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December 6, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

The Allan Huber Selig Hall of Fame Episode

Andy and Bob get together to talk about the Hall of Fame election of former Major League Baseball commissioner Allan Huber 'Bud' Selig. They discuss the legacy of the man who was in the commissioner's office during: the 1994 players strike that led to the cancellation of the World Series for only the second time in baseball history, the entirety of an era baseball that is now known as 'The Steroid Era', and an All-Star Game tie. He also was responsible for home field advantage during the World Series being awarded to the team that was in the league that won the All-Star Game, so there's that.

Once the duo finish digging through the highs (and mostly lows) of Selig's tenure, they dive right into the hot stove talk surrounding Andrew McCutchen, Jung Ho Kang's [third!] DUI in Korea, the end of the Jeff Locke era (and ERA) in Pittsburgh, and what the Pirates should be doing during the Winter Meetings. While the Indians' winter has been a quiet one so far, Bob waxes poetic about what could have been if Matt Holiday had signed with the Indians, wishes upon a star for Edwin Encarnacion to join the Tribe, and then finishes up with a discussion of what could have been with a healthy Michael Brantley in 2016.

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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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February 27, 2016 @ 9:29 am

Chilly Spring Training Talk

It's freezing in Northwestern Pennsylvania, but things are starting to heat up in Bradenton, Florida and Goodyear, Arizona... because pitchers and catchers have reported and we're a few days away from Spring Training starting! On this week's podcast, Andy and Bob discuss the New York Yankees' new ticket policy, their capitalist agenda, and Lonn Trost's horrible comments towards Yankee fans. Andy then discusses Andrew McCutchen's contract extension talk at length and discusses his role as the Pirates' Derek Jeter. He also talks about Jung-ho Kang and Major League Baseball's new slide rule and Monday's Black and Gold game. Bob then digs into the Tribe's spring by looking at the recent signing of Craig Stammen and singing the praises of Juan Uribe. He looks at the ever-evolving outfield situation with Abraham Almonte's recent steroid suspension and how this affects Tyler Naquin and finishes up with some talk about Indians' pitching prospect Brady Aiken. 

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January 30, 2016 @ 11:53 am

Who’s in Right? No, Cowgill’s in Right.

On this week's podcast, the Big Red Machine, Bob Finkbeiner, makes his return to the podcasting world. Andy and Bob first talk about the potential baseball series in London before Andy discusses the Pirates' jersey situation, Jung-ho Kang's rehab, Francisco Cervelli's contract desires wanting to stay in Pittsburgh, and finally, Andy predicts doom for the Pirates after the departure of pitching big-wig Jim Benedict to Miami. Bob then waxes poetic about the Cleveland Indians' 2016 Hall of Fame Class, he talks about Michael Brantley's rehab, Josh Tomlin's contract, and the enigma that is the outfield in Cleveland without Brantley. The duo finishes up answering Tweetmails about how to bring fans who have left the game back.

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August 2, 2015 @ 1:11 pm

The 2015 Trade Deadline That Was

The 2015 trade deadline has come and gone so you get an hour and twenty minutes of podcast goodness today, but before Jason and Andy discuss things with the Tribe, they first discuss an appropriate age to bring your child to a baseball game. Once they finish with that discussion at the 12:45 mark, they then dive into the Cleveland Indians. Jason gives his thoughts on the Brandon Moss trade, the Carlos Carassco trade that never was, Jason Kipnis and leadership in the Indians' clubhouse, and Andy waxes poetic about Francisco Lindor's recent production at the plate.  Then around the 44:00 minute mark, Andy and Chris Bradley dig into the Pirates' trade deadline: they first hit on the Aramis Ramirez homecoming, Joe Blanton and the least sexy trade ever and the rest of the Pirates trades before finishing up talking about A.J. Burnett's elbow (or what's left of it) and Jung-ho Kang's hot streak the last month. Andy then finishes with a quick SeaWolves shout out and talks about going to meet former Pirates manager Jim Leyland this week!

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June 29, 2015 @ 9:38 pm

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Conundrum

On this week's podcast, Andy and Jason discuss the Major League Baseball's All-Star problem with the Kansas City Royals as well as the new Home Run Derby rules.  Jason then talks about the successes of Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber as well as the struggles of Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez.  Andy then discusses the slow start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and how it has affected their playoff hopes in 2015, as well as Jung-ho Kang's adjustments and Gregory Polanco's lack of progress. They finish up talking about the Erie SeaWolves and their less than stellar season on the field, but incredibly fan-friendly ballpark.

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March 6, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

Spring Has Sprung and So Has Kang

Real baseball has returned in Florida and Arizona this spring!  Position battles and weird injuries are everywhere as Andy and Jason talk about Hunter Pence and his broken forearm.  Andy talks about both of those things in regards to Pirates as Corey Hart has a hot tub related injury and Jung-ho Kang hits an opposite field home run.  Andy also talks about the 5th starter spot in the Pirates' rotation being up for grabs as well as catcher Francisco Cervelli bonding well with staff ace Gerrit Cole.  Jason then jumps into the conversation talking about his favorite players to watch in camp (Francisco Lindor) and his undying love for Bruce Chen, even though Dan in Buffalo does not approve.  Jason also talks about Trevor Bauer's clean mechanics and the 5th starter spot in the Tribe's rotation as well.

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February 22, 2015 @ 7:12 pm

Can Francisco Cervelli Effectively Affect the Effectiveness of Pitchers

Spring is in the air... if you're in Arizona or Florida that is.

Andy and Jason are in the best shape of their lives and they reported for this week's podcast!  It shows as they open up talking about meeting Jim Leyland and B.J. Upton's name change to Melvin Upton Jr.  Andy then talks about the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup in 2015 and how Francisco Cervelli could help all Pirates fans forget Russell Martin.  He also discusses the Pirates pitching and players who may need to make strides in 2015.  Jason then discusses Michael Bourn's hamstrings, Jason Kipnis's return to stardom, the two-spot in the Cleveland lineup, and Indians pitchers competing in sprint drills!

It's good to be back!
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January 21, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

It’s On Like Jung-ho Kang

Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Kang puns continue on this week's episode.  However, before talking about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy and Jason first discuss Max Scherzer at length and question if $210 million is deferred, is it really still $210 million?  Andy then analyzes the signing of South Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang and his role on the team before he discusses his surprise about the front office's intended plan for him.  Jason then un-ZiPS the Cleveland Indians as he takes a look at the 2015 ZiPS projections for Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, and others.

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