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Sep 12 2022

275 international players kick off MLB's 2022 season

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MLB recently announced that due to the expansion of the team roster to 28 players this season and the increase in player reserves, a total of 275 international players from 21 different countries and regions have joined the opening day list in the 2022 season, second only to the 2020 season (due to the expansion of the active list to 30 people, there are 291 international players in this season).

The 275 non-U.S.-born players (28.2 percent) appeared on the 975 player list released on April 7 (including 840 players on the 28-man roster for 30 teams and 135 mlb inactive players for injury, restriction or family matters). Players on the matchday and inactive squads were from 21 countries and regions, matching the 2018 record.

A total of 99 players have come from the Dominican Republic this season, which is the second time since MLB began publishing the data in 1995 that the Dominican Republic has jumped to the top spot in the proportion of players in countries other than the United States.

The second most numerous are 67 players from Venezuela. Cuba came in third with 23 players, close behind (tied with the highest records of 2016 and 2017). This was followed by Puerto Rico (16); Mexico (13, second only to the recorded 14 in 2013); Canada (12, second only to the recorded 17 in 2013); Colombia (10, the most in history, 7 in 2020); Japan (7 persons); Panama (6, second only to the recorded 7 in 2012); CuraƧao (5, on par with previous years' record); Korea (4 persons); Bahamas (3, the most in history); Aruba (1 person); Australia (1 person); Brazil (1 person); Germany (1 person); Honduras (1 person); Netherlands (1 person); Nicaragua (1 person); Taiwan( 1 person); U.S. Virgin Islands (1 person).

The Houston Astros have a total of 16 international players this season, the second consecutive season in which the Houston Astros have the most international players. It was followed by the Washington Nationals (15), the Minnesota Twins (13), the San Diego Priests (13), the Miami Marlins (12), the Atlanta Warriors (11), the Cincinnati Reds (11), the Detroit Tigers (11) and the Toronto Blue Jays (11). Among them, the international players of the San Diego Padres are from 8 different countries and regions outside the United States, ranking the highest proportion of the league. This was followed by the Minnesota Twins (7 countries), the Toronto Blue Jays (7 countries), the Atlanta Warriors (6 countries), the Boston Red Sox (6 countries), the Chicago Cubs (6 countries), the Cincinnati Reds (6 countries and regions) and the Washington Nationals (6 countries).

In the 2022 season, MLB partnered with 141 media outlets to broadcast events and highlights to 207 countries and territories around the world in up to 16 languages. The war is reignited, the drama is on the stage, and enjoy the show with MLB!

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