IBC E70: Signing Manny Ramirez and Japanese Independent Pro Baseball with Zak Colby

IBC E70: Signing Manny Ramirez and Japanese Independent Pro Baseball with Zak Colby

Three years ago on IBC Podcast Episode #26, I interviewed Zak Colby who was fresh off of his first season playing independent professional baseball in Japan in the Shikoku Island League. Zak has continued to play there working his way into a foreign recruitment role for the whole league while playing for the Kochi Fighting…

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 8 “Alpines eh?”

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 8 “Alpines eh?”

For the first time Globetrotters takes us to one of the most competitive semi-pro baseball leagues in Canada where a number of IBC members have signed on to play in recent years. Jack Shannon shows us around his new home in St. John, New Brunswick while playing for the St. John Alpines.    

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 7

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 7

Coming off his second straight season overseas in Austria then Australia, Michael Gonzalez (and fellow import teammate) Andrew Schenk make a pit stop in Bali, Indonesia before traveling to their new teams in Europe. Michael then shows us around his new home in Chartres, France.  

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 6

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 6

An old baseball glove left behind by a U.S. solider during WWII is found and donated to the Attnang Athletics clubhouse. Steven Johnson and myself hit the road to Prague for Prague Baseball Week with the International Stars. While in Prague we meet up with Zak Colby of the Kochi Fighting Dogs from the Shikoku…

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 5

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 5

First stop is La Rochelle, France for the French All-Star home run contest where IBC member Alex Carter puts on a show. From there IBC members playing in Germany, Switzerland, and France meet up in Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls. We then pop over to eastern France to check in on IBC…

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 4

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 4

In this episode we drop by the infamous Finkstonball baseball and softball tournament and music festival in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria. Numerous IBC members are in town for the weekend including Globetrotters Jimmy Jensen, Scotty Mulhearn and Daniel Catalan. The week after Finkstonball we follow the host team the Attnang Athletics and their imports Ryan Rupp and…

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 Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Korean Baseball Organization, Chinese Professional Baseball League, Latin American leagues, Mexican League, Australian Baseball League, Dutch Major League, Italian Baseball League, or Japanese independent professional leagues.  However, did you know that there are way more amateur/…

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 3 – Argentina and Austria

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 3 – Argentina and Austria

Get some insight into the clubhouse lifestyle in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria before stopping in with the Buenos Aires Shankee in Argentina for the start of their spring season.

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 2 – France and Austria

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 2 – France and Austria

It is a snow packed baseball day in Austria with Steven and Ryan before visiting Daniel Catalan in Paris with his new club and his sweet set up at Paris University!

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 1 – Austria and Belgium

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 1 – Austria and Belgium

Season 2 takes us to the 2017 summer season overseas where the majority of IBC imports are playing or coaching in Europe. In this first episode we start off with imports on two teams coming off a championship season in 2016, the Attnang Athletics of the Austrian first division and the Deurne Spartans of the…

IBC Top Performers 2016-2017 Winter Season

IBC Top Performers 2016-2017 Winter Season

It is once again time for our seasonal ranking of our members who are playing overseas. This ranking is to recognize those who performed well overseas, taking into account not only the numbers they put up, but the strengths of the leagues they were playing in. Only first divisions overseas are considered for the ranking. TOP…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 11

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 11

In this second to last episode of season 1, we take you to Canberra to visit with Louis Cohen (ACT Bandits/Canberra Cavalry) and Chad Scheilz (Tuggeranong Vikings) before heading to Adelaide with Alex Carter (Port Adelaide Magpies/Adelaide Bite). All three IBC members tell their tale of their overseas experience thus far.  

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 10

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 10

This episode features clips and bloopers of IBC members throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and China. This episode gives you a good feel of the overall experience of playing abroad and the various cultural experiences that come with it.  

IBC E69: U.S. Independent Pro Star Chooses Overseas Baseball Route

IBC E69: U.S. Independent Pro Star Chooses Overseas Baseball Route

Recently, one of the top pitchers in independent professional baseball decided to give up the lifestyle that comes with playing pro baseball in the U.S., which he said he loves, in order to play club baseball in the Czech Republic which play mostly on weekends. Sound crazy? Not so much when you listen to his rational…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 9

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 9

Former imports of the MacArthur Orioles (Sydney) Jimmy Jensen, Max MacNabb and Caleb Fenimore are back in Australia for another season of baseball but this time with separate clubs. In this episode Jimmy and Max return to Sydney to visit their former club and Caleb who was back for his second year. The trio plus friends take…

Aus Liebe zum Spiel – An inspirational Austrian baseball story

Aus Liebe zum Spiel – An inspirational Austrian baseball story

The Attnang Athletics completed the 4-3 comeback series win Boston Red Sox style in the semi finals of the 2016 Austrian Baseball League playoffs en route to winning their third championship. It was the perfect way to celebrate their 25th anniversary and was a nice reward for years of hard work which included countless volunteers hours…

IBC E68: How Daniel Catalan went from no overseas prospects to playing in Spain and South America

IBC E68: How Daniel Catalan went from no overseas prospects to playing in Spain and South America

Daniel Catalan had a successful college career playing with Holy Name University where hit a very respectable .282 and a very nice OBP in his senior year of .410. He also led HNU in triples in both his seasons there and did not commit a single error in the outfield. Like many talented college graduates,…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 8

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 8

Max MacNabb and Louis Cohen are the two biggest IBC success stories of the 2016-2017 season as both pitchers worked their way from state league baseball in Australia to key starting pitching roles for the Adelaide Bite and Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. Prior to pitching for the Cavalry, Louis had never pitched…

Video: International Stars @ Prague Baseball Week 2016

Video: International Stars @ Prague Baseball Week 2016

In what has grown into a friendly rivalry, the International Stars and the Czech National Team have battled it out at Prague Baseball Week since the Stars entered the tournament for the first time in 2013. Since then, the two teams in have met in the championship game every year with the Stars winning in…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 7

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 7

Tyler Krobetzky and Chelsea Cohen met while playing abroad in Australia. In this episode, one year later, Chelsea and Tyler take advantage of their Australian mid-season Christmas break to visit New Zealand for their second time as a couple. Chris Kuno takes us through a day in his life as a youth coach in Shanghai…

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