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First decrease in seven seasons

Updated: April 9, 2004, 2:38 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The percentage of major leaguers born outside the 50 states declined slightly to 27.3 percent after six straight seasons of increases.

Of the 830 players on rosters and disabled lists as on Sunday, 227 were born outside the 50 states, the commissioner's office said Thursday. That was down from 230 players (27.8 percent) last year.

Seventy-nine players were born in the Dominican Republic, 45 in Venezuela and 36 in Puerto Rico. Mexico had 16, followed by Canada (11), ...

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