Orioles first team since 1932 not to play game outside of EDT before June

Friday April 17th, 2015

The Baltimore Orioles will be the first team in more than 80 seasons to not play a game outside of the Eastern time zone before June, according to the Associated Press

The team will not venture westward to an earlier hour until June 1 when it plays the Houston Astros. According to STATS LLC, no team has undergone such a schedule since 1932, during which all but four teams in Major League Baseball played on the east coast. 

When told of his team's unique scheduling, Orioles' manager Buck Showwalter quipped that he wished the team could commute by train.  

Relief pitcher Darren O'Day added that such a train-based itinerary would only be possible with "those bullet trains they have in Japan."

An Orioles fan turned his back whenever A-Rod stepped to the plate

In fact, Baltimore has it so good in 2015, it didn't even have to leave spring training when the season started: the Orioles opened against Tampa Bay. 

Despite an April and May spent on its home seaboard, the Orioles will still only travel the 11th-fewest miles (24,904 to be exact) of any MLB team this season, according to the Baseball Savant.

The Reds, Cardinals and Cubs will each travel under 21,000 miles during the 2015 season, while the Mariners will travel a gruelling 43,281 miles.  

- Will Green

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