Playoff Odds as Distance from Rome circa 200 AD
Below is a map of the Roman Empire upon which are pasted the logos of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Where they are located on the map corresponds to cities of the Roman Empire. Each city’s distance from Rome in travel days is roughly equivalent to the chance each team has of making the playoffs in 2014. The image is entirely embiggenable and is really only understood in an embiggened state.
A table with some data for y’alls:
|Team||Playoff Odds (%)||Roman City||Travel Days From Roma||Distance (km)|
- Distance was determined by using an astonishingly cool tool called ORBIS, and playoff odds are found on this very site, itself astonishingly cool.
- ORBIS assumes the year to be 200 AD, but this map represents the Roman Empire in 400 AD. If you tinker with ORBIS yourself, I used the default settings with September as the travel month (’cause we’re travelling to the playoffs, get it??).
- Portis Blendium, where the Mets are located, apparently disappeared between 200 and 400 AD.
- You’ll notice that it’s very difficult to hike over mountains and quite efficient to cross the empire by sea. This explains why the Twins in Lauriacum appear much closer to the playoffs/Rome than the Angels or Blue Jays. In reality, the Twins have about the same chance as the Marlins (OLD LOGO ALERT) in Londinium. I included Distance (km) in the table to give you a sense of the disparity between route length and ease of travel. The Giants are “closer” than the A’s by travel days!
- Poor White Sox.
Zach is an egregious malcontent whose life goal is to literally become the London Tube. @itszachreynolds.
This is brilliant, and combines all the things I love: baseball, statistics, maps, and history.
On a related note: I am such a geek.
Everything you just said. Absolutely great article