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27.4 percent of Major League Baseball players born outside the U.S.
04/05/2006 2:29 PM ET
Players born outside the 50 United States represented 27.4 percent of those surveyed on the 2006 Opening Day rosters of the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, it was announced today.

Overall, 223 of the 813 players (747 active, 25-man roster players and 66 players on disabled lists) on April 2 rosters were born outside the 50 United States, representing 15 different countries and territories. The 2006 figure of 27.4 percent is the third highest total on record, with last year's record high of 29.2 percent (242 out of 829 players) leading the way.

The Dominican Republic, with 85 players, produced the most Major Leaguers born outside the U.S., while Venezuela had the next highest total with 43 players and Puerto Rico follows with 33.

Among the Major League Clubs, the New York Mets have the most foreign-born players with 15, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers (14) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (13). Players on the Dodgers' roster represented a Major League-high eight areas outside the United States (Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Venezuela).

Additionally, 2,964 of the 6,568 minor league players under contract in 2006 - 45.1 percent - were born outside the United States, compared to 45.4 percent in 2005. Minor leaguers hailed from 33 different countries and territories. The pool of minor league players is comprised of those players who are not on Major League 25-man rosters or disabled lists.

ARUBA (1)
Ponson, Sidney (STL)

AUSTRALIA (2)
Balfour, Grant (CIN)
Snelling, Chris (SEA)

CANADA (14)
Bay, Jason (PIT)
Bedard, Erik (BAL)
Cormier, Rheal (PHI)
Crain, Jesse (MIN)
Dempster, Ryan (CHI-NL)
Francis, Jeffrey (COL)
Gagne, Eric (LA-NL)
Harden, Rich (OAK)
Koskie, Corey (MIL)
Morneau, Justin (MIN)
Orr, Peter (ATL)
Reitsma, Chris (ATL)
Stairs, Matt (KC)
Stern, Adam (BOS)

COLOMBIA (2)
Cabrera, Orlando (LAA)
Renteria, Edgar (ATL)

CUBA (6)
Baez, Danny (LA-NL)
Betancourt, Yuniesky (SEA)
Contreras, Jose (CWS)
Hernandez, Livan (WSH)
Hernandez, Orlando (ARI)
Marrero, Eli (COL)

CURACAO (1)
Jones, Andruw (ATL)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (85)
Alfonseca, Antonio (TEX)
Aquino, Gregori (ARI)
Benitez, Armando (SF)
Astacio, Pedro (WSH)
Batista, Miguel (ARI)
Batista, Tony (MIN)
Bautista, Denny (KC)
Beltre, Adrian (SEA)
Benoit, Joaquin (TEX)
Berroa, Angel (KC)
Betemit, Wilson (ATL)
Brazoban, Yhency (LA)
Burgos, Ambiorix (KC)
Cabrera, Daniel (BAL)
Cano, Robinson (NYY)
Capellan, Jose (MIL)
Carrasco, Hector (LAA)
Castillo, Luis (MIN)
Castro, Fabio (TEX)
Colome, Jesus (TB)
Colon, Bartolo (LAA)
Cordero, Francisco (TEX)
Cruz, Juan (ARI)
Diaz, Victor (NYM)
Dotel, Octavio (NYY)
Encarnacion, Edwin (CIN)
Encarnacion, Juan (STL)
Feliz, Pedro (SF)
Francisco, Franklin (TEX)
Franco, Julio (NYM)
Furcal, Rafael (LA-NL)
German, Esteban (KC)
Guerrero, Vladimir (LAA)
Guillen, Jose (WSH)
Guzman, Cristian (WSH)
Hernandez, Anderson (NYM)
Liriano, Francisco (MIN)
Luna, Hector (STL)
Lugo, Julio (TB)
Lugo, Ruddy (TB)
Marte, Damaso (PIT)
Martinez, Carlos (FLA)
Martinez, Pedro (NYM)
Mateo, Julio (SEA)
Mesa, Jose (COL)
Mota, Guillermo (CLE)
Nunez, Abraham (PHI)
Olivo, Miguel (FLA)
Ortiz, David (BOS)
Ortiz, Ramon (WSH)
Osoria, Franquelis (LA-NL)
Ozuna, Pablo (CWS)
Pena, Wily Mo (BOS)
Peralta, Jhonny (CLE)
Perez, Antonio (OAK)
Perez, Neifi (CHI-NL)
Perez, Odalis (LA-NL)
Polanco, Placido (DET)
Pujols, Albert (STL)
Ramirez, Aramis (CHI-NL)
Ramirez, Hanley (FLA)
Ramirez, Manny (BOS)
Reyes, Jose (NYM)
Rleal, Sendy (BAL)
Rodney, Fernando (DET)
Rodriguez, Felix (WSH)
Rodriguez, Wandy (HOU)
Sanchez, Duaner (NYM)
Santana, Ervin (LAA)
Santana, Julio (PHI)
Santiago Ramon (DET)
Santos, Victor (PIT)
Soriano, Alfonso (WSH)
Soriano, Rafael (SEA)
Sosa, Jorge (ATL)
Tavarez, Julian (BOS)
Taveras, Willy (HOU)
Tejada, Miguel (BAL)
Torres, Salomon (PIT)
Uribe, Juan (CWS)
Valverde, Jose (ARI)
Vargas, Claudio (ARI)
Vizcaino, Jose (SF)
Vizcaino, Luis (ARI)
Yan, Esteban (LAA)

