Sad news hit New York Mets fans today after 1986 World Series champion Ron Darling tweeted that after having a large mass removed from his chest, doctors diagnosed the SNY Analyst with thyroid cancer.
The 58-year-old took a leave of absence in April due to his health. Darling noted that he would have surgery to remove the mass on his chest and that he would likely be back in the booth in a month or so.
While Darling and his physicians are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that the former pitcher can return to his broadcasting duties next month, there is no real way to say how long he could miss.
“Upon receiving today’s update on Ron’s prognosis, we are comforted to know that his condition is treatable and look forward to seeing him back on the air soon,” Mets ownership said in a statement.
In his nine seasons with the Mets, the right handed pitcher went 99-70 with an ERA of 3.53. During the 1986 World Series run, Darling had one of the best seasons of his career, boasting a 2,81 ERA with 15 wins and six losses.
Darling was hired by SNY as a color commentator and studio analyst for the Mets in 2006, joining Gary Cohen and former Mets teammate Keith Hernandez. He won an Emmy Award for Best Sports Analyst for his work on the Mets broadcasts.
In his absence, former Mets player Todd Zeile has filled in in the booth.