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/…

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 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 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…

IBC E50: From dominating European tournaments with import all-stars to helping young international players get college opportunities with Justin Prinstein and Ty Eriksen.

IBC E50: From dominating European tournaments with import all-stars to helping young international players get college opportunities with Justin Prinstein and Ty Eriksen.

Since I arrived on the baseball scene in Europe in 2004, there have been two American names that seem to keep popping up wherever I go, Ty Eriksen and Justin (Boomer) Prinstein. I didn’t know much about either but it was apparent these two were well connected within European baseball circles. I learned more about Ty in 2013…

IBC E42: German regional leagues a good option to jumpstart your overseas baseball career.

IBC E42: German regional leagues a good option to jumpstart your overseas baseball career.

As an un-drafted graduate of a small NAIA school, Mark Boyer was not getting a lot of opportunities to continue his playing career until he set his sights on third division Germany. Being a true utility guy, he knew he could help a small club in more way than one, and when combined with some coaching experience at…

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…

IBC E38: Getting your foot in the international door with Austrian second division baseball

IBC E38: Getting your foot in the international door with Austrian second division baseball

In October 2013, Jeff Barto decided to get an early start contacting clubs in Europe for the 2014 season. The NCAA division I grad from Utah Valley University had a number of opportunities pop up soon after creating a profile on the International Baseball Community website. After exchanging a few emails with about 8 different clubs, his…

IBC E37: Wofford College grad plays for the German National Team

IBC E37: Wofford College grad plays for the German National Team

Late May 2014, Eric Brenk wrapped up his senior year at Wofford College, an NCAA division I school from the Southern Conference, and had hit a very respectable .268 on the season and started every game in this final season. One era had come to an end and another was just about to begin, a…

“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…

IBC E31: Playing baseball in New South Wales, Australia with PCBL president, Luis Almenara

IBC E31: Playing baseball in New South Wales, Australia with PCBL president, Luis Almenara

The Pacific Coast Baseball League  (PCBL) in New South Wales Australia is not the top level of baseball on the continent (in fact considered third division), however it presents plenty of opportunity for those who have yet to find a home for the winter. PCBL league president Luis Almenara shares in detail what opportunities exist for…

IBC E30: From Moneyball to the Netherlands with Melvin Perdue

IBC E30: From Moneyball to the Netherlands with Melvin Perdue

Fresh out of a strong NCAA D2 conference, Melvin played pro ball in Texas which eventually led to a role in the movie Moneyball. After Moneyball, Melvin had numerous independent baseball offers but decided to take his career overseas to experience other parts of the world and ended up in the Netherlands. Now, four years later, Melvin is…

Overseas professional baseball opportunity for Canadians

Overseas professional baseball opportunity for Canadians

To play baseball in Europe can be tricky due to visa restrictions. Canadians, however, have a special working holiday relationship with many of Europe’s top baseball countries which make them a valued commodity. Check out this informative eBook on the various countries where these opportunities exist and detail about the baseball within these countries. (Free…

IBC E29: A European coaching dream with Ron Frazier

IBC E29: A European coaching dream with Ron Frazier

At 49 years old, married and with teenage children, retired high school and college coach Ron Frazier decided to throw his hat in the coaching ring again but this time his focus was overseas. With the support of his family, Ron created a profile on the International Baseball Community website and began sending out emails…

IBC E28: David T. Burns and David J. Burns (no relation) team up – tips to taking your career overseas!!

IBC E28: David T. Burns and David J. Burns (no relation) team up – tips to taking your career overseas!!

David T. Burns (me) interviews David J. Burns on his experience playing baseball in Italy. He explains how he went from the verge of hanging them up after college to using his Italian heritage as a ticket to a professional baseball career in one of Europe’s top baseball countries. For those of you who qualify…

IBC E25: From not drafted to three of Europe’s top leagues in three years

IBC E25: From not drafted to three of Europe’s top leagues in three years

In this second interview, Chris provides listeners and aspiring European baseball professionals with great info on: 1)   History of going from non-drafted to playing in three of Europe’s top leagues. 2)   Detail on the Dutch Major League. Weekly schedule, top clubs, opportunities. 3)   The subtle differences between European baseball and baseball in the US. 4)  …

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 E21: Changing Your Life With International Baseball

IBC E21: Changing Your Life With International Baseball

In this episode I interview Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn for the second time. Ryan takes us through his story of how he followed his passion to work in baseball from the unlikely country of Guam to his current position as CEO of Baseball New Zealand. Listen to Ryan explain how he used international…

IBC E19: From German D2 ball to the Dutch Major League within one year with Austin Weymouth

IBC E19: From German D2 ball to the Dutch Major League within one year with Austin Weymouth

This interview with Austin Weymouth goes into areas yet to be covered on the podcast including an alternative way to selecting your team, working your way into Dutch baseball from a much lower league within one year, visa requirements, a vivid idea of what life is like in Europe, playing for small town clubs, the list goes on. In…

5 beefy tips for taking your baseball career overseas

5 beefy tips for taking your baseball career overseas

These are 5 of my best tips on how to take your baseball career overseas, all of which formed and moulded over the course of 2013 through my many interactions with international baseball professionals that have experienced or were currently experiencing international baseball.  I don’t claim to be an expert but I have been on…

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