The International Baseball Community Blog

The main goal of our blog is to showcase our members overseas while also informing others what playing and coaching baseball and softball overseas is all about. We utilize our Youtube channel, Podcast and traditional written stories to bring this wonderful global game to your smart phones in a variety of forms.

Some of our posts are more content focused with the goal of providing tips or suggestions to both the club and the import player or coach.

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Tips and info on playing overseas

Opportunities to play baseball in Australia outlined

This article was put together for the baseball player who is considering taking his career overseas to Australia but has little or no idea of what opportunities exist and where. Australia is one of the biggest markets where more and more established and aspiring...

IBC Podcast E71: Pro baseball in Colombia and fine tuning your game during the winter with established pro pitcher, Arik Sikula

After being released from pro baseball, former AA pitcher Arik Sikula started the regular 9-to-5 and fell into the rat-race that all pro ball players dread. It didn't take long before this former Blue Jay prospect laced up the cleats again, starting with state league...

Baseball overseas is a better option for pro’s than you may think

The two most common misconceptions about playing baseball professionally overseas is that the baseball is not good and once you go overseas you can forget about playing pro ball in the U.S..  I can understand why people feel that both of these are true, but from a...

European Baseball eBook: Part 1

In this first part, we dive into the complex beast which is European baseball and the various levels of play which offer paid opportunities for the professional baseball player or coach. In this first part, you will learn about countries rankings, schedules, levels of...

Literally travel the world playing baseball or fastpitch softball without spending a dime

Jimmy Jensen in Australia Accounting for both players and coaches in baseball as well as women's fastpitch softball, as of February 1st, 2018, members of our website have signed over 700 baseball and softball contracts encompassing 25 different countries. Many of...

What opportunities are there to play baseball professionally overseas? Guaranteed there are more than you realize….

There are plenty of opportunities to play professional baseball overseas for both the established and aspiring professional baseball player. Due to the wide spectrum in level of play overseas which offer paid opportunities, there are good fits for players out of the...

If you are looking for a long weekend in Europe with baseball, women’s fastpitch and party, look no further

If you can find your way to Austria from May 18th through May 21st, 2018, mark that weekend off as “busy” and prepare yourself for the most epic weekend of baseball, softball and party. Finkstonball is the longest standing invitational baseball tournament in Europe...

Top 10 Ranking of Roles Clubs Overseas are Seeking to Fill with an Import

To those new to the international baseball scene as a professional opportunity to play, there is a misconception that clubs overseas are importing all or most of their players, however that is not the case. In fact, due to importing limits, most clubs bring in one or...

5 tips for taking your baseball career overseas

These are our 5 best tips on how to take your baseball career overseas based on our thousands of interactions with both clubs and players over the years. Leagues overseas are signing players sight unseen, so the process is different and therefore they need to check...

6 Reasons EU Baseball Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them

Top 6 Reasons EU Baseball Imports Go Home Early and How to Avoid Them Over my 10 years playing baseball in Europe, I have heard of and witnessed players going home early on multiple occasions, and often at the most important time of the year, playoff time. Some clubs...

Globetrotters YouTube Series

Globetrotters – Season 4, Episode 2 “Qui vivra verra”

Jonathan Mottay is a dual passport holding (France, U.S.) pitcher who travels the world playing the game he loves. In this epi we start off in the beautiful Berlin, Germany where Jonathan is playing for the 2018 season. We then flashback to his winter ball season in...

Globetrotters – Season 4, Episode 1 “The Japanese Way”

Take a passenger seat on a recent baseball networking trip to Japan with Baseball Jobs Overseas Founder David Burns as he attends to Nippon Professional Baseball games and showcases the subtleties between the American and Japanese game as a player and a spectator....

Globetrotters – Season 3, Episode 5 “Partners in Crime”

Best friends Paige Crawford and Allyne Clark have been traveling the globe as a pitcher-catcher combo since graduating in 2017. This is a glimpse into their season playing in New Zealand. https://youtu.be/QEFLVRUC49o    

Globetrotters – Season 3, Episode 4 “Exotic Lands”

First African MLB player Gift Ngoepe drops in to support IBC members Chelsea Cohen, Tyler Krobetzky and Jaz Shergill at baseball and softball camps for unprivileged children outside of Cape Town, South Africa. We then head over to New Zealand to check in on five IBC...

