The Best Major League Player in the History of Every Country

Nicholas PuglieseContributor IIIMay 10, 2011

The Best Major League Player in the History of Every Country

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    World Baseball Classic held at Dolphin Stadium
    World Baseball Classic held at Dolphin Stadium

    Over the years Major League Baseball has seen players from 53 different countries grace the field and honor their hometown.

    All 53 countries from Afghanistan to Wales will be reviewed, declaring the very best player that each country in the world has produced.

    USA leads the way with 15,354 players while 18 countries are tied with just one major league player, but hey one is better than none.

Afghanistan: Jeff Bronkey

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    Career stats: 2-2, 4.04 ERA, 45 G, 69 IP, 74 H, 36 R, 29 BB, 36 SO

    Bronkey's career did not last very long, but he was able to serve as a decent bullpen arm over parts of three seasons for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.

    Only player ever born in Afghanistan.

America Samoa: Tony Solaita

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    Career stats: 525 G, 1316 AB, .255/.357/.421, 164 R, 50 HR, 203 RBI, 2 SB

    The ever common cricket-player-turned-baseball-player.

    Slugged 49 home runs as a 21-year-old in the minors, but was never able to stick in the majors.  Played seven seasons with five different teams.

    His best season was in 1975 when he hit 16 home runs and drove 44 runs in just 93 games with the Kansas City Royals.

    Only player ever from American Samoa.

Aruba: Sidney Ponson

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 15:  Starting pitcher Sidney Ponson of the Kansas City Royals wears a #42 jersey during the Jackie Robinson Day game against the Cleveland Indians on April 15, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman
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    Career Stats: 91-113, 5.03 ERA, 298 G, 278 GS, 29 CG, 1760.1 IP, 2,004 H, 609 BB, 1,031 SO

    Ponson was actually considered a top 100 prospect in 1997 and 1998.

    While he may not have ever lived up to expectations Ponson made a nice 12-year career for himself playing on seven different ball clubs. 

    He had an outstanding year in 2003 going 17-12 with 3.75 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants.

    One of four players from Aruba.

Australia: Peter Moylan

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 23:  Peter Moylan #58 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 23, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 18-8, 2.61 ERA, 281 G, 58 HLD, 251.2 IP, 214 H, 111 BB, 201 SO

    The Aussie from down under has perfected the throw from down under.

    In a short span Moylan has established himself as one of the premier setup man in the game today.

    Moylan has been riddled with injuries throughout his career, but while he has been on the ball field he has been as reliable as relievers come. 

    Set a MLB record by not giving up a home run in 87 games in 2009 and had a stretch of 123 innings without a home run during his career.

    One of 25 players from Australia.

Austria: Kurt Krieger

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    Career Stats: 12.60 ERA, 3 G, 5 IP, 6 H, 6 BB, 3 SO

    Career was not very long or successful getting just two brief cups of coffee with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949 and 1951.

    Did lose some time because of service in war.

    Biggest accomplishment was serving as the Cardinals batting practice pitcher until his death in 1970.

    Only player ever from Austria.

Austria-Hungary(Slovakia): Jack Quinn

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    Career stats: 247-218, 3.29 ERA, 243 CG, 57 SV, 3,290.1 IP, 4,238 H, 860 BB, 1,329 SO

    One of the last players in the MLB to be allowed to throw a spitball.

    Managed to play until he was 50 years old as part of a 23 year career.  He is the oldest player in MLB history to win a game and lead the league in saves.

    The best thing about him as that he was part of the inspiration for the character in the movie Rookie of the Year:

    "While watching a semi-pro game in Connellsville, the 14-year-old Quinn threw a foul ball back from the stands to the catcher, hitting his mitt right in the middle.

    The visiting manager, from the nearby town of Dunbar, was impressed by the throw, and he offered Quinn a contract" - Wikipedia.

    One of four players from Austria-Hungary.

Bahamas: Andre Rodgers

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    Career stats: 854 G, 2,521 AB, .249.328/.365, 268 R, 628 H, 45 HR, 245 RBI, 22 SB

    Rodgers is an interesting player who played baseball for just four years before making it to the pros in 1957.

