Spring is finally here, and with spring, the arrival of America’s game—baseball. In the first week of April, thousands of fans across the country will repeat a similar ritual at the stadiums of Major League Baseball’s thirty teams: fans will stand, remove their hats, place hands on hearts, and sing the National Anthem, surrounded by the smell of popcorn, hot dogs, and cold beer. Then, the first pitch will fly and another season of America’s favorite pastime will be upon us. But few baseball fans ever consider this question: how does a noncitizen get to play professional baseball in the United States? The answer: not easily.

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