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.

IBC E45: Using baseball as your ticket to travel the world.

IBC E45: Using baseball as your ticket to travel the world.

Every year more and more aspiring professional baseball players decide to take their career abroad. Those that are fortunate enough to find a job overseas have not only extended their career, but have enjoyed experiencing a part of the world that they may otherwise not have seen. The majority of these players spend a season, possibly…

IBC E44: InterLeague, the travelling baseball players heaven + Swiss ball with Chris Michals

IBC E44: InterLeague, the travelling baseball players heaven + Swiss ball with Chris Michals

Born and raised in the windy city, Chris Michals played shortstop for a community college in Chicago named Oakton. In 2007, his freshman year, he was overridden by a division 1 transfer and often found himself on the bench as a platoon infielder, despite putting up good numbers. He decided at that point to leave the team…

IBC E43: GM of T&A San Marino (Italy) goes into depth on importing to Italy and EU Baseball

IBC E43: GM of T&A San Marino (Italy) goes into depth on importing to Italy and EU Baseball

Mauro Mazzotti has been a manager in Italian baseball since 1987 since the age of 28 and is the only manager to win championships with three different clubs in the Italian Baseball League. Most recently he won three straight titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as the general manager of T&A San Marino, a huge accomplishment in a…

IBC E42: German regional leagues a good option to jumpstart your overseas baseball career.

IBC E42: German regional leagues a good option to jumpstart your overseas baseball career.

As an un-drafted graduate of a small NAIA school, Mark Boyer was not getting a lot of opportunities to continue his playing career until he set his sights on third division Germany. Being a true utility guy, he knew he could help a small club in more way than one, and when combined with some coaching experience at…

IBC E41 & The tale of two injured pitchers who revived their baseball careers overseas

IBC E41 & The tale of two injured pitchers who revived their baseball careers overseas

After a strong junior season at the University of Michigan (2011) in which he saw a large increase in velocity and innings pitched, Matt Broder had high hopes of hearing his name called in the MLB draft following his senior season.  He had gone from minimal playing time coming from the bullpen in meaningless games to the team’s…

Top stories of 2014, Top EU Beach Baseball, Top EU Tourney’s, Top EU Dynasties and Top Career Tips

Top stories of 2014, Top EU Beach Baseball, Top EU Tourney’s, Top EU Dynasties and Top Career Tips

Happy New Year to everyone who follows the blog or is a member of the International Baseball Community! All the best in baseball in 2015! Two years ago (December 15, 2012) the International Baseball Community social network and the Baseball Jobs Overseas blog went live. I really had no idea what I was doing and…

Merry Christmas from the International Baseball Community

Merry Christmas from the International Baseball Community

Merry Christmas to all International Baseball Community members whether you have been around since the launch of the website in late December 2012 or since yesterday. I am very thankful to have you all involved in this great community and hope to help each and every one of you achieve your dream of playing the…

IBC E40: From undersized and underrated to travelling the world. How one former NCAA III player built a successful career overseas.

IBC E40: From undersized and underrated to travelling the world. How one former NCAA III player built a successful career overseas.

At 5’9″,  Fredonia State University alum Rob Herrmann took to professional development leagues post college to chase his dream of being a professional baseball player. Being a small guy from a small market, Herrmann had no looks but wasn’t willing to give up on professional baseball just yet. After some hard work and perseverance, he got…

IBC E39: How one man gets paid to study and coach baseball in Paris

IBC E39: How one man gets paid to study and coach baseball in Paris

34 year-old Kieran Mattison spent nine years playing baseball professionally in the U.S. reaching as high as AAA within the Cleveland Indians organization. The big 6′ 205 lb righty amassed an ERA of 4.12 over the course of his tenure in professional baseball which also saw stints with the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and in…

How one man used baseball as his ticket to see the world

How one man used baseball as his ticket to see the world

Upon graduating in 2009 from the Winthrop University Eagles baseball program, an NCAA Division 1 Big South Conference school, Owen Reid knew three things, he wanted to continue playing baseball, he did not want the traditional 9-5 job, and he wanted to see the world. A Winthrop teammate of Owen’s who happened to be a native of Vienna, Austria,…

IBC E38: Getting your foot in the international door with Austrian second division baseball

IBC E38: Getting your foot in the international door with Austrian second division baseball

In October 2013, Jeff Barto decided to get an early start contacting clubs in Europe for the 2014 season. The NCAA division I grad from Utah Valley University had a number of opportunities pop up soon after creating a profile on the International Baseball Community website. After exchanging a few emails with about 8 different clubs, his…

IBC E37: Wofford College grad plays for the German National Team

IBC E37: Wofford College grad plays for the German National Team

Late May 2014, Eric Brenk wrapped up his senior year at Wofford College, an NCAA division I school from the Southern Conference, and had hit a very respectable .268 on the season and started every game in this final season. One era had come to an end and another was just about to begin, a…

IBC E36: Two NCAA D1 grads tell their 2014 German baseball story.

IBC E36: Two NCAA D1 grads tell their 2014 German baseball story.

Two players from two different NCAA Division 1 backgrounds tell their stories of their summer in Germany playing for the same club. This is part 1 of a 2 part series due to an extraordinary twist that this experience has taken for one player. After suffering shoulder problems and receiving surgery, University of Michigan pitcher…

“Small Town America Or The World”: How Not Being Drafted Led Two Players On A More Than Memorable Journey

“Small Town America Or The World”: How Not Being Drafted Led Two Players On A More Than Memorable Journey

EACH year, early June can be a roller coaster of emotions for college and high school baseball players from around the country. With only 40 rounds in the MLB draft (not counting compensation rounds), hundreds of prospects from across the country go undrafted each year. For college seniors, not being drafted could mean the end of…

IBC E35: Inside Japanese Indy baseball and it’s unusual routines

IBC E35: Inside Japanese Indy baseball and it’s unusual routines

This episode is a goldmine for pro baseball players as it offers detail on a Japanese independent pro baseball showcase and an opportunity to win a free Mine Wood Baseball Bat. This episode introduces the first IBC podcast giveaway. Mine Wood Bats has stepped up to the plate for this giveaway by giving away one of…

IBC E34: Travel baseball – South Africa, Baseball Without Borders, Import Exchange Program

IBC E34: Travel baseball – South Africa, Baseball Without Borders, Import Exchange Program

In addition to numerous opportunities to see the world while playing professional baseball, there are opportunities to see the world and lend a helping hand to the less fortunate baseball markets around the globe.  Organizations like the Kosovo Baseball Initiative and Baseball Without Borders do just that, provide lesser known baseball markets with the opportunity to learn the…

IBC E33: Western Australian State baseball, an imports dream!

IBC E33: Western Australian State baseball, an imports dream!

Kevin Bosson spent the winter of 2013-2014 in Perth Australia with the South Perth Cubs living the dream and playing against the likes of IBC podcast episode 27 guest Jon Rodriguez and the Rockingham Rams. Interested in playing baseball overseas? Get started now!  Right off the bat Kevin reaffirms what Jon said in episode 27, that the…

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…

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