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New York Mets: Ten players fans will always be in love with

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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1988: NEW YORK METS PITCHER RON DARLING RELEASES A PITCH DURING THE METS VERSUS SAN DIEGO PADRES GAME AT JACK MURPHY STADIUM IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT USA

Ron Darling

It’s no surprise that a lot of the names that are on this list will come from the 1986 World Championship team. It is arguably one of the best Mets teams of all-time. Ron Darling was another key component to the team despite not regarded as their ace.

Pitching always seems to be the key to the Mets performing well and Darling was a big contributor in 1986. Darling would have 6 straight seasons for the Mets with 10 wins or more, including a 15 win season in 1986.

Darling was money for the Mets in their run to the tile as he made a total of 4 starts in the postseason. Despite having a rough outing in the NLCS, he rebounded nicely in the World Series as he made 3 starts in the 7 game series. In 17.2 innings pitched Darling had an ERA of 1.53.

Mets fans continue to appreciate Darling as he made his transition to the Mets broadcast booth. Darling who has exceptional knowledge of pitching brings unique insight night in and night out as he brings fans into the mind of the current Mets pitchers. One-third of the very entertaining broadcast booth, fans agree it’s always great hearing Darling during the games.

Darling has built such an admiration amongst the fan community that as many rumors swirled about who the next Mets general manager would be, fans were ok with that thought of Darling taking the position. Although Darling denied it numerous times and the team eventually hiring Brodie Van Wagenen, fans probably wouldn’t have been upset if Darling took on the challenge of turning this team around.

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