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Map of U.S. Born Players In MLB

By bullpenbrian at 11.20.2012 Leave a comment.

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The numbers on the map roughly indicate how many active major league players were born in each state.

California (218) easily leads the way producing nearly twice as many players as runner-up Texas (116).

However, the Southeast corner of the country remains a baseball hotbed, in particularly Florida (104) and Georgia (38).

The great state of Illinois (34) has churned out the most players in the Midwest, including a number from the Chicagoland area: Brian Bogusevic, Peter Bourjos, Tim Byrdak, Jason Frasor, Christian Friedrich, Tom Gorzelanny, Curtis Granderson, Luke Gregorson, Jason Kipnis, George Kontos and Adam Rosales.

Another recognizable name, Jim Thome, hales from Peoria, Illinois (as does current Yankee skipper Joe Girardi, although he’s not included in the count).

The Pacific Northwest also appears to be fertile grounds including current Cub Darwin Barney and former-Cub Kevin Gregg from Oregon (12). The state of Washington (19) gives us Tim Lincecum, Jon Lester, Travis Buck and Michael Brantley to name a few.

Hawaii (7) and Alaska also register on the map. Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino is one noticeable name while Daniel Schlereth is just one of two players from ‘The Last Frontier’.

What catches your eye on the map?

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