What's Left?

Version 3.1, reflecting the trips taken, planned and canceled through 2016.

Imperial War Museum image used through IWM Non-Commercial License.

On the one hand, this page is the inverse of The List. Functionally, it's more a planning tool for us. You can, with no offense taken, just click the button now. What? You're still here? Okay then, let's do this semi-geographically.

Northern California

The abomination that is Mount Davis at O.co Coliseum,
from Melvin's 2013 trip.

Here is a compact itinerary where the teams that are farthest apart are less than 250 miles from each other. On some past trips, we have covered that many miles in a single day, some times more than once on the same trip. From high to low:
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Oakland Athletics
  • Sacramento River Cats
  • Reno Aces
  • Modesto Nuts
  • San Jose Giants
  • Stockton Ports
Pacific Northwest

Carved Posts at Alert Bay, Edward S. Curtis (1914)

Rob has family who have lived in various towns and cities in Oregon and Washington, so he has seen all of the following except the two northernmost teams. (We saw the Portland Beavers together before they became the Tucson Padres and then the El Paso Chihuahuas.) From north to south:
  • Vancouver Canadians
  • Everett Aquasox
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Tacoma Rainiers
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
  • Eugene Emeralds
Appalachia and the Piedmont

There's more to Appalachia than fiddle-playing and moonshine, not that
either of us has anything against corn whiskey that hasn't seen a barrel.

Lots of low-level action here, but there are clusters of stadiums so the travel could be fairly compact. We've been in the area a couple times but given the number of teams, this could take a couple more. South-southwesterly by state:

WEST VIRGINIA
  • (Morgantown) West Virginia Black Bears
  • (Charleston) West Virginia Power
  • Princeton Rays
  • Bluefield Orioles
VIRGINIA
NORTH CAROLINA
  • Kannapolis Intimidators
  • Hickory Crawdads
SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Columbia Fireflies (formerly the Savannah Sand Gnats)
TENNESSEE
  • Elizabethton Twins
  • Greeneville Astros
  • Kingsport Mets
  • (Kodak) Tennessee Smokies
GEORGIA
  • (Lawrenceville) Gwinnett Braves
The newest home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park, is scheduled to open in 2017. The courts have cleared the way for a new stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, who hope to have a new stadium ready for the 2018 season, three years later than originally planned.

Western New York (and vicinity)


Melvin and Rob had planned to see all of the following in 2016, along with some teams in Pennsylvania. However, Rob's mother's hip broke due to osteoporosis—do NOT say she broke her hip; it happened to her—and the trip had to be shortened.

  • Auburn Doubledays
  • Batavia Muckdogs
  • Binghamton Mets (who will have a new name in 2017)
  • Buffalo Bisons
  • Rochester Red Wings
  • Toronto Blue Jays
Florida


We didn't get to all nine games as planned this year, so Melvin has four teams left and Rob still needs to get to Port Charlotte. Perhaps we will come back to visit the new home of the Tampa Bay Rays, now only a concept. Do we have to see the Brevard County Manatees again if they move to a new stadium and play under a new name?
  • Bradenton Marauders
  • (Port) Charlotte Stone Crabs
  • Clearwater Threshers
  • Dunedin Blue Jays
  • Florida name to be determined
 The Manatees are moving to Kissimmee in 2017. The first round of a name-the-team contest has narrowed the selection to the Dragonflies, Fire Frogs, Mud Kickers, Rodeo Clowns Sorcerers, or Toucans.

Michigan

Bay City will need to stand-in for Midland, 20 miles west.
"Hand-y map" courtesy of Shan Kothari.

Only three teams here, but they're in a mitten, which is a challenge.
  • Great Lakes (Midland) Loons
  • Lansing Lugnuts
  • West Michigan (Grand Rapids) Whitecaps
"His and His"

Okay, the title makes this sound more equal than it is. Melvin has seen the Cincinnati Reds, Fort Wayne Tincaps and South Bend Silver Hawks (now the Cubs) and Rob has not. As for the rest of the following teams, Rob traveled with other friends or impatiently by himself and got ahead of Melvin. He has been trying to make that up to him recently.


MIDWEST
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Fort Wayne Tincaps
  • Lexington Legends
  • South Bend Cubs
PENNSYLVANIA
  • Altoona Curve; maybe, maybe not
  • Erie SeaWolves
  • State College Spikes
  • Williamsport Crosscutters
MID-ATLANTIC
  • Delmarva (Salisbury, Maryland) Shorebirds
  • Potomac (Woodbridge, Virginia) Nationals
  • Trenton Thunder
NEW ENGLAND
  • (Norwich) Connecticut Tigers
  • Hartford Yard Goats (formerly the New Britain Rock Cats)
  • Lowell Spinners
  • Tri-City (Troy, New York) ValleyCats

NEW YORK CITY
  • Staten Island Yankees (who will also have a new name in 2017)
  • the new Yankee Stadium (which Melvin claims to not want to see at all)

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