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Apr '13 03

MLB Opening Day Rosters feature 241 Players born outside of USA



Press Release Major League Baseball

28.2 Percent of Players Born Outside the U.S., Spanning 15 Countries and Territories

Two-hundred forty-one players on 2013 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States, Major League Baseball announced today.  This year’s percentage of 28.2 marks the fourth highest of all-time.

The 241 players born outside the U.S. come from the pool of 856 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 106 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 31st rosters and represent 15 countries and territories outside the U.S.  This year’s 241 foreign-born players rank as the fourth-most in history.  The 28.2 percent trails only 2005, when 29.2 percent (242/829) of Opening Day players were born outside the U.S.; 2007, when 29.0 percent (246 players) were foreign-born; and last season, when 28.4 percent were born outside the U.S.  On 2012 Opening Day, 243 out of 856 players were born outside the U.S.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 89 players born outside the U.S, the fourth-most the nation has ever produced on Opening Day rosters (highs: 99 in 2007, 91 in 2005 and 95 in 2012).  Venezuela ranks second with 63 players, its second-highest total ever on Opening Day rosters (high: 66 in 2012).  Canada ranks third with 17 players, its second-highest Opening Day figure ever (behind only its 19 in 2007).  Cuba is fourth overall with 15 players, surpassing its 11 in 2002 and 2011-2012 for its highest total since at least 1995.  Rounding out the totals are Mexico (14); Puerto Rico (13); Japan (11); Colombia and Panama (4 each); Curaçao (3); Australia, Nicaragua and South Korea (2 each); and the Netherlands and Taiwan (1 each).  Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is currently on the disabled list, is just the third Opening Day player since 1995 to have been born in the Netherlands, joining infielder Robert Eenhoorn (1996 and 1998) and pitcher Rick VandenHurk (2008-2009).

The Milwaukee Brewers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans a Major League-high seven different countries and territories – Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.  The Texas Rangers have the next highest total at 13.  Three Clubs – the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants – each have 12 foreign-born players.  The Toronto Blue Jays have the most players from one nation outside the U.S. with seven Dominican players.  The Chicago Cubs and the Rangers have six Dominican players apiece, while the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the Giants each have six Venezuelan players.

Please see below for the complete list of foreign-born players on 2013 Opening Day rosters.

AUSTRALIA (2)
Balfour, Grant, OAK
Hendriks, Liam, MIN
CANADA (17)
Aumont, Phillippe, PHI
Axford, John, MIL
Bay, Jason, SEA
Bedard, Erik, HOU
Crain, Jesse, CWS
Dempster, Ryan, BOS
Diamond, Scott, MIN
Francis, Jeff, COL
Green, Taylor, MIL
Henderson, Jim, MIL
Kottaras, George, KC
Lawrie, Brett, TOR
Leroux, Chris, PIT
Martin, Russell, PIT
Morneau, Justin, MIN
Saunders, Michael, SEA
Votto, Joey, CIN
COLOMBIA (4)
Frieri, Ernesto, LAA
Quintana, Jose, CWS
Solano, Donovan, MIA
Teheran, Julio, ATL
CUBA (15)
Alonso, Yonder, SD
Betancourt, Yuniesky, MIL
Cespedes, Yoenis, OAK
Chapman, Aroldis, CIN
Escobar, Yunel, TB
Fernandez, Jose, MIA
Grandal, Yasmani, SD
Hechavarria, Adeiny, MIA
Iglesias, Jose, BOS
Martin, Leonys, TEX
Morales, Kendrys, SEA
Pena, Brayan, DET
Ramirez, Alexei, CWS
Valdes, Raul, PHI
Viciedo, Dayan, CWS
CURAÇAO (3)
Bernadina, Roger, WSH
Jansen, Kenley, LAD
Simmons, Andrelton, ATL
DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC (89)
Abreu, Tony, SF
Alburquerque, Al, DET
Arias, Joaquin, SF
Aybar, Erick, LAA
Bastardo, Antonio, PHI
Bautista, Jose, TOR
Beltre, Adrian, TEX
Benoit, Joaquin, DET
Betemit, Wilson, BAL
Bonifacio, Emilio, TOR
Borbon, Julio, TEX
Cabrera, Cesar, NYY
Cabrera, Edwar, COL
Cabrera, Melky, TOR
Cano, Robinson, NYY
Casilla, Alexi, BAL
Casilla, Santiago, SF
Castillo, Welington, CHI
Castro, Starlin, CHI
Ceda, Jose, MIA
Ciriaco, Pedro, BOS
Colon, Bartolo, OAK
Cruz, Arnoldi, STL
Cruz, Nelson, TEX
Cruz, Rhiner, HOU
Cueto, Johnny, CIN
De Aza, Alejandro, CWS
Dotel, Octavio, DET
Encarnacion, Edwin, TOR
Familia, Jeurys, NYM
Feliz, Neftali, TEX
Figaro, Alfredo, MIL
Florimon, Pedro, MIN
Francisco, Frank, NYM
Francisco, Juan, ATL
Furcal, Rafael, STL
Garcia, Leury, TEX
Gomez, Carlos, MIL
Hernandez, Roberto, TB
Herrera, Kelvin, KC
Jimenez, Ubaldo, CLE
Liriano, Francisco, PIT
Marmol, Carlos, CHI
Marte, Alfredo, ARI
Marte, Starling, PIT
Martinez, Cristhian, ATL
Martinez, Fernando, HOU
Mejia, Jenrry, NYM
Nicasio, Juan, COL
Nova, Ivan, NYY
Nuñez, Eduardo, NYY
Ogando, Alexi, TEX
Olivo, Miguel, MIA
Ortiz, David, BOS
Oviedo, Juan Carlos, TB
Paulino, Felipe, KC
Peña, Carlos, HOU
Peralta, Jhonny, DET
Peralta, Joel, TB
Peralta, Wily, MIL
Perez, Luis, TOR
Pineda, Michael, NYY
Polanco, Placido, MIA
Pujols, Albert, LAA
Ramirez, Aramis, MIL
Ramirez, Hanley, LAD
Ramirez, Wilkin, MIN
Reyes, Jose, TOR
Rodney, Fernando, TB
Rodriguez, Wandy, PIT
Rogers, Esmil, TOR
Rosario, Wilin, COL
Santana, Carlos, CLE
Santana, Ervin, KC
Santiago, Ramon, DET
Segura, Jean, MIL
Septimo, Leyson, CWS
Silverio, Alfredo, MIA
Simon, Alfredo, CIN
Soriano, Alfonso, CHI
Soriano, Rafael, WSH
Strop, Pedro, BAL
Tejada, Miguel, KC
Uribe, Juan, LAD
Valdespin, Jordany, NYM
Veras, Jose, HOU
Villanueva, Carlos, CHI
Vizcaino, Arodys, CHI
Volquez, Edinson, SD
JAPAN (11)
Aoki, Nori, MIL
Darvish, Yu, TEX
Fujikawa, Kyuji, CHI
Iwakuma, Hisashi, SEA
Kuroda, Hiroki, NYY
Nakajima, Hiroyuki, OAK
Suzuki, Ichiro, NYY
Takahashi, Hisanori, CHI
Tazawa, Junichi, BOS
Uehara, Koji, BOS
Wada, Tsuyoshi, BAL
MEXICO (14)
Aceves, Alfredo, BOS
Ayala, Luis, BAL
Cruz, Luis, LAD
De La Rosa, Jorge, COL
Estrada, Marco, MIL
Gallardo, Yovani, MIL
Garcia, Jaime, STL
Gonalez, Miguel, BAL
Gonzalez, Edgar, HOU
Mendoza, Luis, KC
Pena, Ramiro, ATL
Perez, Oliver, SEA
Salas, Fernando, STL
Soria, Joakim, TEX
NETHERLANDS (1)
Gregorius, Didi, ARI
NICARAGUA (2)
Cabrera, Everth, SD
Lopez, Wilton, COL
PANAMA (4)
Chen, Bruce, KC
Rivera, Mariano, NYY
Ruiz, Carlos, PHI
Tejada, Ruben, NYM
 
