Opening Day rosters feature 238 international players

Record-tying 18 countries represented across MLB

April 5th, 2016
Felix Hernandez is one of the MLB-high 13 international players on the Mariners' Opening Day roster. (AP)AP

This year's big league talent tied a Major League record for international diversity with players representing 18 different countries and territories outside the United States.
Among the 864-player pool on 2016 Opening Day 25-man rosters (749) and inactive lists (115), 238, or 27.5 percent, were born outside the U.S, the highest figures since 2013 (241 players, 28.2 percent).
The 18 countries and territories represented match the record set by the Opening Day rosters in 1998. The Dominican Republic leads the way with 82 players, while Venezuela ranks second with 63. Cuba comes in at third with 23, its highest total since Opening Day data has been tracked.
The 15 other countries and territories to send players to the Majors this year are: Puerto Rico (17); Mexico (12); Japan (8); South Korea (8); Canada (6); Panama (4); Colombia and Curaçao (3 each); Brazil and Taiwan (2 each); Aruba, Australia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1 each).
The Mariners feature the most foreign-born players with 13, including stars Felix Hernandez (Venezuela) and Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic). The Royals, Angels and Yankees are each tied for first with players from seven different locals outside the U.S.