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…

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,…

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…

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 the NPB in Japan or perhaps the ABL in Australia, especially with all the coverage they are now getting. However, did you know that you can get paid to play or coach baseball overseas in the following countries as well? Australia…

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 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…

IBC E33: Western Australian State baseball, an imports dream!

IBC E33: Western Australian State baseball, an imports dream!

Kevin Bosson spent the winter of 2013-2014 in Perth Australia with the South Perth Cubs living the dream and playing against the likes of IBC podcast episode 27 guest Jon Rodriguez and the Rockingham Rams. Interested in playing baseball overseas? Get started now!  Right off the bat Kevin reaffirms what Jon said in episode 27, that the…

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…

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 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)  …

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…

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