Fun with Maps 31&32

Two Fun with Maps posts in one weekend?! Is this heaven? No, well, sort of, but no.

Map 31 comes from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a nifty little representation of the top speed limits in each state. The map is fairly straightforward (excluding Texas). Each speed limit is the fastest you can legally go in any given state on its fastest road. Generally, the Western half of the country has faster limits except for Oregon and Maine. The top speeds in the Northeast are lower but from my personal experience, nobody in the Northeast follows the speed limit anyway. I used to be a white-knuckled, NASCAR-wanna-be speed demon too but then some cops around the Twin Cities and one in Indiana decided I wasn’t anymore. If you follow my blog you likely know my position on Indiana. That trooper was hiding perfectly but I had the cruise control set to 73mph, not 78mph like he wrote on my citation! Lying jerk.

Speed Limits

Map 31: Maximum Speed Limits by State (and Texas being difficult as always)

Drivers don’t have to follow the limits and things like traffic, construction, and weather can slow anybody down, but let this map be a guide to your next American road trip (which I highly recommend taking if you’ve never experienced one). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentioned that a state representative from Missouri, a certain Mike Kelley, is looking to increase Missouri’s maximum limit to 75. I wish there was a movement within Minnesota to do the same. I’ve been stuck behind some slow people in my day and nothing kills the buzz of a road trip faster than running behind schedule. With increased speeds come increased accidents and fatalities, the article contends, but as I already surmised, people don’t obey the laws anyway. It’s not morally right, per se, but advances in automobile safety and highway construction have made driving at least a little safer. Right? Can you sense the former lead-foot talking?

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Map 32 represents the travel schedule of the Minnesota Twins, the finest professional baseball team of all 1987 and 1991. My Twins may have taken a bit of a downturn in the past decade (383 losses in the past four years specifically) but we’ve got a new manager, former player Paul Molitor, and Torii Hunter has returned for a farewell run. The Twins farm system is widely considered to be one of the best (and slowest to effectively materialize) in the entire league. Things are definitely improving in the long term! The map shows the Twins travel schedule month by month.

Twins Schedule2

Map 32: Minnesota Twin 2015 Travel Map

As you can tell, there are ten ballparks where the Twins will not compete this season, excluding the playoffs of course (hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA). The full schedule, both games home and away, is below.

2015_Printable_Schedule

I predict a 76-86 record which would actually be an improvement.

I was inspired to create this map by a similar one for the Seattle Mariners I found on Big League Stew. The post was about how their travel schedule is the longest in the league every year because of Seattle’s remote location (a story that is unnecessarily reported pretty much every year). The Mariners are currently scheduled to travel 43,281 miles in 2015 and that number can only go up if they make the playoffs or get rained out somewhere. The Twins don’t have to fly nearly as far at only 23,866 miles, 8th fewest in the league. I guess there’s an advantage to being centrally located! Are you excited for baseball season? I’m most excited for Spring to start so we can have a few months off from harsh Winter. Winter sucks. If that means being excited for a sub-par baseball team to start playing, I’m in!

Bryan Signature 2

Sources:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/will-missouri-become-the-next-state-to-increase-top-highway/article_b43fb9bc-7dec-58c1-baaf-4e0eba027a81.html
http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/teams
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/mariners-face-baseball-s-most-grueling-travel-schedule-032117115.html
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/schedule/sortable.jsp?c_id=min&year=2015
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/downloads/y2015/2015_Printable_Schedule.pdf
http://baseballsavant.com/apps/map.php?team=min&season=2015
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/history/year_by_year_results.jsp
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