Tri-State at the Plate Episode #96: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #95: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #94: What’d Tim Tebow Ever Do To You?

On this week’s podcast, Andy and Bob first discuss Tim Tebow’s improbable comeback attempt at playing professional baseball after a ten year layoff. After some partially biased discussion on Andy’s part, Bob reminds everyone that Tim, by all accounts, is a nice guy. The podcast gets back on track when Bob talks about the Indians’ recent successes on the field without Michael Brantley, good attendance at the Jake lately, Josh Tomlin‘s struggles, and his thoughts on trading Clint Frazier for Andrew Miller. Andy then talks about the Pirates’ struggles and the slim margin for error that teams with limited payrolls face, particularly as they pertain to Andrew McCutchen‘s struggles this season. He also talks about Josh Bell‘s debut at first base and David Freese‘s new contract extension. The duo then finish the episode talking about Erie SeaWolves baseball and Andy’s son’s first game.

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 #82: You Can’t Reverse a Reversal!

On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob lead off by discussing Mark McGwire‘s first day managing due to Padres manager Andy Green losing his mind on a reverse of a reversal of a balk call. Andy then talks about the ups and downs of the early season Pirates, the Pirates amazing on base percentage, the bullpen’s struggles, Andrew McCutchen‘s early season struggles with runners in scoring position, Francisco Cervelli starting at first against lefties, rehabbing Buccos Jung ho Kang and Jared Hughes, and finishes his segment talking about the Pirates throwback uniforms on Sunday home games. Bob then dissects the Indians early season woes, the eventual return of Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall returning from the DL, and finishes by discussing Carlos Santana leading off. The two then have a SeaWolves shout out, taking a look at where the Wolves currently stand in the Eastern League.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #78: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #77: 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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #75: 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.