2,921 miles away is a long way from Citi Field

Sarah Langs, Intern & Special Contributor

When the Mets played a two-game series with the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, they were 2,921 miles away from Citi Field. And this weekend, when the Mets play the Los Angeles Dodgers, they’ll be 2,805 miles from their home ballpark.

Travel has always been part of the Major League Baseball reality. Ever since the league expanded West, sending the Giants and Dodgers to California and later opening up expansion teams on the West Coast, the distances have gotten longer…



According to baseballsavant.com, in 2014, the shortest total distance any team will travel, over the course of the season, is 22,969 miles. That number belongs to the Cubs, which makes sense, since they’re pretty centrally located in the country. Instead of an almost-3,000 mile trip to play the California teams, the Cubs are just about 2,000 miles away from those ballparks. Plus, the teams in their division — to whom they make multiple trips in a season — are close by. The furthest distance between the Cubs and any team in the NL Central is 466, to PNC Park. The Brewers’ home is a mere 90.2 miles from Wrigley.

The largest total distance any team will travel is the 51,540 that the Mariners will rack up this year. Again, this one follows basic logic, as their home in the Pacific Northwest is pretty far away from any other baseball clubs. The team closest to the Mariners by car is the Giants, who are 806 miles away. Division rival Oakland is 807 miles away. Compare that to the Cubs’ furthest rival being 466 miles away, and it’s clear why the Mariners travel the most miles.

The Mets’ total travel distance this year will be the second-most in the NL East, at 35,781 miles which is just slightly behind the Marlins’ 36,134 miles. Seems like a good time to note that the Mets played in Seattle this year.

This is the Mets’ highest season total over the last six seasons. Last year, they notched 30,099 travel miles. In 2012, it was 29,667, which was their smallest total in that time span. The East Coast does pose a disadvantage when compared with the Midwest, but it isn’t as far as the distances faced by the West Coast teams.

In football, college football especially, distances and time differences are often cited when a team puts on an atypical or poor performance. But every baseball team travels at least 22,000 miles in a season, so it’s not the same as having just eight trips. It probably doesn’t play too big of a role in baseball, since travel is a part of the sport at every level — though minor leaguers don’t do air travel. But the numbers are worth thinking about, especially with the team currently on a West Coast roadtrip.




39 comments
fozziebear
fozziebear

Exactly what is the point of this post?


Are we supposed to feel bad that they travel? Should the Mets move in order to win? Do the Mets have more frequent flyer miles than the Cubs? 


Funny part about this is that the Cubs have the shortest distance total and suck and then she goes and says the west coast teams have the most distance to travel ---and to my knowledge they are all friggin good. A's, Dodgers, Angels, Mariners....I can keep going..


What is the point???

ventura_4
ventura_4

This is completely pointless. Who cares?

Has nothing to do with outcomes becomes the Nationals are 21-8 against the West this year while the Mets are 10-18.

Matt, I'd like to write an article about the different hotel bathrooms the Mets have while on the road - that will be as interesting as this.

David Jay
David Jay

Hey Matt-

I want to write an article about the different models of team bus they've had over the years. It's as pointless as this one so when will it be posted here???

David Jay
David Jay

I'm noticing that the articles this girl posts have no fricking point....

rico
rico

Divide 35781 by 81 road games and you get an average of 442 miles traveled per road game.  That's far.

matmil
matmil

Running out of things to write about. Try asking Collins why he won't change the lineup even though they can't generate any offense.

jsecurity
jsecurity

The only distance that matters is how far the Mets are from being a contending team. In nautical miles, it's years. FIRE TC..

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

So this is what these contributors bring to the table. Simply out of this world, amazing facts. Gotta love this organization, and all of its affiliates, smh, lol.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Wow.  This may be the most pointless thing ever to appear on Metsblog.  Congrats.  Maybe next you can write about the number of hotdogs sold since Citi has opened.  Maybe compare the total number of hotdogs sold during the 1986 season compared to the 2000 season.  

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

Sarah,

Sandy has made it quite clear that he believes this team is better than last year.

I do not agree. Where is it better. Infield is the same except Duda is better, but Wright is worse as I expected. Outfield, Byrd was better than Grandy and CY was a disaster. Buck gave the same #as Darn No.

His FA signings and drafts have been awful. He also stuck us with 2 albatross long contracts to aging players. Sandy has been awful.

mvmet
mvmet

And they have been doing this for awhile and still cant win no matter where they play

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Wouldn't  2921 miles put you out into the Pacific? Hope you got a boat Sarah.

dannym28
dannym28

colon on waivers, watch for baltimore, KC, LAA, LAD, and STL

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

14 games out is a long way from 1st place too.

