IBC E65: Former AA Pitcher Makes a Baseball Career and Life through Australian Baseball

IBC E65: Former AA Pitcher Makes a Baseball Career and Life through Australian Baseball

In 1995 Ryan Schurman was a 10th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves. Twenty years later he is married with a baby boy and living in Germany and coaches cricket. Ryan is another remarkable story of how playing baseball overseas can not only be a way of extending a playing career, but also a life…

IBC E64: South African baseball as a Winter ball Option with Tanner Leighton

IBC E64: South African baseball as a Winter ball Option with Tanner Leighton

In 2012, Tanner Leighton, the #4 ranked NAIA prospect in the country from The Masters College in California, was one of many players in the independent ball system who had been in contact with scouts during his college tenure, yet had no luck come June. After a season of Independent ball, playing with both the…

IBC Member Nate Harris leads Heathmont to 4th Melbourne Winter League Championship in 5 Years

IBC Member Nate Harris leads Heathmont to 4th Melbourne Winter League Championship in 5 Years

When Nate Harris signed up for the Gold Membership at the International Baseball Community website in late April, 2016, he never would have guessed that he would be on the mound pitching for a championship in Melbourne, Australia five months later. The catcher who converted to pitcher in his junior year at Menlo College (NAIA)…

Sonoma Stomper enjoys Winter ball in Australia

Sonoma Stomper enjoys Winter ball in Australia

Fresh off of surgery, former New Mexico Highlands University first baseman Tommy Lyons was looking for a place to play winter ball to get back into baseball shape. He had been playing independent ball in the Pacific Association for three years and decided playing in Australia for the 2015-2016 winter was a great way to prepare him for the 2016…

Top 10 Ranking of Roles Clubs Overseas are Seeking to Fill with an Import

Top 10 Ranking of Roles Clubs Overseas are Seeking to Fill with an Import

To those new to the international baseball scene as a professional opportunity to play, there is a misconception that clubs overseas are importing all or most of their players, however that is not the case. In fact, due to importing limits, most clubs bring in one or two imports with some bringing in three or four,…

IBC E63: Three Back-To-Back Seasons Overseas and Over 20 Countries Visited

IBC E63: Three Back-To-Back Seasons Overseas and Over 20 Countries Visited

Will Thorp grew up playing baseball in British Columbia, Canada where he also started his college career at a local junior college. After a successful freshman year, he earned a chance to play at Lewis-Clark State College, one of the top NAIA baseball programs. In 2014, upon graduating from LC, Will decided to hang up his cleats. “I…

After His First Pro League Folded and Left Him Hanging, Heath Gray Turned His Focus Overseas

After His First Pro League Folded and Left Him Hanging, Heath Gray Turned His Focus Overseas

After graduating from Erskine College in 2013, 6’7″ right handed pitcher Heath Gray did what most ball players did, he pursued a professional career in baseball. The native of South Carolina signed his first pro contract with the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks of the upstart East Coast Baseball League (ECBL). All looked on the up and up…

International Pro Player Louis Cohen is Proving His Worth Overseas

International Pro Player Louis Cohen is Proving His Worth Overseas

Louis Cohen spent his college baseball years at Cal State University Northridge in the Big West Conference where he spent most of his time in the bullpen chomping at the bit to get on the mound. As his college career drew to a close there were no promising professional contracts on the horizon. “As my senior year came to…

My Melbourne Baseball Experience by Gabe Sandersius

My Melbourne Baseball Experience by Gabe Sandersius

First off the city of Melbourne is the best city in Australia to live in. It is full with crisp, clean air, great culture, a high quality of life, clean water, and overall it is a good size as the second biggest city in Australia. The living situation is always a toss up considering as foreign player living with host family, but…

IBC E62: Playing baseball in Canberra (Australia) with Graham Vickers, President of the Ainslie Bears

IBC E62: Playing baseball in Canberra (Australia) with Graham Vickers, President of the Ainslie Bears

For the 2015-2016 winter season, there were a total of nine IBC members sign contracts in the Capital Territory State League based in Canberra, Australia. This is one of six state leagues in Australia that regularly import baseball players from abroad. This podcast interview (bottom of page) is with Graham Vickers who is the president of the Ainslie Bears, a club who…

Top IBC 2015-2016 Winter Performers

Top IBC 2015-2016 Winter Performers

The 2015-2016 winter season has come and gone with an unprecedented 53 IBC members signing overseas for the winter, primarily in Australia. Of these 53 members, some had more success than others while all made their impact on international baseball and had an experience of a lifetime as they spent their free time on some of the…

IBC E61 : How Sam Siddall built a career overseas despite limited playing experience in college

IBC E61 : How Sam Siddall built a career overseas despite limited playing experience in college

Sam Siddall is a graduate from the Midland University (NAIA) where he spent three years as a relief pitcher with limited action. Post college, in 2013, he was playing in a mens league in Alberta, Canada when a friend presented him with an opportunity to coach youth in Australia after receiving the opportunity himself and having to…

International Baseball Club Contest – Win Jerseys For Your Whole Team

International Baseball Club Contest – Win Jerseys For Your Whole Team

Baseball Jobs Overseas and new sponsor 3n2 have joined forces to present a contest to clubs around the globe with the reward being brand new jerseys! The challenge to clubs is to create a youtube video introducing their baseball club to the world while showing why they are most deserving of the brand new jerseys. The video of…

Coach needed- Home ground is 11,500 miles away!

Coach needed- Home ground is 11,500 miles away!

Guest post by; Tony Harring of the North Coast Ball Club Perth, Australia Mid July 2015 with the Western Australia baseball season 3 months away prompted a number of emails to be sent to player/coaches who had identified themselves on IBC as willing to travel and coach. With the “Send” key pressed it was now a…

IBC E60: A decade of baseball overseas part 3 – From a pitching career in Europe, the Middle East and Australia to coaching the Hungarian national team and scouting for MLB

IBC E60: A decade of baseball overseas part 3 – From a pitching career in Europe, the Middle East and Australia to coaching the Hungarian national team and scouting for MLB

After finishing up the 2010 season with Almere and Hamburg and achieving his long term goal of pitching in the Dutch Head Class, Boomer was undecided about what to do with his baseball career and was leaning towards focusing on finishing law school and getting a job. After back-to-back years with no offseason and pitching 7-9 innings every start,…

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…

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