Unofficial Census Reveals That South Dakota Produces Most MLB Players Per Capita, Other Interesting Findings

Monday May 19th, 2014

The Best Tickets blog has assembled a whole score of unofficial, yet interesting, statistics for the year's first MLB player census. The site ran calculations based on position, race, salary, and other variables.

Perhaps the most surprising finding might be that South Dakota produces the most MLB players per capita:

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Three players produced out of a population of just 833,354 puts South Dakota well ahead of Texas and California for top bragging rights.

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Another interesting tidbit is that Asian players have the highest salaries in the league.

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When you think about this it makes sense. On the whole, there are fewer Asian players in the league, and several of them -- such as Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka -- garner large salaries because they come to MLB with previous professional experience.

Want to stay in the league a long time? Your best bet is to be a designated hitter.

Years-by-Position from Best Tickets

Want to play in the MLB? You should probably go to Long Beach State:

Top-MLB-Colleges from Best Tickets

You can read more about these studies and see more results at Best Tickets' blog.

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