IBC Episode 14: Baseball in Sweden and Australia from Two Perspectives

IBC Episode 14: Baseball in Sweden and Australia from Two Perspectives

In IBC podcast episode 14, I interview international baseball coach Trevor Rooper and player Scotty Mulhearn. Trevor has coached in Holland, Austria, Sweden , Brisbane (Australia) and now has signed on with a club in Sydney Australia for the 2013-2014 winter. In 2011, Trevor led the Attnang Athletics of Austria to an all time record…

10 Most Active Importing European Baseball Leagues and Details

10 Most Active Importing European Baseball Leagues and Details

Once you subscribe below to my newsletter, a PDF download with the following info will be emailed to you: The 10 most active importing European baseball leagues. The top teams within those leagues. How much they pay. The level of ball comparison The typical import background, The number of potential importing jobs available league to league.…

IBC Podcast E13: Top European Baseball Destinations Part 1

IBC Podcast E13: Top European Baseball Destinations Part 1

The focus of this interview and many future interviews is to extract more information about the lifestyle of the import player or coach living in various cities around Europe. I also try to get more inside info on what the league is like, the clubs within the league and which clubs are the most desirable…

If I were a young baseball stud…….

If I were a young baseball stud…….

Ohhhh what I wouldn’t do to go back in time and do it right. Man did I screw up my opportunity back in 1999. I came along when the European importing scene was still in its infancy. If I broke in now I would have little chance at getting signed but that wouldn’t stop me…

IBC Podcast E12: Finding the right baseball import / club

IBC Podcast E12: Finding the right baseball import / club

As a compliment to a recent post titles “Top 5 Reasons EU Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them“, I had a short but content rich discussion with Owen Reid on the same Skype session as our last interview about the trial and error of the relationship between professional baseball import players and…

6 Reasons EU Baseball Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them

6 Reasons EU Baseball Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them

Top 6 Reasons EU Baseball Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them Over my 10 years playing baseball in Europe, I have heard of and witnessed players going home early on multiple occasions, and often at the most important time of the year, playoff time. Some clubs will send a guy home because they…

IBC Podcast E11: Using coaching experience as your international baseball ticket

IBC Podcast E11: Using coaching experience as your international baseball ticket

This episode switches things up a bit by focusing on what is probably the most valuable tip for  baseball players looking to take their game overseas: use your coaching experience as your ticket or gain coaching experience if you don’t have any. Owen and I discuss the coaching opportunities that are present in Europe and…

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…

2013 European Baseball Imports Speak on Experiences

2013 European Baseball Imports Speak on Experiences

The following are short email interviews asking members of the International Baseball Community who are scattered around Europe how their experiences are going so far (mid summer 2013. Here is what I asked: 1) How is your season going so far? 2) What have you enjoyed the most about being / playing in Europe?  …

Experience of a Lifetime

Experience of a Lifetime

It was June 11th, 1999 and it was the first day I stepped onto the field in Attnang-Puchheim and into the international baseball world and I thought to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?!?” The sagging green fence was half blown into left field from the previous night’s storm. The pitcher’s mound was nothing…

IBC E8: 4 countries and baseball year-round with Dennis Kelly

IBC E8: 4 countries and baseball year-round with Dennis Kelly

In this Episode Dennis Kelly takes us through his experiences playing baseball in Sweden (Karlskoga Bats), France (Montpellier Barracudas), Australia (Sandringham Royals) and Germany (Mannheim Tornados). If you are lacking in motivation to play baseball overseas, listen to Dennis tell his story which took him from the beaches of Australia  to the beaches off the coast of France…

4 solid tips for first year international imports

4 solid tips for first year international imports

First year of your international baseball career? Not sure if you made the right choice? Want to make the most of this opportunity? If any of these questions popped in your head lately, this is the post for you. I have compiled a list of 4 detailed tips to keep you on track and focused…

IBC 07: Australian Baseball Opportunities & Developing your club with Owen Reid of the Perth Heat

IBC 07: Australian Baseball Opportunities & Developing your club with Owen Reid of the Perth Heat

Inside Down Under D2 – Capital Territory Baseball is Booming

Inside Down Under D2 – Capital Territory Baseball is Booming

Australian Baseball Opportunities in the Capital Territory Since the launch of this website, I have been in contact with a number of pro players who have played and coached baseball in Australia and the message I keep getting is clear ….. they want guys who can coach in addition to playing, they don’t pay a…

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…

IBC E6: Inside Western Australian Baseball with Owen Reid of the Perth Heat

IBC E6: Inside Western Australian Baseball with Owen Reid of the Perth Heat

This podcast episode is an interview with Owen Reid, an international baseball player who has made stops in Austria, New Zealand, and Australia since 2009. Owen has held jobs as a player and most recently in management with Australia’s most successful professional baseball club, the Perth Heat. Topics discussed in this podcast Owen’s strategy that…

IBC Podcast Episode 5: An Interview with Owen Ozanich; Aussie Ball, WBC, Eurocup

IBC Podcast Episode 5: An Interview with Owen Ozanich; Aussie Ball, WBC, Eurocup

Owen’s  Background Born in France  before moving to Burlington, Vermont. As a little leaguer he was the winning pitcher of New England state championship game that was televised on ESPN2. In high school he lead the South Burlington Rebels to a 20-0 record and the Vermont State Championship. Fall of 2007 he made the University of…

IBC Episode 04: Interview with former USC Trojan and 2012 French Champion Chris Mezger

IBC Episode 04: Interview with former USC Trojan and 2012 French Champion Chris Mezger

Interview with Chris Mezger, former USC Trojan, Best Pitcher of the 2012 French Final Series, Eurocup Final Four pitcher. It was my pleasure to interview Chris, a humble big man standing at 6’10″ (2.09 m), former USC Trojan and soon to be veteran of not only European baseball, but of some of the top baseball…

IBC Podcast Episode 03: Interview with Rainer Krankl, President of the Attnang Athletics Baseball Club

IBC Podcast Episode 03: Interview with Rainer Krankl, President of the Attnang Athletics Baseball Club

An Interview with Rainer Krankl, President of one of the more successful European baseball clubs Rainer Krankl has been with the Attnang Athletics since 1993 and took over the role as president in 2004. Immediately after Rainer took over as president the organization began to grow rapidly. The Athletics went from a mediocre organization with a…

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