Ron Darling [Baseball Player] Bio, Wife, Cancer, Net Worth, Facts

Last Updated : April 26, 2021

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Who is Ron Darling?

Ronald Maurice Darling Jr. is a retired professional baseball player and current tv sports color analyst from the United States. From 1983 to 1995, he was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB), most notably as a member of the New York Mets team that won the 1986 World Series over the Boston Red Sox. In addition, he was the first Mets pitcher to win a Gold Glove. Ron Darling is a baseball analyst for TBS, the MLB Network, SNY, and WPIX-TV, as well as the author of The Complete Game.

Short Bio and Career
Real/Birth Name:Ronald Maurice Darling Jr.
Nickname:Ron Darling
Profession:Baseball Player, Sports Commentator, Actor
Active From:1983 -1995
Family and Siblings
Father Name:Ronald Darling
Mother Name:Luciana Darling
Brother/s:Eddie Darling (First Baseman)
Charlie Darling
Brian Darling
Personal Life
Date of Birth:1960 August 19 Thursday
Age (As in 2021):60 Years Old
Birth Place:Honolulu, Hawaii
Zodiac Sign:Leo
Home Town:Millbury, Massachusetts
High School:St. John’s High School
College:Yale College
Mailing Address:Knopf Doubleday Group
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Relationship Status
Martial Status:Married
Wife/Spouse:Joanna Last
Joanna Last (2004 – Present),
Toni Darling
Antoinette O’Reilly (1986 – ?) (Toni Darling)
Divorce/Split:Yes (Once)
Children/Kids:Ronald Maurice Darling III (Son),
Tyler Darling (Son),
Jordan Darling (Son)
Physical Stats
Height:6 Feet 3 Inches (190.5 cm)
Weight (Approx.):195 lbs (88.5 KG)
Quotes & Books
Books:1. 108 Stitches: Loose Threads
Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game (2019)
2. Game 7, 1986 – Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life (2016)
3. The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball
Pitching, and Life on the Mound (2009)
Personal Quotes:1. I think I went through everything anyone who had a long career needed. I needed quiet. I needed to raise my children.
2. Let me get this straight. The owners are about to shut down baseball when it’s more prosperous than it’s even been, and the players are the ones who have to get their urine tested?
3. “I’m not a religious guy, so I can’t say that I pray for Doc [Gooden]. I do, however, meditate and wish him the best.” Darling commented on former teammate Dwight “Doc” Gooden’s substance issues.
Awards & Nomination
Awards:Pitcher of the Month Award (June) (1984)
Gold Glove Award (Pitcher) (1989)
All-Star (1985)
World Series champion (1986)
Gold Glove Award (1989)
New York Mets Hall of Fame and Emmy Award (for outstanding TV work)
Income & Assets
Net Worth:$11 Million

Others Facts You Need to Know About Ron Darling:

  • He had a 136–116 won-loss record and 13 shutouts over his 13-year playing career. He also struck out 1,590 batters and had a 3.87 ERA.
  • He was a former Major League Baseball pitcher who helped the New York Mets win the World Series in 1986 and then worked as a color analyst for the Mets.
  • He is the fourth most successful pitcher in Mets history, with 99 victories. He is also among the top ten in complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, and shutouts.
  • Darling returned to Oakland after 1992, this time on a multi-year contract worth more than $2 million per season, but he was unable to replicate his 1992 success. Darling had a terrible season in 1993. His ERA hovered about 6.00 during July, and he was reduced to long relief for more than a week. After July, he pitched better, dropping his ERA to 5.16, but he lost five of his last six decisions.
  • When the strike continued into 1995, Darling struggled, posting an ERA over 9.00 in four starts in which he could not make it through the fifth inning in any of them. On May 30, his only complete game of the season ended in a 1–0 defeat. Darling only won four games and had a 6.23 ERA. Following a disappointing defeat, Oakland released him on August 19, 1995 (his 35th birthday), effectively ending his playing career.
  • He speaks Chinese and French fluently, having been born to a father of French-Canadian ancestry and a mother who was half Hawaiian and half Chinese.
  • Ron Darling has also appeared in the films Shallow Hal, Mr. 3000, and The Day After Tomorrow in minor roles.
  • Darling was the only National League starter to win a Gold Glove until Greg Maddux’s incredible record of 13 straight Gold Gloves.
  • Darling was born in Hawaii to a Chinese-Hawaiian mother and a French-Canadian father.
  • Darling has been working in television since 2000. He worked as an Oakland Athletics announcer, hosted a Fox program called Baseball Today, and starred on The Best Damn Sports Show Ever. He also did baseball coverage for the YES Network, Fox Sports Net, and CSTV in 2004.
  • Past Team
    • New York Mets (1983 – 1991)
    • Montreal Expos  (1991)
    • Oakland Athletics  (1991 – 1995)

Sources / References

  1. imdb.com
  2. wsj.com
  3. baseball-almanac.com
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