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  • 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.

  • 01:30

    Ep. 90 The Rising Apple Report - More on the QBC, and ruthless baseball analysis

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    Tonight will mark the 90th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will hos this evening,


    Joining the show for a first time will be a recent, and welcome addition to the Rising Apple staff, Justin Weiss.


    Returning to share anecdotes from their recent QBC experience will be Mets fan extraordinaire/photographer Sharon Chapman, and “A Gal For All Seasons” Taryn “the Coop” Cooper.


    This evening, the Rising Apple Report will also feature ruthless baseball analysis from the best writer you’ve never heard of, author Paul Lebowitz.


    Together, they’ll continue discussing the recent Queens Baseball Convention, how recent transactions have shaken up the N.L. East, share some retrospective thoughts on the 1990 season, and stray anywhere else the conversation may lead.


    Of course, you’re always welcome to join. Give the show a call tonight at 646-929-0337.  Rising Apple would be happy to hear from you.


    Tonight’s podcast starts at 9:00pm EST.

  • 01:40

    Ep #92 - The Rising Apple Report: 21 Days till Pitchers and Catchers

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    Let the countdown begin!


    Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 19th, and the first full squad workout is scheduled for February 26th.


    Until then, it's time to heave another log into the old Hot Stove.


    Michael Lecolant will be hosting tonight's 92nd episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Joining him from the RA staff will be the Converted Mets Fan, Sam Maxwell.


    Their guests will include Stephen Keane from KranepoolSociety.com, and John Pielli, host of the Passed Ball Show at JohnPielli.com.


    Sandy Alderson still has work to do.  That will kick off the evening's discussion.


    If his mind is truly focused on contending in 2015, he'd still be trying to resolve an unsatisfactory situation at shortstop, pursuing another established left-hander for the bullpen, and avoiding a logjam in the starting rotation.


    They'll also discuss the appearance of six Mets on Keith Law's top 100 prospects list, and the interview that took place between Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Commissioner Robert Manfred regarding the Wilpons financial condition.


    The show kicks off at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.


    As always, your participation is most welcome.  Please call the Rising Apple Report at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:18

    The Rising Apple Report: Episode #93 - Two Weeks Left Till Pitchers and Catchers

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    With two weeks remaining before pitchers and catchers are due to report, the New York Mets still have unsettled business.


    The failure to trade Dillon Gee thus far poses a log jam in the starting rotation, and potentially crowds the bullpen with yet another right-hander.  Unless something changes, it seems then, southpaw Josh Edgin is destined for an abusive workload.


    Meanwhile, the general manager down ticked his personal expectations this season by one game, to 89 victories, yet is formulating a tentative plan to monitor Matt Harvey's innings in order to have him pitch into October.  In much clearer terms, Terry Collins is also making pretty bold playoff predictions for the upcoming season.


    The 93rd episode of the Rising Apple Report will discuss these matters, and more.  Hosting this evening's roundtable discussion will be Rich Sparago.  He will be joined by fellow staff writers Michael Lecolant and Chris Schubert.


    Tonight's special guest will be Greg Prince, from FaithAndFearInFlushing.com.


    They'll also discuss the recent departure of SNY's pre and post game analyst, Bobby Ojeda, and of course, revisit the 1993 regular season.


    The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.  You're always welcome to call and join the discussion.  The number to dial is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:17

    Rising Apple Report Episode 99- Let The Games Begin!

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    It's Easter Sunday. We are in the midst of Passover too. And in the sports world, it's the first day of baseball season! Though the Mets begin play for real on Monday, April, 6th, the Major League season begins tonight as the Cardinals take on the Cubs in Chicago.


    The Rising Apple team will be conducting a special roundatable discussion of all things Mets. We'll chat about the 8-man bullpen, innings limits for Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, the team's 19-12-2 Spring Training record, the roster, and much more as we're on the eve of the Mets' 2015 season. We'll even let you know who we think is going to win the World Series.


    Join Danny Abriano, Mike Lecolant, Dan Haefli, and maybe more writers from the Rising Apple staff to engage in some fun Mets dialogue at 9 pm, Sunday, April 5th. I (Rich Sparago) will be your host as we count the hours until Mets baseball.


