About/Staff

Welcome to Rising Apple, the New York Mets news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Rising Apple is dedicated to providing top-notch Mets news, views, and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Meet the Team

Tim Boyle,Expert

Tim Boyle is a lifetime baseball fan, former autograph hound, and three-time Little League Baseball Champion passionate about trade rumors and surprising MLB statistics.

Adrian Cervantes,Contributor

Adrian Cervantes is a baseball fanatic who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Alyssa. Adrian is a huge baseball stats nerd with a passion for New York Mets baseball. Adrian is also a proud alum of the University of South Florida and Belmont University.

William Wetzel,Contributor

Will Wetzel has covered Major League Baseball for more than three years before joining FanSided. He is a proud alumni of Villanova University and a recent student in Stanford University's Continuing Studies program.

Allen Settle,Contributor

Allen Settle covers the New York sports market as a writer at Fansided. He has covered the New York Mets at Rising Apple since 2018. He has also written for Daily Knicks and The Jet Press since 2020. Previously, Allen contributed to Golden Gate Sports, covering the Bay Area teams in California. Use settledownsport@gmail.com to contact Allen for business inquiries or comments.

Elizabeth Muratore,Contributor

Proud graduate of the University of Virginia and a die-hard Mets fan from Port Washington, NY. I love all things related to the Mets, baseball history, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Let's go Mets!

Justin Sarachik,Contributor

Justin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rapzilla.com and owner of @Platedbydads. He has been a journalist for 10 years and has written or edited for Relevant, Christian Post, BREATHEcast, CCM, Broken Records Magazine, & more. In addition to being a long-suffering Mets fan and baseball fanatic, he also likes to work with indie artists to develop their brands & marketing strategies. Catch him interviewing artists on Survival of the Artist Podcast.

Matthew Cacace,Contributor

Lifelong and die hard Mets fan. Ya Gotta Believe

Paul Myron,Contributor

Paul is a lifelong Mets fan, attorney, dog lover, concert goer, and overall weirdo. When not following the Mets, Paul likes to spend time with his dog, Milkshake, with whom he shares a birthday.

Ryan Schlachter,Contributor

Ryan is a lifelong, die-hard Mets fan who has been a contributor for Rising Apple since 2020. His moments as a fan of the Mets have included highs, like being at the game for Mike Piazza's home run after 9/11 and lows, like having tickets to Johan's no-hitter but going to Outback instead.

Nicholas Kyriacou,Contributor

Nicholas Kyriacou is a contributor at Rising Apple and GMEN HQ. For more from Nick, check out his articles and follow him on Twitter @nickckyriacou

Alan Karmin,Contributor

Alan Karmin is an award-winning journalist and author. Born in Brooklyn, New York he spent most of his life growing up in the New Jersey suburbs. While attending the University of Miami, Alan honed his craft covering the Yankees during spring trainings in Fort Lauderdale for a local NBC affiliate, as well as the Associated Press and UPI. He broadcasted baseball games for the University of Miami, and spring training games for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos.

Michael Calascione,Contributor

I am a 23 years old electrical engineer and die hard Mets fan. I have been following the Mets since 2004 and look forward to seeing a Mets championship one day!

Bernie Kastner,Contributor

I have been an avid Met fan since 1962. I am a Psychotherapist and an author of several books, one of them on baseball entitled "Out of My League" (iUniverse 2011). It is a humorously entertaining true story about playing in a competitive softball league in Brooklyn. My most memorable Met play was Ron Swoboda's incredible catch in the 1969 World Series. Through my writings, I try to bring life lessons that can be learned through the lens of baseball.

Michael Griffin,Contributor

I have been a Mets fan since 1980 - I remember when those “Baseball Like It Oughta Be” signs first adorned Shea Stadium. I am a writer and an artist who lives in Queens with my wife, son, crazy cat, and bearded dragon.

James Richards,Contributor

Never trust a man with two first names.

Leen Amin,Contributor

Die-hard Yankees fan from Manhasset, NY who loves baseball and knows too much about the Mets because of my father and brother. THE Ohio State University Class of 2017.

Richard Heaton,Contributor

Richard Heaton spent his whole life as a fan of baseball and the Mets and has been writing about sports for more than a decade. He also has degrees in both Sports Management and Journalism, and is working towards his Journalism Masters.

Steve Malik,Contributor

Avid sports watcher and a big NY Giants, LA Lakers and NY Mets fan. Enjoy traveling and good movies too. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill "A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown broken down into nine innings." - Earl Wilson

Keith Jacobs,Contributor

Lifelong Mets fan Former college baseball player at Rutgers University

Jake Giblin,Contributor

Lifelong Mets fan with hopes of working full time in the world of sports. Currently a student at Montclair State University majoring in Television and Digital Media.

Chelsea Ladd,Contributor

Chelsea Ladd is a lifelong fan of baseball, position players pitching, and extra-inning drama. As a writer, she has covered all levels of professional baseball.

EDWARD BANKER,Contributor

Lifelong Mets fan and former owner and publisher of local newspaper dedicated to our baby boomer population.

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