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    How to Visit 30 Ballparks in 35 Days This Summer
    The Wall Street Journal
    Jared Diamond
    JUNE 3, 2011

    Still looking for vacation plans this summer? We may be able to help—all you need is an unhealthy obsession with baseball, a functioning automobile and five weeks to spare.

    Ben Blatt of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective recently built a computer program that devised the best way to visit all 30 baseball stadiums in the shortest possible time. The results are not for the faint of heart—it's a grueling, convoluted journey sending courageous souls on a 35-day road trip covering more than 18,000 miles of American (and briefly Canadian) highway.

    To make his conclusions, Blatt used a mathematical method known as linear programming, which takes loads of data and crunches it into an optimal outcome. In this case, Blatt plugged the schedule for each team into his model, while setting one key parameter: For every 12 hours of estimated driving between ballparks, the system must allow for eight hours of rest, ensuring that the road trip is, at least in theory, humanly possible.

    But possible doesn't mean desirable. Completing this challenge requires considerable backtracking and crisscrossing (one segment has travelers going from Boston to Washington to New York to Philadelphia in four days). It also calls for a couple brutally long drives, like leaving an afternoon game at Coors Field in Denver and heading straight to Miller Park in Milwaukee for another game the next night. (That one, Blatt admitted, "just barely made it.")

    So if you're brave enough to give it a try, the trip starts at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday night and ends at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday, July 10. "I wouldn't say it would be a fun road trip." Blatt said, "Well, maybe if you wanted to get into the Guinness book of world records."

    The Perfect Baseball Odyssey
    The itinerary for the optimal way to see all 30 baseball stadiums this season (all times local):


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    I'm not that ambitious but I have started a ML ballpark a year tour several years ago. Great mini vacation taking in a 3 game series.

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    I'm not that ambitious but I have started a ML ballpark a year tour several years ago. Great mini vacation taking in a 3 game series.
    Which ballparks have you seen?
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    Which ballparks have you seen?
    Milwaukee, Houston, Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Tampa, Boston, Toronto

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    Milwaukee, Houston, Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Tampa, Boston, Toronto
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    Have you ever been to the Baseball Hall of Fame? That's one thing I really want to do.
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    Milwaukee, Houston, Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Tampa, Boston, Toronto
    Which one was your favorite, and why?..... I've been to Balt and thought it was pretty sweet....

    .... Also, have you been to PNC in Pgh?... If so, how does it rate against these other parks?

    .... I'm more of a "football guy", and had been to almost every venue in the NFL several years ago (10-12 years ago) until these "new" stadiums started poping-up.....
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    Which one was your favorite, and why?..... I've been to Balt and thought it was pretty sweet....

    .... Also, have you been to PNC in Pgh?... If so, how does it rate against these other parks?

    .... I'm more of a "football guy", and had been to almost every venue in the NFL several years ago (10-12 years ago) until these "new" stadiums started poping-up.....
    I can honestly say that I loved every stadium I’ve been to….I can’t pick a favorite. Indoor stadiums are a little different but still great.

    Every stadium is nice…real nice…guess that’s why they call it the ML’s and every city has its own charm that makes it unique. Every city’s baseball experience is different, there are quirks and oddities inherent to that city that makes going to these places special but in the end it’s still baseball.

    Milwaukee’s stadium is in the outskirts of town next to the Miller beer plant, Cleveland’s stadium is in the heart of the city, Chicago and Boston are in residential neighborhoods, Houston’s is built into a train station, Baltimore’s is built at the inner harbor…no 2 are alike.

    I'm a baseball junkie so I also travel the minor league and Grapefruit league circuits a lot and I can say the same thing about those stadiums…all different, all unique just on a smaller scale than the ML’s.

    I could go on and on about my baseball travels but I will say if one is a baseball fan I can think of no better way to enjoy the game than go on a road trip. You will be hooked.

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