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29.2 percent of Major League Baseball players born outside the U.S.
04/07/2005 5:37 PM ET
Opening Day rosters for the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, which consist of 25-man rosters and disabled lists, included 242 players born outside the 50 United States, it was announced today. These players represent 15 foreign countries, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

In total, 29.2 percent of the 829 players (750 active and 79 disabled) on rosters as of April 4, 2005 were born outside the 50 United States, compared to 27.3 percent (227 out of 830) in 2004.

The Dominican Republic leads all countries with 91 players, Venezuela is second with 46 and Puerto Rico is third with 34. The Washington Nationals lead all Major League Baseball teams with 16 foreign-born players, hailing from six places: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets share the second highest total with 13 foreign-born players apiece. The Orioles' roster includes players from Aruba, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

   
Aruba (1)
Sidney Ponson, Baltimore

Australia (2)
Grant Balfour, Minnesota
Travis Blackley, Seattle

Canada (15)
Jason Bay, Pittsburgh
Erik Bedard, Baltimore
Rheal Cormier, Philadelphia
Jesse Crain, Minnesota
Ryan Dempster, Chicago (NL)
Jeff Francis, Colorado
Eric Gagne, Los Angeles
Rich Harden, Oakland
Corey Koskie, Toronto
Justin Morneau, Minnesota
Peter Orr, Atlanta
Paul Quantrill, New York (AL)
Matt Stairs, Kansas City
Adam Stern, Boston
Larry Walker, St. Louis

Colombia (2)
Orlando Cabrera, LA Angels of Anaheim
Edgar Renteria, Boston

Cuba (6)
Danys Baez, Tampa Bay
Jose Contreras, Chicago (AL)
Livan Hernandez, Cuba
Orlando Hernandez, Chicago (AL)
Eli Marrero, Kansas City
Rafael Palmeiro, Baltimore

Curacao (1)
Andruw Jones, Atlanta

Dominican Republic (91)
Antonio Alfonseca, Florida
Carlos Almanzar, Texas
Greg Aquino, Arizona
Miguel Asencio, San Diego
Pedro Astacio, Texas
Manny Aybar, New York (NL)
Miguel Batista, Toronto
Denny Bautista, Kansas City
Francis Beltran, Washington
Adrian Beltre, Seattle
Armando Benitez, San Francisco
Joaquin Benoit, Texas
Angel Berroa, Kansas City
Wilson Betemit, Atlanta
Tony Blanco, Washington
Yhency Brazoban, Los Angeles
Daniel Cabrera, Baltimore
Alberto Castillo, Kansas City
Luis Castillo, Florida
Jesus Colome, Tampa Bay
Bartolo Colon, LA Angels of Anaheim
Roman Colon, Atlanta
Francisco Cordero, Texas
Deivi Cruz, San Francisco
Juan Cruz, Oakland
Felix Diaz, Chicago (AL)
Octavio Dotel, Oakland
Pedro Feliz, San Francisco
Bartolome Fortunato, New York (NL)
Franklin Francisco, Texas
Julio Franco, Atlanta
Rafael Furcal, Atlanta
Franklyn German, Detroit
Jerry Gil, Arizona
Vladimir Guerrero, LA Angels of Anaheim
Jose Guillen, Washington
Cristian Guzman, Washington
Freddy Guzman, San Diego
Felix Heredia, New York (NL)
Runelvys Hernandez, Kansas City
D'Angelo Jimenez, Cincinnati
Jose Lima, Kansas City
Pedro Liriano, Philadelphia
Julio Lugo, Tampa Bay
Hector Luna, St. Louis
Damaso Marte, Chicago (AL)
Pedro Martinez, New York (NL)
Henry Mateo, Washington
Julio Mateo, Seattle
Jose Mesa, Pittsburgh
Raul Mondesi, Atlanta
Guillermo Mota, Florida
Franklin Nunez, Tampa Bay
Jose Offerman, Philadelphia
Miguel Olivo, Seattle
David Ortiz, Boston
Ramon Ortiz, Cincinnati
Pablo Ozuna, Chicago (AL)
Carlos Peña, Detroit
Wily Mo Peña, Cincinnati
Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland
Antonio Perez, Los Angeles
Neifi Perez, Chicago (NL)
Odalis Perez, Los Angeles
Timo Perez, Chicago (AL)
Placido Polanco, Philadelphia
Albert Pujols, St. Louis
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago (NL)
Manny Ramirez, Boston
Al Reyes, St. Louis
Jose Reyes, New York (NL)
Fernando Rodney, Detroit
Felix Rodriguez, New York (AL)
Duaner Sanchez, Los Angeles
Victor Santos, Milwaukee
Alfonso Soriano, Texas
Rafael Soriano, Seattle
Jorge Sosa, Atlanta
Sammy Sosa, Baltimore
Julian Tavarez, St. Louis
Willy Taveras, Houston
Miguel Tejada, Baltimore
Luis Terrero, Arizona
Salomon Torres, Pittsburgh
Juan Uribe, Chicago (AL)
Wilson Valdez, Seattle
Jose Valverde, Arizona
Claudio Vargas, Washington
Jose Vizcaino, Houston
Luis Vizcaino, Chicago (AL)
Esteban Yan, LA Angels of Anaheim

