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…

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…

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,…

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 E66: He was told to pursue running instead of baseball. Now this history buff enjoys WWII tours while playing baseball in Europe

IBC E66: He was told to pursue running instead of baseball. Now this history buff enjoys WWII tours while playing baseball in Europe

Josh Wyant grew up playing baseball in North Carolina and was never the standout player but always had a passion for the game and worked hard at getting better. He was a three sport athlete between cross country, baseball and swimming and as college grew closer, he was told his best shot was at running.…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

IBC E56: Playing baseball in France in a nutshell. Also, is France a safe place to play in 2016?

IBC E56: Playing baseball in France in a nutshell. Also, is France a safe place to play in 2016?

With all the violence that has taken place in France as of late, I can understand why someone may be hesitant to consider playing baseball there in 2016. However, when considering the alternative of staying and playing in the U.S. (for most of you), is France really any more dangerous? The U.S. by far dominates international…

IBC E55: Former Minor Leaguer enjoys coaching debut in one of Europe’s most visited cities

IBC E55: Former Minor Leaguer enjoys coaching debut in one of Europe’s most visited cities

Born in Montana, Kris Richards spent most of his life in North Carolina where he grew up playing baseball. After high school he remained in North Carolina as he signed on with the NCAA D1  University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he played ball from 2008 to 2012. In his senior year he hit .342…

IBC E54: Two imports with unique paths unite for a dominant season in France

IBC E54: Two imports with unique paths unite for a dominant season in France

Born in Annemasse, France, Owen Ozanich at a young age moved to the U.S. where he grew up in South Burlington, Vermont. Like many boys his age growing up in the U.S., he fell in love with the game of baseball. He found success early on as a little leaguer as the winning pitcher of the…

IBC E53: Perfect Game Academy (UK) provides opportunities for player-coaches

IBC E53: Perfect Game Academy (UK) provides opportunities for player-coaches

In IBC E53 I interview Cody Cain, founder of the Perfect Game Academy (UK), who is in search of quality player-coaches to come work at the academy while also playing baseball within the United Kingdom. The opportunity to travel Europe while coaching is also available and and strong possibility for the right candidates. An American…

IBC E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

IBC E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

As a baseball fan you may be interested in baseball trivia. Here is one for you. What do the following people have in common? Joe Carter Justin Morneau Miguel Cabrera Barry Bonds Bryce Harper Robinson Cano Sam Holman Ok, ok maybe the last one is not as recognizable. Let’s use his name in a different way, how about …..Sam…

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…

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