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New Season: Over 28 Percent of MLB Players Are Foreign-Born

April 04, 2013 | by Pablo Pereira


Twenty-eight percent of Major League Baseball players on the 25-man opening day rosters were born outside of the 50 United States, according to the commissioner's office. It's the fourth-highest number in big leagues' 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, recent winner of the World Baseball Classic, was the best represented country with 89 players, including New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano. Venezuela was second with 63, which includes Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, then Canada (17), Cuba (15) and Mexico (14).

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