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More Foreign-Born Baseball Players

April 4, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ More than a quarter of players on opening-day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the United States, a sign of the increased efforts by teams to sign foreign players.

There were 216 players born outside the United States among the 854 players, according to figures released Tuesday by the commissioner’s office, which includes Puerto Ricans as foreign-born players.

That comes to 25.3 percent, up from 23.6 percent last year.

Seventy-nine players were born in the Dominican Republic, 37 in Puerto Rico, 33 in Venezuela, 14 in Mexico, 11 in Canada, 10 in Cuba, nine in Panama, eight in Japan, three each in Australia and Colombia, two each in Nicaragua and Korea, and one each in England, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba and Curacao.

Montreal had 14 players born outside the United States, followed by Kansas City, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia with 10 each.

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