Last year, there were a total of 1480 players on the 26-man Major League Baseball (ML) roster (according to Wikipedia), with 25 different countries of origin.
The United States accounted for 1057 players (71.4%). This is followed by the Dominican Republic (171) and Venezuela (106). South Korea has six players on the list, including Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto), Choi Ji-man (32-Pittsburgh), Kim Ha-sung (28-San Diego), Park Hyo-joon (27-Atlanta), Bae Ji-hwan (24-Pittsburgh), and Robert Lefthwaite (32-Boston-Korean name Kim Jung-tae), an American citizen born in Seoul.메이저사이트
So, which high school has produced the most major leaguers in history? Surprisingly, it’s not an American school.
According to American online publication Stadium Talk, the high school with the most major league players is Santo Domingo High School in the Dominican Republic. The school has produced 59 big leaguers in its history.
The most famous of these is former Boston pitcher and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (52). He made his big league debut in 1992 and went on to play 18 seasons, compiling a career record of 219-100 with a 2.90 ERA. His older brother, Ramon Martinez (55), also attended the same school and went on to play 14 seasons in the majors, compiling a 135-88 record with a 3.67 ERA.
The high school with the second most major leaguers is also in the Dominican Republic. Sang Pedro de Macoris High School has produced 37 big leaguers to date. The most notable is Semi Sosa (53), who holds the record for most career home runs in the big leagues (609). Sosa made his major league debut in 1989 and spent his entire 18-year career with the Chicago Cubs. Alfonso Soriano (47), a former Cubs and New York Yankees shortstop, also went to the same school.
Sammy Sosa with the Chicago Cubs in 1999. /AFPBBNews=News1
In third place is Fremont High School in California, USA. The school has produced 25 major leaguers. The main one is Eric Davis (61). He made his major league debut in 1984 in a Cincinnati uniform and played for 17 years, the last with San Francisco in 2001. He was a two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and won a World Series with Cincinnati in 1990. After his retirement, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
In fourth place is Polytechnic High School in California, USA, with 19 big leaguers. This includes Tony Gwynn, who passed away in 2014. Considered the best switch-hitter in Major League Baseball history, Gwynn played in the big leagues for 20 years, from his debut in 1982 to his retirement after the 2001 season. He’s also known as San Diego’s one-club man. In total, he played in 2,440 games and finished his career with a .338 batting average, 135 home runs, and 1,138 RBIs.
To date, 26 South Koreans have made it to the big leagues, with Gwangju Il-Go having the most. Seo Jae-ng (46), Kim Byung-hyun (44), Choi Hee-seop (44), and Kang Jung-ho (36) have all played in the major leagues. Five other schools, including Shinil High School (Bong Joong-geun Kim Hyun-soo), Busan High School (Baek Cha-seung Choo Shin-soo), Dongsan High School (Ryu Hyun-jin Choi Ji-ji), Gyeonggi High School (Oh Seung-hwan Hwang Jae-gyun), and Yatap High School (Kim Ha-seong Park Hyo-joon), produced two big leaguers each, and 12 schools, including Gongju National University (Park Chan-ho), had one.