Cardinals, MLB Internationally-Flavored

The Cardinals have a typical contingent of international players on their 2006 opening roster.

Here in 2006, the percentage of major leaguers born outside the USA is down to 27.4% from the record 29.2% rate in 2005, yet is still the third-highest mark ever, says USA Today. This includes all players on the 30 teams' active rosters and disabled lists – 813 players all told, of whom 223 were born elsewhere.

The clubs that lead the parade are the Mets with 15, Dodgers at 14 and the Angels at 13 international players. Even after the departures of players like Deivi Cruz (released) and Michel Hernandez (optioned out), the Cardinals still have seven on a base of 27, with Rick Ankiel and Larry Bigbie on the disabled list.

The Cards' current 25.9% mark is below the MLB average, but would jump above to 28% (seven of 25) when both players are activated, assuming no international players are cut in the process.

Following are the MLB totals with the Cardinals' subset next to them.

Country MLB  Cardinals Names
Dominican Republic 85 3 Albert Pujols
Juan Encarnacion
Hector Luna
Venezuela 43
Puerto Rico 33 1 Yadier Molina
Canada 14
Mexico 14 1 Ricardo Rincon
Japan 9 1 So Taguchi
Cuba 6
South Korea 5
Panama 4
Taiwan 3
Australia 2
Colombia 2
Aruba 1 1 Sidney Ponson
Curacao 1
Nicaragua 1
Totals 223 7
27.4% 25.9%

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