Ron Darling adds a national gig with Turner
Other than Mike Francesa and Chris Russo discussing ballpark bathrooms, I haven't missed any really big developments during my week off, but I was surprised to return from out of town Thursday night to this news:
Ron Darling will serve as an analyst this season for TBS's new Sunday afternoon package. (It's non-exclusive, meaning if TBS is showing the Mets or Yanks, they will be seen here on SNY, Ch. 11, YES or Ch. 9.)
Was SNY on board with this, given its contractual rights to Darling's services? Yes. He is doing only 10 games, on days when he would have been off from SNY anyway, and he will not work any Mets games.
So . . . good for Darling and good for TBS. Darling has skyrocketed from announcer obscurity to a rising star in a matter of two years.
Buck Martinez also will work as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Chip Caray for the Sunday series, which debuts April 6.