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The percentage of foreign-born players rises

Apr 5, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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I don’t even know why I’m posting this because, based the majority of the comments in the Torii Hunter post, race and ethnicity is meaningless, but hey, why not?

The percentage of Major League Baseball players born outside the United States rose to its third-highest level.

The commissioner’s office said Thursday that among the 856 players on opening day rosters, 243 were born outside the 50 states. The 28.4 percentage is up from 27.7 last year and trails only 2005 (29.2) and 2007 (29.0).

And yes, I realize you all think I’m overly sensitive about race and go out of my way to point it out. But dammit, why won’t any of you open your eyes? Sure, these numbers are superficially good, but there is not ONE Icelandic player in Major League Baseball, and that’s no accident!!!!

  1. cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Craig, your pro-Iceland liberal agenda won’t play here, commie!

    There. Just thought you should see that from someone slightly more rational than the usual nut jobs who’ll be mis-typing it out soon enough.

    Must go: hot pot of seal blubber bubbling on the stove.Yum! I’m all tuckered out from shoveling an acre of foot deep wet snow.

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    This is not popular news south of the Mason-Dixon line.

  3. DJ MC - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    The Orioles signed a player from New Zealand (and didn’t get kicked out the country for that one), so that might sate your desire for obscure white players from non-baseball-playing nations. At least until Alex Liddi is called up again.

  4. acheron2112 - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Svifnökkvinn minn er fullur af álum.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Wow, my Swahili is rusty.

  5. uberfatty - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Halladaysbicepts does not approve of this post.

  6. Gamera the Brave - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Merī nāv machlīyon se bharī hai as well!

  7. chill1184 - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Unless your a follower of Jesse Jackson or Pat Buchanan, the nationality of the player should be irrelevant. All that should matter is if the player can produce and stay out of trouble

  8. iranuke - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Could the short season for baseball have some effect on no Icelandic players?

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