Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 10  “Take a breath”

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 10 “Take a breath”

The epitome of a baseball globetrotter, Jimmy Jensen wraps up his 5th straight season overseas (year-round), this time with the Stuttgart Reds of the German Bundesliga. In this episode Jimmy shares his 2017 summer experience of baseball and travel while also reflecting on his journey overseas thus far.  

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 8 “Alpines eh?”

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 8 “Alpines eh?”

For the first time Globetrotters takes us to one of the most competitive semi-pro baseball leagues in Canada where a number of IBC members have signed on to play in recent years. Jack Shannon shows us around his new home in St. John, New Brunswick while playing for the St. John Alpines.    

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 4

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 4

In this episode we drop by the infamous Finkstonball baseball and softball tournament and music festival in Attnang-Puchheim, Austria. Numerous IBC members are in town for the weekend including Globetrotters Jimmy Jensen, Scotty Mulhearn and Daniel Catalan. The week after Finkstonball we follow the host team the Attnang Athletics and their imports Ryan Rupp and…

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/…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 10

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 10

This episode features clips and bloopers of IBC members throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and China. This episode gives you a good feel of the overall experience of playing abroad and the various cultural experiences that come with it.  

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 9

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 9

Former imports of the MacArthur Orioles (Sydney) Jimmy Jensen, Max MacNabb and Caleb Fenimore are back in Australia for another season of baseball but this time with separate clubs. In this episode Jimmy and Max return to Sydney to visit their former club and Caleb who was back for his second year. The trio plus friends take…

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…

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,…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 8

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 8

Max MacNabb and Louis Cohen are the two biggest IBC success stories of the 2016-2017 season as both pitchers worked their way from state league baseball in Australia to key starting pitching roles for the Adelaide Bite and Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. Prior to pitching for the Cavalry, Louis had never pitched…

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 3

Globetrotters – Season 1, Episode 3

In this episode we visit four imports players who are playing for the same club in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia  

IBC Vlog: German and Czech baseball, import lifestyle with Eric Brenk & Alex Lee

IBC Vlog: German and Czech baseball, import lifestyle with Eric Brenk & Alex Lee

At Prague Baseball Week 2015, I sat down with Alex Lee and Eric Brenk, two former teammates at Wofford College took unique paths to overseas baseball which include seasons in Austria, Australia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. One used their experience to see over 15 countries while the other used his German heritage to move…

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 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 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 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…

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…

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…

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