Percentage of foreign MLB players down slightly
The commissioner’s office says that 28.1 percent of Major League
Baseball players on opening day rosters were born outside of the 50
It’s the fourth-highest amount in big league history, trailing
last season, 2007, and 2005. There were 241 players born outside
the U.S. out of the 856 players on 30 big league rosters, the
disabled list and restricted list.
The Dominican Republic, winner of the recent World Baseball
Classic, was the best represented country with 89 players.
Venezuela was second with 63, then Canada (17), Cuba (15) and
Puerto Rico had 13 players, Japan had 11 and Colombia and Panama
had four each. Australia, South Korea and Nicaragua each had
Milwaukee had the most foreign-born players with 14 and Texas
was next at 13.