Tri-State at the Plate Episode #90: Francisco Lindor: The Cuyahoga Crown Jewel

Jason Ruggiero joins Andy Burdick this week as Bob and his wife head to the mighty northeast on a journey of self discovery. In his stead, the two catch up on all things baseball just in time for the All-Star Game. The duo open the podcast discussing their likes and dislikes of the All-Star festivities. Andy then digs into the Pirates recent stretch of play and learns that being mediocre sometimes is good enough. He talks about Pittsburgh’s buying/selling options at the deadline, the success that farmhands Adam Frazier, Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, and Tyler Glasnow have had in limited time on the Major League roster, and he finishes chatting with Jason about Pittsburgh’s options with Andrew McCutchen and how Austin Meadows affects the franchise. Jason then digs deep into the Tribe’s options for a Game 1 starter of a playoff series, the success of Danny Salazar, the outstanding play of Francisco Lindor, and the 2016 success of Jose Ramirez. The two then finish up the podcast by discussing the Double-A All-Star Game and its Tri-State participants.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #86: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #80: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #67: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #57: 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 in an attempt to sound hip.  It is unsuccessful.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #55: Penny Pinching Pittsburgh Pirates

On this week’s episode, Chris Bradley steps in to pinch hit for Jason and discusses the injuries that have been plaguing the National League Central teams other than the Pirates with Andy.  Andy then does his best to fill Jason’s shoes while he talks about the founding father of the Corey Kluber Society, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis’s weak start to the season, and Justin Masterson’s struggles.  Chris then dives right into the action in Pittsburgh talking about the complexities of his feelings for Charlie Morton, how Gregory Polanco has improved Andrew McCutchen’s offense, and what’s happening down on the farm.  The duo wrap up with a SeaWolves shout out, highlighting not only the SeaWolves, but the other All-Stars Andy will see next Wednesday in Altoona at the Double-A All-Star Game.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #52: The Chisenhall – Polanco Internet Explosion

On an extra-long episode of Tri-State at the Plate Jason and Andy discuss the potential baseball career of Johnny Football. Andy then discusses at length Pittsburgh losing a one-hitter, a trouncing of the Brewers and Gregory Polanco’s arrival in the Steel City. Then Jason covers the Indians recent turn-around that’s been fueled by good hitting, good pitching and actual defense before telling everyone “I Told You So” about Lonnie Chisenhall. The duo then finishes up with the second-consecutive week of Step-on-the-Scale with questions that range from the probability of Vance Worley pitching in Pittsburgh this season to the catching situation in Cleveland.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #49: The Gallant Sir Buck Knight Arrives

This week Jason and Andy open talking about the inflamed right knee of C.C. Sabathia. Andy laments Starling Marte’s tight back, Andrew McCutchen’s sore left foot and Pedro Alvarez’s woeful batting average. Jason discusses the Indians starting rotation, Yan Gomes’ defensive struggles and Carlos Santana’s tremendous on-base percentage. The gang finishes up with a  discussion of compound word etiquette and the newest mascot of the Erie SeaWolves, Sir Buck Knight.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #48: The Polanco Plight

This week Dr. Garrett stops by to run down all the injuries for the Tri-State clubs including Jason Kipnis, Jason Grilli, Russell Martin and Wandy Rodriguez. Next, Jason takes all of the Indians struggles and condenses them down to just three problems before Andy dissects the Pirates early season struggles. Finally the guys wade into a debate about whether or not the Pirates should bite the bullet and call up top prospect Gregory Polanco before wrapping up with another SeaWolves shout-out.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #47: Michael Pineda’s Sticky Situation

This week Andy and Jason discuss Michael Pineda‘s sticky situation in New York. Then Andy swoons over Gregory Polanco and discusses Starling Marte‘s struggles as well as Carlos Gomez‘s etiquette, or lack thereof. Jason congratulates Cleveland on being 11-11 despite their rough start. He highlights their poor play defensively, but not wanting to be a Negative Nancy, does some swooning of his own over The Chiz Kid. Finally, the gang wraps up with a SeaWolves shout-out to Greg Coleman for treating his fans right and Wade Gaynor for hitting a home run that has yet to hit the ground.