Every year more and more aspiring professional baseball players decide to take their career abroad. Those that are fortunate enough to find a job overseas have not only extended their career, but have enjoyed experiencing a part of the world that they may otherwise not have seen. The majority of these players spend a season, possibly two, overseas and then hang them up. A few, however, take full advantage of this opportunity and ride the overseas baseball wave as far as possible.
A few names come to mind when I think of international baseballers who have used baseball as their ticket to see the world. However one name stands out the most in terms of baseball and travel.
Owen Reid first signed a professional contract with a baseball club overseas in 2009 and never looked back. His journey has taken him on somewhat of a world tour which includes side trips to nearby countries while abroad for baseball.
This IBC E45 interview with Owen elaborates on his story as he shares detail about his amazing adventure, but also provides plenty of tips on how other aspiring professional baseball players and coaches can best use baseball as their ticket to see the world. He also goes in-depth about Australian baseball and the top destinations within for travelling baseball players.
To see and read more about Owen’s adventure, visit his website at http://owenworldwide.com/.
Owen’s travel list since his first pro contract overseas
Australia (most of Australia), New Zealand
Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
Owen’s Baseball Resume
Baseball School Instructor/Coach – Vienna Wanderers, Vienna Austria. Summer 2009
Player Development Coordinator/Instructor/Trainer – Central City Baseball Club, Auckland New Zealand. Winter 2009-2010
Head Baseball Coach – Feldkirch Cardinals, Feldkirch Austria. Summer 2010
Operations Manager – Perth Heat, Australian Baseball League. January 2011 – April 2012
Player Development Manager – Baseball Western Australia, Perth Australia. April 2012-August 2014