IBC E59: A decade of baseball overseas part 2 – Fired in Europe to the Dutch Major League to working for MLB

IBC E59: A decade of baseball overseas part 2 – Fired in Europe to the Dutch Major League to working for MLB

In IBC episode 58, Justin “Boomer” Prinstein walked us through the beginning of his international professional baseball story which was a wild one with lots of ups and downs with stops in Belgium and Israel. This was all in the span of one season as well. He returned home for only a month before committing to the…

IBC E58: A decade of baseball overseas: From fired in Europe, to baseball in the middle east to a career with MLB (part 1)

IBC E58: A decade of baseball overseas: From fired in Europe, to baseball in the middle east to a career with MLB (part 1)

Listen to the interview now and/or read the shorter version below. Justin “Boomer” Prinstein has been involved in baseball overseas since he first came to Europe in 2006 as an import pitcher. The former George Washington University pitcher spent his junior and senior years in the shadows of some of his more sought after teammates. In fact, half…

European Baseball Video Documentary Episode 2: A week of baseball with the boys in Prague

European Baseball Video Documentary Episode 2: A week of baseball with the boys in Prague

In 2013 and 2014, numerous International Baseball Community members who found jobs playing pro baseball in Europe were picked up by the International Stars tournament team to play at both Finkstonball in Austria and at Prague Baseball Week in the Czech Republic. In the past I had not been able to make it to Prague…

Travel the world using baseball as your ticket

Travel the world using baseball as your ticket

Most professional baseball players and coaches who think of pro baseball overseas, think of the NPB in Japan or perhaps the ABL in Australia, especially with all the coverage they are now getting. However, did you know that you can get paid to play or coach baseball overseas in the following countries as well? Australia…

IBC E57: Is Euro League Baseball a go in 2016? Interview with CEO Wim van den Hurk

IBC E57: Is Euro League Baseball a go in 2016? Interview with CEO Wim van den Hurk

The Euro League Baseball (ELB) is a new professional baseball league in Europe set to launch in 2016. There has been a lot of hype over the league during the offseason as players and imports anticipate something that has a lot of potential to be great. As the new year rings in and spring training is…

International Baseball Community Top Performers of the 2015 European Season

International Baseball Community Top Performers of the 2015 European Season

When the dust settled on the 2015 European season, it can be said that the level of play in Europe in 2015 increased along with the overall satisfaction of clubs with regards to import performance. Since the 2015 European season started, there have been many more talented players register with the International Baseball Community who are now playing in…

IBC E56: Playing baseball in France in a nutshell. Also, is France a safe place to play in 2016?

IBC E56: Playing baseball in France in a nutshell. Also, is France a safe place to play in 2016?

With all the violence that has taken place in France as of late, I can understand why someone may be hesitant to consider playing baseball there in 2016. However, when considering the alternative of staying and playing in the U.S. (for most of you), is France really any more dangerous? The U.S. by far dominates international…

IBC E55: Former Minor Leaguer enjoys coaching debut in one of Europe’s most visited cities

IBC E55: Former Minor Leaguer enjoys coaching debut in one of Europe’s most visited cities

Born in Montana, Kris Richards spent most of his life in North Carolina where he grew up playing baseball. After high school he remained in North Carolina as he signed on with the NCAA D1  University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he played ball from 2008 to 2012. In his senior year he hit .342…

IBC E54: Two imports with unique paths unite for a dominant season in France

IBC E54: Two imports with unique paths unite for a dominant season in France

Born in Annemasse, France, Owen Ozanich at a young age moved to the U.S. where he grew up in South Burlington, Vermont. Like many boys his age growing up in the U.S., he fell in love with the game of baseball. He found success early on as a little leaguer as the winning pitcher of the…

IBC E53: Perfect Game Academy (UK) provides opportunities for player-coaches

IBC E53: Perfect Game Academy (UK) provides opportunities for player-coaches

In IBC E53 I interview Cody Cain, founder of the Perfect Game Academy (UK), who is in search of quality player-coaches to come work at the academy while also playing baseball within the United Kingdom. The opportunity to travel Europe while coaching is also available and and strong possibility for the right candidates. An American…

