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04/07/2010 12:28 PM ET
Opening Day rosters feature 231 players born outside the U.S.
27.7 percent of players are foreign-born, spanning 14 countries and territories
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Two-hundred thirty-one (231) players on Opening Day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the 50 United States, it was announced today.

Overall, 27.7 percent of the 833 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 83 disabled or restricted Major League players) on April 5th rosters were born outside the 50 United States, representing 14 countries and territories. The all-time highs occurred in 2005, when 29.2 percent (242/829) of Opening Day players were foreign-born, and in 2007, when 246 players were born outside the U.S., totaling 29.0 percent of all players. Last season, 229 players from a pool of 818 were foreign-born, totaling 28.0 percent.

The Dominican Republic leads the Major Leagues with 86 players born outside the U.S. Venezuela features 58 players, its highest total ever on Opening Day rosters. Puerto Rico (21) has the next highest total, followed by Japan (14); Canada (13); Mexico (12); Cuba (7); Panama (5); Australia (4); Taiwan (3); and Colombia, Curaçao, Korea and Nicaragua (2 each).

The New York Mets have the most foreign-born players with a record total of 18. Five Clubs - the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers - feature 10 foreign-born players apiece. The Mets have players from seven different countries and territories outside the United States: Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

In addition, 3,370 of the 7,026 Minor League players under contract - 48.0 percent - were born outside the United States. Minor League players span 43 countries and territories, up from 41 a year ago.

AUSTRALIA (4)
Balfour, Grant, TB
Moylan, Peter, ATL
Rowland-Smith, Ryan, SEA
Thomas, Brad, DET

CANADA (13)
Bay, Jason, NYM
Bedard, Erik, SEA
Crain, Jesse, MIN
Dempster, Ryan, CHI-NL
Francis, Jeff, COL
Harden, Rich, TEX
Hawksworth, Blake, STL
Kottaras, George, MIL
Martin, Russell, LA-NL
Morneau, Justin, MIN
Richmond, Scott, TOR
Stairs, Matt, SD
Votto, Joey, CIN

COLOMBIA (2)
Cabrera, Orlando, CIN
Renteria, Edgar, SF

CUBA (7)
Baez, Danny, PHI
Betancourt, Yuniesky, KC
Contreras, Jose, PHI
Escobar, Yunel, ATL
Morales, Kendry, LAA
Pena, Brayan, KC
Ramirez, Alexei, CWS

CURAÇAO (2)
Jones, Andruw, CWS
Jurrjens, Jair, ATL

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (86)
Abreu, Tony, ARI
Arias, Alberto, HOU
Arias, Joaquin, TEX
Aybar, Erick, LAA
Aybar, Willy, TB
Bastardo, Antonio, PHI
Batista, Miguel, WSH
Bautista, Jose, TOR
Beltre, Adrian, BOS
Bonifacio, Emilio, FLA
Borbon, Julio, TEX
Cabrera, Melky, ATL
Cano, Robinson, NYY
Caridad, Esmailin, CHI-NL
Carmona, Fausto, CLE
Casilla, Alexi, MIN
Castillo, Luis, NYM
Colon, Roman, KC
Cordero, Francisco, CIN
Cruz, Juan, KC
Cruz, Nelson, TEX
Cueto, Johnny, CIN
Dotel, Octavio, PIT
Encarnacion, Edwin, TOR
Feliz, Neftali, TEX
Feliz, Pedro, HOU
Francisco, Frank, TEX
Francisco, Juan, CIN
Furcal, Rafael, LA-NL
Gervacio, Samuel, HOU
Gomez, Carlos, MIL
Guerrero, Vladimir, TEX
Guillen, Jose, KC
Guzman, Cristian, WSH
Hernandez, Diory, ATL
Jimenez, Ubaldo, COL
Joaquin, Waldis, SF
Liriano, Francisco, MIN
Lugo, Julio, BAL
Madrigal, Warner, TEX
Marmol, Carlos, CHI-NL
Marte, Andy, CLE
Marte, Damaso, NYY
Mejia, Jenrry, NYM
Mota, Guillermo, SF
Norberto, Jordan, ARI
Nunez, Leo, FLA
Olivo, Miguel, COL
Ortiz, David, BOS
Ortiz, Ramon, LA-NL
Paulino, Felipe, HOU
Paulino, Ronny, FLA
Peña, Carlos, TB
Peña, Ramon, CWS
Peralta, Jhonny, CLE
Perez, Rafael, CLE
Pie, Felix, BAL
Polanco, Placido, PHI
Pujols, Albert, STL
Ramirez, Aramis, CHI-NL
Ramirez, Edwar, OAK
Ramirez, Hanley, FLA
Ramirez, Manny, LA-NL
Ramirez, Ramon, BOS
Reyes, Jose, NYM
Rodney, Fernando, LAA
Rodriguez, Wandy, HOU
Rogers, Esmil, COL
Santana, Ervin, LAA
Santiago, Ramon, DET
Soriano, Alfonso, CHI-NL
Soriano, Rafael, TB
Tatis, Fernando, NYM
Taveras, Willy, WSH
Tejada, Miguel, BAL
Tejeda, Robinson, KC
Troncoso, Ramon, LA-NL
Uribe, Juan, SF
Valdez, Merkin, TOR
Valverde, Jose, DET
Vargas, Claudio, MIL
Vasquez, Esmerling, ARI
Velez, Eugenio, SF
Veras, Enger, FLA
Villanueva, Carlos, MIL
Volquez, Edinson, CIN

