Opening Day 2004 Non-US born Players in Major League Baseball

In a recent press release that was picked up by some news outlets, Major League Baseball called attention to its swelling ranks of international players. As in past years, in the major leagues Dominicans (79) represent by far the greatest number of non-US born players, followed by Venezuela (45) and the US-born-but-not-on-the-mainland case of Puerto Rico (36). These numbers only consider the 25-man roster, not the 40-man roster, so I suspect that they under-represent the numbers of non-US born players on overall major league rosters. These numbers also clearly do not reflect ethnicity, merely place of birth. MLB today is a much more international, and especially latino, environment than these official numbers indicate.

As follows are the non-US born players on Opening Day 2004, listed by place of origin with team affiliation as of April 2004 (courtesy of Major League Baseball):

   
Aruba (1)
Sidney Ponson, Baltimore
 
Australia (4)
Grant Balfour, Minnesota
Trent Durrington, Milwaukee
Damian Moss, Tampa Bay
Brad Thomas, Minnesota
 
Canada (11)
Jason Bay, Pittsburgh
Rheal Cormier, Philadelphia
Ryan Dempster, Chicago (NL)
Eric Gagne, Los Angeles
Aaron Guiel, Kansas City
Corey Koskie, Minnesota
Simon Pond, Toronto
Paul Quantrill, New York (AL)
Matt Stairs, Kansas City
Larry Walker, Colorado
Jeff Zimmerman, Texas
 
Colombia (3)
Jolbert Cabrera, Seattle
Orlando Cabrera, Montreal
Edgar Renteria, St. Louis
 
Cuba (9)
Danys Baez, Tampa Bay
Jose Contreras, New York (AL)
Adrian Hernandez, Milwaukee
Livan Hernandez, Montreal
Orlando Hernandez, New York (AL)
Eli Marrero, Atlanta
Vladimir Nunez, Colorado
Rafael Palmeiro, Baltimore
Alex Sanchez, Detroit
 
Curacao (2)
Andruw Jones, Atlanta
Randall Simon, Pittsburgh
 
Dominican Republic (79)
Jose Acevedo, Cincinnati
Antonio Alfonseca, Atlanta
Carlos Almanzar, Texas
Miguel Asencio, Kansas City
Miguel Batista, Toronto
Tony Batista, Montreal
Danny Bautista, Arizona
Jose Bautista, Baltimore
Adrian Beltre, Los Angeles
Armando Benitez, Florida
Joaquin Benoit, Texas
Angel Berroa, Kansas City
Luis Castillo, Florida
Bartolo Colon, Anaheim
Francisco Cordero, Texas
Juan Cruz, Atlanta
Valerio De Los Santos, Toronto
Jorge De Paula, New York (AL)
Octavio Dotel, Houston
Juan Encarnacion, Los Angeles
Leo Estrella, San Francisco
Pedro Feliz, San Francisco
Julio Franco, Atlanta
Rafael Furcal, Atlanta
Reynaldo Garcia, Boston
Esteban German, Oakland
Vladimir Guerrero, Anaheim
Jose Guillen, Anaheim
Cristian Guzman, Minnesota
Felix Heredia, New York (AL)
Runelvys Hernandez, Kansas City
D’Angelo Jimenez, Cincinnati
Jose Jimenez, Cleveland
Jose Lima, Los Angeles
Aquilino Lopez, Toronto
Mendy Lopez, Kansas City
Julio Lugo, Tampa Bay
Hector Luna, St. Louis
Damaso Marte, Chicago (AL)
Pedro Martinez, Boston
Julio Mateo, Seattle
Jose Mesa, Pittsburgh
Raul Mondesi, Pittsburgh
Guillermo Mota, Los Angeles
Ramon Nivar, Texas
Abraham Nunez, Florida
Abraham Nunez, Pittsburgh
Jose Offerman, Minnesota
Miguel Olivo, Chicago (AL)
David Ortiz, Boston
Ramon Ortiz, Anaheim
Carlos Pena, Detroit
Wily Mo Pena, Cincinnati
Neifi Perez, San Francisco
Odalis Perez, Los Angeles
Timo Perez, Chicago (AL)
Placido Polanco, Philadelphia
Albert Pujols, St. Louis
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago (NL)
Manny Ramirez, Boston
Jose Reyes, New York (NL)
Fernando Rodney, Detroit
Felix Rodriguez, San Francisco
Duaner Sanchez, Los Angeles
Alfonso Soriano, Texas
Rafael Soriano, Seattle
Jorge Sosa, Tampa Bay
Sammy Sosa, Chicago (NL)
Julian Tavarez, St. Louis
Miguel Tejada, Baltimore
Amaury Telemaco, Philadelphia
Salomon Torres, Pittsburgh
Juan Uribe, Chicago (AL)
Jose Valverde, Arizona
Claudio Vargas, Montreal
Jose Vizcaino, Houston
Luis Vizcaino, Milwaukee
Enrique Wilson, New York (AL)
Esteban Yan, Detroit
 