    Had a nice 11-year career with three teams considering those circumstances.

    He was never able to have the same type of success he had in the minors as a batting title champion.

    One of five players from the Bahams.

Belgium: Brian Lesher

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    Career stats: 108 G, 263 AB, .224/.275/.380, 31 R, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 5 SB

    His career did not last that long, but it was not that bad considering he was a 25th round draft pick never expected to make it.

    Belgium was happy about this, as he is their only MLB player ever.

British Honduas (Belize): Chito Martinez

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    Career Stats: 158 G, 429 AB, .259/.330/.445, 58 R, 111 H, 18 HR, 58 RBI, 1 SB

    Chtio Martinez had a terrific rookie year hitting 13 home runs in 67 games in 1991. 

    His power dropped off dramatically in his sophomore year and in a similar fashion Martinez vanished from baseball by 1993.

    The only player ever from British Honduras(Belize).

Canada: Fergie Jenkins

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    CHICAGO - 1983:  Fergie Jenkins #31 of the Chicago Cubs winds back to pitch in a game during the 1983 season at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 284-226, 3.34 ERA, 664 G, 594 GS, 267 CG, 49 SHO, 4,500.1 IP, 4,142 H, 997 BB, 3,192 SO

    This was as tough of a call as I had to make between Fergie and Larry Walker, but in the end the Hall of Famer and seven-time 20 game winner beat out the future Hall of Famer.

    Can't go wrong with either one, but Fergie Jenkins was as dominant of a pitcher as there was during his time and able to compete at a high level for a longer time getting the nod over the amazing slugger.

    These two might have some competition in the future with Joey Votto.

    One of 230 players from Canada.

Canary Islands: Al Cabrera

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    Career stats: 1 G, 2 AB

    Appeared in just one MLB game without picking up a hit and thus became the only player ever from the Canary Islands.

China: Harry Kingman

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    Career stats: 4 G, 3 AB, .000/.250/.000

    A little better than the last guy. At least he received a walk.  Was on the roster for the whole 1915 season, but couldn't even get in one game.

    I couldn't exactly find a picture of him so I went with the "other" Kingman to wear a Yankees jersey.

    One and only from China.

Colombia: Edgar Renteria

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 10:  Iniflder Edgar Renteria #16 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated th
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    Career stats: 2,056 G, 7,843 AB, .287/.344/.400, 1,166 R, 2,254 H, 135 HR, 887 RBI, 290 SB

    A very close battle between two Colombian shortstops in this one, but Renteria barely gets the nod over Orlando Cabrera.

    Renteria is a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger winner, and two-time World Series winner.

    Renteria has consistently been one of the best shortstops in baseball over the last 15 years although his career appears to be nearing an end.

    One of nine players from Colombia.

Cuba: Tony Perez

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Coach Tony Perez of the Florida Marlins during photo day February 28, 2004 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 2,777 G, 9,778 AB, .279/.341/.463, 1,272 R, 2,732 H, 379 HR, 1,653 RBI, 49 SB

    I will not lie had it not been for the steroids this might have been Jose Canseco, but then again had it not been for the steroids his numbers wouldn't have been so damn good.

    Tony Perez was the model of consistency on one of the best teams in baseball, the "Big Red Machine", helping them to two World Series victories. 

    Was also a seven-time All-Star.

    One of 163 players from Cuba.

Curacao: Andruw Jones

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Andruw Jones #18 of the New York Yankees works out during the second day of full teams workouts at Spring Training on February 21, 2011 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 2,025 G, 7,176 AB, .256/.338/.488, 1,150 R, 1,840 H, 407 HR, 1,222 RBI, 152 SB

    Before slowing down in 2007 at age 30 Jones was on pace to become one of the all-time greats and a sure fire Hall of Famer.

    His offensive stats are amazing, which is why he won one Silver Slugger and made five All-Star appearances, but what they don't show you is how gifted of a center fielder he was and why he won 10 straight Gold Gloves.

    In my opinion is still one of the greatest players I was able to watch in my life time.

    One of seven players from Curacao.

