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/…

“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 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 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)  …

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…

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…

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?  …

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 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…

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