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.  

Italian Baseball League Documentary Part 1: T&A San Marino

Italian Baseball League Documentary Part 1: T&A San Marino

Every year the baseball club I play for in Austria, the Attnang Athletics, holds a four day spring training near Grado, Italy. The past couple of years I decided to stay after spring training and do an Italian baseball tour. For the first tour, imports Jimmy Jensen and Melvin Perdue accompanied me. Out first top…

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 5

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 5

First stop is La Rochelle, France for the French All-Star home run contest where IBC member Alex Carter puts on a show. From there IBC members playing in Germany, Switzerland, and France meet up in Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls. We then pop over to eastern France to check in on IBC…

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 2, Episode 2 – France and Austria

Globetrotters Season 2, Episode 2 – France and Austria

It is a snow packed baseball day in Austria with Steven and Ryan before visiting Daniel Catalan in Paris with his new club and his sweet set up at Paris University!

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…

This Couple Travels the Globe Together Playing the Game They Love

This Couple Travels the Globe Together Playing the Game They Love

This past holiday season, while the majority of us locked ourselves inside to stay away from the cold as we dreamt of the baseball (or softball) season still months away, couple Tyler Krobetzky and Chelsea Cohen flew to New Zealand for Christmas before flying to Tasmania for New Years Eve. To the majority of us…

IBC’s Top Performers in Europe for the 2016 Summer

IBC’s Top Performers in Europe for the 2016 Summer

It is that time again for recognition of those IBC members who performed the best in the past season. What is IBC? It stands for the International Baseball Community which is a website dedicated to continuing or starting professional baseball careers overseas for both players and coaches. Of the 96 contracts signed for the summer…

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 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 E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

IBC E52: How a “bar challenge” changed the course of baseball forever

As a baseball fan you may be interested in baseball trivia. Here is one for you. What do the following people have in common? Joe Carter Justin Morneau Miguel Cabrera Barry Bonds Bryce Harper Robinson Cano Sam Holman Ok, ok maybe the last one is not as recognizable. Let’s use his name in a different way, how about …..Sam…

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 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 E36: Two NCAA D1 grads tell their 2014 German baseball story.

IBC E36: Two NCAA D1 grads tell their 2014 German baseball story.

Two players from two different NCAA Division 1 backgrounds tell their stories of their summer in Germany playing for the same club. This is part 1 of a 2 part series due to an extraordinary twist that this experience has taken for one player. After suffering shoulder problems and receiving surgery, University of Michigan pitcher…

Why a .265 hitter may be a better import for your club than a .330 hitter!

Why a .265 hitter may be a better import for your club than a .330 hitter!

by Kyle Kennett, IBC Director of Scouting. When staring at the statistics link of a website, one could be overwhelmed with the amount of information being presented to them. There are many magic numbers in baseball that people use to determine how good a player is. Offensively, it is common knowledge in the baseball world…

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…

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…

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…

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