MLB announced yesterday that a total of 239 players on Opening Day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the 50 United States.
Overall, 28.0 percent of the 855 Major League players (749 active 25-man roster players, 106 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 30th rosters were born outside the 50 United States, representing 16 different countries or territories. In 2007, a record 246 players were born outside the United States, amounting to 29.0 percent of players on Opening Day rosters and disabled lists. The highest percentage of foreign-born players occurred in 2005, when 29.2 percent of those on Opening Day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the United States.
The Dominican Republic has produced the most Major League players born outside the U.S. with 88. Veneuela (52 players) and Puerto Rico (29) have the next most, followed by Japan (16), Canada (14), Mexico (11) and Cuba (8). Other countries or territories represented include Australia, Colombia, Curacao, Korea, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Taiwan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Among the Major League Clubs, the New York Mets have the most foreign-born players on Opening Day for the third consecutive season, with 15 in each of the last three years. The Seattle Mariners are next with 14, followed by the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees (11 each). The Mariners’ roster features players born in eight different countries or territories (Australia, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico and Venezuela), which is most among all Clubs.
In addition, 3,356 of the 7,021 Minor League players under contract – 47.8 percent – were born outside the United States, up from 46.2 percent in 2007.
To see a listing of all 239 players by country, select the image provided to see in PDF
Source: MLB Press Release
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