Record 109 Dominican players on opening day MLB rosters

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Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldsonn, left, takes a practice swing on deck along with Nelson Cruz during a summer camp intrasquad baseball game Friday, July 17, 2020 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NEW YORK – A record 110 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Major League Baseball said Friday that 291 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.4%. That is down slightly from 28.5% last year, 29% in 2018 and a record 29.8% in 2017.

Total players born outside the 50 states topped the previous high of 259 in 2017.

Dominican players were 10.7% of the big leagues, down from 11.6% last year and the record 11.7% in 2007, when there were 99 of 849.

Players came from 20 countries and territories, matching last year and one shy of the high in 2018.

San Francisco shortstop Mauricio Dubón became the first Honduran to make an opening-day roster.

There were 1,026 players in the pool, including 896 who were active, 109 on injured lists, 20 on the restricted list and one on the bereavement list.

Last year’s opening-day rosters included 251 of 882 players born outside the 50 states.