Monday, April 1, 2013
Percentage of foreign MLB players down slightly
NEW YORK -- 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 two.
Milwaukee had the most foreign-born players with 14 and Texas was next at 13.