Dominicans dominate the rosters of MLB teams
There are more Dominicans on the rosters of Major League Baseball clubs than any other nationality (other than players from the US). At the start of the season (that began this past Sunday, 2 April 2017, there are 93 Dominican players are Dominicans in the league. There are 77 Venezuelans, 23 Cubans and 16 Puerto Ricans. Other countries that have their citizens on major league rosters include Japan (eight), Canada (six), South Korea (four), Curacao and Nicaragua (four each), Panama (three), and Australia, Brazil and Colombia (two apiece). Aruba, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan and the U.S. Virgin Islands had one each.
According to statistics from the commissioner’s office of the United States Major League Baseball, a record 29.8% of major leaguers at the start of the season were born outside the US, topping the previous high of 29.2% in 2005.
Figures include 749 active players on opening day rosters and 119 on disabled lists or the restricted list.
The combined salaries of the 87 Dominican players on the 2017 rosters of US Major League Baseball teams for the season that began on Sunday, 2 April 2017, is US$459 million. This does not include the US$21 million the Yankees are paying Alex Rodríguez in his final year of his contract.
Diario Libre’s senior sports editor Nathanael Pérez Neró says that the total is US$15.9 million more than the record set in 2017.
Source: DR1, Morningjournal
Apr 7, 2017
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