(By: FOX News Latino) 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).
Puerto Rico had 13 players, Japan had 11 and Colombia and Panama had
four each. Australia, South Korea and Nicaragua each had two.
Milwaukee had the most foreign-born players with 14 and Texas was next at 13. Angels, Dodgers and Rangers -- have 11 foreign-born players apiece. The Dodgers have players from eight different countries and territories
outside the United States: Canada, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic,
Japan, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Venezuela.
Fox News Latino did the math and found out that 24.2 percent players
on this year's MLB rosters are foreign-born players from Latin American
countries. Only 4 percent of the league is Canadian, European or Asian.
Major League Baseball officials also told Fox News Latino that 27.1 percent of its players are of "Hispanic background."
This includes players such as pitcher Sergio Romo of the San
Francisco Giants and Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are
of Mexican descent but born in the United States and are not included
on the foreign born list.
According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, last year's Latino percentage was 27.3 percent.
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