THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD by BILL ARNOLD

Frequent travel is part of the grind of a major-league season and some teams have to endure more of it than others. Some National League East and American League West teams are facing more grueling travel schedules this season since they are matched up in 2017 interleague play.

The Philadelphia Phillies will travel 7,907 more air miles this season than they did last, the largest increase of any team over 2016, while the Miami Marlins have the second largest jump with an additional 6,959 miles. Also, the A.L. Central plays the N.L. West causing increases for some of the teams in those divisions.

West Coast teams have always racked up more miles than other big-league franchises. For the last few years, the Seattle Mariners have been the kings of the skies but this season the Oakland A’s will garner that dubious distinction with 47,877 miles in the air.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will travel the least going just 21,854 miles, a drop of 4,280 from 2016. The difference between each club’s 2016 and 2017 air miles is:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Team          2016 Miles 2017 Miles  Diff.

Athletics     42,119     47,877     5,758

Indians       25,176     29,209     4,033

ChiSox     26,538     28,336     1,798

Angels        44,945     46,346     1,401

Tigers        25,450     26,145       695

Astros        38,553     38,452      -101

Rays          36,916     36,178      -738

Royals        29,077     27,993    -1,084

Twins         28,948     27,017    -1,931

Mariners      47,704     45,129    -2,575

Blue Jays     32,895     29,615    -3,280

Red Sox       36,896     33,057    -3,839

Yankees       35,252     28,359    -6,893

Rangers       41,128     33,133    -7,995

Orioles       32,322     24,045    -8,277

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Team          2016 Miles  2017 Miles   Diff.

Phillies      28,351     36,258     7,907

Marlins       35,226     42,185     6,959

Nationals     24,664     31,405     6,741

Mets          26,832     32,311     5,479

Braves        29,236     32,326     3,090

Giants        39,341     41,555     2,214

Padres        37,363     38,185       822

Rockies       33,287     33,742       455

Brewers       25,620     25,073      -547

Cubs          24,271     23,130    -1,141

Reds          25,108     23,628    -1,480

Dbacks  35,312     33,040    -2,272

Cardinals     26,451     23,662    -2,789

Dodgers       40,294     37,060    -3,234

Pirates       26,134     21,854    -4,280

And now, Bill Arnold presents Sir Paul McCartney