JAPAN (9)
Iguchi, Tadahito (CWS)
Johjima, Kenji (SEA)
Matsui, Hideki (NYY)
Matsui, Kazuo (NYM)
Mori, Shinji (TB)
Ohka, Tomo (MIL)
Otsuka, Akinori (TEX)
Suzuki, Ichiro (SEA)
Taguchi, So (STL)

KOREA (5)
Choi, Hee-Seop (BOS)
Kim, Byung-Hyun (COL)
Kim, Sunny (COL)
Park, Chan Ho (SD)
Seo, Jae Weong (LA-NL)


MEXICO (14)
Amezaga, Alfredo (FLA)
Ayala, Luis (WSH)
Cantu, Jorge (TB)
Castilla, Vinny (SD)
Castro, Juan (MIN)
Cortes, David (COL)
Cota, Humberto (PIT)
Delarosa, Jorge (MIL)
Dessens, Elmer (KC)
Loaiza, Esteban (OAK)
Lopez, Rodrigo (BAL)
Perez, Oliver (PIT)
Rincon, Ricardo (STL)
Villarreal, Oscar (ATL)
NICARAGUA (1)
Padilla, Vicente (TEX)

PANAMA (4)
Chen, Bruce (BAL)
Lee, Carlos (MIL)
Rivera, Mariano (NYY)
Saenz, Olmedo (LA-NL)

PUERTO RICO (33)
Alomar, Sandy Jr. (LA-NL)
Beltran, Carlos (NYM)
Cabrera, Fernando (CLE)
Calero, Kiko (OAK)
Castro Ramon (NYM)
Cintron, Alex (CWS)
Cora, Alex (BOS)
Cruz, Jose Jr. (LA-NL)
Delgado, Carlos (NYM)
Hernandez, Jose (PIT)
Hernandez, Roberto (PIT)
Ledee, Ricky (LA-NL)
Lopez, Felipe (CIN)
Lopez, Javy (BAL)
Lowell, Mike (BOS)
Matos, Luis (BAL)
Molina, Bengie (TOR)
Molina, Jose (LAA)
Molina, Yadier (STL)
Nieves, Wilbert (NYY)
Padilla, Juan (NYM)
Pagan, Angel (CHI-NL)
Perez, Eduardo (CLE)
Pineiro, Joel (SEA)
Posada, Jorge (NYY)
Rodriguez, Ivan (DET)
Romero, JC (LAA)
Valentin, Javier (CIN)
Valentin, Jose (NYM)
Vazquez, Javier (CWS)
Vazquez, Ramon (CLE)
Vidro, Jose (WSH)
Williams, Bernie (NYY)

TAIWAN (3)
Kuo, Hong-Chih (LA-NL)
Tsao, Chin-Hui (COL)
Wang, Chien-Ming (NYY)

VENEZUELA (43)
Abreu, Bobby (PHI)
Alfonzo, Edgardo (LAA)
Armas, Tony (WSH)
Betancourt, Rafael (CLE)
Blanco, Henry (CHI-NL)
Cabrera, Miguel (FLA)
Cairo, Miguel (NYY)
Castillo, Jose (PIT)
Cedeno, Ronny (CHI-NL)
Chacin, Gustavo (TOR)
Chavez, Endy (NYM)
Chavez, Raul (BAL)
Escobar, Kelvim (LAA)
Garcia, Freddy (CWS)
Gonzalez, Alex (BOS)
Gonzalez, Luis Alberto (COL)
Gonzalez, Wiki (WSH)
Guillen, Carlos (DET)
Hernandez, Felix (SEA)
Hernandez, Ramon (BAL)
Infante, Omar (DET)
Izturis, Cesar (LA-NL)
Izturis, Maicer (LAA)
Julio, Jorge (NYM)
Lopez, Jose (SEA)
Martinez, Victor (CLE)
Mora, Melvin (BAL)
Navarro, Dioner (LA-NL)
Nieve, Fernando (HOU)
Ordaz, Luis (TB)
Ordonez, Magglio (DET)
Quiroz, Guillermo (SEA)
Rincon, Juan (MIN)
Rivera, Juan (LAA)
Rodriguez, Francisco (LAA)
Rodriguez, Luis (MIN)
Santana, Johan (MIN)
Scutaro, Marco (OAK)
Silva, Carlos (MIN)
Torrealba, Yorvit (COL)
Vizquel, Omar (SF)
Zambrano, Carlos (CHI-NL)
Zambrano, Victor (NYM)

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