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Record 288 international players on Opening Day rosters

A record 288 international players from 20 countries and territories outside the United States are on Opening Day rosters and inactive lists in 2020, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

With an increased player pool due to expanded 30-man active rosters, it eclipsed the previous record of 259 set in 2017.

Percentage-wise, international players represent 28.1 percent of the 1,026 players in the total pool (includes 896 on active rosters and 130 on injured, restricted or bereavement lists).

As it has each year since MLB began releasing the data in 1995, the Dominican Republic leads the way with a record 109 players.

Venezuela ranks second with 75 players, followed by Cuba (22), Puerto Rico (20), Canada (nine), Japan (nine), Mexico (nine), Colombia (seven), Panama (five), Curacao (four), South Korea (four), Australia (three), Nicaragua (two), Taiwan (two), and Aruba, Brazil, Germany, Honduras, Lithuania and the Netherlands with one each.

The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins tied for the most international players with 15 on each roster.

–Field Level Media

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