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 #87: Pitching Woes Plague Pittsburgh and Other Alliterative Topics

On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob open the show talking about the new-and-improved Barry Bonds. Andy quickly spirals out of control into what can only be described as a free style poetry slam on the depravity of Barry Bonds as a human being. Once things get back under control, the duo dissect the pitching woes that have been hounding the Pirates all season, specifically as they pertain to starter Francisco Liriano. The take a look at some starters in Triple-A Indianapolis who could be potential boons to the rotation (Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Chad Kuhl) before looking at injuries that have dogged the Pirates. Finishing on a positive note, Andy discusses the successes of Matt Joyce and farmhand Mitch Keller. Bob then takes a look at the transactions for Cleveland, talks about the Indians’ bullpen going without a lefty for a day, the return of Carlos Carrasco and potential return of Michael Brantley. Finally, Bob and Andy booth swoon over the recalling of outfielder Tyler Naquin and the resurgence of Jose Ramirez. The duo finish the podcast with a SeaWolves Shoutout, discussing the raging successes of Dean Green and JaCoby Jones as well as the promotion of Matt Crouse to Triple-A Toledo.

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 #85: Erie SeaWolves State of the Union Featuring General Manager Greg Coleman

The staff of Tri-State of Mind Baseball is incredibly thrilled to be talking to the general manager of the Erie SeaWolves, Greg Coleman! Greg returns to the podcast to fill us in on the 2016 SeaWolves and lets us know about the new long-term lease with Erie Events, working under the new ownership of Fernando Aguirre and how that changes expectations and performance, fan experiences and COWBOY MONKEYS COMING TO JERRY UHT PARK, new food at the stadium, how the SeaWolves are involved in the community, how awesome SeaWolves manager Lance Parrish is on and off the field, and finishes up the episode by telling his story of how he ended up in Erie, Pennsylvania.

This is definitely a must-listen podcast for all fans of Minor League Baseball!

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #84: The Nolan Ryan No Hitter – Cy Young Debate


On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob start off by discussing Stephen Strasburg‘s new deal before an at-length discussion about swapping no-hitters for Cy Young Awards. Andy then talks about: the Pirates getting swept by the Cubs, David Freese getting a standing ovation from St. Louis fans, the return of Jun Ho Kang, Gregory Polanco‘s walk rate, and the Pirates’ pitchers’ slow starts and what this could mean for Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow. Bob then discusses: the Tribe getting swept by the Phillies, Tyler Naquin getting optioned, Terry Francona only carrying three bench players, and Giovanny Urshela being named player of the week. The duo then discuss the Erie SeaWolves and their current and upcoming schedule before congratulating Dean Green as being named the Eastern League player of the week!

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 #81: No Trevor Story Puns This Episdoe

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 pulls it together for one of the best episodes of the year.