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Ron Darling to do play-by-play this week for Mets on SNY

Former professional baseball player Ron Darling attends Joe

Former professional baseball player Ron Darling attends Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala at Pier 60 on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ron Darling, SNY's long-time Mets analyst, will make his regular-season play-by-play debut for Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The former pitcher will call both games in Toronto as well as a weekend series in Atlanta before Gary Cohen returns from vacation for the June 23 road game against the Brewers.

Darling called several Mets games during spring training to prepare for the job.

"I wanted the versatility," Darling told Newsday at the time. "I just asked [executive producer Curt Gowdy Jr.] to give me a chance in spring training to do a few games to see if I had any kind of talent at it. And he said yes, so that's really where it came from.

"I'm looking forward to it. I've been working at listening, watching, trying to do games on my own at MLB Network, because they've got more space where you can kind of sit and do it. And I'm just hoping that I'm good enough at some point to do a creditable job.

"The hardest part is you can't follow [Cohen]. He's just too good. So you have to do your own thing."

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