MLB rosters, broadcast partners showcase globalization of baseball

MLB rosters, broadcast partners showcase globalization of baseball
07/04/2021
Games will be broadcasted in 15 different languages to 223 countries or territories. The 28.3% of players on the active MLB rosters or on injured lists were born outside the United States.

Major League Baseball (MLB) Opening Day rosters featured international players from 20 different countries and/or territories. According to MLB, 256 current players were born outside the US, representing 28.3% of a pool of 906 players.

The Dominican Republic leads among countries and territories outside the US with 98 players. Venezuela ranks second with 64 players, while Cuba places third with 19 players. Rounding out the totals are Puerto Rico (18); Mexico (11), Canada (10); Japan (8); Kingdom of the Netherlands 7 (5 Curaçao, 1 Aruba, 1 Netherlands); Colombia (6); Korea (4); Panama (2); Australia (1); Bahamas (1); Brazil (1); Germany (1); Honduras (1); Nicaragua (1); and Taiwan (1).

The Houston Astros have the most internationally-born players with a total of 15 on their roster. They are followed by the Minnesota Twins (14), San Diego Padres (14), Miami Marlins (13), Boston Red Sox (12), Cleveland Indians (12) and Detroit Tigers (12).

For the 2021 season, MLB will have 137 media partners broadcasting games and highlights to 223 countries and territories in up to 15 languages globally.

MLB also announced that the 2021 All-Star Game would be hosted at Coors Field by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, 13 July.

Photo courtesy of MLB.

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