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November 19, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

Tinkering Tito and Twenty-Six Man Rosters

On this week's episode, Andy and Bob lament their long absence from the podcast recording universe before talking about Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement negotiations and the potential impact of a 26-man roster. Then they unwittingly create an advertisement for the Australian Baseball League and talk about how it can be viewed for free during the cold, winter months leading up to Spring Training. The duo then dig into the 2016 post season that was for the Cleveland Indians and talk about making trades using hindsight. Next, they look towards 2017 and beyond for the Pittsburgh Pirates as it pertains to Andrew McCutchen, the starting rotation, and first base. They talk about the incredibly thin free agent market and wrap up with a fun fact about former Erie SeaWolf and current American League Rookie of the Year, Michael Fulmer.

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May 17, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

The Only Thing Max Scherzer and Cody Anderson Have In Common

On this week's episode Andy and Bob lead off with a discussion that answers the question: What is the only thing that Max Scherzer and Cody Anderson have in common? After that, Andy leads the discussion of Francisco Cervelli's surprising contract extension and what that means for the pecking order of catchers in Pittsburgh. He talks about two distinctly different series with the Reds and Cubs, before he waxes poetic about Pirates pitching prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. Bob then addresses the Indians' outfield as it pertains to the health of Michael Brantley's shoulder, he talks about Dan in Buffalo's favorite prospect Mike Clevinger making his first start tomorrow, the health of Carlos Carrasco's hamstring, and finishes with talk of surprising Trevor Bauer stats and the importance of Cleveland sports fans to remain optimistic. The duo wrap up the show with a SeaWolves shout out that looks at the upcoming schedule, the Akron RubberDucks, Dean Green destroying baseball's for the Wolves, and JaCoby Jones returning to the SeaWolves' lineup.

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April 10, 2016 @ 7:13 pm

No Trevor Story Puns This Episode

Even with Colorado Rockies' short stop Trevor Story off to an hi-Story-ic start, we refuse to jump on the bandwagon of Trevor Story puns.

Instead, on this week's episode, Andy, Bob, and Jason get back together for the first time in ages to talk baseball. The open this week's show by discussing the new slide rule and the potential psychological ramifications of it being referred to as 'The Chase Utley Rule'. Andy then talks about Gregory Polanco's new deal, a new sabermetric Bucs lineup, all the other pitchers giving up because Juan Nicasio is going to win the Cy Young Award, and finishes his portion of the podcast by talking about Ray Searage's contract in Pittsburgh. Bob and Jason then dive into the Indians with talk of, but not limited to: Opening Day being cold, Jose Ramirez's defense, Carlos Santana's walk rate, and former top prospect Jeremy Sowers now as a front office employee with an MBA from the University of North Carolina. The gang finishes with a SeaWolves shout out that features their enjoyment of watching former Erie SeaWolf Steven Moya hitting baseballs.

There might be an awkward pause at the beginning as the three podcasters learn to work together again, but the trio pull it together for one of the best episodes of the year.
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January 22, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

Bouncing Baby Boys and Baseball

Andy kicks off today's podcast by announcing he and his wife are expecting a boy, who is sure to be left handed due to exceptional parenting. Then Andy and Jason discuss Rob Manfred announcing the heretical news that the DH may be coming to the National League. Andy then talks about the Pirates news - specifically Antonio Bastardo spurning the Buccos, the Pirates avoiding arbitration, signing Neftali Feliz, waxing poetic about Daniel Bard and Ray Searage Witchcraft, and Gregory Polanco contract talks. Jason then dives into the Indians' offseason - specifically Mike Napoli, the Indians' infield defense, their strength in pitching, and what the club does without Michael Brantley to start the year. This episode isn't sponsored by North Country Brewing's Uncle Ray Searage's Bucco Blonde Ale... but it should be.

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April 3, 2015 @ 8:28 am

Rob Manfred Makes the Tough Decisions

Opening Day is almost here and we have a jam-packed episode for everyone today! While everyone eagerly awaits for Sunday night, Rob Manfred is fretting in his office about just how fans will be able to watch baseball this year, which is right where Andy and Jason start off their discussion: ending blackouts for in-market teams.  After that, Andy hits the talking points for the Pirates with recent injury news, the trading for Hunter Morris, Pedro Alvarez's success at first base and Jung-ho Kang's struggles at the plate.  He also talks about the fifth starter battle ending, with Jeff Locke victorious, keys to the Pirates success in 2015, and finishes up with a Minor League rundown of the Pirates organization.  Jason then talks about the injury news for the Tribe, Danny Salazar's assignment to the minors, Zach McAllister's assignment in the rotation, and Roberto's Perez's contributions to the 2015 Tribe.  Andy and then Jason talk about the awesome fan experiences you should be having at Progressive Field (which we still refer to as 'The Jake').  The duo finishes up the podcast with a SeaWolves Shout Out, highlighting some Wovles news and former Erie SeaWolf, now Detroit catcher, James McCann.

