Jason Ruggiero – Co-Founder, Editor, and Cleveland Indians Beat Writer
Jason is a graduate of Edinboro University and a lifelong Indians fan. His dad took him to his first game in the waning days of Cleveland Municipal Stadium and he was instantly hooked. He was raised during the “Era of Champions” and as a result he is forever scarred by images of Jose Mesa and Craig Counsell.
Jason has spent the last several years as a contributing writer for Tony Lastoria’s Indians Baseball Insider. He currently lives in Northwest Pennsylvania and works as a county planner in local government. His proudest baseball accomplishments include leading his Senior League team in hit-by-pitches and being related to former Indians shortstop Jerry Dybzinski. Jason is also the lead singer and guitarist for The Closers, the band featured in the opening of TSM’s podcast “Tri-State at the Plate’.
Andy Burdick – Co-Founder, Editor, and Pittsburgh Pirates Beat Writer
Andy grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania cheering for Pirates’ teams at Three Rivers Stadium that featured the Killer B’s (Bonds, Bonilla, and Bell) as well as the last Pittsburgh Cy Young winner, Doug Drabek. Growing up, his favorite hobby was collecting and cataloging Joe Randa cards. One of his earliest baseball memories is of the ’92 NLCS, which fueled his 2012 run as a top fifty finalist for the MLB Fan Cave and his fifteen minutes of baseball related fame.
An Edinboro University graduate, Andy writes leisurely about his own thoughts at The New Ramble On. As the 2013 baseball season kicks into gear, Andy hopes to provide unique content about Major and Minor League Baseball in the tri-state area that interested people in other regions of the United States might not have access to.
Bob Finkbeiner – Co-Founder and Contributing Writing
Bob is a graduate of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and attended Edinboro University for teaching. His dad took him to his first games in old Cleveland Municipal Stadium watching double-headers. Currently, he enjoys traveling around the local area attending minor league baseball games and following the latest prospects.
He currently lives in Northwest Pennsylvania and teaches social studies at his alma mater. Additionally, he coaches both baseball and football for his school. He believes his father passed on to him one of the greatest gifts anyone could receive…the love of baseball.
Garrett is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a third year medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is pursuing a career in general surgery through the U.S. Army and also has an interest in sports medicine.
He will serve as a medical correspondent and provide some explanation to the often cryptic terms used in baseball such as Tommy John, menisci, oblique injury, and so on. He will make appearances on the Tri-State of Mind Baseball podcast “Tri-State at the Plate” and answer questions related to player injuries, treatments, and prognoses.
Garrett grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania playing baseball and realizing why it truly is America’s pastime. He is a proud supporter of Pittsburgh sports and his fondest baseball memory is coaching a local little league team in his hometown of 300 people.
Chris Bradley – Minor League Beat Writer
Christopher joined the Tri-State staff in 2013 as a Minor League Beat Writer. Chris is a lawyer, but don’t hold that against him. Chris has been a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan, despite the fact that for most of his life they were a losing team. As a member of SABR and an advocate for advanced metrics, Chris hopes to provide succinct commentary using both advanced and traditional statistics and analysis. In his spare time, he tries to build winning slow-pitch softball teams. Chris can be found on twitter dispensing snark and internet (fortune cookie) wisdom. Chris hopes to provide minor league coverage for Tri-State of Mind as well as provide legal insight for the mundane business side of baseball.