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Longtime MLB Announcer Stepping Away For Health Reasons

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One of the most-beloved announcers in Major League Baseball announced some tough personal news on the air on Saturday night.

Ron Darling, a Mets analyst for SNY and a national analyst for Turner Sports, revealed that he'll be taking a leave of absence.

The 57-year-old analyst is having surgery after doctors discovered a large mass in his chest.

“My health is the top priority right now for my family and I," Darling said. “I’m looking forward to being back in the booth with our crew and my friends Gary and Keith as soon as I can.”

SNY has released a statement: “Doctors have been monitoring Darling over the past few months and tests revealed a mass on his chest,” SNY said. “Darling is now scheduled for a medical procedure next week. The doctors have told him that if there are no complications he should be back in the booth alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez next month.”

Our thoughts are with Darling and his friends and family. Hopefully he'll be back on the air in no time.