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March 19, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

SeaWolves General Manager Greg Coleman Talks Erie Baseball

Andy traveled far and wide to find the brains behind the baseball operations for the Erie SeaWolves.  In the end, SeaWolves General Manager Greg Coleman ended up being in his office at the corner of 10th and Holland in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania for today's interview.  Andy had a chance to pick his brain about what makes a Minor League team tick, ranging from wacky and fun promotions in the upcoming season, to ticket packages, and how the team interacts with the community.  Greg talks about Andy's man-crush, Eastern League MVP Steven Moya, before diving into a much heavier topic, which is the economics of Minor League Baseball.

A huge thanks to Greg for taking time out of his busy spring schedule to fit in an interview today!

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November 13, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

Corey Kluber’s Cy Young Smile

On this week's podcast, Andy and Jason analyze the SB Nation Off-Season Simulation and the craziness of letting average fans make moves on a franchise's behalf. Andy then discusses a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, starting with the proactive trade of reliever Justin Wilson for Yankees backstop Francisco Cervelli.  He then discusses Pedro Alvarez's transition to first base, the soon-to-be non-tendering of Ike Davis and Jon Heyman's Tweeting of all things baseball related.  He finishes up by looking at the off-season awards that could have been for the Pirates as well as trades he would love to see happen in Pittsburgh.  Jason then leap frogs into the discussion on behalf of the Tribe, tackling Tribe Town favorites Michael Brantley and the most recent Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber.  He then discusses Yan Gomes's phenomenal season, the strength of the starting pitching, the short term upgrades for the Tribe, and finishes by waxing poetic about Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.  The duo conclude this episodically long podcast by answering Dan in Buffalo's Tweetmail about how much money the Tribe and Buccos should spend this winter. 

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September 1, 2014 @ 9:29 am

Cross Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

This week, Chris Bradley joins Andy Burdick and the duo discuss truly weird baseball after Jesus Montero's season ends over ice cream and a Seattle Mariners cross-checker.  Andy then discusses the recent happenings with the Tribe, ranging from long-term Chisenhall projections to Cleveland's playoff chances.  Chris then discusses the Pirates playoff hopes, Pittsburgh's need to open their wallet this off season, and the future of Pedro Alvarez and Josh Harrison in the infield.  The gentlemen then wrap up with a big SeaWolves shout out to former Erie SeaWolf (current Detroit Tiger) Steven Moya, as well as general manager Greg Coleman finishing the season strong with the Two Knuckle Challege.  You won't want to miss this one, folks. 

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August 14, 2014 @ 10:57 am

Stetson Allie Onesies

On this week's episode, the Ginger Prince of Baseball Bob Finkbeiner makes his glorious return to the podcast to talk stick-ball with Andy and fill in while Jason is on paternity leave.  The duo start with discussion of Giancarlo Stanton as front-runner for National League MVP as all the other contenders drop like flies.  Andy then talks about the state of the union in Pittsburgh, re-signing Russell Martin, and the trade deadline deals that never were.  Bob then talks about the injuries that have been plaguing the Tribe and the value of Nick Swisher before talking contract extensions with Corey Kluber (The Klub-bot).  The two then wrap up with a SeaWolves shout-out, highlighting the Altoona-Erie series this weekend at Jerry Uht Park and discuss the potential of a Stetson Allie onesie for Jason's offspring.  Andy ends the episode by calling Bob 'Rob' for the first time ever for reasons unknown.

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July 1, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

Regal Ruggiero Returns

This week Andy and Jason discuss scandal in Houston. Andy then discusses Pittsburgh’s improved offense, their bullpen at length, Gerrit Cole’s refusal to rehab and speculative trade targets. Jason then asks Andy, “What’s wrong with the following players?” as they dive into the performances this year of Nick Swisher, Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis, followed by a brief update on Francisco Lindor. The gang finishes with a SeaWolves shout-out.

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