SNY Lead Game and Studio Analyst for New York Mets / TBS MLB Lead Game Analyst / MLB Network Studio Analyst
Ron Darling serves as a game analyst for SportsNet New York (SNY) covering the New York Mets. He is also the lead game analyst for Turner Sports’ (TBS) MLB regular and post-season telecast coverage as well as a studio analyst year-around for MLB Network.
Darling joined SNY in 2006 and works alongside former teammate Keith Hernandez and play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen. In addition to his game analyst work, Darling also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post-game shows and to the SNY website. Darling won an Emmy Award for best “Sports Analyst" in his first season with SNY and again in 2011.
Since 2008, Darling has been the MLB on TBS lead game analyst for both regular and postseason Major League Baseball games. He joined TBS in 2007 as a guest studio analyst for the network’s postseason coverage.
Since 2013, Darling has served as an offseason studio analyst, where he regularly appears on the Emmy Award-winning flagship show MLB Tonight and the daily offseason morning show Hot Stove.
Since beginning his broadcast career in 2000, Darling has hosted FOX’s Baseball Today and worked in the broadcast booth for both the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals. He has also appeared on various sports programs including The Best Damn Sports Show Period and National Sports Report, as well as providing analysis for the YES Network and CSTV.
During his playing days on the diamond, Darling spent nine seasons as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets highlighted by winning the 1986 World Series. During his 13-year career, the Gold Glove winner also played five seasons with the Oakland Athletics after a short stint with the Montreal Expos. Drafted by the Texas Rangers with the 9th overall pick in the 1981 Amateur Draft, Darling was awarded a spot on Baseball Digest’s 1984 Rookie All-Star Team. He amassed a win-loss record of 136-116 and recorded 1,590 strikeouts with a 3.87 ERA.
Darling has made a significant impact in the community through the Ron Darling Foundation, raising money for diabetes research due to his eldest son Jordan being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11. He also sits on the Board of Directors for both the Diabetes Research Institute and Habitat For Humanity.
Darling has authored three books: “The Complete Game: Reflections of Baseball and the Art of Pitching” (2009), “Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life” (2016) and “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time In the Game” (2019). On the big screen, he has appeared in several films including “Shallow Hall” (2001), “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004) and “Mr. 3000” (2004).
Darling was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Yale University where he was a two-time All-American, leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles. He and his wife Joanna currently reside in Connecticut. Darling has three sons named Tyler, Jordan and Ronald.