Baseball is a global game, and as a result, MLB is an international league.
Yes, its roots are in the United States, but it’s played all around the world, even in places you may never imagine.
The All-Star Game is a perfect proof of that, as more than 40 percent of the players selected this year weren’t born in America.
“Baseball is a global game. 42.4% of this year’s #AllStarGame selections were internationally born,” MLB Stats tweeted, with a chart of the nations with the most participants, other than the U.S., of course.
Baseball is a global game.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 12, 2022
An International Game With Global Stars
Not only will many countries will be well-represented in the Midsummer Classic, to be played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19, but some of the league’s brightest stars are from other countries: Shohei Ohtani, perhaps the game’s biggest ambassador, is from Japan, for example.
MLB also has players (even All-Stars) from Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Aruba, and even some European countries.
The All-Star Game is the perfect way to watch and enjoy the best talent in the world as far as baseball is concerned: all players are sharing the same field like a family.
Everything from the Futures Game to the Home Run Derby and the game itself should be fun to watch next week.
Baseball players may have different traditions and come from different background and realities, but when they are all on the field, they all speak the same language: playing ball, trying to win and have some fun.