The Seattle Mariners are about 700 miles away from their nearest Major League Baseball counterparts and needless to say, that makes road trips quite the event.
It’s such an event in fact, according to Daren Willman of Baseball Savant, the Mariners will travel a combined distance of 51,540 miles this season – good for two trips around the earth.
To put that in perspective, the Chicago Cubs – a far more geographically friendly located team – will travel 22,969 miles, less than half of what Seattle will be forced to do.
So why all the extra travel time for the Mariners? Simply because none of their AL West rivals are in near proximity and some – like the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros who are nearly 2,500 miles away.
Of course, Seattle being so far away also makes life on the road pretty difficult for their fellow American League West counterparts as the Oakland Athletics will travel 47,259 miles, the Anaheim Angels 45,868.
The Rangers and Astros get a bit of a reprieve as they’re just a short bus ride apart apart.