IBC E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

IBC E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

As a baseball fan you may be interested in baseball trivia. Here is one for you. What do the following people have in common? Joe Carter Justin Morneau Miguel Cabrera Barry Bonds Bryce Harper Robinson Cano Sam Holman Ok, ok maybe the last one is not as recognizable. Let’s use his name in a different way, how about …..Sam…

Japanese Independent Baseball Showcase in Fresno – November 7-8

Japanese Independent Baseball Showcase in Fresno – November 7-8

Zak Colby, a Japanese-American playing in the Shikoku Island League the past two seasons, is now in charge of coordinating a tryout for the league which will be held in Fresno, California this November 7-8th at San Joaquin Memorial high school. Each team will sign at least one player from the tryout.  Zak was a guest on the…

IBC E51: Skydiving in the Austrian Alps, Running of the Bulls in Spain, Diving with Great White Sharks in Australia….. and oh ya… pro baseball

IBC E51: Skydiving in the Austrian Alps, Running of the Bulls in Spain, Diving with Great White Sharks in Australia….. and oh ya… pro baseball

Growing up in Southern California, Clayton Carson had the regular baseball dreams and aspirations that any young kid would have. Coming from a good baseball family and community, he had the opportunity to make the most out of the game of baseball. In college he jumped around from a few different colleges before settling in with…

IBC E50: From dominating European tournaments with import all-stars to helping young international players get college opportunities with Justin Prinstein and Ty Eriksen.

IBC E50: From dominating European tournaments with import all-stars to helping young international players get college opportunities with Justin Prinstein and Ty Eriksen.

Since I arrived on the baseball scene in Europe in 2004, there have been two American names that seem to keep popping up wherever I go, Ty Eriksen and Justin (Boomer) Prinstein. I didn’t know much about either but it was apparent these two were well connected within European baseball circles. I learned more about Ty in 2013…

IBC E49: Sweet set up in Australia for this former NCAA D3 star.

IBC E49: Sweet set up in Australia for this former NCAA D3 star.

Andrew Medeiros was a standout in his NCAA III conference where he was known as a speedy catcher who hits for average and power. The Westfield State University grad fell victim to an all to familiar story of a talented player slipping through the pro baseball cracks. After not being drafted and failed attempts at an Indy ball…

IBC E48: Euro League Baseball (ELB) – a continental Europe professional baseball league

IBC E48: Euro League Baseball (ELB) – a continental Europe professional baseball league

Currently there are two professional baseball leagues in Europe, the Dutch Hoofdklasee and the Italian Baseball League, both of which struggle to get fans out and the latter known for it’s financial troubles. The rest of European baseball is amateur but operate in a semi-professional manner and the majority of these clubs bring in 1-3 foreign…

IBC E47: How one man used his coaching ability to open doors as a player overseas

IBC E47: How one man used his coaching ability to open doors as a player overseas

Alex Lee grew up just outside of Boston attended Wofford College (NCAA D1) in South Carolina where he played baseball for the Terriers and graduated with a business degree in 2011. A back injury in his senior year left him with no professional options to continue playing past college so Lee decided to pursue a coaching…

Opportunities for qualified and passionate coaches in Indonesia

Opportunities for qualified and passionate coaches in Indonesia

IBC podcast guest and The Hit Factory Director of Operations Owen Reid recently reached out to me seeking high energy, qualified coaches to fill expansion roles in Indonesia. The 20-month-old company is seeing rapid growth and expansion in Southeast Asia and Reid is looking to hire a number of coaches for this unique opportunity to work with…

IBC E46: How one man financed his overseas career and wound up pitching on ESPN

IBC E46: How one man financed his overseas career and wound up pitching on ESPN

Jaz Shergill first contacted me in September 2014 looking to take his career overseas to Australia for the winter, with a goal of getting on with a club in the Australian Baseball League (ABL). At the time, the Eastern New Mexico University grad had already attempted to play Indy ball in the states but struggled to…

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

During a recent visit to Barcelona, I was able to catch two Spanish Division de Honor games and interview some players and coaches for this first of many European baseball video documentaries. The clubs I visited were the CB Barcelona, CB Viladecans (20 min from Barcelona) and Sant Boi (20 minutes from Barcelona). I hope…

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