Baseball Players, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or as is common in major league baseball, their country – you always notice players wanting to rep their home area.
Fans tend to do the same thing. It’s always more fun to pull for a player when they’re from your home state (or even your hometown), especially when that player also happens to be playing on your favorite team.
With all that in mind, we went through MLB.com and pulled every player’s home state (or country) on the 40-man rosters for each team.
There are 20 countries (other than the US) that are represented in the MLB.
We found 5 players from South Korea, also known as the Republic of Korea, on major league rosters. That places South Korea 10th out of those 20 countries.
Here are the 5 guys representing the country of South Korea on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.
|Hyun Jin Ryu||Incheon||Blue Jays|
|Ji Hwan Bae||Daegu||Pirates|
|Ji Man Choi||Incheon||Pirates|
|Rob Refsnyder||Seoul||Red Sox|
Baseball Hometown Fun Facts
The Dominican Republic has 120 players currently in major league baseball which is incredibly impressive considering the country has a total population of only 11 million people. By comparison, the state of California has a population of 39 million and the state of Florida has a population of almost 22 million.
The next highest country is Venezuela with 81 followed by Cuba and Puerto Rico with 23 each.
To give you some context, here are the US states with the most players in Major League Baseball:
California, by far, has the most current MLB players of any state with 189.
The second most was the state of Florida with 89, followed by Texas (78), Georgia (40) and New York with 38.
We are slowly but surely getting all the countries published from the data we collected. Here are a few of the other countries we’ve put together so far.
Current MLB Players from Panama