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Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day Countdown: 3 longest road trips of 2019

By Austin Reimann
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 28: Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays completes the double-play throwing over the top of Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the 10th inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on May 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 28: Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays completes the double-play throwing over the top of Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the 10th inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on May 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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We are only 3 days away from some meaningful Tampa Bay Rays baseball. In honor of being a mere 72 hours away, I took a look at the longest road trips of the 2019 season.

#3: August 9th-14th, SEA/SD

While it is the one of the shorter trips of the year, lasting only 6 days, the Tampa Bay Rays journey to the Pacific Northwest and then to San Diego will rack up some frequent flyer miles. The Rays will head to Blake Snell’s hometown of Seattle first for a three game set with the Mariners. Next, they will head to San Diego to face Manny Machado’s Padres.

In total, the Rays will fly over 5,600 miles to play a total of 6 games over the course of 6 days. Luckily, the 6 game road trip is sandwiched between a pair of travel days alleviating some of the stress associated with traveling out west.

  • Tampa -> Seattle: 2,526 miles
  • Seattle -> San Diego: 1,064 miles
  • San Diego -> Tampa: 2,086 miles
  • Total miles: 5,676 miles 

#2: April 5th-14th, SF/CHW/TOR

An early season getaway that will take the Tampa Bay Rays and allow the players to break in their luggage for the rest of the season.  First, the Rays will journey west to face Evan Longoria’s San Francisco Giants. Next, they will head to the south side of Chicago to face the White Sox. Finally, the Rays will cross the border to play the Jays.

Over the course of 10 days the Rays will play 9 games and travel over 5,700 miles, making this trip  the second longest of the season.

  • Tampa -> San Francisco: 2,394 miles
  • San Francisco -> Chicago: 1,854 miles
  • Chicago -> Toronto: 436 miles
  • Toronto -> Tampa: 1,101 miles
  • Total miles: 5,785 miles 

#1: June 17th-27th, NYY/OAK/MIN

The longest road trip of the year comes in the form of a 11 day journey across the country which will play host to 10 games. The trip will start with an always important three game set with the Bronx Bombers. Next, the Rays will head west to face the Oakland Athletics for what could be a crucial 4 game set (wildcard race). Finally, the Rays will end their trip with a stop in the Twin Cities to play who else, but the Rocco Baldelli’s Twins.

Traveling upwards of 600 miles more than any other trip this year, the Rays three city road trip will span over 6,400 miles.

  • Tampa -> New York: 1,110 miles
  • New York -> Oakland: 2,455 miles
  • Oakland -> Minneapolis: 1,573 miles
  • Minneapolis -> Tampa: 1,318 miles
  • Total miles: 6,456 miles 

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Like every year, the Tampa Bay Rays will play 81 away games. This season, they will have to travel a whopping 17,917 miles to play just 25 of those games.

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