Monday, March 28, 2016

N.Y. Mets: N.L. East Preview RA Style, Part One

Here's our latest at 

National League East Preview, Part One
w/ Ricky from District on Deck and Sean from Marlins Maniac.

Sam hosted, joined by Rich, Danny and me.


Mets 2016 Preview: Who Will Be The Mets Kryptonite This Season?

Each RA staff member took their turn.
This series will run until Opening Day.
We have six more categories to go.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

N.Y. Mets: Savannah Sand Gnats Served Organization like Champs

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

"Time can tear down a building, or destroy a woman's face..." - Rolling Stones

NEW YORK METS: The Savannah Sand Gnats and 89-year old Grayson Stadium left an indelible impression upon the greater Mets organization.

In May 2015, Savannah Sand Gnats' ownership announced the club's plans to move, and re-brand in South Carolina, citing a lack of municipal cooperation with regards to upgrading their outdated Georgian minor league facility.

Old Municipal Stadium was originally built in 1926.  After sustaining extensive damage in 1940, a major reconstruction was completed the following season.  By then, the park affectionately became known as "historic" Grayson Stadium - named after a military veteran instrumental in raising the necessary funds for its restoration.

Despite another renovation effort completed between 2007-2009, ownership ultimately determined the antiquated park was no longer a viable venue for their enterprise.

Prior to their affiliation with the Mets, the Sand Gnats had called Grayson Stadium home since 1984, although from 1984 through 1995, they were known as the Savannah Cardinals.

Throughout their time playing in Grayson, they won three Sally League titles.  However, following their third flag in 1996, the Gnats then endured a full decade without making the playoffs until reemerging under then Mets overseer Omar Minaya.

During Savannah's nine year affiliation with the Mets, the Sand Gnats made five post-season appearances, but as noted just once under Omar Minaya.  In contrast, Savannah qualified for the playoffs in 4 of last 5 seasons during Sandy Alderson's regime, and captured the South Atlantic League championship in 2013.

Enter the Columbia Fireflies whom step into their first season of affiliation with the Mets (albeit the organization's tenth season of affiliation).  Their player development agreement (PDA) remains unchanged.

The Fireflies will continue playing in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.  Their new home field will be named Spirit Communications Park.  It is city owned, said to seat roughly 8,500 patrons, and will be located within a skip from the University of South Carolina.

This season's field manager is once again slated to be Jose Leger.  He managed the Gnats last season after spending three seasons at Kingsport.

Once the regular season starts, I'm sure the eyes of Columbia baseball fans will fix their sights on outfield prospect Wuilmer Bucerra.

Recent Savannah Sand Gnats whom now own N.L. Championship rings:
Wilmer Flores - Juan Lagares - Jacob deGrom
Kevin Plawecki - Steven Matz
Honorable Mention > Michael Fulmer

Friday, March 25, 2016

N.Y. Mets: An Amazin' podcast with Gary Mac of

March 24, 2016

On Thursday, I made a guest appearance on 
Gary Mac's podcast heard on

A great Mets fan, I came to know Gary from our Rising Apple Report podcasts, and now consider him a very good friend.  Talking baseball with Mr. Mac always results in good times and laughter.

We covered much in a 1/2 hour's time:
Jacob deGrom - David Wright - Jeurys Familia - Kevin Plawecki
Thor and more...
We even squeezed in obscure Ron Hodges and Benny Agbayani references.

N.Y. Mets: May I Cut You a Niese of Pity Pie?

Here's my latest article for 

Ruben Tejada took the high road.
Jon Niese to a very winding, low road.


The art of goodbye and professionalism...

senior staff writer/Rising Apple

Thursday, March 24, 2016

N.Y. Mets: More is needed from Travis d'Arnaud

Here's my latest article for 

On catcher Travis d'Arnaud:

Last week's podcast with featured guest John Pielli
from The Passed Ball Show.

Spring Training mid-term report
Who's Hot and Who's Not
Jacob deGrom - Travis d'Arnaud - David Wright - Neil Walker
An impromptu Jon Niese rant!
Players who've worn #28 in Mets history
Matt Harvey - money - bye bye Ruben Tejada
...and much more.

senior staff writer/Rising Apple

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

N.Y. Mets: RA Podcast #126 w/ former team farmhand J.J. Newman

Here's our latest podcast at 

Baseball Reference > 2B, 3B 

Sam hosted, joined by Rich, newest RA staff writer J.T., and me.
J.J. was a brilliant guest!
I promise you, this will be 90-minutes well spent.

And for all you Dave Kingman fans out there ... even better.

Senior staff writer/Rising Apple