Both trips sound great but I would go for #1 since you would get to see more ballparks!
I vote plan #1 too! More baseball and the Rock n Roll hall of fame is pretty cool.
I would go with Itinerary #1. Not just more ballparks, but one of them is PNC and that is a huge must-see. Also the R&R Hall is worth seeing.
Have you decided on a trip yet jeff? My vote is #1. Something to consider is weather. April/May trips are risky tends to be the consensus from Chasers on this website.
Itinerary 1 sounds awesome. I think PNC is the best active park right now. [Just my opinion, subject to change without notice.] If you are flying in and out of BWI you could consider adding Nationals Park to the agenda.
Thanks for everyone's feedback. This website is extremely helpful!
I looked at all the options (including the weather during the spring months) and did some price comparisons. I also considered that several of these cities are places I've never been. Since my travel through the Midwest is pretty limited, I'm pretty much set on this itinerary:
5/12---Fly to Detroit. Should get there in time to see Twins vs. Tigers.
5/13--I saw a tour company that gives city tours of Detroit. Having never been there, I'm probably going to take it. Second Twins and Tigers game later that evening.
5/14---Henry Ford Museum---Dearborn
5/15-- Day off, drive to Cincinnati.
5/16--Reds vs. Giants in the evening. Hoping for a stadium tour in the morning.
5/17---Reds vs. Giants
5/18---Day off---drive to Pittsburgh. May try to see the aviation museum in Dayton along the way.
5/19--Twins v. Pirates
5/20--Twins v. Pirates
5/21--Cleveland---Rock and Roll HOF
5/22--Reds v. Indians
5/23--Drive back to Detroit for an early evening flight home.
I was hoping to go down to Louisville for the Louisville Slugger tour, but that would add about 6 more hours (RT) to my itinerary.
Any feedback on this would be appreciated. Cheers!