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

well, for $500K minimum, $97 day meal money, nice resort hotels and chartered planes, I don't think travel is that fatiguing, now to be in the PCL at $2700~ a month, $25 a day for mealsw, 2 to a lessor quality hotel room and commercial flights, well, that's a different story!

robby
robby

Hey people news flash, Nobody cares what distance california is from NY.  This has no bearing or impact on the Mets.  Give me something I can use.  Not only for Sarah but everyone else.  Pathetic just like the Mets team

vanwyck
vanwyck

" when the Mets play the Los Angeles Dodgers, they’ll be 2,805 miles from their home ballpark."

Are you that inept that you don't even know to check the actual distance?  Hint, it is not 2,805 miles from Citi to Dodger stadium.  It is 2,459 miles from LGA to Burbank airport as a reference point.  And LGA to Oakland is 2,569 miles not even close to 2,921.


hankypanky
hankypanky

Distance didn't stop the Dodgers from leaving Brooklyn, one of the darkest days in NY baseball history. There are posters who resent the connection with the Dodgers, but they don't understand or want to understand that there were TWO National Lesgue teams that electrified this town.

hashburry
hashburry

I live in CA, travel back and forth to NY all the time.  It is no big deal.  Whatever you think, these guys love to be away, part of their fraternity of boys, getting to play a game for a living.  I run into some of the players in SF when they are in town, and they do not look like they are struggling with the travel.  I see them in great restaurants, at the Olympic Club playing golf and pretty much living the best life a young guy can live.  At their age, I was traveling for work all the time and it was anything but a burden.


I guess the point is that there is some wear and tear on these guys when traveling coast to coast a few times a season.  But please, the real wear and tear on this team is that they stink and the grind of losing is much harder than travel.  Also, there is no reasonable comparison to football.  Football teams have to fly in after a short week of practice for one day, and in that case I can see some argument that jet lag may be a issue.  As for baseball, they travel to a different time zone and stay there for a week or more, so the acclimation should take little time.  Now if the Mets had to fly to Asia for a one game series, I'd think it would be an issue.


I guess my real point is, what's the point of this post?  And the first thing you hear from retired ball players is how much they miss traveling with their teammates and getting away from home.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Technically the As moved from Kansas City. That's not expansion.

cj1786
cj1786

I know they travel privately and their accommodations are very nice, but it's impossible to think that travel doesn't have an effect on ball players. I went to California for 6 dats last week, got back late Sunday night. While I was there I never felt like I fully adjusted to west coast time. I was wide awake at 5am every day regardless of what time i went to sleep there, up until the last couple days. And even now, 6 days after coming back, I still feel I'm not fully adjusted back to east coast time. When you travel slot it gets easier in sure but still, it's brutal.

Peter Greene
Peter Greene

Here are some reasons why the Mets travel is longer than normal:


The Mets played the AL West this year.

They played the Mariners, A's, and Angels on the road

They played the Rangers and will play the Astros at home.


And in general


They play in the same division with the Miami Marlins.

They play in the same division as the Atlanta Braves


Compare the Mets travel with that of the NY Rangers


But then again Baseball has an American and National League.


sylow59
sylow59

?

Prior to air travel teams took the train. Ever go from NY to St. Louis on a train? 24 hours. And it's not comfortable.

David Jay
David Jay

See that's an actual interesting peg to this article, one she couldn't be bothered to think of

matmil
matmil

At least there better hotdogs

chasesimms
chasesimms

@Bob Burket Yeah, I think she may have overshot Oakland by 100 miles or more.  Aside from that, it was gripping and thought provoking stuff!! 

rico
rico

@hashburry No this is is in correct


" the first thing you hear from retired ball players is how much they miss traveling with their teammates and getting away from home"



the first thing the retired player says is: " I wanted to spend more time at home with my family.


The 2nd thing a retired player says is:  " the first thing you hear from retired ball players is how much they miss traveling with their teammates and getting away from home"


The 3rd thing they say is: I wish they had these kind of salaries when I was playing!"  (ok maybe that's the 1st thing they say:)

birtelcom
birtelcom

@David Jay I don't think that's quite fair to the original poster.  The post raised the issue of how long-distance travel might affect teams and provided an unusual source and some non-standard stats that could be used to pursue the question.  So much of the posting on this site is more or less rote repetition of the same questions in the same style over and over -- we should be encouraging, not discouraging, efforts to take things in different directions.        

sylow59
sylow59

I was unaware they drove the airplane