Opening Day 40-Man Rosters include almost one-third of non-USA players

1986.gifThe opening day 40-Man Rosters of MLB Teams include 366 (31,72%) players born outside the USA. A similar research, I made at the start of the 2004 season, revealed that 29,42% of players on 40-Man rosters were foreign players: after six years, the percentage is increased by 2,3%, another sign of the international growth of the game.

The Dominican Republic confirmed itself as the international powerhouse (not to mention the USA) with 145 players (39,62%), followed by Venezuela (24,59% with a + 4,65%) and Puerto Rico (7,65%) that lost much ground (- 5,83%); Canada is fourth (6,28%) and overtook Mexico. Two intriguing new entries are the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles. The complete list:

Nation nr. Players % Diff. (2004)
Dominican Rep. 145 39,62% + 1,98
Venezuela 90 24,59% + 4,65
Puerto Rico 28 7,65% - 5,83
Canada 23 6,28% + 0,94
Mexico 16 4,37% - 1,53
Japan 14 3,83% - 0,38
Cuba 14 3,83% + 0,74
Australia 8 2,19% - 0,34
Panama 7 1,91% - 0,06
Taiwan 4 1,09% - 0,03
Nicaragua 4 1,09% + 0,81
Netherl. Antilles 4 1,09% + 1,09
Netherlands 3 0,82% + 0,82
Colombia 3 0,82% - 0,02
Korea 2 0,55% - 1,70
Curacao 1 0,27% - 0,29

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