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 crazy? Not so much when you listen to his rational in his podcast interview.
Soon to be 30 years old, Tim Brown has been playing professional baseball for 8 years and while still at the top of his game, has decided to play baseball in Europe in 2017.
“At this point, I just want to travel and see the world and this is the perfect way to do it,” when asked why he has given up the lifestyle of the independent professional baseball player for European baseball.
At this point, I just want to travel and see the world and this is the perfect way to do it – Tim Brown
To date, Tim Brown has had a very successful U.S. independent professional baseball career which includes a no-hitter in the Frontier League in 2013 and an American Association Championship in 2014 with the Wichita Wingnuts. In fact, his multiple seasons of a sub 3.00 era had him labeled in a 2015 article as “One of the best pitchers in independent professional baseball history.”
The Pittsburg State University grad attributes a big part of his indy success to playing baseball in Australia during the winter for the past five years as it allowed him to face live hitters year-round.
In this episode, Tim walks us through his decision to use overseas baseball to develop his game while also using it as a tool to see the world. He also provides great insight from the perspective of a professional player playing the game in a completely different environment.