The World Baseball Classic is upon us, and I have decided to make it my duty to present a list of the greatest international players of all time.
Baseball has a long, storied tradition of international players in the MLB, ever since Luis Castro became the first Hispanic player to take the field back in 1902.
Latin America and Japan bring a certain flavor to the game, and that flavor has forever left its mark upon the game. The flair and style of the players on this list is as important as their prowess on the field.
Before I begin, here are my criteria:
1. Players must be born outside the US. Sorry A-Rod, Washington Heights doesn't count.
2. Players will be judged solely on their MLB performance. I must say no, therefore, to Sadaharu Oh.
3. Current players are judged on their current statistics, as well as a reasonable future. Thus, I'm not going to put a guy like Hanley Ramirez, one of the best players in baseball today, on this list because he has too much he has yet to do.
Without further ado, let us begin.