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Santo Domingo.- Most Major League players are born in the US although nearly 30% of those in Opening Day rosters this season were born outside the U.S., outlet outsidepitchmlb.com reports Wednesday.

"Among the foreign countries to contribute MLB players, the Dominican Republic has long had a stranglehold on the top spot," it said, noting that the current season marks the 22nd consecutive year, "the entire time that this data has been released," that the Dominican Republic ranked first among foreign countries in terms of MLB players.

"What I’m trying to say is, they’re kind of a big deal."

"MLB’s annual Dominican Republic National Showcase was scheduled to take place today and tomorrow (10/26-10/27). However, late yesterday, the league announced that it would be canceling the event due to protests from independent trainers and players," outsidepitchmlb.com said.

It adds that in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, Major League Baseball has its sights set on implementing an International Draft. As it stands, the procedures for acquiring international talent are far different than those for acquiring U.S.-born talent. "The Dominican Republic would like to keep it that way."

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