Japan (12)
Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Seattle
Tadahito Iguchi, Chicago (AL)
Kazuhisa Ishii, New York (NL)
Hideki Matsui, New York (AL)
Kazuo Matsui, New York (NL)
Hideo Nomo, Tampa Bay
Tomo Ohka, Washington
Akinori Otsuka, San Diego
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle
So Taguchi, St. Louis
Shingo Takatsu, Chicago (AL)
Keiichi Yabu, Oakland
Mexico (18)
Alfredo Amezaga, Colorado
Luis Ayala, Washington
Jorge Cantu, Tampa Bay
Vinny Castilla, Washington
Juan Castro, Minnesota
Humberto Cota, Pittsburgh
Jorge De La Rosa, Milwaukee
Elmer Dessens, Los Angeles
Erubiel Durazo, Oakland
Geronimo Gil, Baltimore
Esteban Loaiza, Washington
Rodrigo Lopez, Baltimore
Miguel Ojeda, San Diego
Antonio Osuna, Washington
Oliver Perez, Pittsburgh
Dennys Reyes, San Diego
Ricardo Rincon, Oakland
Ismael Valdez, Florida

Nicaragua (1)
Vicente Padilla, Philadelphia

Panama (6)
Bruce Chen, Baltimore
Einar Diaz, St. Louis
Carlos Lee, Milwaukee
Jose Macias, Chicago (NL)
Mariano Rivera, New York (AL)
Olmedo Saenz, Los Angeles

Puerto Rico (34)
Sandy Alomar, Jr., Texas
Carlos Beltran, New York (NL)
Kiko Calero, Oakland
Ramon Castro, New York (NL)
Alex Cintron, Arizona
Alex Cora, Cleveland
Wil Cordero, Washington
Jose Cruz, Jr., Arizona
Carlos Delgado, Florida
Juan Gonzalez, Cleveland
Ruben Gotay, Kansas City
Jose Hernandez, Cleveland
Ricky Ledee, Los Angeles
Felipe Lopez, Cincinnati
Javier A. Lopez, Colorado
Javy Lopez, Baltimore
Mike Lowell, Florida
Luis Matos, Baltimore
Bengie Molina, LA Angels of Anaheim
Jose Molina, LA Angels of Anaheim
Yadier Molina, St. Louis
Joel Piñeiro, Seattle
Jorge Posada, New York (AL)
Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit
J.C. Romero, Minnesota
Rey Sanchez, New York (AL)
Benito Santiago, Pittsburgh
Ruben Sierra, New York (AL)
Javier Valentin, Cincinnati
Jose Valentin, Los Angeles
Javier Vazquez, Arizona
Ramon Vazquez, Boston
Jose Vidro, Washington
Bernie Williams, New York (AL)

South Korea (5)
Jung Keun Bong, Cincinnati
Hee Seop Choi, Los Angeles
Byung-Hyun Kim, Colorado
Dae-Sung Koo, New York (NL)
Chan Ho Park, Texas

Taiwan (1)
Chin-Hui Tsao, Colorado

Venezuela (46)
Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia
Edgardo Alfonzo, San Francisco
Wilson Alvarez, Los Angeles
Machado Anderson, Cincinnati
Tony Armas, Washington
Rafael Betancourt, Cleveland
Henry Blanco, Chicago (NL)
Miguel Cabrera, Florida
Miguel Cairo, New York (NL)
Giovanni Carrara, Los Angeles
Marcos Carvajal, Colorado
Jose Castillo, Pittsburgh
Roger Cedeño, St. Louis
Gustavo Chacin, Toronto
Raul Chavez, Houston
Alex Escobar, Washington
Kelvim Escobar, LA Angels of Anaheim
Freddy Garcia, Chicago (AL)
Alex Gonzalez, Florida
Luis A. Gonzalez, Colorado
Carlos Guillen, Detroit
Ramon Hernandez, San Diego
Richard Hidalgo, Texas
Omar Infante, Detroit
Cesar Izturis, Los Angeles
Maicer Izturis, LA Angels of Anaheim
Jorge Julio, Baltimore
Wilfredo Ledezma, Detroit
Victor Martinez, Cleveland
Melvin Mora, Baltimore
Ray Olmedo, Cincinnati
Magglio Ordoñez, Detroit
Eddie Perez, Atlanta
Tomas Perez, Philadelphia
Juan Rincon, Minnesota
Luis Rivas, Minnesota
Juan Rivera, LA Angels of Anaheim
Francisco Rodriguez, LA Angels of Anaheim
Johan Santana, Minnesota
Marco Scutaro, Oakland
Carlos Silva, Minnesota
Yorvit Torrealba, San Francisco
Ugueth Urbina, Detroit
Omar Vizquel, San Francisco
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago (NL)
Victor Zambrano, New York (NL)

Virgin Islands (1)
Calvin Pickering, Kansas City

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