For starting pitchers we have two Dominicans, one Italian, one Mexican and one Japanese. In the bullpen we have a Venezuelan, a Mexican, a guy from the United States and a guy from St. Louis.
The main baseball league – Major League Baseball in the United States of America – is pervaded with different nationalities. Since the 19th Century, Major League Baseball has enjoyed a rich, diverse, world-wide set of talent not seen in any other major league sport. According to Baseball Almanac every state in the United States of America, and more than forty-five countries, have had at least one player make it to the show.
According to the latest data, the 224 players or 26.3 percent of all MLB players were born outside the U.S. They represent 16 countries and territories outside the U.S., the highest total since 16 countries were also represented in 2008.
The Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 83 players born outside the United States. Venezuela ranks second with 59 players, marking its fourth-highest total of all-time. Cuba places third with 19 players, setting a new all-time high and surpassing last year’s record-high of 15. Rounding out the totals are Puerto Rico (11); Canada (10); Japan (9), Mexico (9); Curaçao (5, surpassing its previous high of four set in 2009 and 2012); Colombia (4, matching its previous high set last year); Panama (4); Nicaragua (3, matching its previous high set in 2012); Australia (2); South Korea (2); Taiwan (2); Aruba (1); and Brazil (1).
According to Wikipedia, the list of current Major League Baseball players by nationality includes even more, namely 19 countries.
However, probably the most interesting data on this is the data from UX.Blog, which adopts the proportional point of view, taking into account the MLB’ers Per Million of the country population. According to this data, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Aruba and Puerto Rico are undisputed winners, with Curaçao boasting with as many as 46.49 MLB’ers Per Million people.
It’s been 67 years since Wesley Branch Rickey and Jackie “42” Robinson introduced color to the MLB. Thanks to that great day of April 15, 1947, we can now talk about the United Colors and more importantly United Talents of Baseball.
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