With the end of the 1996 World Series of baseball in the U.S., the Dominican Republic is currently the Latin American nation that has had the most participants in the “Fall Classic”. In this year’s Series, the D.R. had only three: Rafael Belliard and Luis Polonia of the Atlanta Braves, and Mariano Duncan of the New York Yankees. The first Dominicans to reach a World Series were Felipe Alou, his brother Mateo and Juan Marichal, all three of whom were with the San Francisco Giants in 1962.
Puerto Rico is second to the D.R. with 37 participants in the World Series, followed by Cuba (22), Venezuela (17), Panama (11), Mexico (seven), Nicaragua (two) and Curaçao (one).