    So listen in, give us a call, we'd love to hear from you! Let's celebrate the return of Mets baseball with the 99th edition of the Rising Apple Report!


     


     

  • 01:30

    Episode 87 - Rising Apple Report: Firing Up The Hot Stove With Stephen Keane

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    It's time to fire up the New York Mets Hot Stove.


    Rising Apple staff writer Michael Lecolant will host tonight's 87th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Joining him will be Stephen Keane, proprietor of KranepoolSociety.com, and from GalForAllSeasons.com, Taryn Cooper.


    They'll discuss the organization's potential strategies for improving the club this off-season, while also taking time to consider their limitations.


    Congratulations are also in order, as Juan Lagares earned a Gold Glove, and Jacob deGrom became a finalist for N.L. Rookie of the Year.


    A look back at the 1987 Mets season will wrap things up.


    Tonight's Rising Apple Report launches at 9:00pm EST.


    As always, all are invited to call and join the conversation.  Please do, at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:03

    Rising Apple Report, Episode 79 - with Greg Prince & John Coppinger

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    Want your Mets fill during Monday's off day? Tune in for the Rising Apple Report at 8 PM!


    Joining Rising Apple's Rich Sparago and Sam Maxwell, will be Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flusing, and John Coppinger.


    There's plenty to discuss Monday night, including the fate of Chris Young, the trade rumors surrounding Daniel Murphy, and the imminent return of Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas.


    Join in tonight for the best hour of Mets talk on the internet airwaves!

  • 00:40

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 58: Spring is in the Air

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    With tons of Mets players already in Port St. Lucie ahead of Saturday's scheduled date for pitchers and catchers to report, tonight's podcast will focus primarily on spring training storylines and how the offseason went.


    Rich Sparago will be hosting, Taryn Cooper from a Gal For All Seasons will be calling in, and Danny Abriano will be joining them for the best half hour of Mets talk on the airwaves!I


    How did the offseason go?  What should be done at shortstop and first base?  Who should play center field?  What about the leadoff spot?


    The above topics and many more will be discussed tonight, as will all the Mets who have ever worn number 58 (with this being our 58th show).


    So tune in tonight at 6:30PM ET for the newest episode of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:16

    Episode 86 - Rising Apple Report: World Series Past and Present w/Greg Prince

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    Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning their 3rd World Series title in the span of 5 years.


    Tonight's Rising Apple Report will review their thrilling seven game victory over the relentless Kansas City Royals.  RA staff writer Michael Lecolant will host this evening's roundtable, and will be joined by fellow writers Sam Maxwell and Rich Sparago.


    Their guest will be Greg Prince from the website Faith and Fear in Flushing.


    Episode #86 will also take an Amazin' trip down memory lane and revisit the 1986 New York Mets championship season.


    The show starts at 8:00pm EST.


    Of course, you're invited to join the discussion.  The number to call is (646)-929-0337.

  • 00:30

    Ep 78 - The Rising Apple Report Featuring Guest Mike Silva

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    Summer is upon us, and with temperatures on the rise Sandy Alderson is beginning to feel the heat.  Ownership's ongoing financial struggles continue to handcuff his ability to raise payroll, his field manager continues making ponderous decisions, and the team continues to flounder below the.500 mark.


    Tonight, helping the Rising Apple Report make sense of it all will be freelance broadcaster and writer Mike Silva.


    Rising Apple's senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will host the half-hour of Metsian dicussion this evening beginning at 11:00pm EST.


    Fan calls are most welcome at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:26

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 72: with Greg Prince and Steve Keane

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    After a solid month of April, a demoralizing road trip has all but erased the good feeling around the Mets.


    With many decisions to be made and just over 20% of the season over, we will hold a Mets fan roundtable with Steve Keane of the Kranepool Society and Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing.


    Joining Steve and Greg for the Metsian conversation will be Rising Apple writers Rich Sparago and Mike Lecolant. Yours truly will be joiining in later on in the show.