New York.– More than a quarter of all players on major league rosters or disabled
lists on opening day were born outside of the United States. According to Major
League Baseball, 234 players or 27.7 percent of the 846 players on
rosters are foreign born, representing 14 countries and
Last season, there were 231 foreign-born players. The Dominican Republic leads all with 86 players and Venezuela ranks second at 62, its highest total ever on opening day. Puerto Rico is next with 20 and Canada has 16.
The Yankees have the most players born outside the 50 U.S. states with 16, and the Dodgers have players from eight countries, including Curacao, Taiwan and Nicaragua. The number is down slightly from the all-time high of 29.2 percent in 2005.