A report on the Detroit News Web site says former Met Ron Darling owes more than half a million dollars in back taxes.

The report, posted on the newspaper's Tax Watchdog blog, says Darling owes $544,197 in state and federal taxes, according to records reviewed by the newspaper.

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According to the report on the Detroit News Web site, Darling is said to owe nearly $450,000 to the IRS, more than $84,000 to the state of California and $12,664 to the state of the New York.

Darling could not immediately be reached for comment. He is scheduled to work as an announcer for TBS in the National League Championship Series that begins Thursday with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. Darling just finished announcing the Yankees-Twins American League Division Series, which the Yankees won in three games.

Darling, 49, was a member of the 1986 World Series champion Mets and is a Mets broadcaster on the team-owned station SNY. He earned at least $17.9 million in a 13-year big-league career, according to the Web site Baseball-Reference.com.