Immigration Fact of the Week: Baseball & Immigrants

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Puerto Rican immigrant Ivan Rodriguez plays for the Texas Rangers in 2009.

Question:

How many Major League Baseball players are immigrants?

Answer:

26 percent—223 players—currently on the 2014 MLB rosters were born outside the U.S., according to a report by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Most foreign-born MLB players come from Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic with 82 players. Fifty-nine Venezuelans, 19 Cubans and 11 Puerto Rican players round out the Latin American line up. Players hailing from Asia include nine from Japan, two from South Korea and two from Taiwan.