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Venezuela is the second country with more players in MLB

Venezuela is the second country with more players in MLB

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on April 02, 2014

Venezuela is second in the list of countries with more players participating in Major League Baseball (MLB) this year.

According to the list of players that the 30 teams submitted officially the opening day o the season, there are 59 venezuelans included in the rosters, the highest number in the nation’s history.

Once again, as it has been since the season of 1995, the first place of the list belongs to Dominican Republic with 82 players. The third place is or Cuba, with 19, also an historical number for the island.

The list of players for this year’s season includes 223 foreigners, coming from 16 different countries, which means 26.1% of all players (853) are not Americans. This is the highest number of foreigners playing in MLB since 2008, when teams registered the same number of players.

Of the 223 foreign baseball players, 198 are Latin American.

The other countries represented are 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) and Brazil (1). 

Curaçao, Colombia and Nicaragua equaled or exceeded their contributions to the MLB this year.

Note: As the pitcher Felipe Paulino was born in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) counts as Dominican. The Venezuelan Yangervis Solarte wasn’t included in the list because his negotiations with the New York Yankees weren’t ready. With Solarte, the number of foreigners in MLB rises to 224 and 199 Latin American.

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