Czechoslovakia: Elmer Valo

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    Career stats: 1,806 G, 5,029 AB, .282/.398/.391, 768 R, 1,420 H, 59 HR, 601 RBI, 110 SB

    Could be considered one of the first "moneyball" players ever with his strike zone discipline.

    The overall numbers are not eye popping compared to the total number of games he played, but that is because a lot of his career he served as a pinch hitter.

    He set the single season record for pinch hitting in the most games and taking the most walks.  Also holds the career record for walks as a pinch hitter.

    Part of the Phillies Hall of Fame for his career and time serving as a manager and scout in the organization.

    One of three players from Czechoslovakia.

Denmark: Olaf Henriksen

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    Career stats: 321 G, 487 AB, .269/.392/.329, 84 R, 131 H, 1 HR, 48 RBI, 15 SB

    Was never able to stick as a full-time player, but won three World Series as a bench player for the Red Sox and even had the ability to walk through walls:

    "On March 17, 1916 the Red Sox played an internal spring training match. Babe Ruth launched a long shot which looked like a sure home run, but Olaf Henriksen managed to surprise everybody by literally running through the wooden outfield fence and catching the ball." - Wikipedia

    Only player from Denmark.

Dominican Republic: Pedro Martinez

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    BOSTON - APRIL 04:  Former the Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez greets the fans before the game against the New York Yankees on April 4, 2010 during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 219-100, 2.93 ERA, 46 CG, 17 SHO, 2,827.1 IP, 2,221 H, 760 BB, 3,154 SO

    Like with Jose Canseco and Cuba, you probably could have plugged Sammy Sosa in here had it not been for the steroids.

    My favorite pitcher of all-time and arguably one of the greatest to even touch foot on the pitchers mound. 

    For years Pedro was as dominant as anyone in baseball winning three Cy Youngs in a four year span.

    He is an eight-time All-Star, AL Triple Crown winner, led the AL in wins, both the NL (one time) and AL (four times) in ERA, and led the AL in strikeouts (three times).

    There is almost too many positive things to say about Pedro.  He is one of the greatest players on the field and one of the most fun-loving guys off of it.

    Will no doubt be a first ballot Hall of Famer once he is eligible.

    One of 517 players from the Dominican Republic.

England: Tom Brown

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    Career stats: 1,786 G, 7,363 AB, .265/.337/.361, 1,521 R, 1,951 H, 64 HR, 736 RBI, 657 SB

    The speedy outfielder from Liverpool was one of the best table setters in baseball. 

    During his best years he was getting on base 34-40 percent of the time and stole as many as 106 bases in a single season.

    He currently sits at 13th on the all-time steals list and 60th in the all-time runs scored.

    One of 32 players from England.

Finland: John Michaelson

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    Career stats: 2 G, 10.12 ERA, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 SO

    The tiny right-hander never really did much in the major leagues, but it was an accomplishment nonetheless to even make it to the big leagues.

    I couldn't find any picture of him so enjoy this one of a Finnish model.

    Only player ever from Finland.

France: Bruce Bochy

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants argues a call with second base umpire Rob Drake during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob C
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    Career stats: 358 G, 802 AB, .239/.298/.388, 75 R, 26 HR, 93 RBI, 1 SB

    Charlie Lea might have been a little bit better of a player than Bochy, but Bochy had a longer lasting career and has made such an impact as a manager that he gets the honors of being France's best baseball man.

    He has won over 1,200 games as a manager having to deal with some not so talented teams.

    One of eight players from France.

Germany: Charlie Getzien

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    Career stats: 145-139, 3.46 ERA, 296 G, 277 CG, 11 SHO, 2,539.2 IP, 2,670 H, 602 BB, 1,070 SO

    This was actually a tough decision between Getzien, Edwin Jackson, and Craig Lefferts.

    Jackson may be the best German player by the end of his career, but I just marvel over the old time pitchers who did things like starting 40 games per season and all those complete games. 

    If only things could be like that today.

    One of 28 players from Germany.

Greece: Al Campanis

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    Career stats: 7 G, 20 AB, .100/.250/.100, 3 R

    His career as a player didn't last very long, but is well known for his job serving as the Dodgers general manager from 1968 to 1987.

