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March 28, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

A Fireside Chat with Out of the Park Baseball’s Richard Grisham

Do you like baseball? Do you like video games? If you answered yes to either of those questions then this is the podcast for you!

This week, on a very special edition of Tri-State at the Plate, Chris Bradley and Andy Burdick sit down with Out of the Park Baseball's Chief Marketing Officer Richard Grisham for a fireside chat about what makes baseball's greatest simulation game tick. Richard talks about how a simulation baseball game determines the players' skills, how the company acquired the MLB and MLBPA licenses, the appeal of the game to baseball fans and baseball players, and finally, he talks about his favorite real-life baseball teams and experiences.

This is a unique interview with an incredibly interesting perspective on baseball that anyone who likes baseball or video games is sure to enjoy.

So sit back and listen to Richard Grisham wax poetic about Out of the Park Baseball on a very special edition of Tri-State at the Plate.
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March 27, 2016 @ 6:58 am

Positional Flexibility, Not Food Flexibility

On this week's podcast, Bob and Andy talk about Rob Refsnyder having the worst 25th birthday ever and the cost-benefit analysis of positional flexibility on the diamond. Andy then discusses the Pirates' lineup construction and Andrew McCutchen's knee, relievers throwing more than one inning in Pittsburgh, the continued excellent performance of Juan Nicasio in Bradenton, the relatively short injury reports out of camp, and he finishes his segment by analyzing the most horrible food concept he has ever heard of: the Cracker Jack Dog. Bob then talks about safety updates at Progressive Field (it's still The Jake) before he discusses Forbes releasing their annual franchise values. He takes a look at how Cleveland's outfield situation is working itself out with Tyler Naquin earning a spot on the roster, Michael Brantley's Opening Day status in question, and Joey Butler getting optioned to Triple-A, before he finishes by analyzing the Tribe's bullpen construction.

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March 20, 2016 @ 8:36 am

Adam LaRoche Hot Takes for a Chilly Spring

If you like your takes hot, then this week's episode is for you!

On this week's Tri-State at the Plate, Andy and Bob discuss some pretty hot takes about Adam LaRoche's retirement. The duo then discuss the value of hitting Andrew McCutchen second in the Pirates' lineup, Cutch's bum knee that should be on the mend, righty Juan Nicasio's amazing spring line, and they finish with an update on the triage of Jung-ho Kang and super-prospect Austin Meadows. Bob then talks Tribe baseball including, but not limited to: Cleveland sending home players from camp, Trevor Bauer's pitching strengths and woes, Francisco Lindor going batty for bunts, and the ever-evolving outfield situation in Cleveland.

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March 12, 2016 @ 7:46 am

Get Off Old Man Gossage’s Lawn

On this week's podcast, Andy and Bob discuss Goose Gossage shaking his fist angrily at younger people in baseball. Bob then discusses the Indians' spring so far, including, but not limited to: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's attempt to purchase the Cleveland Indians, Michael Brantley taking BP, Corey Kluber starting on Opening Day, Tyler Naquin's outfield prowess, Danny Salazar's split-change, and Carlos Santana leading off. Andy then talks at length about new Pirates third baseman David Freese, Gerrit Cole's contract and future in Pittsburgh, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon's spring starts, and Stargell's Stars possibly returning to Pittsburgh.

This week's episode isn't sponsored by Wegman's Sparkling Water, but it should be.
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