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04/02/2003  1:41 PM ET 
Nearly 28 percent of Major League players born outside the U.S.
Forty-six percent of minor leaguers born outside the U.S.

Major League Baseball's 30-team Opening Day rosters, which consist of 25-man rosters and disabled lists, included 230 players born outside the 50 United States, it was announced today. These players represent 16 foreign countries and Puerto Rico.

In total, 27.8 percent of the 827 players (750 active and 77 disabled) on Opening Day rosters were born outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic leads all countries with 79 players, while Puerto Rico is second with 38 and Venezuela is third with 37. The Montreal Expos lead all Major League teams with 14 players, while the Baltimore Orioles have the second-most with 12 and the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants each have 11 players.

Last year, 26.1 percent of players on Opening Day rosters were born outside the 50 United States.

Additionally, 46 percent of the 6,196 Minor League players currently signed to professional baseball contracts were also born outside the 50 United States. Those 2,851 Minor League players represent 32 countries across the globe including the Dominican Republic (1,437 players), Venezuela (793), Puerto Rico (113) and Mexico and Canada (95 each). Following is a complete list of the Major League players on 2003 Opening Day rosters that were born outside the 50 United States and a list of the countries that are represented by Minor League players.





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