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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 382 2360.3 136 116 0 3.87 28.1
Birth Date8-19-1960
Height6' 3"
Weight195 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
1983 NYN MLB 5 5 35.3 1 3 0 31 17 23 0 .258 99 7.9 4.3 0.0 5.9 52% .298 .246 1.36 3.07 2.80 99 4.28 0.4
1984 NYN MLB 33 33 205.7 12 9 0 179 104 136 17 .259 96 7.8 4.6 0.7 6.0 49% .261 .259 1.38 4.13 3.81 116 4.12 2.4
1985 NYN MLB 36 35 248.0 16 6 0 214 114 167 21 .253 94 7.8 4.1 0.8 6.1 53% .262 .253 1.32 3.79 2.90 105 3.91 3.9
1986 NYN MLB 34 34 237.0 15 6 0 203 81 184 21 .251 96 7.7 3.1 0.8 7.0 49% .268 .242 1.20 3.41 2.81 92 3.46 5.2
1987 NYN MLB 32 32 207.7 12 8 0 183 96 167 24 .254 97 7.9 4.2 1.0 7.2 47% .265 .250 1.34 4.19 4.29 100 4.10 3.9
1988 NYN MLB 34 34 240.7 17 9 0 218 60 161 24 .251 93 8.2 2.2 0.9 6.0 41% .269 .249 1.16 3.48 3.25 94 3.62 4.0
1989 NYN MLB 33 33 217.3 14 14 0 214 70 153 19 .255 97 8.9 2.9 0.8 6.3 41% .288 .269 1.31 3.40 3.52 91 3.56 3.8
1990 NYN MLB 33 18 126.0 7 9 0 135 44 99 20 .252 98 9.6 3.1 1.4 7.1 47% .298 .291 1.42 4.47 4.50 93 4.26 1.3
1991 MON 0 3 3 17.0 0 2 0 25 5 11 6 .254 96 13.2 2.6 3.2 5.8 45% .328 .368 1.76 7.15 7.41 0 0.00 0.0
1991 NYN 0 17 17 102.3 5 6 0 96 28 58 9 .255 97 8.4 2.5 0.8 5.1 51% .267 .263 1.21 3.80 3.87 0 0.00 0.0
1991 OAK 0 12 12 75.0 3 7 0 64 38 60 7 .268 95 7.7 4.6 0.8 7.2 41% .269 .267 1.36 4.12 4.08 0 0.00 0.0
1992 OAK MLB 33 33 206.3 15 10 0 198 72 99 15 .265 97 8.6 3.1 0.7 4.3 42% .271 .256 1.31 3.88 3.66 111 5.31 -0.9
1993 OAK MLB 31 29 178.0 5 9 0 198 72 95 22 .265 96 10.0 3.6 1.1 4.8 43% .294 .284 1.52 4.84 5.16 106 5.16 0.9
1994 OAK MLB 25 25 160.0 10 11 0 162 59 108 18 .267 94 9.1 3.3 1.0 6.1 49% .294 .259 1.38 4.55 4.50 100 4.92 1.8
1995 OAK MLB 21 21 104.0 4 7 0 124 46 69 16 .264 96 10.7 4.0 1.4 6.0 46% .309 .301 1.63 5.26 6.23 106 5.18 0.8
1991 TOT MLB 32 32 194.3 8 15 0 185 71 129 22 .260 96 8.6 3.3 1.0 6.0 47% .273 .275 1.32 4.22 4.26 102 4.92 0.8
