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. Right off the bat Kevin reaffirms what Jon said in episode 27, that the baseball in the Western Australian State League is…

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…

Why a .265 hitter may be a better import for your club than a .330 hitter!

Why a .265 hitter may be a better import for your club than a .330 hitter!

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. You can also create a free profile for clubs to view at our social network. However, due to popular demand, I have decided to offer our services for those that want to utilize our knowledge and contacts. Myself…

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