The “International Star” for April 2016 is American Left-Handed-Pitcher / OF / DH / Head Coach – Jack Shannon of the Cologne Cardinals in the German Bundesliga North (First League). Jack has played for the International Stars program since Prague Baseball Week 2014 and truly represents what it means to be an “International Star.”
The San Diego product has taken his game global playing for teams in Australia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, and now Germany. Jack earned “Star of the Month” status by going 3-1 with a microscopic 0.60 E.R.A as a starting pitcher to begin the season with Cologne as Player-Coach. In 30 Innings Pitched he gave up only 2 Earned Runs, walking 14 and giving up only 17 hits while striking out 46 batters! His best performance was against Bonn, one of the top teams in Europe, pitching a complete game shutout with 15 strikeouts. And it’s not just on the mound – Jack hit .333 with 3 walks, 1 stolen base, 3 Runs Batted In and 1 Home Run for the month as well. ALL of this while maintaining his duties as Head Coach. Needless to say, it’s been a great month for this International Star!
Jack will be joining the International Stars for Prague Baseball Week in June 2016 for the 3rd consecutive year and we had a chance to ask him some questions about his international baseball adventure. Click on the “Read More” link below: