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  • 01:32

    Rising Apple Report: 2015 Winter Meetings Report Number 1

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    The 2015 Winter Meetings are upon us. Coming off of their fun and improbable run to the championship of the National League, the Mets have several decisions to make that will impact the look of the 2016 team. How will they replace Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy? Is Ben Zobrist the answer? Is it wise to put everything else on hold, pending Zobrist's decision on where he will play next year?


    How will the Mets handle center field? Is Denard Span the answer as the left-hand hitting part of a platoon with Juan Lagares? Should the Mets target a non-platoon option, such as Dexter Fowler? And then there's the bullpen. Having lost out on Darren O'Day and Joakim Soria, who is the current target? Jerry Blevins? Tony Sipp?


    There are so many more decisions to make, with whether or not to bring Bartolo Colon back among them. So, let's try to sort it all out. Please join me, Rich Sparago, as I host the Rising Apple report tonight, December 7th, at 9 pm. I'll be joined by Sam Maxwell, Danny Abriano, and possibly Mike Lecolant. Greg Price from Faith and Fear in Flushing will be our guest, and we may even have another surprise or two.


    You can access the show by the link below. Or you can give us a call at 646-929-0337.


    We look forward to talking Mets Hot Stove Baseball with you!


     

  • 01:03

    The 2015 Wrap-up Edition of the Rising Apple Report!

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    As 2016 veers in, The Rising Apple Report waves goodbye to an exciting (albeit ultimately disappointing) 2015 New York Mets season! 


    Sam Maxwell, Rich Sparago and Mike Lecolant get together on the eve of the eve of the eve to discuss their favorite moments from this past season, some underappreciated times less talked about, and their thoughts on where the Mets are going from here.


    So, make sure you join us at 8pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:17

    Rising Apple Report - NLDS Game Five Special: One More Night in Hollywood

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    Set your clocks back to Pacific Time folks.  The NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers is knotted at two games apiece, sending everyone back to California for a decisive Game 5 at Chavez Ravine.


    Rising Apple continues their coverage Wednesday evening at 9:00pm ET, with senior staff writer and host Michael Lecolant talking Mets baseball with featured guest Gary McDonald from MetsMusings.com.


    The Mets' and Dodgers' intertwining New York histories, marvelous pitching performances, and hard play, have so far made for a fascinating four games.


    Back when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants eloped hand in hand to California, they left behind a lovechild whom the jilted citizens of New York City named the Metropolitans, or Mets for short.  The histories of these three teams, therefore, will forever remain linked.


    Generational differences first came to a head when the old establishment Los Angeles Dodgers took their expansion era junior to task during the 1988 National League championship series.


    After 18 mostly trying seasons, the Mets finally exacted their revenge upon the Dodgers during the 2006 NLDS.


    Last Friday, and for only the third time in their respective histories, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers revisited their unresolved post-season rivalry.


    They say family feuds are usually the worst kinds, and Game 2 proved it.


    The Mets are traveling back west for one more night in Hollywood.  


    The Rising Apple Report will discuss it all tonight at 9pm sharp.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.


    Let's Go Mets!

  • Ep. 120 The Rising Apple Report: 'Twas the night before Game One; NLDS Preview

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    We have reached the eve of the New York Mets first playoff game in nine years.


    Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will host Friday evening's Rising Apple roundtable discussion, with site editor Danny Abriano, staff veteran Rich Sparago, and recent additions to the team Jack Irving and Devin Lintao, providing all the Mets analysis, opinion, and insight one could reasonably ask for.


    Allowing us to share her omniscience in all thing Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers will be my friend and our featured guest, Emma Amaya from A Dodger Blue World at MLBlogs.


    When the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants eloped hand in hand to California, they left behind a lovechild whom the jilted citizens of New York City named the Metropolitans, or Mets for short.  The histories of these three teams, therefore, will forever remain intertwined.


    Generational differences finally came to a head when the old establishment Los Angeles Dodgers took their expansion era junior to task during the 1988 National League championship series.


    After 18 mostly trying seasons, the Mets finally exacted their revenge upon the Dodgers during the 2006 NLDS.


    Friday evening, and for only the third time in their respective histories, the New York Mets will oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers in post-season play.


    Family feuds are usually the worst kinds.


    Welcome to the 2015 NLDS folks.  And welcome to the 120th episode of the Rising Apple Report.


    The show starts at 9:00pm (ET) sharp!  Of course, you're welcome to participate.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:53

    Ep. #119 Rising Apple Report: Calm Before The Storm; Next Stop, Los Angeles

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    The Mets 2015 regular season ended on a high note thanks to Curtis Granderson.  


    The N.L. East champs did not, however, wrap up their final week of play in optimal fashion as fans would have preferred.


    On the west coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business winning 5 of their final 6 games to secure home field advantage through the upcoming NLDS.  


    The Mets, meanwhile, lost 5 of their last 6 games, as well as their last four home series, posting a 4-8 record in their final 12 games at Citi Field.


    The 2nd place Nationals also earned a measure of consolation over the Mets.  In a brilliantly dominating performance, Max Scherzer no-hit them in the first game of Saturday's (make-up game) double-header.   Washington then completed a sweep in the nightcap.


    Some question Terry Collins' strategy and implementation down the stretch, while others point to Yoenis Cespedes' decreased production as potential explanations for the team's recent slide.


    The crew at Rising Apple will attempt to make sense of it all.


    The omniscient Rich Sparago will host this evening's 119th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  He'll be joined by site editor Danny Abriano, senior staff writer Michael Lecolant, and the Converted Mets Fan Sam Maxwell.


