By: Michael Ganci

Ron Darling’s Play-by-Play is an Epic Fail


There’s no denying Rom Darling’s abilities, not only as a pitcher for the 1986 World Champion Mets, but also as a color commentator for Mets’ games on SNY and WPIX.

His performance on play-by-play hasn’t exactly been the same level, to say the least. The comparison I make is a personal one. When I was in college, I did play-by-play for Women’s Soccer at SUNY Oneonta for a game. This is a former NCAA National Champion, and I crapped the bed because I was completely out of my element, which is certainly the case with Darling.

I am not saying he’s not trying, but his nervousness has been apparent, and his anxiety level is through the roof. I have a couple of options that could fix this and keep him where he is most comfortable. First, never allow Gary Cohen to take vacation. Simple, but unrealistic. Moving on. Here’s the more logical option – Josh Lewin or Howie Rose.

Rose is probably implanted on radio. He could’ve went to TV whenever he wanted, and with his Islanders’ gig on the side, I think he stays put. Then, there’s Lewin, a seasoned play-by-play guy who shares duties with Rose on WOR. I think he’s the logical vacation fill-in for Gary.

One thing is for sure — while Ronny may be giving his all, his performances are falling flat. Keep him in color commentary. It’s surely what’s best for business.

In related news, on Monday, while I will be in the stadium, the trio of Gary, Keith and Ron are back together. Thank goodness.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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  1. Mike

    August 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    When he first started I did not think much of Ron Darling’s play-by-play. This past Friday I noticed a marked improvement. Here is to looking forward to continued improvement.

  2. Lisa

    August 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    EPIC FAIL? OK, not a well practiced play by play guy. You try and jump on in there…or try and pitch a few innings…same thing.
    Were you just trying to get “The Faithful” rile dup because you didn’t have anything to write about yourself?

  3. Rich Salustro

    August 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think he is that bad. What’s much worse is announcers who never played any pro ball become analysts to a pitchers pitch or hitters swing etc

  4. tim gallagher

    August 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love Ronnie and Keith. I do. But Mike is right about Ronnie’s play by play. He is describing what I am seeing on the screen, but he is a beat behind the action. There’s little panache in his calls. His calls are exactly whatI am seeing on the screen. “Fly ball. To right field. The right fielder moving up on it. He makes the catch.” Gary would call, “looped in the air to right and Granderson gets a good jump on it and makes the catch.”

  5. Jim Hague

    August 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I think Darling did an admirable job over the weekend….I think they worked well together….

    It’s just that we’re spoiled having a true pro in Cohen, but Darling was just fine leading the way

    Kudos for Darling for giving it a try…nowadays you don’t see the former athlete giving play-by-play a try….maybe Ken Singleton is the last of that breed…Mike Shannon on radio in St. Louis

    So Darling deserves credit for doing what he did, which was a fine job.

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