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 E67: From cut from his high school baseball team to top international import (Part 1)

IBC E67: From cut from his high school baseball team to top international import (Part 1)

Overseas professional import pitcher Jimmy Jensen tells his story how he made his way up from cut from his high school baseball team travelling the world playing baseball. This first episode is the story of his constant struggles with being underestimated and how his determination and will paved the way to a new career, one…

IBC Vlog: German and Czech baseball, import lifestyle with Eric Brenk & Alex Lee

IBC Vlog: German and Czech baseball, import lifestyle with Eric Brenk & Alex Lee

At Prague Baseball Week 2015, I sat down with Alex Lee and Eric Brenk, two former teammates at Wofford College took unique paths to overseas baseball which include seasons in Austria, Australia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. One used their experience to see over 15 countries while the other used his German heritage to move…

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.ll “I…

International Baseball Community Top Performers of the 2015 European Season

International Baseball Community Top Performers of the 2015 European Season

When the dust settled on the 2015 European season, it can be said that the level of play in Europe in 2015 increased along with the overall satisfaction of clubs with regards to import performance. Since the 2015 European season started, there have been many more talented players register with the International Baseball Community who are now playing in…

IBC E51: Skydiving in the Austrian Alps, Running of the Bulls in Spain, Diving with Great White Sharks in Australia….. and oh ya… pro baseball

IBC E51: Skydiving in the Austrian Alps, Running of the Bulls in Spain, Diving with Great White Sharks in Australia….. and oh ya… pro baseball

Growing up in Southern California, Clayton Carson had the regular baseball dreams and aspirations that any young kid would have. Coming from a good baseball family and community, he had the opportunity to make the most out of the game of baseball. In college he jumped around from a few different colleges before settling in with…

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…

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 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 Podcast E10: Dutch, Italian, German and Czech Baseball with veteran EU umpire Dana Beszczynski

IBC Podcast E10: Dutch, Italian, German and Czech Baseball with veteran EU umpire Dana Beszczynski

A New York boy living in Austria and umpiring baseball in Europe for what seems like decades, Dana Beszczynski uses the European baseball knowledge and wisdom he gained over the years to to help answer a lot of questions about the level of baseball across Europe and the opportunities within. We talk Dutch, Italian, German and Czech…

IBC Podcast E9: Brisbane Baseball with International Baseballer Jeff Tezak

IBC Podcast E9: Brisbane Baseball with International Baseballer Jeff Tezak

Podcast episode #9 continues to focus on the various baseball hotbeds in Australia, this time with Brisbane, one of the largest baseball regions in the country. Jeff Tezak spent two years in Austria playing for the Vienna Metrostars and has since taken his game to Brisbane for the past couple of years to play with…

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