Ronald Maurice Darling, Jr. is an American former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos. Darling currently works as a color commentator for national baseball coverage on TBS as well as for the Mets on both SNY and WPIX. In addition to serving on the DRIF's National Board, he is the founder of the Ron Darling Foundation, which raises funds for diabetes research and other charities, and is a member of the board for Habitat for Humanity.
Born in Honolulu to a Hawaiian-Chinese mother and a French-Canadian father, Darling is a fluent speaker of both Chinese and French. Darling attended Yale University, managing a dual major in French and Southeast Asian history. He was set to graduate in December 1982 but was drafted in June 1981. Darling compiled the most prolific major league career of any Yale alumnus since 19th century pitcher Bill Hutchison.
During his 13-year career, Darling amassed a 136-116 win-loss record including 1,590 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA. He was selected to the 1985 All-Star team and also won a Gold Glove Award in 1989.
Post retirement in 2006, Darling was hired by SportsNet New York joining veteran Gary Cohen and former Mets teammate Keith Hernandez; Darling also appears on some of the SNY-produced WPIX broadcasts in the New York Metropolitan Area. He won an Emmy Award as “Best Sports Analyst” for his work on the Mets broadcasts.
Mr. Darling is married to Joanna Last and has two children, Tyler and Jordan, and currently lives in Manhattan.
Ron found himself personally affected by diabetes when his youngest son was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11, and has since dedicated himself to make a difference. He has teamed with the DRI to fight diabetes, find a cure and find it now.