Ron Darling was better than anyone in Mets Generation 2K will ever be

I come here today to praise Ron Darling.  This somehow came up on twitter last night, and I don’t even remember how we got into it, but it revealed to me that you Millennials have no idea how good Ronnie was.

Let’s just start with numbers.

136-116 3.87.   All of the current Mets studs are 100 wins away from Ron.  That’s 5 twenty win seasons in an era where nobody wins 20, so let’s call it 7 seasons of 15 wins.  You think 35 year old Matt Harvey is winning 15 games at this point?

12-9, 16-6, 15-6, 12-8, 17-9, 14-14 in a nice little run with the good Mets teams.

You talk about The Dark Knight’s run support?  Let’s look at Hard Luck Ronnie…

April 11 1985:  7 innings, 1 run.  ND

April 16th:  7 innings, 1 run.  ND

May 17th:  NINE innings, 2 runs, ND

June 7:  8 innings, 1 run ND

June 12:  Ron was so good I almost want to not include this 7 inning 3 run ND

June 22:  2 runs, 1 earned, in a 7ip ND.

We still feeling bad for The Dark Knight?  It’s not even July and look at those 6 starts in a season in which Ron won 16 games!

Aug 14th:  1 run, 7 innings, LOSS

OCTOBER 1ST:  the Mets are trying to keep up with the Cardinals.  9 innings, no runs, no decision.  In October.

June 16 1986:   0 runs, 7ip, ND

June 28:  2 runs, 1 earned, 7ip ND

July 3:  3 runs in 9 innings, ND

July 8:  2 runs, 1 earned, in 7ip ND

July 18:  takes a loss 7ip 2 runs

August 14:   2 runs, 7ip, ND.  See a pattern yet?

Aug 25:  6 2/3  2 runs. ND

Sep 6:  3 runs in 7 ip ND

Sep 15:  9 shutout innings in a ND!

Sep 25:  2 runs 7ip, yep another ND

Sep 30:  7ip, 1 run, LOSS.

That was a 15 win season, with 11 starts I flagged there.  Want to give him say two of the 11?  Maybe let’s give him the game he gave up no runs in 9 and one other?  That would be 17 wins.

Ron was the man.  Koosman to Gooden’s Seaver.  Nobody on the current squad touches this guy.  I know what your fantasies are, but until someone actually stays healthy enough to do it – Ronnie was better than all of them.



Mets Morning Laziness: The Great Injuries Gag

The Stupid Mets have put a gag on Terry Collins talking about injuries.  That’s just stupid in this town and will totally backfire and make everyone look bad.

Also in Newspapers, the Post has a preview of the 2019 Rebuild.  Warning, the Post site, especially mobile, seems designed to slow down your device with as many pop-ops as possible, so it may not be worth the click.  I tried both desktop and mobile and bailed.

SLACKISH REACTION:  The Mets were winning.  Then someone decided to use 6 pitchers again.  The Mets lost.

BASEBALL IS HORRIBLE:  I’m really starting to hate this sport.  I was sort of paying attention while out with friends, then came home to see the Mets go down 6-5 and as it was approaching 10pm I decided I didn’t really care.  I’m doing this more and more, and it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about the quality of TV Entertainment over Time, and the Mets television product is awful because someone insists on using SIX PITCHERS EVERY NIGHT.   This is not the game I got into in the late 70’s, and maybe that game is never coming back, but maybe I don’t want to watch the 2017 version.  It’s really really awful to watch.

ICYMI the Mets put Mayday Milone on the DL.   I believe you are Saturday’s starting pitcher.


Mets pretending they think we can write in Conforto tickets deal

(A) I can’t imagine anyone actually bothers to count write in votes in a digital age

(B) who the hell else from the Mets could make the All Star Team?




FLUSHING, N.Y., May 24, 2017 – The New York Mets today announced a “4 for $30” ticket promotion tied to MLB All-Star Game balloting in honor of Outfielder Michael Conforto.  Now through Sunday, June 4 fans can take advantage of this unique and limited time offer to purchase four tickets for $30 (Conforto’s uniform number) for the Mets homestand vs. the Milwaukee Brewers May 29-June 1 and Pittsburgh Pirates June 2-4.  Seats for this promotion are located in the Promenade Outfield and must be purchased online at with a limit of eight tickets per transaction subject to availability


With the fans’ help, Conforto would be the first All-Star to be selected as a write-in candidate in over 40 years.  Fans can vote for Conforto to make the All-Star Game by going to


Entering play today, Conforto…

  • Has a .333 batting average, eighth-best in the National League while his 1.138 OPS is fourth-best in the NL (fifth-best in the majors).
  • Has 13 home runs, tied for the third-most in the NL (tied for sixth-most in the majors) and he leads the team with 31 RBI.
  • Owns a .425 on-base percentage, the seventh-best mark among National League players, and has scored 34 runs, tied for the sixth-most in the National League.


Below is the schedule of games the “4 for $30” Conforto promotion will apply for:

Monday, May 29 vs. Milwaukee (4:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 30 vs. Milwaukee (7:10 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 31 vs. Milwaukee (7:10 p.m.)

Thursday, June 1 vs. Milwaukee (1:10 p.m.)

Friday, June 2 vs. Pittsburgh (7:10 p.m.)

Free Shirt Friday presented by Empire City Casino to all fans in attendance

Saturday, June 3 vs. Pittsburgh (7:15 p.m.)

Postgame Fireworks

Sunday, June 4 vs. Pittsburgh (1:10 p.m.)

Play Ball Bat & Ball set to the first 15,000 fans as part of MLB’s Play Ball Weekend

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