focus was overseas. With the support of his family, Ron created a profile on the International Baseball Community website and began sending out emails…

IBC E28: David T. Burns and David J. Burns (no relation) team up – tips to taking your career overseas!!

IBC E28: David T. Burns and David J. Burns (no relation) team up – tips to taking your career overseas!!

David T. Burns (me) interviews David J. Burns on his experience playing baseball in Italy. He explains how he went from the verge of hanging them up after college to using his Italian heritage as a ticket to a professional baseball career in one of Europe’s top baseball countries. For those of you who qualify…

IBC E27: Coaching in Paradise with Jon Rodriguez

IBC E27: Coaching in Paradise with Jon Rodriguez

Jon Rodriguez at only 27 had the experience of a lifetime in the winter of 2013-2014 as the head coach of the Rockingham Rams in beautiful Perth, Australia. Fresh off of this experience and back in California for the interview, you can hear the energy in Jon’s voice when telling his story. If this interview doesn’t get…

IBC E26: Japanese independent baseball opportunities on the rise

IBC E26: Japanese independent baseball opportunities on the rise

NAIA All-American and World Series Champion Zak Colby fills me in on his experience playing independent Japanese baseball and how others can go about doing the same. We dive into everything from the process for getting on with a club, how many independent clubs there are, the monster stadiums and decent size crowds, what pay…

President of Spanish El Llano Baseball Club Roberto Diaz on Spanish baseball

President of Spanish El Llano Baseball Club Roberto Diaz on Spanish baseball

  This interview with the president of the El Llano Baseball Club which play in Spain’s top league, Division de Honor, shares his inside point of view on Spanish baseball with the International Baseball Community. Q: Where are some of the most beautiful cities in Spain to play baseball? A: Barcelona is the most important city…

Need help getting signed? Meet the IBC Overseas Placement Team

Need help getting signed? Meet the IBC Overseas Placement Team

Everything you need to know about taking your career overseas can be found on this website and is free. However, due to popular demand, I have decided to offer my services for those that want to utilize my knowledge and contacts. I was hesitant to offer this service for the first year and a half doing…

IBC E25: From not drafted to three of Europe’s top leagues in three years

IBC E25: From not drafted to three of Europe’s top leagues in three years

In this second interview, Chris provides listeners and aspiring European baseball professionals with great info on: 1)   History of going from non-drafted to playing in three of Europe’s top leagues. 2)   Detail on the Dutch Major League. Weekly schedule, top clubs, opportunities. 3)   The subtle differences between European baseball and baseball in the US. 4)  …

IBC E24: Belgium baseball in the summer and Australian baseball in the winter with Aaron Brandt

IBC E24: Belgium baseball in the summer and Australian baseball in the winter with Aaron Brandt

In this interview with Aaron Brandt he tells us how the International Baseball Community website helped him to take his career to Belgium in the summer of 2013 and then how that was immediately followed up with a winter stint in Melbourne, Australia for the winter of 2013-2014.   Aaron landed a job with Belgium club…

The Ultimate European Baseball Holiday (2014)

The Ultimate European Baseball Holiday (2014)

Do you have a few bucks and two weeks to two months on your hands this May or June? Jump in during any of the following phases of this guide and begin your European Baseball adventure now. If you plan on spending three plus weeks  in Europe  I would look into getting an EUrail Pass.…

IBC E23: Draci Brno GM on Importing & Czech Baseball

IBC E23: Draci Brno GM on Importing & Czech Baseball

The International Baseball Community podcast Episode #23 features back-to-back interviews on Czech baseball. First I interview Draci Brno GM Arny Nesnal and then Lucie Cubikova, director of international affairs for Czech baseball. Between the two of them, listeners are able to get a clear idea of what Czech baseball has to offer. Mr. Nesnal fills IBC…

IBC 22: New Caledonian Coaching & Development Opportunity

IBC 22: New Caledonian Coaching & Development Opportunity

Ryan Flynn, CEO of baseball New Zealand put me in contact with Jacques Levy at New Caledonian baseball recently as they are in need of someone to come help them grow the game of baseball. This small Island that is just 1000 km’s off the coast of Australia in the South Pacific, is seeking a…

IBC E21: Changing Your Life With International Baseball

IBC E21: Changing Your Life With International Baseball

In this episode I interview Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn for the second time. Ryan takes us through his story of how he followed his passion to work in baseball from the unlikely country of Guam to his current position as CEO of Baseball New Zealand. Listen to Ryan explain how he used international…

IBC E20: Following your baseball passion & Aussie baseball hotbeds

IBC E20: Following your baseball passion & Aussie baseball hotbeds

In Episode number 20 I interview Drew Samuelson, the Australian Baseball Federation’s Player & Coach Development Coordinator as well as the Performance Manager of Southern Australian baseball. Drew takes us through his story of how he dropped his promising 9-5 career to follow his passion, a career in baseball. After some short stints within baseball in the Northwest,…

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