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Welcome To The Worst Travel Day Of The 2012 Season

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May 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (6) yawns while at bat in the 8th inning against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
May 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (6) yawns while at bat in the 8th inning against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

As I mentioned in this morning's Mug, today features one of the Brewers' worst road days of the year. They're playing a night game in Los Angeles tonight (a 9:10 Central time start), then getting on an airplane and flying home to host the Pirates at Miller Park tomorrow night. In a roughly 25 hour stretch starting tonight they'll play two baseball games and log roughly 1750 air miles in between.

The Brewers have 26 days this season where they play in a city on one day, then a different city the next. This, as you might expect, is the shortest turnaround.

Date Departing Arriving Game 1 Time Game 2 Time Air Miles Est. Time Between Arrival/Game
May 31 Los Angeles MKE 9:10 pm 7:10 pm 1750 13 hours, 30 minutes
September 2 MKE Miami 1:10 pm 12:10 pm 1260 15 hours, 29 minutes
May 15 New York Houston 6:10 pm 7:05 pm 1410 17 hours, 6 minutes
May 17 Houston MKE 7:05 pm 7:10 pm 985 17 hours, 7 minutes
June 14 Kansas City Minnesota 7:10 pm 7:10 pm 394 18 hours, 13 minutes

This chart operates under the following assumptions:

  • A three hour baseball game in the departing city, which is roughly the median time of Brewer games in 2012.
  • A two hour window between the end of the game in the departing city and the team flight taking off. This is probably optimistic.
  • An average flight speed of 500 mph.

The best Brewer trip of 2012, by this measure, is their last one. They'll play an 11:35 am game in Cincinnati on September 27, then fly home for a 7:10 start the next night. Their estimated time between arrival and the first pitch of the home game is 25 hours and 57 minutes.