Ichiro Suzuki
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki is one of the sport's most popular players among Americans and baseball fans overseas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President, Arizona's Sandra Day O'Conner became the first female Supreme Court Justice, and nine of every 10 players in Major League Baseball was born in the United States. Now, the percentage of foreign-born MLB players is up to 27.

Just as the country is a melting pot of different people and cultures, baseball has grown to include players from just about every nationality. Whether signed as teenagers out of the Dominican Republic or poached from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, international players are increasingly woven into the long-term plans of baseball teams.



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