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26.1 percent of major leaguers were born outside of the United States

Apr 1, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball just released its annual demographic breakdown, which shows that 223 of 853 major league players (750 on 25-man rosters, 103 on the disabled list) were born outside of the U.S., which is 26.1 percent. They represent 16 countries and territories outside the U.S. The breakdown:

Dominican Republic: 82
Venezuela: 59
Cuba: 19
Puerto Rico 11
Canada: 10
Japan: 9
Mexico: 9
Curaçao: 5
Colombia: 4
Panama 4
Nicaragua: 3
Australia: 2
South Korea: 2
Taiwan: 2
Aruba: 1
Brazil: 1
Mars: Brian Wilson

The Texas Rangers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 15. The press release didn’t say which team has the least. But I’m going to go with the 1948 Boston Red Sox.

  1. zakharovsa - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Be honest Craig, did you post this to bait our good buddy ‘cepts?

    • Professor Fate - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Nah, it was to try and make mudhead’s muddy head explode.

  2. clydeserra - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    A’s might be bringing up the rear with 3.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Icelanders are terrible at baseball because they are much slower and weaker than….you know….normals.

    • yahmule - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      **** Iceland.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        I read in a scientific study once that constant exposure to the cold causes shrinkage in their brains.

        They are well-known to have brains 18% smaller than a normal human.

        Also, and this is just my personal opinion….but I think they’re a bunch of pasty faced weirdos.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Notoriously bad tippers too.

        If you work in the food service industry, and a bunch of Icers show up, you may as well just spit in their food right away.

        Not like they can tell the difference between fine cuisine and loogies anyway, amirite?

    • jwbiii - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      At least they are trying.

      http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/baseball/scorecast.html?c=93ymx68cu5

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      I really hope that someone took this seriously, and somewhere down the line I make a comment and someone’s like “EFF YOU! YOU’RE RACIST AGAINST ICELANDERS!”

      • capsboy - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        f’kin a, icers

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        You do know that Icelanders are really just waiting to go a-viking again? I might tread lightly in poking that nest.

      • yahmule - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        They’re too busy lounging around in their hot springs to invade anybody.

  4. beefytrout - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Didn’t Puerto Rico produce an abundance of talent back in the 80’s/90’s?

    • clydeserra - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      And is how is Puerto Rico a place where foreign born are born?

    • paperlions - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Yes, before adding Puerto Ricans to the draft killed the baseball academies on the island, sending baseball player development into a tailspin. No team is going to operate an academy to develop talent only to have the same opportunity to sign the player as every other team.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    They took our jerbs!

  6. goskinsvt - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Shouldn’t Puerto Rico count as the United States…? That’s like saying that someone from Washington D.C. wasn’t born in the US…

    • raysfan1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Must…suppress…politician…jokes….

  7. dwrek5 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    So do you think they put a 26.1 sticker on their car?

    • Detroit Michael - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Runners put 26.2 or 13.1 stickers on the back of their cars frequently. I think you’re recalling the wrong figure.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I think you missed the joke he was making.

  8. yahmule - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I wonder how many video game consoles the average kid in one of these less advantaged countries owns.

  9. chunkala - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    26.1 percent of major leaguers were born outside of the United States = not a good thing and less fundamental baseball overall.

    • raysfan1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Yeah, them dang furriners jes’ don’t hit, ketch, run or throw right, dammit. *spits tobacco juice into empty beer can*

    • nategearhart - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Why is it not a good thing? And “less” fundamental baseball than what? All white teams?

  10. favrewillplay4ever - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Craig, you should compile a list of top WAR players by country of origin now. Something tells me our strong us percentages won’t be quite as strong with this.

    • jwbiii - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      favre, I thought your question was interesting, so I looked at the top 50 in terms of bWAR on active rosters. It’s similar:

      US: 35 (Jeter)
      DR: 9 (Pujols)
      VE: 3 (Cabrera)
      PR: 1 (Beltran)
      JA: 1 (Suzuki)
      CA: 1 (Votto)

  11. shanabartels - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Players born in Puerto Rico or Canada should have an asterisk on this list. I mean, Puerto Rico is part of the US anyway, so that in and of itself is silly. But Puerto Rico and Canada are both subject to the draft, so they’re administered differently. It’s a false comparison.

  12. mudhead123 - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    This is horrible news.

  13. jpm557 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Is anyone billed from Parts Unknown

  14. rcali - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Brian Wilson -Mars. Classic.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Wilson is, what is it, the third Martian to make the bigs? Besides Mark Fidrich and Bill Lee were there any others?

  15. djandujar - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Viva Cuba!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. drewzducks - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    73.9% of Jonny Gomes’ jacket was made outside the U.S.

    • rcali - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Exceptional joke my friend. Deserves more than just a thumbs up I believed.

  17. Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    That shot Smith hit in the Padres home-opener is now orbiting Wilson’s home planet.

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