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Anonymous asked in SportsBaseball · 1 month ago

# What would happen if an entire baseball team was wiped out?

George Costanza made a good point.

30 MLB teams, each playing 162 games per season, constantly traveling, wouldn't you think that sooner or later, there would be a plane crash?

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• 1 month ago

The chances are very, very small. Figure that a team plays 81 road games a year and that the average series is 3.5 games (some 3, some 4). Let's call it 23 series on the road. The number of flights is not double because the team does not return home after every series. They might play in three cities on a road trip. That's a flight from home to A, A to B, B to C, and C to home. 4 flights, not 6.

So a team might take off and land somewhere between 35 and 40 times a season. Let's call it 40. That's 1,200 flights at the most, during the regular season, that all MLB teams take off and land. That's 60,000 flights over 50 years.

According to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, there are an average of 87,000 flights in the US per DAY.

The last fatal air crash in the US, killing all 49 aboard and one person in a house, was eleven years ago on Lincoln's birthday. That was 4,027 days ago.

Averaging just 80k flights per day since that time, there have been over 332 million flights since the last fatal crash. In that same 11 seasons, MLB teams flew 13,200 times. Add in the playoffs and World Series and at most it's 15,000 flights.

Divide 15,000 by 332 million and that's your odds of a fatal crash involving an MLB team. Those odds are .00004518.

• 1 month ago

You've had fatal plane crashes in soccer involving Brazilian club team Chapeconense in 2016 which killed 71 people. The regional federation suspended play and the club final they were slated to play in was not played (they were awarded the championship.

In 2011 a flight carrying KHL (Russian Hockey club) team Lokomotiv crashed, killing all but one of 45 people on board. The team did not play in that season's KHL (the crash happened at the start of the season) but played youth team members in a Russian league below the KHL.

In 1958 a plane carrying Manchester United back from a European cup game crashed.

In 1992 a bus carrying half of the then-California Angels crashed in New Jersey. No fatalities but several players and coaches were injured. The team did not miss any games.

• 1 month ago

constanza was awesome

• 1 month ago

I believe shorter trips they do take a bus, but why should we think about this matter? Kinda morbid.

• 1 month ago

Every league has disaster contingency plans written into their rules.

https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/mlb-leagues-pla...

• 1 month ago

In a special situation like that the MLB commissioner would have to decide how to handle it.

The most harsh response would be to just declare them as forfeiting any game that they can't field at least 9 eligible players.The most likely scenario would be to postpone all of that team's games for 1-2 weeks, giving the team and the city time to morn the losses and revamp the roster from AAA teams and/or free agents then they would resume play. They might not make up all the missed games but that team likely would not come anywhere near making the playoffs that season.

It might make sense to allow that team extra draft picks or some sort of advantage in free agency the next season to help them recover.