Over the decades, baseball has been a favorite sport for most Americans. However, it appears that the sport is gaining attention worldwide. In terms of popularity, baseball now lags behind football and basketball. That means this sport is becoming more than just an American sport; it is an international sport like football that attracts players from different regions worldwide. It’s no surprise that Latin Americans, Europeans, and other players have excelled in baseball in the past decade.
Though baseball players from nearly all Latin American nationswere excluded from the MLB until the early 1950s, things are changing. It appears they are going to dominate the baseball news headlines many decades in the future.
When analyzed from the perspective of total tickets sold, popularity, and local TV ratings, the significant changes that have been happening in Major League Baseball emerge. The sport has gained a robust local fan base and an ever-expanding global following that appears to have more room for growth.
Therefore, it is accurate to say that baseball is no longer staying within America’s borders. A growing number of Latin American nations and other countries adjoining baseball competitions in various cities internationally. This is sufficient proof that there is an increasing interest in the sport.
To comprehend the new developments in baseball, it is imperative first to analyze how the spot started. During its initial phases, baseball was a somewhat amateur sport with an unreliable organization of regulations. As it progressed, things began to change, and more rules were introduced to make the sport more sophisticated and engaging.
Major baseball league started in 1876, but the authorities had already been adapted to their game regulations for the previous several years. Thus, there was an urgent need to improve the sport rules to make a standout, drive more interest in potential players, and probably attract new investors.
Some of these regulations required the introduction of the base-on-balls rules from 9 to 4 non-strike pitches during the first one and half ticket. These regulations are still in use currently along with other regulations about the different materials used for bases, ball construction, statistics, and the batter box size.
Where do baseball players come from?
Generally, the majority of baseball players are from the United States. Of the 300 named players in the major league baseball opening day roster for the 2020 season, the number of players from America was 193. This accounts for 64% of the names mentioned in the roaster.
The remaining number of players comes from different countries in the world like Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. It is also important to note that Latin American players dominated the overall baseball players that are not from the United States.
Research from Betway shows that the Dominican Republic (35 players) ranked second after the United States in terms of the country with the highest number of baseball players. Venezuela, with 31 players, will run to that, and two other countries with double figures (Puerto Rico and Cuba) ranked fourth with 12and 11 players, respectively.
Other countries with a growing number of baseball players include Canada, South Korea, and Japan. That means different countries outside baseball’s traditional heartland had several players featured on the opening day roster.
The rise of Latin American baseball players
If you have been observing the growing number of Major League Baseball players from various Latin American countries, you must have realized that these determined players spearheaded the rise of world talent in Major League Baseball. They were very influential in laying the right foundation for the global boom in baseball that is witnessed today.
Immeasurable success played an integral role in encouraging every American to embrace international baseball stars. It also forced MLB executives to begin looking overseas for new baseball tournaments. Another factor that has contributed to the rising numbers of Latin American baseball players is the fact that MLB’s academies are being recognized across most Latin American countries. That means baseball teams have established talent farms in this region.
The growing fame of baseball and the increasing number of American players point to one thing – baseball is becoming an international sport where different players from different countries are free to participate.