Mariners will travel 43,281 miles during 2015 season, doubling some teams
The “Curse of the West Coast” that comes with usually having to navigate much more travel and a lot more mileage affects all teams based in that particular geographical region, and the Seattle Mariners are going to feel the brunt of a brutal travel schedule pretty severely during the 2015 MLB season.
According to calculations provided by Baseball Savant (via Big League Stew), the Mariners’ mileage is tops in the league, as the team will travel 43,281 miles in the upcoming season, eclipsing fellow West Coast baseball outfit Oakland Athletics by almost 3,000 miles. That’s a mighty long time on airplanes for anybody.
To illustrate just how brutal a travel ordeal the Mariners will endure this upcoming season is the fact that the team’s mileage doubles that of several teams — mostly based in the Midwest/Central United States — with the Cincinnati Reds scheduled to only travel 20,612, a whopping 22,668 miles less than the Mariners.
Obviously, trips to the East Coast account for a lion’s share of the mileage the Mariners will travel, the fact that the team is the most-Northwest-based team means even road trips to division rivals amount to a greater distance than say, when the Chicago Cubs travel for a road series against the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, the Cubs could take a bus from Chi-Town to Miller Park and it would still take less time than when the Mariners fly to Oakland for a series with the A’s.
Of course, the actual miles the Mariners will travel this season could change, either increasing it or decreasing it, depending on changes in scheduling due to rainouts, etc. But no matter what, the Mariners likely will not consider the skies overly friendly over the six-month MLB season.