    Only player from Greece.

Guam: John Hattig

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    Career stats: 13 G, 24 AB, .333/.448/.375, 2 R, 3 RBI

    Actually performed pretty well during his cup of coffee with the Blue Jays in 2006, but was not able to hold a job after signing a minor league deal with the Mets in 2007.

    Only player from Guam.

Honduras: Gerald Young

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    Career stats: 640 G, 1,815 AB, .246/..329/.304, 259 R, 3 HR, 113 RBI, 115 SB

    Young didn't have too bad of a career for himself, but was run out of the league thanks to drug reasons.

    Finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting and was one of the fastest and best defensive players during his time in the big leagues.

    As a Mets fan the greatest thing he ever did was help the Mets land Ray Knight and contribute to the 1986 World Series victory.

    Only player from Honduras.

    

Indonesia: Tom Mastny

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 18:  Tom Mastny #40 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field on October 18, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 9-5, 6.13 ERA, 5 SV, 94 IP, 108 H, 51 BB, 85 SO

    Posted pretty good numbers in his one full season with the Indians, but command issues led to his demotion and eventual sale to Japan.

    Mastny attempted to make a comeback with the Marlins in 2010, never making it out of Triple-A.

    The only player from Indonesia (Born from American parents traveling the country).

Ireland: Patsy Donovan

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    Career stats: 1,821 G, 7,496 AB, .301/.347/.355, 1,318 R, 2,253 H, 16 HR, 736 RBI, 518 SB

    This was the closest call thus far between Donovan and Jack Doyle. 

    All of the offensive statistics were virtually identical with Donovan gaining the slight edge because of his terrific defensive abilities.

    Donovan is ninth on the all-time list for outfield assists with 264 and fifth in double plays turned with 69.

    He had 11 seasons where he hit over .300, nine seasons where he stole over 30 bases, and six seasons where he scored over 100 runs.

    After having a great career as a player he went on to have a long career as a manager with not as good results.

    One of 42 players from Ireland.

Italy: Reno Bertoia

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    Career stats: 612 G, 1,745 AB, .244/.303/.336, 204 R, 27 HR, 171 RBI, 16 SB

    Not the best group of players from a country, but boy did I love reading the names of the few Italian baseball players.

    Bertoia was the only one of them to have extended success and is known to have had a great influence on Al Kaline to help shape his illustrious career.

    One day Mariners prospect Alex Liddi might take the cake for the best Italian player.

    One of six players from Italy.

Jamaica: Devon White

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    10 Jun 2001:  Devon White #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat during the game against the Detroit Tigers at the Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.  The Brewers defeated the Tigers 8-3.Mandatory Credit: Tom Pigeon  /Allsport
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    Career stats: 1,941 G, 7,344 AB, .263/.319/.419, 1,125 R, 1,934 R, 208 HR, 846 RBI, 346 SB

    For a country with so few major league players they sure do have some stars.

    I actually changed my mind numerous times between Devon White and Chili Davis so I decided to rely on WAR to help me make my decision and White (41.3) edged out Davis (37.2).

    White beat out Davis because of his terrific defense that saw him win seven Gold Glove awards.  Davis also made three All-Star appearances.

    (Side note: Who knew Justin Masterson was from Jamaica? Never would have guessed that.)

    One of four players from Jamaica.

Japan: Ichiro Suzuki

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    SEATTLE - MAY 04:  Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on May 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 1,588 G, 6,779 AB, .331/.376/.430, 1,047 R, 2,244 H, 90 HR, 558 RBI, 383 RBI

    It is amazing what Ichiro has been able to accomplish in such a limited time. 

    He was not able to come over to America until he was 28-years-old and is still a borderline candidate for 3,000 hits.

    Every season since being in the MLB Ichiro has made it to the All-Star game and won a Gold Glove.  In 2001 he won both the MVP and Rookie of the Year.  He also has three Silver Sluggers to his name.

    Even if Ichiro does not make it to 3,000 hits he has to make it to the Hall of Fame in my opinion.  Such a unique and special player who is arguably a top 100 player of all time.

    One of 51 players from Japan.

