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Once again, we see baseball’s incessant Midwest bias

Sep 17, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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It is so typical of Major League Baseball. Favoring one group of teams over another. Over totally petty stuff. Like, you know, geography, when it comes to the 2013 schedule:

None of the teams in the Central will travel more than 30,000 next season, while every other team in the league — save for the Orioles — will travel more than 30,000 miles. And the disparity between the least-traveled team (the White Sox) and the most-traveled team (the Mariners) is startling: Chicago will travel only 22,695 miles in 2013 while Seattle will travel more than double that, at nearly 53,000 miles.

OK, I’m just being a jackass. That article by Wendy Thurm makes a good point over and above things that can’t be controlled like mileage between cities: that some teams make more multi-city road trips than others, and some teams make more coast-to-coast trips than others.

Not that she or I is saying there’s anything that can be done about it. There are, after all, about 15 competing priorities when it comes to schedule making.  But it is worth noting that our unbalanced schedules are more unbalanced for some than others.

 

  1. stex52 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    And next year the Astros get to share with the Rangers the joy of being midwest teams in a west coast division. I hate the mileage for them. I hate the 9:00 game starts for me.

    • clydeserra - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Baseball games dont start at 9. Regular season the latest is 735.

      I sure do love the 10 AM starts, though.

      • tjwilliams - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        Teams in the central time zone playing west-coast teams see 9:00 (local) starts. It’s not a big deal when you’re in the Central or East and only play out there 10 or 12 times a year, but the Texas teams will have 30 or so late games every year.

    • meteor32 - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Texas isn’t in the Midwest.

  2. needtoplay - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Now my turn to be a jacka55…. and I know yours was a bit tongue-in-cheek. But… since the Central Divisions of both leagues are kinda, ya know, centrally located in the middle of the country, that might make their total mileage somewhat less…. I’m just sayin’. A trip to either coast, for them, is about half what it is for one of the Eastern or Western Division teams, if my map-math is right.

    But… I could be mistaken.

    But regardless…. that IS some disparity between Seattle and Chicago. Hope they are keeping track of their frequent flyer miles !!

  3. expodis - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    So like, my Twins need flights that have layovers in Atlanta to even things out?

    • JB (the original) - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      C’mon, Mpls/St.Paul is a Delta “fortress” hub—all outbound flights go through Atlanta already….

      • Kevin S. - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        Obviously the Twins’ have a contract with AirTran for the upcoming season…

  4. heyblueyoustink - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Why never any emphasis on the Canadian bias? I mean, duh, we all know it’s there. Was getting so bad they had to remove the Expos once upon a time to even things out.

  5. steve7921 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Bobby V will point this out when it comes to evaluate their Red Sox season…

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Bobby V will also somehow blame all of this on Joe Madden.

  6. muir6 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Somebody send this idiot a map

  7. gloccamorra - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Seattle has ALWAYS done the most traveling – they’re all by their lonesome in the Pacific northwest, with the nearest team – Oakland – over 800 miles away. Their closest competitor for frequent flier miles – Miami – has fewer only because their division doesn’t have a team in Texas.

    What this argues for is a split into three geographical 10-team leagues, with two 5-team divisions each. Have each team play a balanced schedule of 16 against the other league teams, and 18 with selected “other league” teams during a mid-year interleague period. Since one league would be aced out the the World Series, end the AL-NL dichotomy and have a round-robin playoff system where the two “best” teams meet, regardless of league.

  8. kevinbnyc - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    The White Sox do have to use Chicago area airports to get places, so while the distance they travel will be the smallest, their total travel time including flight delays should be the highest.

  9. natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Patience. Just wait for The Great Earthquake to hit. The West Coast slides into the Pacific, travel problems solved. Not to mention, it would solve the A’s relocation issue, and allow Bud to contract each league to 12 teams.

    • stex52 - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      You just put the jinx on. Now we’ll have a reprise of the New Madrid quake (1811) and we’ll lose the Cards, Reds, and both Chicago teams.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        And this a problem how? :)

  10. tjwilliams - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    If every one of Seattle’s road trips was a six game stretch at Oakland, they’d still have 21,600 miles (or 1000 less than Chicago). They could fix the discrepancy, but it would require longer longer road trips which teams already complain about.

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