CareerMLB3823642360.3136116022449061590239.257968.63.50.96.146%.277.2631.334.013.871014.2928.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA
1981 TUL AA 13 13 71.0 4 2 0 72 33 53 4 .000 9.1 4.2 0.5 6.7 0% .000 .000 1.48 3.92 4.44 0 0.00
1982 NOR AAA 26 26 152.0 7 9 0 143 95 114 18 .000 8.5 5.6 1.1 6.8 0% .000 .000 1.57 4.65 3.73 0 0.00
1983 NYN MLB 5 5 35.3 1 3 0 31 17 23 0 .258 99 7.9 4.3 0.0 5.9 52% .298 .246 1.36 3.07 2.80 99 4.28
1983 NOR AAA 27 27 159.0 10 9 0 137 102 107 12 .000 7.8 5.8 0.7 6.1 0% .000 .000 1.50 4.69 4.02 0 0.00
1984 NYN MLB 33 33 205.7 12 9 0 179 104 136 17 .259 96 7.8 4.6 0.7 6.0 49% .261 .259 1.38 4.13 3.81 116 4.12
1985 NYN MLB 36 35 248.0 16 6 0 214 114 167 21 .253 94 7.8 4.1 0.8 6.1 53% .262 .253 1.32 3.79 2.90 105 3.91
1986 NYN MLB 34 34 237.0 15 6 0 203 81 184 21 .251 96 7.7 3.1 0.8 7.0 49% .268 .242 1.20 3.41 2.81 92 3.46
1987 NYN MLB 32 32 207.7 12 8 0 183 96 167 24 .254 97 7.9 4.2 1.0 7.2 47% .265 .250 1.34 4.19 4.29 100 4.10
1988 NYN MLB 34 34 240.7 17 9 0 218 60 161 24 .251 93 8.2 2.2 0.9 6.0 41% .269 .249 1.16 3.48 3.25 94 3.62
1989 NYN MLB 33 33 217.3 14 14 0 214 70 153 19 .255 97 8.9 2.9 0.8 6.3 41% .288 .269 1.31 3.40 3.52 91 3.56
1990 NYN MLB 33 18 126.0 7 9 0 135 44 99 20 .252 98 9.6 3.1 1.4 7.1 47% .298 .291 1.42 4.47 4.50 93 4.26
1991 MON MLB 3 3 17.0 0 2 0 25 5 11 6 .254 96 13.2 2.6 3.2 5.8 45% .328 .368 1.76 7.15 7.41 101 4.32
1991 NYN MLB 17 17 102.3 5 6 0 96 28 58 9 .255 97 8.4 2.5 0.8 5.1 51% .267 .263 1.21 3.80 3.87 101 5.49
1991 OAK MLB 12 12 75.0 3 7 0 64 38 60 7 .268 95 7.7 4.6 0.8 7.2 41% .269 .267 1.36 4.12 4.08 102 4.27
1992 OAK MLB 33 33 206.3 15 10 0 198 72 99 15 .265 97 8.6 3.1 0.7 4.3 42% .271 .256 1.31 3.88 3.66 111 5.31
1993 OAK MLB 31 29 178.0 5 9 0 198 72 95 22 .265 96 10.0 3.6 1.1 4.8 43% .294 .284 1.52 4.84 5.16 106 5.16
1994 OAK MLB 25 25 160.0 10 11 0 162 59 108 18 .267 94 9.1 3.3 1.0 6.1 49% .294 .259 1.38 4.55 4.50 100 4.92
1995 OAK MLB 21 21 104.0 4 7 0 124 46 69 16 .264 96 10.7 4.0 1.4 6.0 46% .309 .301 1.63 5.26 6.23 106 5.18

