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World Series? Record 21 countries represented on MLB opening-day rosters

So maybe there is something to MLB calling its championship the World Series.Baseball’s claim that itis increasingly a global game gets a boost of support from the breakdown by nationality of major-league rosters on opening day 2018.According to MLB,254 players (29 percent) from a record 21 countries and territories outside of the United States were on 25-man rosters and inactive lists as of Thursday. The previous record high for countries of origin was 19, set last year.Here’s the breakdown, per MLB (country Andre Dawson Jersey /territory, number of players):United States623Dominican Republic 84Venezuela74Puerto Rico19Cuba17Mexico11Japan8Canada6South Korea6Colombia5Curacao5Australia3Brazil3Nicaragua3Panama1Aruba1German1Lithuania1The Netherlands1South Africa1Taiwan1U.S. Virgin Islands1Fun fact:Blue JaysinfielderGift Ngoepeis the first South African-born player to make an opening-day roster. He also was the first player from an African nation to reach the majors, which he accomplishedlast April as a member of the Pirates.Fun fact 2:Dovydas Neverauskas, a former Pirates teammate of Ngoepe,is the first Lithuanian-born Wei-Yin Chen Jersey player to make an opening dayroster, after also making his MLB debut last April.2018 Opening Day rosters feature 254 players born outside the U.S (29.0%), spanning an all-time high 21 countries and territories. MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 30, 2018