PUERTO RICO (13)
Beltran, Carlos, STL
Cedeno, Xavier, HOU
Corporan, Carlos, HOU
Lopez, Javier, SF
Maldonado, Martin, MIL
Molina, Jose, TB
Molina, Yadier, STL
Nieves, Wil, ARI
Pagan, Angel, SF
Sanchez, Angel, CWS
Sanchez, Jonathan, PIT
Soto, Geovany, TEX
Torres, Andres, SF
SOUTH KOREA (2)
Choo, Shin-Soo, CIN
Ryu, Hyun-Jin, LAD
TAIWAN (1)
Chen, Wei-Yin, BAL
VENEZUELA (63)
Altuve, Jose, HOU
Alvarez, Henderson, MIA
Amarista, Alexi, SD
Andrus, Elvis, TEX
Avilan, Luis, ATL
Belisario, Ronald, LAD
Betancourt, Rafael, COL
Blanco, Gregor, SF
Blanco, Henry, TOR
Cabrera, Asdrubal, CLE
Cabrera, Miguel, DET
Callaspo, Alberto, LAA
Carrasco, Carlos, CLE
Cedeno, Ronny, HOU
Cervelli, Francisco, NYY
Chacin, Jhoulys, COL
Doubront, Felix, BOS
Escalona, Edgmer, COL
Escobar, Alcides, KC
Escobar, Eduardo, MIN
Galvis, Freddy, PHI
Garcia, Avisail, DET
Gimenez, Hector, CWS
Gomez, Jeanmar, PIT
Gonzalez, Alex, MIL
Gonzalez, Carlos, COL
Gonzalez, Marwin, HOU
Gutierrez, Franklin, SEA
Gutierrez, J.C., KC
Guzman, Jesus, SD
Hernandez, Felix, SEA
Herrera, Jonathan, COL
Inciarte, Ender, PHI
Infante, Omar, DET
Izturis, Cesar, CIN
Izturis, Maicer, TOR
Lobaton, Jose, TB
Martinez, Victor, DET
Mijares, Jose, SF
Montero, Jesus, SEA
Montero, Miguel, ARI
Morales, Franklin, BOS
Mujica, Edward, STL
Navarro, Dioner, CHI
Ortiz, Joe, TEX
Parra, Gerardo, ARI
Perez, Martin, TEX
Perez, Salvador, KC
Prado, Martin, ARI
Quintero, Humberto, PHI
Quiroz, Guillermo, SF
Ramos, Wilson, WSH
Rodriguez, Henry, WSH
Rondon, Hector, CHI
Sanchez, Anibal, DET
Sanchez, Hector, SF
Sandoval, Pablo, SF
Santana, Johan, NYM
Scutaro, Marco, SF
Tabata, Jose, PIT
Torrealba, Yorvit, COL
Valbuena, Luis, CHI
Villarreal, Brayan, DET
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