Mexico: Fernando Valenzuela

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 12:  Fernando Valenzuela #34 of Team Mexico throws out the first pitch before the Round 2 Pool 2 Game of the World Baseball Classic against Team Korea at Angel Stadium on March 12, 2006 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/G
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    Career stats: 173-153, 3.54 ERA, 453 G, 113 CG, 31 SHO, 2,930 IP, 2,718 H, 1,151 BB, 2,074 SO

    Fernandomania!

    Fernando burst onto the scene in 1981 to lead the Dodgers to a World Series victory as a 20-year-old rookie. 

    Fernando did it all this year making the All-Star game, winning the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards (only player to do this), and winning the Silver Slugger award.

    The success was short lived, but for a seven year stretch there was no better or more popular pitcher in baseball than Fernando Valenzuala.

    One of 112 players from Mexico.

Netherlands: Bert Blyleven

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    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 6:  Bert Blyleven #28 of the California Angels pitches during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Anaheim Stadium on September 6, 1992 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ken Levine/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 287-250, 3.31 ERA, 692 G, 242 CG, 60 SHO, 4,970 IP, 4,632 H, 1,322 BB, 3,701

    If you aren't going to have a lot of major league players make the ones you do have count right?

    The Netherlands has managed to produce one of the greatest pitchers of all-time and one of the most recent inductees into the Hall of Fame.

    Blyleven has one of the best curveballs in the history of baseball that helped him win all those games. 

    Should have never taken as long as it did to induct him into the Hall of Fame.

    One of eight players from the Netherlands.

Nicaragua: Dennis Martinez

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    Career stats: 245-193, 3.70 ERA, 692 G, 112 CG, 30 SHO, 3,999.2 IP, 3,897 H, 1,165 BB, 2,149 SO

    El Presidente did his best job to disprove the "first is the worst theory".  He was the first player to ever break into the majors out of Nicarauga and is undeniably the very best one.

    As durable a pitcher you will find in the modern era, Martinez was able to play 23 seasons and well into his 40's.

    One of the best pitchers to never win 20 games in a single season.

    One of 11 players from Nicaragua.

Norway: John Anderson

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    Career stats: 1,635 G, 6,341 AB, .290/.329/.404, 870 R, 49 HR,  976 RBI, 338 SB

    Anderson was a very very good complimentary player during his time. 

    He is a one-time triples champion and stolen bases champion, but will forever be known for one blooper play.

    In 1903 John Anderson tried to steal second base when it was already occupied by a teammate.  This became known as a "John Anderson play".

    One of three players from Norway.

Panama: Mariano Rivera

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won
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    Career stats: 74-55, 2.23 ERA, 978 G, 559 SV, 1,150 IP, 887 H, 267 BB, 1,051 SO

    The greatest closer in the history of baseball will forever hold the position as the best player from Panama.

    Mo is the godfather of the cutter, managing to become so good while using the cutter as the only pitch in his repertoire.

    I am blessed to have been able to watch him pitch for so long.

    One of 47 players from Panama.

Philippines: Bobby Chouinard

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    2 Mar 1998:  Bobby Chouinard #65 of the Milwaukee Brewers in action during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Carlick  /Allsport
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    Career stats: 11-8, 4.57 ERA, 111 G, 181 IP, 197 H, 65 BB, 110 SO

    Bobby Chouinard was a little insane to say the least...

    "Chouinard was released by Arizona after a police report revealed Chouinard had held a gun to his wife's head in front of their infant sometime around the Christmas holiday in 1999." - Wikipedia

    He really was not a bad reliever and was dominating in 1999.  Had he been able to control himself he could have had a successful career.

    Only player from the Philippines.

Poland: Moe Drabowsky

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    Career stats: 88-105, 3.71 ERA, 589 G, 33 CG, 6 SHO, 55 SV, 1,640 IP, 1,441 H, 702 BB, 1,162 SO

    Drabowsky had a terrific rookie campaign before a sore arm cost him his fastball.

    The lack of fastball ended his career as a starter, but he would move to the bullpen and become one of the most dominating relievers in the game.

    One of four players from Poland.

