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/…

Guest post: IBC import Dustin Hamilton on his experience playing in Austria

Guest post: IBC import Dustin Hamilton on his experience playing in Austria

Written by IBC member Dustin Hamilton. Baseball has always been a big passion of mine and was something I knew I wanted to pursue for as long as I could. I was blessed with the opportunity to play most of my college ball in Hawaii and enjoy the many great perks the island had to…

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…

This Couple Travels the Globe Together Playing the Game They Love

This Couple Travels the Globe Together Playing the Game They Love

This past holiday season, while the majority of us locked ourselves inside to stay away from the cold as we dreamt of the baseball (or softball) season still months away, couple Tyler Krobetzky and Chelsea Cohen flew to New Zealand for Christmas before flying to Tasmania for New Years Eve. To the majority of us…

Day in the life of IBC member and coach Chris Kuno in Shanghai, China

Day in the life of IBC member and coach Chris Kuno in Shanghai, China

Chris Kuno registered for a membership on the International Baseball Community website in April of 2016 and was one of two IBC members selected by the SECO Academy in Shanghai, China to coach youth aged 6-12 for the winter of 2016-2017. Chris put together this video of his journey for International Baseball Community fans to…

Recent Trend of Baseball Players From California Playing in Europe Raises Level

Recent Trend of Baseball Players From California Playing in Europe Raises Level

In recent years there has been an influx of American baseball players taking their career overseas to Europe, with Californians making up a large percentage. Since the Launch of the International Baseball Community website in early 2013, the number of aspiring professional baseball players playing overseas, both college grads and established professionals, has risen dramatically. In fact…

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 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…

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 Coach Leaves his mark 11,500 miles away from home

IBC Coach Leaves his mark 11,500 miles away from home

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…

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…

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…

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,…

“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…

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…

Small town European baseball also a great option! (guest post)

Small town European baseball also a great option! (guest post)

I came to Europe to play baseball for the Attnang Athletics of Austria in 1999 and returned permanently in 2004. Attnang is a small town of 8,000 and yes, during the off days, sometimes I found myself banging my head against the wall because back then, there was no computer or internet available for imports…

Over 30 + IBC Member Signings in 2013!

Over 30 + IBC Member Signings in 2013!

Wow! What a whirlwind 2013 has been! Now that the 2013 season has ended, I am now officially through my first import scramble with the International Baseball Community website. The featured picture for this article is a collage of some of the clubs involved in signing some of my members in 2013. Through countless emails…

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