Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

The Last Time I Saw [That Team] Play (v3.0)

With Super Bowl LIII firmly in the rearview mirror, it's time to switch gears to baseball season. My offseason was relatively withdrawal free. I've played a more active role with the Chicago's Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) chapter by planning get-together lunches, designing monthly newsletters and helping secure speakers for SABR Day.

Spring training camps have yet to open in Arizona and Florida, but I'm already looking forward to regular season games in 2019. Per usual, my first handful of games will be at Milwaukee's Miller Park. So far, my schedule includes:

Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3/30)
Game 2: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (6/9)
Game 3: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers (8/24)
Game 4: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers (9/8)

Last year, I managed to attend 23 games. I know I'm a regular at MLB games, and having access to two teams locally and Milwaukee being only 90 minutes north, I have the luxury of seeing all 30 teams in person on a regular basis. That said, a few years ago I started tracking which teams I see and when. This list includes all regular season and postseason games. Spring training and All-Star Games do not count. When I saw the results, it prompted me to think: hey, better see the Tampa Bay Rays or how long since I've seen the New York Yankees?

What trends have emerged? During 2018, I saw 17 of the 30 teams (57%) play at least once. Let's pull back a little. Since the start of 2015, I've seen all but three teams. But for some reason, there's a significant gap. Somehow the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays have played hard to get. In fact, a full decade has passed since I've seen the Orioles and Blue Jays.


With further ado, here's the list.

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