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Offline HalfSmokes

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Re: MLB Expansion
« Reply #75: January 22, 2023, 06:51:57 PM »
Looking at the map I never realized if you cut the country in two Halfs geographically how few teams are on the west half. Seattle is up there by themselves and the only city anywhere near them considered is right next door.

I would like to see one new team in one of the North Carolina cities and the other one in Montreal. Let Oakland move to Vegas and Tamps to San Antonio.

The other choice would be a new teams in Portland instead of Montreal but I would like to go see a game in Montreal.

From the Rockies to the Mississippi, there is a whole lot of empty space

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« Reply #76: January 22, 2023, 07:38:16 PM »
Seattle racks up the most travel miles of any team. Tmapa I think racks up a bit due to the distances within the division. New schedule will help them.

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« Reply #77: January 23, 2023, 11:25:38 AM »
Does it really matter whether one boards a plane, train, or bus?  A road trip is a road trip.  And charter flights are presumably point-to-point.
Seattle racks up the most travel miles of any team. Tmapa I think racks up a bit due to the distances within the division. New schedule will help them.

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« Reply #78: January 23, 2023, 12:18:16 PM »
Does it really matter whether one boards a plane, train, or bus?  A road trip is a road trip.  And charter flights are presumably point-to-point.

I would think it makes a difference for a team like Seattle who never has a short travel distance for road trips as opposed to teams on the east coast who have so many of the road trips short distances. Who knows how much but Seattle going so far to the Astros and Rangers multiple times for games in their own division has to be tiresome.

This brings to mind Thurman Munson who decided to take flying lessons so he could fly home from New York to Cleveland after every home game. Not a good idea.

Offline Dave in Fairfax

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« Reply #79: January 23, 2023, 04:01:44 PM »
I think I recall over the years a number of complaints or at least observations about the costs (time, money, etc.) of road trips to Seattle compared to any other MLB city. One of the obstacles Portland would have to overcome is a similar degree of remoteness.

I imagine the Vancouver Grizzlies had a similar problem, especially with three of the teams in their 7-team division being in Texas. Add in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Denver, and that's a lot of long road trips. Same for the Sonics (until they moved) and the Trail Blazers.

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« Reply #80: January 24, 2023, 01:20:55 PM »
I suppose that the KHL must have dealt with this by scheduling regional play. Before Dear Leader lost his freaking mind there were teams from Vladivostok to Beijing to Bratislava. 

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« Reply #81: January 24, 2023, 03:15:20 PM »
I suppose that the KHL must have dealt with this by scheduling regional play. Before Dear Leader lost his freaking mind there were teams from Vladivostok to Beijing to Bratislava. 
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