Chris Bradley’s Baseball Adventures, Episode I

Chris Bradley’s Baseball Adventures, Episode I

By Chris Bradley

Photo Aug 16, 12 12 06 PM

Howard J. Lamade Stadium

I’ve been a resident of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region for the vast majority of my life. There isn’t much here besides a lot of trees and a lot of Republicans. Spend a few days here and you’ll quickly realize why this state is called “Penn’s Woods”. One thing I have never done is attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

I told Andythat…

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #57: Stetson Allie Onesies

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 Russ…

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The Pirates Roster and the Postseason

The Pirates Roster and the Postseason

By Chris Bradley

If the season were to end today, the Pittsburgh Pirates would have their second Wildcard berth in as many years. Only caveat being, they currently have a pretty dreadful (subjectively speaking) offense even after putting up 11 runs against the Detroit Tigers the other night. I am a pretty optimistic Pirate fan, unlike numerous other bloggers and tweeps, I try to stay positive in…

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Go check out our article on Josh Harrison.  If nothing else, for the funny pictures.

Go check out our article on Josh Harrison.  If nothing else, for the funny pictures.

Josh Harrison’s 2014 Breakout Season

Josh Harrison’s 2014 Breakout Season

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison, at 27 years old, has improved his standing in the lineup, going from super-utility player at the beginning of the season to full-time third baseman.  He is in the midst of the best year in his career by far and has already set career bests in just about every statistical category.


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Pittsburgh Pirates State of the Union: Neal Huntington on 93.7 The Fan

Pittsburgh Pirates State of the Union: Neal Huntington on 93.7 The Fan

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal HuntingtonGeneral Manager Neal Huntington spoke about a variety of topics on 93.7 The Fan this morning.  Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

In regards to why Andrew McCutchen or Neil Walkerhaven’t been placed on the disabled list, he stated that he doesn’t want to lose days with McCutchen or Walker on the back of a DL stint in which they may be healthy by day ten.  This is why…

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Andrew McCutchen is Snakebitten

Andrew McCutchen is Snakebitten

By Andy Burdick

Andrew McCutchen is the reining National League MVP well on his way to earning his second consecutive MVP award.  He is the face of a franchise on the upswing with a roster full of quirky, but mostly harmless, players.

Which is why after last night’s game in Arizona, quite a few people around baseball are not very pleased with the Diamondbacks.


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The Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Aftermath

The Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Aftermath

By Andy Burdick

Pirates fans at 4:00 yesterday.

Pirates fans at 4:00 yesterday.

The 2014 trade deadline was one of the more exciting ones in recent memory.  In fact, this trade season had plenty of high-profile activity, starting with the Cubs trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s for a package featuring their top short stop prospect Addison Russell.

The Pirates, while rumored to be in on some of the…

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #56: 2014 Trade Deadline Edition

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #56: 2014 Trade Deadline Edition

This week Andy and Jason team-up for a special Trade Deadline Edition of Tri-State at the Plate. The guys start things off by talking about the Indians decision to trade Justin Masterson, before moving on to all the juicy rumors that are swirling, including the Pirates reported interest in Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

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Scouting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers - July 29th 2014

Scouting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – July 29th 2014

Scouting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – July 29th 2014 

By Bob Finkbeiner

Mahoning-Valley-Scrappers-LogoOne of the best times of my life consists of attending baseball games.  Just like the main writers at Tri-State of Mind Baseball, I love to attend minor league baseball games.  I had a chance to travel to Niles, Ohio, and get a first-hand look at some of the Cleveland Indians young talent.

Let’s check out my notes and…

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Justin Masterson Reportedly Traded to St. Louis Cardinals

Justin Masterson Reportedly Traded to St. Louis Cardinals

By Jason Ruggiero

According to various media outlets the Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey.

Ramsey was the Cardinals first-round pick in 2012 and has posted a .300 batting average and a .916 OPS in Double-A this season to go along with 13 homers and 36 RBI. He is 24-years old and will reportedly report…

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Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Jon Lester

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Jon Lester

By Andy Burdick

The trade deadline is tomorrow and the Hot Stove is currently set to ‘NUCLEAR’ in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates are currently one game back of Milwaukee in the National League Central and tied with Atlanta for the Wild Card.

The rumor mill kicked into fourth gear when news on Twitter broke that the Pirates may be in on Red Sox starter Jon Lester.

For Baseball Joe: Why #Piratesshould…

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Trade Probabilities and the Cleveland Indians

Trade Probabilities and the Cleveland Indians

By Jason Ruggiero (Remember me? I used to post here all the time)


If you are interested enough to read this I’m sure you know that MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching this Thursday (July 31) at 4 pm EST. There are of course piles of bogus rumors circulating right now and as usual the Indians are not included in too many of those rumors as they tend to keep a pretty tight lid on…

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Shopping the Bargain Bin at the Deadline: Vol. 1

Shopping the Bargain Bin at the Deadline: Vol. 1

By Andy Burdick

One of my favorite moves in all of baseball is when a team trades for a player while the other team is picking up a portion of that player’s salary.  Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington executed this deal perfectly when he traded for then New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and cash.  At the time, Burnett had $31.1 million remaining on his deal with the Yankees,…

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Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Ian Kennedy

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Ian Kennedy

By Andy Burdick

The Hot Stove is heating up… to tepid at least.

As reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were scouting San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy during his last start.

#Pirates, #Royals among teams that scouted #Padres’ Kennedy last night. Pirates looking for SP and RP. Royals keeping all options open.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 19, 2014

Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports / July 4, 2014

Keep playing with fire,…

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