    Together, they'll review the season that was, and discuss their major concerns as the Mets head into the post-season.


    The show starts at 9pm (EST) sharp.  As always, you're welcome to call and participate.  The number is 646-929-0337.

  • 02:12

    Rising Apple Report, Cespedes Special, Part Deux, w/ Jaron of @NYM_News!

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    With the Mets suprising and elation-inducing signing of Yoenis Cespedes, here at Rising Apple, we just HAD to continue the audible conversation. Spurred on by @NYM_News, Jaron and his father joins us for another Yo Special at 8pmET!


    This time, we will be taking callers, so make sure you get your voice heard at 646-929-0337.


    Talk to you at 8pmET!

  • 01:45

    The Rising Apple Report Yoenis Cespedes Special! aka "La Potencia!"

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    Well, as the snow buries the northeast today, we here in New York City are fine getting snowed in, because we have La Potencia fire to gather 'round.


    Today at 2:30pmET, the folks at Rising Apple gather on this special edition of the Rising Apple Report to discuss the Mets signing of Yoenis Cespedes, what this means for the franchise, what he has so far meant for the franchise, and some of our favorite moments from his stretch run. It's going to be a Cespedes Love Fest.


    So, make sure you join us at 2:30pmET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:41

    Ep #106 - Rising Apple Report: Night Flight; Here Come The Champs

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    Welcome to the Night Flight from Phoenix...


    The Mets are off today, flying home from Arizona where they gained a series split with the Diamondbacks.


    On Tuesday, they begin a series against the defending world champions, San Francisco Giants.


    For tonight's 106th episode of the Rising Apple Report, the Converted Met Fan Sam Maxwell and the Brooklyn Trolley Blogger Michael Lecolant will review the Arizona series that was, and preview the upcoming set against the incoming Giants.


    They'll additionally analyze the Mets' standing as they enter their 2nd trimester of the season, as well as take a look back at the 2006 season, and players who've worn #6 in Mets history.


    As an extra added feature the boys will take a retrospective look at the 1915 New York Giants baseball club, and the Giants  overall time spent in upper Manhattan.


    Should be a lot if fun.


    As always, you're more than welcome to join the conversation.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.  The show kicks off at 8:00pm ET sharp.

  • 01:26

    Epidode 91 - The Rising Apple Report: A Winter of Dissatisfaction?

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    The Mets hot stove is failing to generate sufficient heat.  That's the sentiment among a growing number of fans.


    While the N.L. East has worked itself into a trading frenzy this winter, the Mets lone off-season acquisition remains outfielder Michael Cuddyer.


    With a shortstop situation screaming for resolution, and a need for a lefty in the bullpen, Mets boosters are growing increasingly perturbed with the lack of front office activity.


    Clearly then, ownership's financial straits continue to hamper team operations.  Ticket prices are rumored to be going up this coming season, yet, there's been no uptick in payroll.


    How is it possible then, Fred Wilpon was named to head Major League Baseball's finance committee?


    Tonight, the 91st episode of the Rising Apple Report will try and make sense of it all.  Rich Sparago will host what is sure to be a spirited roundtable discussion, and will be joined by fellow Rising Apple staff writers Michael Lecolant and Kevin Baez.


    Joining the crew to share his insights will be special guest, John Coppinger, from MetstradamusBlog.com.


    Tonight's opening pitch is at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.


    Of course, we'd love to have you call in as well.  Please do, at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:18

    Rising Apple Report, New Year/Hall of Fame Edition!

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    Happy New Year, Metsian Folk! The Rising Apple Report returns for its 1st episode of 2016! Brooklyn Trolley Blogger Mike Lecolant hosts, with site editor Danny Abriano and writer Rich Sparago joining them for all the piping hot Mets talk! Joining them as well will be long-time friend of Rising Apple and blogger Metstradamus, Mr. John Coppinger.


    Well, after 4 years of waiting, it finally happened: Mike Piazza, the greatest hitting catcher of all time, has been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame! AND as expected, he will don a Mets cap on his plaque. We'll discuss his career, our favorite memories, and what this means for the era of the 90's and 00's overall in future HOF voting.


    Most fans have wished for a more active offseason following a pennant-winning year, but that has not occurred. Whether it's the debt the Wilpons are still living under, Sandy Alderson's reluctance to dole out long-term 2nd generation contracts, or both, we'll discuss the offseason so far, as well as options the Mets should still be considering, whether realistic they will pursue them or not.


    So, join us at 6:30pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:31

    Episode 94, The Rising Apple Report: Camp Bravado is open for business

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    The caleder still says February, the temperature in the northeast is still below freezing, and for many the winter snow has been relentless.  However, nothing advertises a changing of the season quite like Spring Training.


    Port St. Lucie is finally open for business.  All position players were due by Tuesday, and today marked the first day of full squad workouts.


    Over the winter, the Mets contracted a strong case of confidence.  Tonight's 94th episode of the Rising Apple Report will swing the gates open to Camp Bravado, and debate the merits of their words.


    If the Mets indeed seem emboldened to you, perhaps the return of Matt Harvey is one reason why.  On March 6th, he will tentatively take the mound and face live competition for the first time since 2013.


    Also up for discussion are the potential crowding of the bullpen and a lack of another lefty, Lucas Duda's injury, the never ending quest to rectify shortstop, the 1994 regular season, and much more.


    Rising Apple staff writer Rich Sparago will host this evening's discussion, and will be joined by fellow staff writer Michael Lecolant.  As always, you are most welcome to call the show and join the conversation.


    The number is 646-929-0337.  The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

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