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January 23, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

Edwin Encarnacion’s Interesting Attendance Bonus

On this week's episode, Bob, Andy, and Jason are all back together and starting off the episode by talking about the 2017 Hall of Fame vote. In the least controversial hot take possible, the trio decide that they're mostly just okay with the Hall of Fame. After that, Bob and Jason dig into the newest Cleveland Indian contract, which is full of fun surprises and belongs to former Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Then they discuss some Rule 5 draft action in Cleveland, Terry Francona's status as manager, Carlos Santana's future with the club, and finish up with a panic-stricken discussion about Michael Brantley's shoulder. Andy then digs into the news in Pittsburgh, highlighted by the signing of Ivan Nova. He talks at length about the Pirates' farm system, first baseman Josh Bell reporting to winter workouts in the best shape of his life (already!), what could have been with Tyson Ross, and the departure of front office quantitative analyst Mike Fitzgerald and the potential impact on the club. 

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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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April 1, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

Hypothetical Tags

On this week's episode, Andy and Jason discuss the merits of Major League Baseball changing the rules of tagging runners out; the laces on your mitts are now excluded from the tag. Once their heated debate cools, Andy discusses the end of the Pirates' spring, including, but not limited to: Juan Nicasio nailing down the fifth starter spot and whether to be optimistically optimistic or cautiously optimistic, the Pirates' bullpen construction, and how the Pirates' roster is going to cut down from 30 men to 25 before Sunday. Jason then transitions flawlessly into talking about Trevor Bauer's career and how it's led him to the bullpen. He also talks about Tyler Naquin in center field, Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall on the disabled list, and he finishes up with discussing Paul Dolan's recent interview in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The gang finishes with a SeaWolves Shoutout, taking a look at when the Tri-State teams are coming to town as well as waxing poetic about Minor League Baseball.

This week's episode isn't brought to you by North Country Brewing's Uncle Ray's Bucco Blonde Ale, but we wouldn't be opposed if it was.
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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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February 5, 2016 @ 9:36 pm

Neal Huntington Goes to Confession

"Forgive me father, for Jason Bay is my one sin."

On this week's episode, Andy and Jason discuss tanking in Major League Baseball and how neither of them think it really matters... unless you're Scott Boras and you suggest outrageous things like an "Elite Draft." Then Andy talks about Jesse Biddle joining the Pirates, Neal Huntington baring his soul to Adam Berry about trading Jason Bay (and he goes down the regrettable rabbit hole of players in that trade), and finally he talks about the top five Pirates prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Jason then fills us in on the Indians' prospect rankings as they pertain to Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier before suggesting you should become a host-family for a Minor League Baseball player. Finally he suggests checking out the Cleveland Plain Dealer for some interesting articles. 
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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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May 1, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

The Indians and Pirates Ups and Downs

On this week's Tri-State at the Plate, Andy and Jason talk about Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh, who has raised nearly $3,000 for the Pirates charity Wins for Kids.  You can donate to the charity here and make sure to add 'Jacob Haugh' to your donation.

The show starts with Andy and Jason talking about the least controversial controversial topic that they can think of: the National League adopting the DH.  Andy then talks about the ups and downs of the Pirates' season so far: Starling Marte hitting for power, but not taking any walks.  The hitting not doing much of anything, but the pitching's stellar start.  Melancon's velocity is down and... well, there's no real upside to that.  Jason then makes some tater tots before he chimes in to discuss Cleveland's slow start and how the fans shouldn't be panicking.  Yet.  The duo finish up with a SeaWolves shout out that is Dean Green heavy this week.  

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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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