JAPAN (14)
Fukudome, Kosuke, CHI-NL
Igarashi, Ryota, NYM
Iwamura, Akinori, PIT
Kawakami, Kenshin, ATL
Kuroda, Hiroki, LA-NL
Matsui, Hideki, LAA
Matsui, Kazuo, HOU
Matsuzaka, Daisuke, BOS
Okajima, Hideki, BOS
Saito, Takashi, ATL
Suzuki, Ichiro, SEA
Takahashi, Hisanori, NYM
Tazawa, Junichi, BOS
Uehara, Koji, BAL
 
KOREA (2)
Choo, Shin Soo, CLE
Park, Chan Ho, NYY

MEXICO (12)
Aceves, Alfredo, NYY
Cantu, Jorge, FLA
Castro, Juan, PHI
De La Rosa, Jorge, COL
Gallardo, Yovani, MIL
Garcia, Jaime, STL
Lopez, Rodrigo, ARI
Mendoza, Luis, KC
Pena, Ramiro, NYY
Perez, Oliver, NYM
Reyes, Dennys, STL
Soria, Joakim, KC

NICARAGUA (2)
Cabrera, Everth, SD
Padilla, Vicente, LA-NL

PANAMA (5)
Corpas, Manny, COL
Lee, Carlos, HOU
Rivera, Mariano, NYY
Ruiz, Carlos, PHI
Tejada, Ruben, NYM
PUERTO RICO (21)
Beltran, Carlos, NYM
Castro, Ramon, CWS
Cora, Alex, NYM
Feliciano, Pedro, NYM
Lopez, Felipe, STL
Lopez, Javier, PIT
Lowell, Mike, BOS
Molina, Bengie, SF
Molina, Jose, TOR
Molina, Yadier, STL
Morales, Jose, MIN
Nieves, Wil, WSH
Pagan, Angel, NYM
Piñeiro, Joel, LAA
Posada, Jorge, NYY
Rodriguez, Ivan, WSH
Romero, J.C., PHI
Sanchez, Jonathan, SF
Soto, Geovany, CHI-NL
Torres, Andres, SF
Vazquez, Javier, NYY

TAIWAN (3)
Kuo, Hong-Chih, LA-NL
Ni, Fu-Te, DET
Wang, Chien-Ming, WSH

VENEZUELA (58)
Abreu, Bobby, LAA
Andrus, Elvis, TEX
Ascanio, Jose, PIT
Bazardo, Yorman, HOU
Belisario, Ronald, LA-NL
Betancourt, Rafael, COL
Blanco, Andres, TEX
Blanco, Henry, NYM
Cabrera, Asdrubal, CLE
Cabrera, Miguel, DET
Cairo, Miguel, CIN
Callaspo, Alberto, KC
Cedeño, Ronny, PIT
Cervelli, Francisco, NYY
Escobar, Alcides, MIL
Escobar, Kelvim, NYM
Flores, Jesus, WSH
Garcia, Freddy, CWS
Gonzalez, Alberto, WSH
Gonzalez, Alex, TOR
Gonzalez, Carlos, COL
Guillen, Carlos, DET
Gutierrez, Franklin, SEA
Gutierrez, Juan, ARI
Guzman, Angel, CHI-NL
Hernandez, Felix, SEA
Hernandez, Ramon, CIN
Infante, Omar, ATL
Izturis, Cesar, BAL
Izturis, Maicer, LAA
Lopez, Jose, SEA
Martinez, Victor, BOS
Mijares, Jose, MIN
Monasterios, Carlos, LA-NL
Montero, Miguel, ARI
Mora, Melvin, COL
Morales, Franklin, COL
Mujica, Edward, SD
Navarro, Dioner, TB
Nieve, Fernando, NYM
Ordoñez, Magglio, DET
Ortega, Anthony, LAA
Parra, Gerardo, ARI
Pinto, Renyel, FLA
Prado, Martin, ATL
Quintero, Humberto, HOU
Rivera, Juan, LAA
Rodriguez, Francisco, NYM
Salazar, Oscar, SD
Sanchez, Anibal, FLA
Sandoval, Pablo, SF
Santana, Johan, NYM
Scutaro, Marco, BOS
Silva, Carlos, CHI-NL
Torrealba, Yorvit, SD
Valbuena, Luis, CLE
Vizquel, Omar, CWS
Zambrano, Carlos, CHI-NL
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