Baseball Players, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or area code – 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 the home states (or countries) of every player on the 40-man rosters for each team.
We only found 1 player from the state of West Virginia which obviously isn’t a ton, but it’s still tied with 5 other states who also had one (Montana, Idaho, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Wyoming) and more than 4 other states that don’t currently have any.
MLB Players from West Virginia
Here is the one guy representing the state of West Virginia on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.
Here is a little more background info on Michael Grove from the state of West Virginia.
Michael Grove was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, a city known for its rich history and picturesque setting along the Ohio River. Grove attended Wheeling Park High School, where he developed his skills as a baseball pitcher. His high school career was full of impressive performances, showcasing his potential as a talented right-handed pitcher with a strong arm.
Grove went on to play college baseball at West Virginia University, where he further honed his pitching skills. Despite facing an elbow injury that led to Tommy John surgery, Grove’s determination and resilience stood out as he made a strong comeback.
His journey from the small, tight-knit community of Wheeling to professional baseball is a testament to his perseverance, talent, and dedication to the sport.
Hall of Fame Players from West Virginia
In addition to the current players from West Virginia, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
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BASEBALL STATE fun facts
In case you’re wondering, here are the four states that aren’t represented on current MLB rosters: Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Vermont.
Honestly, that shouldn’t be too surprising. A combination of cold weather and small population sizes both contribute to those states being left out. Also, pretty much the same reason West Virginia only has one.
On the other end of the spectrum, the state of California, far and away, has the most current baseball players of any state with 189.
Second most was Florida with 89, followed by Texas (78), New York (42) and Georgia (40).
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.
We are slowly but surely getting all the states published from the data we collected. Here are a few of the other states we currently have available: