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 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 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 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…

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