Puerto Rico: Roberto Clemente

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    PITTSBURGH - JULY 7: Fans look over Roberto Clemente memorabilia during opening day of Fan Fest for the Major League Baseball 2006 All-Star game at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center July 7, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/
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    Career stats: 2,433 G, 9,454 AB, .317/.359/.475, 1,416 R, 3,000 H, 240 HR, 1,305 RBI, 83 SB

    One of the greatest players and best human beings to ever play the game of baseball.

    Not only could he do it all one the field offensively (15 All-Star games) and defensively (12 Gold Gloves) he was one of the most involved players of the field that there has ever been.

    His death was just a tragedy and an example that only the good die young young.

    Deserves to live on in baseball immortality.

    One of 230 players from Puerto Rico.

Russia: Eddie Ainsmith

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    Career stats: 1,078 G, 3,048 AB, .232/.296/.324, 299 R, 707 H, 22 HR, 317 RBI, 86 SB

    Eddie Ainsmith gets the distinction of being the best of the worst.

    He wasn't a very good player, but he was at least able to establish himself as a career major leaguer.

    A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame for his work with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

    One of eight players from Russia.

Saudi Arabia: Craig Stansberry

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 08:  World Team All-Star Craig Stansberry of the San Diego Padres bats during the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park on July 8, 2007 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 26 G, 24 AB, .333/.407/.375, 5 R, 8 H, 3 RBI

    Only lived in Saudi Arabia for about a month as an infant, but it still counts.

    Stansberry is still floating around in Double-A trying to make it back to the bigs at some point.

    Only player from Saudi Arabia.

Scotland: Jim McCormick

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    Career stats: 265-214, 2.43 ERA, 492 G, 466 CG, 33 SHO, 4,275.2 IP, 4,092 H, 749 BB, 1,704 SO

    An argument can be made that McCormick is the greatest pitcher ever to lose 40 games in a season.

    It is amazing to look at his stats and see he accomplished more in 10 years than it takes players in today's game to accomplish in close to 20 years.

    33rd all-time best ERA and 36th all-time in wins.

    One of seven players from Scotland.

Singapore: Robin Jennings

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    17 May 2001:  Robin Jennings #30 of the Oakland Athletics waits for a pitch during the game against the New York Yankees at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Yankees 8-3.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck  /Allspo
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    Career stats: 93 G, 213 AB .244/.279/.371, 22 R, 52 H, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 1 SB

    Not too shabby for a 33rd-round pick. 

    Only player ever from Singapore.

South Korea: Chan Ho Park

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    LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26:  Chan Ho Park #61 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 26, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 124-98, 4.36 ERA, 476 G, 10 CG, 3 SHO, 1,993 IP, 1,872, 910 BB, 1,715 SO

    I was pleasantly surpirsed with the talent pool that has come out of South Korea over the years.

    It is easy to forget how dominant of a pitcher Chan Ho Park was during his time with the Dodgers, but he struckout over 200 batters in two seasons, earned an All-Star appearance, and won over 14 games four times.

    I think in a few years Shin-So Choo will claim this position from Park.

    One of 13 players from South Korea.

South Vietnam: Danny Graves

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Danny Graves of the Houston Astros poses during photo day at Astros spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Career stats: 43-44, 4.05 ERA, 519 G, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 182 SV, 808.1 IP, 857 H, 271 BB, 429 SO

    Graves was never a dominating force, but always seemed to find a way to get the save.  Eclipsed 40 saves once in his career.

    A career that features two All-Star appearances as a closer cannot be considered anything, but a great success.

    Only player ever from South Vietnam.

Spain: Bryan Oelkers

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    Career stats: 3-8, 6.01 ERA, 45 G, 103.1 IP, 1 SV, 126 H, 57 BB, 46 SO

    As you could have guessed by the stats this was a battle of who sucked the least.

    Oelkers actually had one semi productive season in 1986 so he will go down as Spain's best player.

    One of three players from Spain.

Sweeden: Erc Erickson

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    Career stats: 34-57, 3.85 ERA, 145 G, 42 CG, 6 SHO, 4 SV, 822 IP, 805 H, 379 BB, 367 SO

    Erickson had himself a nice little career to put Sweeden on the map as having one solid player.

