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.

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…

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