Japan (10)
Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Seattle
Kazuhisa Ishii, Los Angeles
Hideki Matsui, New York (AL)
Kazuo Matsui, New York (NL)
Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles
Tomo Ohka, Montreal
Akinori Otsuka, San Diego
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle
So Taguchi, St. Louis
Shingo Takatsu, Chicago (AL)
Korea (4)
Hee Seop Choi, Florida
Byung-Hyun Kim, Boston
Sun Woo Kim, Montreal
Chan Ho Park, Texas
 
Mexico (16)
Luis Ayala, Montreal
Vinny Castilla, Colorado
Juan Castro, Cincinnati
Humberto Cota, Pittsburgh
Elmer Dessens, Arizona
Erubiel Durazo, Oakland
Karim Garcia, New York (NL)
Esteban Loaiza, Chicago (AL)
Rodrigo Lopez, Baltimore
Miguel Ojeda, San Diego
Antonio Osuna, San Diego
Oliver Perez, Pittsburgh
Dennys Reyes, Kansas City
Ricardo Rincon, Oakland
Ismael Valdes, San Diego
Oscar Villarreal, Arizona
 
Nicaragua (1)
Vicente Padilla, Philadelphia
 
Panama (6)
Einar Diaz, Montreal
Carlos Lee, Chicago (AL)
Jose Macias, Chicago (NL)
Ramiro Mendoza, Boston
Mariano Rivera, New York (AL)
Olmedo Saenz, Los Angeles
 
Puerto Rico (36)
Roberto Alomar, Arizona
Sandy Alomar, Jr., Chicago (AL)
Carlos Baerga, Arizona
Carlos Beltran, Kansas City
Enrique Calero, St. Louis
Ramon Castro, Florida
Alex Cintron, Arizona
Alex Cora, Los Angeles
Wil Cordero, Florida
Cesar Crespo, Boston
Jose Cruz, Jr., Tampa Bay
Carlos Delgado, Toronto
Juan Gonzalez, Kansas City
Jose Hernandez, Los Angeles
Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia
Ricky Ledee, Philadelphia
Javier Lopez, Colorado
Javy Lopez, Baltimore
Luis Lopez, Baltimore
Mike Lowell, Florida
Luis Matos, Baltimore
Bengie Molina, Anaheim
Jose Molina, Anaheim
Joel Pineiro, Seattle
Jorge Posada, New York (AL)
Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit
J.C. Romero, Minnesota
Rey Sanchez, Tampa Bay
Benito Santiago, Kansas City
Ruben Sierra, New York (AL)
Javier Valentin, Cincinnati
Jose Valentin, Chicago (AL)
Javier Vazquez, New York (AL)
Ramon Vazquez, San Diego
Jose Vidro, Montreal
Bernie Williams, New York (AL)
 
Venezuela (45)
Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia
Edgardo Alfonzo, San Francisco
Wilson Alvarez, Los Angeles
Tony Armas, Jr., Montreal
Rafael Betancourt, Cleveland
Henry Blanco, Minnesota
Miguel Cairo, New York (AL)
Miguel Cabrera, Florida
Jose Castillo, Pittsburgh
Roger Cedeno, St. Louis
Raul Chavez, Houston
Omar Daal, Baltimore
Alexander Escobar, Cleveland
Kelvim Escobar, Anaheim
Freddy Garcia, Seattle
Alex Gonzalez, Florida
Jeremi Gonzalez, Tampa Bay
Luis Gonzalez, Colorado
Carlos Guillen, Detroit
Ramon Hernandez, San Diego
Richard Hidalgo, Houston
Omar Infante, Detroit
Cesar Izturis, Los Angeles
Jorge Julio, Baltimore
Anderson Machado, Philadelphia
Victor Martinez, Cleveland
Melvin Mora, Baltimore
Ober Moreno, New York (NL)
Ray Olmedo, Cincinnati
Magglio Ordonez, Chicago (AL)
Eddie Perez, Atlanta
Tomas Perez, Philadelphia
Rene Reyes, Colorado
Juan Rincon, Minnesota
Luis Rivas, Minnesota
Juan Rivera, Montreal
Francisco Rodriguez, Anaheim
Johan Santana, Minnesota
Marco Scutaro, Oakland
Carlos Silva, Minnesota
Yorvit Torrealba, San Francisco
Lino Urdaneta, Detroit
Omar Vizquel, Cleveland
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago (NL)
Victor Zambrano, Tampa Bay

3 Comments

  1. prankstajp917

    May 31, 2004 @ 10:47 pm

    1

    Personally am from Venezuela and i didn’t know that so many of the baseball stars that i knew were from Venezuela.

  2. prankstajp917

    June 2, 2004 @ 10:50 pm

    2

    i am from Japan and so many of my favorite players are from there

  3. Daniel Nalladurai

    June 24, 2004 @ 11:48 pm

    3

    dude! Indians should really join the mlb there is like none of them. By the way go dominican republic!

Log in