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1987-09-12 1987-10-05 23 22 Right Thumb Surgery Ligaments From Bunting Drill 1987-09-13 -

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessDucks on the Pond: Unexpected Shift CandidatesChris Mosch2015-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: Bartolo Colon Approaches First BaseSam Miller2014-06-06
Pebble Hunting: The Mets' Pitchers Can't Get a HitSam Miller2014-04-30
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Chris Mosch2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Morris Greenberg2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-02-10
The Week in Quotes: February 3-9Nick Bacarella2014-02-10
Remembering Ralph Kiner: What Kiner Can Teach UsWill Woods2014-02-07
Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Recap: Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0Ben Lindbergh2013-10-21
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Recap: Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4Ben Lindbergh2013-10-17
Pebble Hunting: The Balk: The Black Sheep of the Baseball RulebookSam Miller2013-08-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Real Reason Why Zack Wheeler is PredictableSam Miller2013-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Bayes and the Hit By PitchZachary Levine2013-06-13
The Lineup Card: 9 Favorite Extra-Inning GamesBaseball Prospectus2013-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: Matt Harvey vs. Bryce HarperSam Miller2013-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: NLCS Game 1 Recap: Cardinals 6, Giants 4Sam Miller2012-10-15
Western Front: Pick the Collie, or Maybe the WeimaranerGeoff Young2012-08-14
What the Contenders Need: AL CentralJeff Euston2012-07-02
What the Contenders Need: AL CentralJason Wojciechowski2012-07-02
What the Contenders Need: AL CentralKevin Goldstein2012-07-02
Future Shock Blog: Draft Day Dream CrushingKevin Goldstein2012-06-04
The Week in Quotes: May 28-June 3Jonah Birenbaum2012-06-04
The Week in Quotes: May 28-June 3Matthew Rocco2012-06-04
The Week in Quotes: May 28-June 3Hudson Belinsky2012-06-04
The Week in Quotes: May 28-June 3Andrew Koo2012-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: The Accounts and Descriptions of this GameR.J. Anderson2012-04-24
The BP Broadside: The Kid's Biggest MomentSteven Goldman2012-02-17
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2012-02-14
The BP Wayback Machine: Roger AbramsDavid Laurila2012-01-19
The Lineup Card: 9 Memories of Frank ViolaBaseball Prospectus2011-12-14
Wezen-Ball: The Muppet ShowLarry Granillo2011-11-23
The Week in Quotes: May 2-8Alex Carnevale2011-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2010-11-12
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: LDS Day Seven RoundupChristina Kahrl2010-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Getting a ComeSuppance?Christina Kahrl2010-06-15
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: He Should Have Picked LeeSteven Goldman2009-11-01
This article requires BP Premium accessChecking the Numbers: Anatomy of a Good ProblemEric Seidman2009-08-14
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Inglorious BastardsSteven Goldman2009-06-19
Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Roger AbramsDavid Laurila2008-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Division Series, Day TwoJoe Sheehan2007-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason PitchingJim Baker2006-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: Washington Nationals @ Milwaukee Brewers, 7/17/05Jonah Keri2005-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Ivy PrideJim Baker2005-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The DraftRany Jazayerli2005-05-13
Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2004-07-15
Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins: 1980-1984Doug Pappas2004-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: 1984 Part II: The Universe of BattleSteven Goldman2004-02-18
Transaction Analysis: The CentralsChristina Kahrl2003-01-30
Aim For The Head: More on Lengthy Plate AppearancesKeith Woolner2002-06-26


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ron Darling had a pretty good rant the other day about pitch counts and babying pitchers and how Strasburg was handled delicately and still had TJ surgery...what are your thoughts on Darling's position in general, and whether teams are doing themselves a disservice by holding down the next Feller-Seaver-Gooden wunderkind (a generality to be sure, but hopefully you get the point)?
(Geer from Birmingham, AL)
While I would love to see more Halladay and Verlander types out there, the game has evolved in such a way those kinds of workhorses aren't really necessary. The quality of the bullpen arms a manager has at his disposal has increased significantly over the last 30 years, meaning it's likely that a fresh reliever > 70% of your starting pitcher, which wasn't typically the case in Feller's prime. (Bradley Ankrom)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite broadcasters to listen to/watch on TV? Let's say top three.
(Staufferinthetrunk from San Jose, CA)
1. Jon Miller
2. Mike Krukow
3. Duane Kuiper

and that's not to slight Dave Flemming, the fourth member of the Giants crew. I'm a Giants fan, so that's an easily discounted opinion, but the Giants have had such great broadcasters for the past two decades (Hank Greenwald before them) that I can hardly listen to other broadcasts.

Of course, I do listen to other broadcasts, five or six some days, and my favorites outside of those guys are probably Ron Darling (Mets) as a color guy and Len Casper (Cubs) as a play-by-play guy. Among announcers without jobs, I really liked Josh Lewin before the Rangers fired him, and I thought Dennis Eckersley did an tremendous job filling in for Jerry Remy earlier this year. Dennis Eckersley should have a full-time job.