    One of four players from Sweden.

Switzerland: Otto Hess

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    Career stats: 70-90, 2.98 ERA, 198 G, 129 CG, 18 SHO, 1,418 IP, 1,355 H, 448 BB, 580 SO

    I love stats like this.  In 1906 Hess managed to lose 17 games despite posting a 1.83 ERA. 

    He did win 20 games, but that should I wish I could have watched pitcher's duels like that ones that went on back then.

    Only player ever from Switzerland.

Taiwan: Chien-Ming Wang

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 28:  Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the New York Yankees pitches against the New York Mets on June 28, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Career stats: 55-26, 4.16 ERA, 109 G, 4 CG, 1 SHO, 670.2 IP, 197 BB, 310 SO

    A real tough call between two pitchers who have had a couple of dominating seasons, but have had to deal with injuries in their career. (Hong-Chih Kuo being the other pitcher)

    Leading the American League in wins is no joke and posting back to back seasons of 19 wins needs to be rewarded, even if he was on the best team in baseball at the time.

    I am one who hopes we get to see some more Chien-Ming Wang at some point because I love watching a good sinkerballer go to work on the mound.

    One of six players from Taiwan.

Ukraine: Izzy Goldstein

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    Career stats: 3-2, 4.47 ERA, 16 G, 56.1 IP, 2 CG, 63 H, 41 BB, 14 SO

    A little control issues, eh?  A guy with these stats would be laughed at in today's game so I guess it helps to have almost no competition.

    Jake Eliopoulos hopes to challenge for this spot one day.

    One of three players from Ukraine.

United States: Babe Ruth

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    Career stats: 2503 G, 8,399 AB, .342/.474/.690, 2,174 R, 2,873 H, 714 HR, 2,213 RBI, 123 SB

    Huh? Baby Ruth the best player in the great US of A?

    "WHAT? WHAT?  The sultan of swat! The king of crash! The colossus of clout! The colossus of clout!  BABE RUTH! THE GREAT BAMBINO!"

    There are so many options here, but Babe Ruth will forever be the greatest player of all time.

    He completely revolutionized the game of baseball and was as dominant as any player in the history of sports during the time he played.

    Let's not forget he also happened to have 94 career wins as a pitcher.

    One of 15,354 players from the United States.

Venezuela: Miguel Cabrera

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    (March 10, 2009 - Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America)
    (March 10, 2009 - Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America)

    Career stats: 1,190 G, 4,469 AB, .313/.388/.552, 741 R, 1,400 H, 247 HR, 879 RBI, 27 SB

    Another great baseball country.

    Even with a Hall of Fame player (Luis Aparicio) and potential Hall of Famers in Andres Galarraga, Omar Vizquel, Johan Santana, and Felix Hernandez I think Miggy is the best player of the group. 

    It is no knock on those greats, it just shows how highly I think of Cabrera.

    He is a special type of a hitter and most underrated superstar in the league. 

    One of 256 players from Venezuela.

Virgin Islands: Horace Clarke

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    NEW YORK - JULY 19:  Former New York Yankee Horace Clarke is introduced during the teams 63rd Old Timers Day before the game against the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Career stats: 1,272 G, 4,813 AB, .256/.308/.313, 548 R, 1,230 H, 27 HR, 304 RBI, 151 SB

    One of the few bright spots on the darkest days of the New York Yankees during the late 60's and early 70's.

    Clarke couldn't do anything exceptionally well, but did enough of a little bit of everything to leave his impact in one of the most storied franchises of all-time.

    One of 11 players from the Virgin Islands.

Wales: Jimmy Austin

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    Career stats: 1,580 G, 5,388 AB, .246/.326/.314, 661 R, 13 HR, 390 RBI, 244 SB

    Jimmy Austin was never a terrific player. 

    He was a solid guy who did all the dirty things leading the league in sacrifices one year and stealing bases, but will be best known for that picture on the left.

    The picture shows Jimmy trying to avoid being spiked by the ever so nice Ty Cobb.

    One of three players from Wales.

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