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NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Ron Darling, New York Mets
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Ron Darling

. P. 1983-1991. Ron Darling. 24. 3

The great Ron Darling wasn’t always a superb broadcaster. In the golden era of Mets baseball, he was a key part of the rotation. His 99 career wins with the ball club puts him fourth all-time among those who have suited up for the Metropolitans.

Darling had his best years with the Mets right as the rest of the franchise was dominating the league. He was an All-Star in 1985 and had an equally as impressive campaign in 1986. Although his lifetime Mets ERA of 3.50 isn’t brag-worthy, it’s a nice note on a very good career.

Statistically, Darling does sneak into the top 25 in WAR at No. 24. Although he was never the team’s ace, he was a great No. 2 or 3 the franchise could count on to win them games.

Consistent winning was a key part of Darling’s success in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he always won at least 12 games and never lost more than nine. This helped award him a lifetime Mets winning percentage of .586, which is tied for sixth all-time in franchise history.

Darling doesn’t have the numbers other pitchers who have worn the blue and orange do. However, staying with the Mets in a new capacity surely helps his case when we discuss great Mets players.

It’s not always about the numbers on the field. In Darling’s case, it’s also about how loyal he has remained to the franchise. A whole new generation can appreciate him. One simply needs to watch a Mets game to learn why he’s so beloved.

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