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What The MLB Would Look Like If Players Played For Their Home States (Photos)

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Though Major League Baseball made its long-awaited return this month, it's only the second-best thing about the start of spring.

Don't get me wrong, MLB action is great, but it's really the idea of the game at the grassroots level that's the most exciting part.

Every year around this time, thoughts of little league, high school ball and what the sports scene around home used to be like inevitably take you down a nostalgic road.

For me and my boys, we'll remember a period in high school dominated by current Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello and New Jersey's Seton Hall Prep. For other fans, there's sure to be something else.

For the most part, everyone should have good memories of where and when they grew up playing the game and an appreciation of the history those places have, too.

When it comes to producing MLB stars and Hall of Famers, in particular, some states have a leg up. So just which of the best ball player-producing states could claim the best fantasy lineups of all time?

Scroll through this list of the 25 best and decide for yourself.

Alabama

Arkansas

California

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

Minnesota

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Bonus: Canada

Citations: Players by Place of Birth (Baseball Reference)