Found September 13, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
We hear a lot about “East Coast Bias” in the media. But there’s another East Coast Bias at play in Major League Baseball -- scheduling and travel. The West Coast teams -- particularly Seattle -- get a raw deal when it comes to travel during the season. Whether it’s multiple trips to the East Coast (five or six in some cases) or cross-country travel without an off-day, the West Coast is not the Best Coast for baseball travel. The East Coast accounts for nearly half of the United States population. Even with expansion to the South and West, 14 of the 30 MLB teams play in the Eastern time zone, seven more play in the Central Time Zone and only seven play in the Pacific time zone. With the release of Major League Baseball’s 2014 schedule this past week, I took a look at some of the travel disparities affecting the West Coast teams. And as we so often say in this business, the numbers don’t lie. I calculated 2014 travel distances for the six West Coast teams -- Mariners, A’s, Ange...
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