There are few things baseball loves more than crunching numbers — whether it's figuring out ERA, calculating the advanced stats of our era, totaling contracts or having fun with things like run differential, baseball commits itself to numbers and data like no other sport.
That makes the Unofficial MLB Players Census by Best Tickets all the more interesting. It was quite the undertaking to analyze 752 MLB players from 2014 based on data points like birthplace, height, weight and salary, and the results don't disappoint.
1. SOUTH DAKOTA HAS PRODUCED THE MOST MLB PLAYERS PER CAPITA
Not the most MLB players, obviously, because California, Texas and Florida lead that list, but South Dakota has given us three players, which works out to 3.6 players per every one million in population. You know, since South Dakota has fewer than one million people living there.
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2. SANTO DOMINGO HAS PRODUCED THE MOST MLB PLAYERS
The Dominican Republic city of Santo Domingo has produced the most players of the 752 in Best Tickets' analysis. Add that to your internal list of trivia answers. David Ortiz, Carlos Santana and Albert Pujols are among a few of the players from Santo Domingo. Houston is second on the list, followed by Miami and San Diego.
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3. THE WHITE SOX HAVE THE MOST NON-U.S.-BORN PLAYERS
International players are a big part of every MLB organization, but it's the Chicago White Sox who are relying on them most. The White Sox have 12 players from outside the U.S., including rookie slugger Jose Abreu. The San Francisco Giants are second with 11.
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4. THE ROCKIES HAVE THE TALLEST PLAYERS, THE PIRATES HAVE THE HEAVIEST PLAYERS
Height and weight don't mean as much in baseball as they do in basketball or football. But you might be interested to know that the Colorado Rockies have the tallest team and the Pittsburgh Pirates have the heaviest. The Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals, you might note, rank low on both lists.
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5. THE BREAKDOWN OF RACE AND SALARY BY RACE IS AN EXACT MIRROR
This makes sense when you think about how averages are calculated and small sample sizes and whatnot, but the break downs of race in MLB and salary by race are exact mirrors of each other. Example: There are the fewest number of Asian players, but on average, they get paid higher than any other race. There are the most white players and, on average, they get paid the least.
Although, an average salary of $3.45 million is nothing to scoff at, no matter who you are or where you're from.
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