Globetrotters – Season 3, Episode 3 “Don’t feed the fish!”

In this all-Australian episode, Vicky McFarland performs a dangerous stunt, is attacked by a swarm of fish and is stranded in the Australian Outback. We also introduce AJ Cipolla while he takes us inside his Instagram Aussie baseball stories including a team bingo...

Globetrotters – Season 3, Episode 2 “Double dose of magpie”

In this all-softball episode we follow one of our members, Lisa Maulden (now our Softball Recruitment Manager) on her journey from summer ball in Europe to winer ball in New Zealand. After that we visit another one of our members, Vicky McFarland, who is lighting up...

Globetrotters – Season 3, Episode 1 “The Global Game”

In this episode we visit three IBC members playing in South Africa, Jaz Shergill along with couple Chelsea Cohen and Tyler Krobetzky, all of whom are with the same club. Chelsea is playing in her 7th season overseas and met Tyler while playing in Adelaide, Australia....

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 11 “Doppler Effect”

After winning the Baseball League Austria Championship with the Attnang Athletics in 2016, Steven Johnson and Ryan Rupp both re-signed with the Athletics with one goal in mind.....repeat. This episode highlights their 2017 playoff journey both on and off the field....

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...

Globetrotters – Season 2, Episode 9 “Csere”

We are off to the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe's most visiting cities to visit Lisa Maulden and Braden Lee, both IBC members who spent the 2017 season with the Budapest Reds Baseball and Softball Club. We then check in on Chad Scheilz and Kyle...

IBC Podcast

Interviews with players who have played overseas and club/league representatives

IBC Podcast E72: New Zealand’s new pro baseball team and more with Baseball NZ CEO Ryan Flynn

Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn returns for the third time, this time to provide an update on the exciting times going on in the world of Baseball New Zealand, in particular the new Australian Baseball League professional franchise team that will based in Auckland...

IBC Podcast E71: Pro baseball in Colombia and fine tuning your game during the winter with established pro pitcher, Arik Sikula

After being released from pro baseball, former AA pitcher Arik Sikula started the regular 9-to-5 and fell into the rat-race that all pro ball players dread. It didn't take long before this former Blue Jay prospect laced up the cleats again, starting with state league...

IBC E70: Signing Manny Ramirez and Japanese Independent Pro Baseball with Zak Colby

Three years ago on IBC Podcast Episode #26, I interviewed Zak Colby who was fresh off of his first season playing independent professional baseball in Japan in the Shikoku Island League. Zak has continued to play there working his way into a foreign recruitment role...

IBC E69: U.S. Independent Pro Star Chooses Overseas Baseball Route

Recently, one of the top pitchers in independent professional baseball decided to give up the lifestyle that comes with playing pro baseball in the U.S., which he said he loves, in order to play club baseball in the Czech Republic which play mostly on weekends. Sound...

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....

IBC E67: From cut from his high school baseball team to top international import (Part 1)

Overseas professional import pitcher Jimmy Jensen tells his story how he made his way up from cut from his high school baseball team travelling the world playing baseball. This first episode is the story of his constant struggles with being underestimated and how his...

IBC E66: He was told to pursue running instead of baseball. Now this history buff enjoys WWII tours while playing baseball in Europe

Josh Wyant grew up playing baseball in North Carolina and was never the standout player but always had a passion for the game and worked hard at getting better. He was a three sport athlete between cross country, baseball and swimming and as college grew closer, he...

IBC E65: Former AA Pitcher Makes a Baseball Career and Life through Australian Baseball

In 1995 Ryan Schurman was a 10th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves. Twenty years later he is married with a baby boy and living in Germany and coaches cricket. Ryan is another remarkable story of how playing baseball overseas can not only be a way of extending a...

IBC E64: South African baseball as a Winter ball Option with Tanner Leighton

In 2012, Tanner Leighton, the #4 ranked NAIA prospect in the country from The Masters College in California, was one of many players in the independent ball system who had been in contact with scouts during his college tenure, yet had no luck come June. After a season...

IBC E63: Three Back-To-Back Seasons Overseas and Over 20 Countries Visited

Will Thorp grew up playing baseball in British Columbia, Canada where he also started his college career at a local junior college. After a successful freshman year, he earned a chance to play at Lewis-Clark State College, one of the top NAIA baseball programs. In...

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