Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:
- The different path of his baseball career and how he was able to develop into the pitcher he is today despite no college or professional experience.
- Finding success with the Austrian National Team and in the first Austrian division alongside teammate/coach and founder David Burns.
- How to continue to be in demand even when your numbers are not the best.
- How to switch from the anxiety and pressure that comes with starting a career and leaving baseball behind to doing what you love while also progressing off of the field.
*Ryan apologizes for his weakened immune symptoms and the smattering of coughs. He had recently been recovering from a cold (luckily) and has now since full recovered and is in good health*
Podcast episode timeline
1:45 – Ryan’s first season/how he got imported/acquiring Austrian(EU) passport
9:00 – improving and progressing alongside a diversity of imports/advantages of playing overseas
21:19 – The importance of an import aside from playing
24:40 – Continuing to learn from those around you, including the locals
27:40 – Struggle with pressure to start a career outside of baseball turning into anxiety issues
34:18 – Avoiding distractions overseas, following advice from those who wish you best, how to make the most out of your downtime as an import
41:30 – Owen Reid (Austrian national team coach); Owen’s 4 pillars for daily structure
After signing up for a membership I received several offers within as little as two weeks. The entire process was extremely easy due to the hands-on assistance of CEO David Burns who seemed to take a personal interest in my success. Signing up was quite literally one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
It has been nothing short of amazing. Everyone has been so welcoming. Although the softball has been great and I’ve made wonderful friends, I think learning about the Kiwi and Maori culture has been my favorite part of the experience. I could mever have imagined that softball could open so many doors and roads for me.
The BBJO website was the best thing that has happened to me in my baseball career. In a matter of two weeks after creating an account I was playing my first game in Australia. David and his team work quickly and efficiently.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and appreciate everything you, Jimmy, and everyone with
I have loved my experience with BBJO. You guys offer so much support I felt so comfortable and confident throughout the process. You can tell you care about players. There seems to be endless opportunities and the various offers made it a tough decision.
Travel the world using baseball or softball as your ticket
Our baseball and softball members get paid to play or coach overseas year-round, mostly in Europe and Australia.
There are a variety of levels overseas which present opportunities for both the college grad and the established professional.