A top baseball analyst and former MLB player finds his way back to the broadcast booth this week after a serious health scare. The New York Post reports that Ron Darling will be back on the job Tuesday for Turner’s coverage of the Mets-Giants game at Citi Field.
“Darling, a lead analyst for SNY and Turner, has been out since the middle of April after having surgery to remove a mass on his chest. The prognosis after the surgery was that the cancer was treatable,” The Post reports.
The report adds: “Darling, 58, has been considered one of the better analysts in the game. Besides working with Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen on Mets telecasts, he is TBS’s top game analyst in the MLB playoffs, which includes a League Championship Series.”
In a statement, Darling said: “My doctors have informed me that my thyroid cancer has been stabilized for now and that I have been cleared to return to work. The doctors will continue to closely monitor me over the next several months to assure my progress remains on the right track. I look forward to rejoining my partners Gary and Keith in the SNY booth to call tomorrow night’s Mets vs. San Francisco Giants game at Citi Field.”
The report notes that in Darling’s absence, SNY’s lead studio analyst, Todd Zeile, shifted to games. Zeile will return to his usual role on the Mets’ pre- and post-game shows.
The Post report also notes: “On Friday, SNY fired analyst Nelson Figueroa after it decided he was not in the proper state of mind to go on the air Thursday night. SNY has only said Figueroa, who was the lead Mets studio analyst prior to this year, is no longer with the network.”