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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Slate: How to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in 30 days.

This may be a good tool for waiver wire warriors like Casper Wells.

If visiting all 30 stadiums in 30 days sounds like a great idea to you, you’re in luck. The tool above, constructed by Ben, allows you to build your own road trip. Pick your home stadium and a start date, and the algorithm will shoot back a custom-made road trip that will take you to every stadium in America, and back to the city where your trip began, in 30 days or fewer. The math allows four hours for every game, more than enough to stay in your seat from first pitch to last out for most contests (the league average last year was 2 hours and 58 minutes). Provided, of course, that none of the games are delayed by weather, or worse, rained out—either outcome can put a serious crimp in your carefully laid plans…

It turns out that the biggest obstacle to planning these trips isn’t always getting to out of the way stadiums in places like Seattle or Denver, though that is a challenge. It’s finding the best way to visit stadium-dense regions. There are a half-dozen stadiums nestled in the Northeast corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C.—but that doesn’t mean they’ll all have home games on consecutive nights. And cities with two teams rarely schedule overlapping home stands. Last season, for example, there wasn’t a single day when both L.A. teams had home games played at least four hours apart.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 06, 2014 at 11:37 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. dr. scott Posted: May 06, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4701468)
5-6 years ago there was a guy who did this by Bicycle.... well in more than 30 days. that would be awesome.
   2. jacjacatk Posted: May 06, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4701502)
I'd really like to know if the program they wrote can be modified to use arbitrary values for the number of parks and days. I'd kill to have it be able to pick 10 parks in 14 days with certain parks excluded, for instance. Or to be able to put limits on the lengths of driving legs.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: May 06, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4701520)
I've always imagined doing a baseball trip by train.
   4. esseff Posted: May 06, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4701534)
That tool just shows that it can't be done in any practical way.
   5. OsunaSakata Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM (#4701877)
I got an itinerary that had a night game in Seattle followed by an afternoon game in Houston. The game in Seattle starts at 7:10 PT. Assuming worst case scenario and a four-hour game, that gives 1:10 CT for the end of the game, leaving 14 hours to drive to Houston. Not possible by car since that takes 34 hours.
   6. BDC Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4701920)
The algorithm takes pains to avoid hard-to-complete drives

And at that, it wants me to leave San Francisco after a night game and see a day game in Detroit 39 hours later, and then on to a night game in Miami 27 hours after that. A mere Minneapolis to Toronto jaunt must seem like nothin' to this algorithm.

I'm half-considering something way more modest but still challenging for me, this summer – to leave the Albany NY area one morning, see a night game in Pittsburgh, then a game in Cincinnati the next night, and then maybe, if my stamina and desire hold out, another night game in Kansas City (but two days later, not the very next night). Even that sounds a bit insane to me. But it would almost double the number of current parks I've been to.
   7. McCoy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4701929)
WE had a link to something like this during the offseason. It was doable with something like two trips requiring me to drive.
   8. McCoy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4701932)
Found it. Now to check if there were any rain delays or rain outs.

Well, I figured out an itenary that would do 30 straight days of games from opening day through the 28th of April. I used Seatgeek to get the cheapest possible ticket price, mainly used Southwest (which it doesn't look like Leitch used at all), and used my company's travel plan for the hotels. Cost comes to $5,000 and that doesn't include any ground transportation so throw in about $1,000 for that and it comes to about $6,000. The only spot where I might miss the opening pitch is the Cincinnati game because neither Baltimore nor Washington offers a direct flight into Cincinnati that doesn't take forever. I would have to fly into Dayton and then rent a car to get to Cincinnati. Most expensive flight was Toronto to Denver since I needed a direct flight to get to Colorado for the 1:10 start time. 11 day games and you get to see a Cardinals-Cubs game and not much else in terms of big rivalries.

City Opposing Time
30-Mar San Diego Dodgers 5:05pm
31-Mar Oakland Indians 7:05pm
1-Apr Texas Phillies 7:05pm
2-Apr Houston Yankees 7:10pm
3-Apr Miami Rockies 12:40pm
4-Apr Tampa Bay Rangers 7:10pm
5-Apr Washington Braves 7:05pm
6-Apr New York Reds 1:10pm
7-Apr New York Orioles 1:05pm
8-Apr Boston Rangers 6:10pm
9-Apr Philadelphia Brewers 7:05pm
10-Apr Atlanta Mets 7:10pm
11-Apr Baltimore Blue Jays 7:05pm
12-Apr Cincinnati Rays 1:10pm
13-Apr St. Louis Cubs 1:15pm
14-Apr Milwaukee Cardinals 7:10pm
15-Apr Chicago Red Sox 7:10pm
16-Apr Minnesota Blue Jays 7:10pm
17-Apr Detroit Indians 1:08pm
18-Apr Pittsburgh Brewers 7:05pm
19-Apr Cleveland Blue Jays 1:05pm
20-Apr Kansas City Twins 1:10pm
21-Apr Chicago Diamondbacks 7:05pm
22-Apr Toronto Orioles 7:07pm
23-Apr Colorado Giants 1:10pm
24-Apr Los Angeles Phillies 7:10pm
25-Apr Arizona Phillies 6:40pm
26-Apr San Francisco Indians 1:05pm
27-Apr Seattle Rangers 1:10pm
28-Apr Los Angeles Indians 7:05pm

   9. Scott Lange Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4701979)
That tool just shows that it can't be done in any practical way.

It depends on your definition of practical, I suppose, but I've done eight parks in eight days (would've been nine but for a rainout that led to a day at Gettysburg) and seven parks (and a bar mitzvah, a taping of the Colbert Report, and various other hijinks) in 6,000 miles and eleven days. I think my pace was similar to what this tool calls for, with time for some stops and side trips available on the short legs, and I found it quite enjoyable. Even the long drives just allowed for more peaceful time than I would normally get otherwise. I wouldn't hesitate to try for 30 in 30 if I had the time and money.

While I'm here, does anybody know of a source for a "master spreadsheet" that contains the complete minor league schedule for the current year? I'm working on a life goal of visiting every major and minor league park (55 down, roughly 137 to go) and gathering dates and times to work out a feasible road trip is incredibly labor intensive. It would be great to find a spreadsheet that just has all the dates and times built in. Thanks in advance!
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4702060)
That's a hell of a tool. Now all they need is a tool to figure out how much the whole trip would cost.
   11. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4702210)
Wrong thread
   12. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4702260)
The only sane way to this is to take a whole summer. And be rich.

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