For Mike Mountain, just going to every stadium wasn’t enough. He wanted to do it in the minimum amount of time possible. So he built an app that helped him figure out the shortest route that would take him to all 30 ballparks and back to where he started. Utilizing Major League Baseball’s master schedule, the Google Maps API, and a free online supercomputer, he came up with the answer: 35 days, 30 stadiums.
This Saturday, Mountain, a software engineering lead, will go see the Mets take on the Yankees in the Bronx. And over the next 34 days, he’ll drive 16,000 miles before arriving at Baltimore’s Camden Yards for another Yankees game. During the trip he’s scheduled to see the Milwaukee Brewers the most times–five. He’ll see the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, and Baltimore Orioles four times. And he’ll see 13 teams just the one time at their own ballparks.