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

United States.

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

Mexico (14).

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.