Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 6

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 6

An old baseball glove left behind by a U.S. solider during WWII is found and donated to the Attnang Athletics clubhouse. Steven Johnson and myself hit the road to Prague for Prague Baseball Week with the International Stars. While in Prague we meet up with Zak Colby of the Kochi Fighting Dogs from the Shikoku…

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…

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 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…

The Ultimate European Baseball Holiday (2014)

The Ultimate European Baseball Holiday (2014)

Do you have a few bucks and two weeks to two months on your hands this May or June? Jump in during any of the following phases of this guide and begin your European Baseball adventure now. If you plan on spending three plus weeks  in Europe  I would look into getting an EUrail Pass.…

IBC E23: Draci Brno GM on Importing & Czech Baseball

IBC E23: Draci Brno GM on Importing & Czech Baseball

The International Baseball Community podcast Episode #23 features back-to-back interviews on Czech baseball. First I interview Draci Brno GM Arny Nesnal and then Lucie Cubikova, director of international affairs for Czech baseball. Between the two of them, listeners are able to get a clear idea of what Czech baseball has to offer. Mr. Nesnal fills IBC…

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…

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…

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…

A Window into Pro Baseball in Europe

A Window into Pro Baseball in Europe

My European Pro Baseball Guide For those of you who are without agents, who are at the end of their college career or whose days in the minors has reached a dead-end, there are many opportunities for you out there to continue to play the game you love while also getting paid to see some…

It’s not about the number of hours you put in, it’s about what you put in those hours.