The Rangers have the best reporter-in-the-stands guy. The Red Sox have the on-field microphone most likely to pick up profanity. Minnesota has the best center-field camera. The Giants don't use a pitch-tracker, ever, which is obnoxious, but they have a particularly good Coors Light Freeze Cam. The Angels' announcers are the best in a blow-out, because they get silly. The Rays have the best announcing crew if you want to pretend that Mark McGrath is describing a baseball game to you. The Phillies have the most fans who wave at the camera from behind home plate. The Marlins have the lowest production values -- I wish I'd recorded the time that they interviewed John Dewan in the middle of an inning to talk about the Marlins' defense, but it was a phone interview so he had no idea what was going on in the game. It was about unfollowable as a pre-taped call-in talk show.
(which is a reference to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrlS9_n8GX4) (Sam Miller)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)On TBS, Smoltz was pretty good, right? He's no Ron Darling, but he seemed pretty natural.
(Matt from Malone, NY)
John Smoltz was one of the most articulate and intelligent players I've ever encountered. He has a chance to be a star-quality analyst as he gains experience. (John Perrotto)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sometimes love takes unusual and unexpected turns. Certainly it was nothing I had planned, although the fact that the age difference between them is kind of minimal didn't hurt. It started because she's not into baseball but SHE is, we both have the same favorite player (Ronnie Belliard), and that's just too good for me to pass up. Don't judge me, man.
(The VORPal Sword from Minniehaha, MN)
Was watching Mets-Dodgers last night and Ron Darling said something about the way Ronnie Belliard keeps resurfacing; my reponse was something to the effect that with that gut, he's quite buoyant. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last season Brad Bergesen succeeded in his first major league season despite a low strikeout rate. One of your writers (I think it was Sheehan) cited the low strikeout rate as a reason to believe that Bergesen will decline this season. Do you agree with this writer's analysis?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
I do, but that doesn't mean I think Bergesen can't be an asset at the back end of a rotation, especially one that might wind up as jam-packed with talent as the Orioles' figures to be over the next several seasons. I'd like his lot to Walt Terrell's coming up with the Mets in the mid-'80s: no, he's not Doc Gooden or Ron Darling or Sid Fernandez, but yes, he can pitch in this league. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Rangers pitching track record ... April 1, 1982: Rangers trade Walt Terrell and Ron Darling to the New York Mets for Lee Mazzilli.
(dianagramr from NYC)
It begins! (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)The old park was just fine to pitch in. Plenty of pitchers were fine there. Ryan, Fergie Jenkins, Gaylor Perry, Ron Darling, Kevin Brown, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Hough, and many others. The new park opened in 1995.
(Ira from North Texas)
Yeah, but they didn't bake any of those guys. They came in as vets (and Ron Darling left as a minor leaguer). Kevin Brown and Kenny Rogers are the only homegrown pitchers of significance in team history. Heck, I'm still waiting for Ed Correa's comeback. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneI imagine Seaver would have bumped Berenyi. The top four in '84 would have been Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, Walt Terell, and Seaver, with Sid Fernandez in there somewhere... I know, I know... Your willing suspension of disbelief can't get past Terrell either. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneWhether near to Lee or far, it's no matter, Ron Darling, where you are... (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Mike (NY): What do you think of Ron Darling in the booth? I've always liked him on SNY but am curious what others think of him.

I like him, more or less. He's at his best discussing things from the pitcher's point of view, but overall, I think he's better in the context of SNY. Not sure if that's because Gary Cohen >>> Chip Caray or if he's dumbing it down for the national audience or what. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Lost the strike zone and as Ron Darling points out, lost his tempo. Walking the pitcher is never a good sign.

(Jayton Jaffe)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableWere any of you as disgusted as I was at seeing TBS run a productive outs leader board towards the end of last night's Yankees game? For me, that was the last strike on a series in which Chip Caray and Ron Darling often seemed to be making up "facts" as they went along.

...And there it goes. Hard to believe Werth was once a busted catching prospect. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSRon Darling:this crew::Brian Roberts:Orioles infield (Joe Sheehan)