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Ron Darling to Speak at Annual Breakfast

February 19, 2013 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Danbury Westerners

Danbury, CT- February, 2013: The Danbury Westerners, the longest tenured team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, are proud to announce that they will be having their 19th Annual Celebrity Breakfast on June 7th at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. The Annual Celebrity Breakfast welcomes the 2013 Danbury Westerners to the greater Western CT community. In addition, the Westerners are thrilled to announce that Ron Darling, former New York Met and current color commentator for national baseball coverage on TBS, as well as for the Mets on both SNY and WPIX, will be the keynote speaker at the Breakfast.

Paul Schaffer, President of the Danbury Westerners, commented, "Ron Darling will continue our tradition of exceptional speakers at our Breakfast. Ron had a very successful pitching career, and his commentary and insights will surely benefit our current ballplayers. I will guarantee that our guests will enjoy listening to him."

At the Breakfast the Westerners will once again present the annual Michael Seri Award in honor of Michael Seri, for perpetuating community partnerships, dedication and sportsmanship on behalf of the Danbury Westerners. The first recipient in 2009 was Mr. Seri. Other past honorees include Bart Busterna, Mary Ann Frede, Richard Reimold, Gene Eriquez and Charlie Coakley.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Tables of 10 for this event are $300, and can be secured online at www.danburywesterners.com or by mail to PO Box 3828, Danbury CT 06813. Sponsorship opportunities are available; for additional information please contact Mike Malone at (203) 788-3408.

About Ron Darling

Ron Darling played collegiate baseball at Yale University, where in 1981 he pitched 11 innings of no-hit ball in an opening-round NCAA game, which remains a college playoff record. Darling was a first round draft pick (9th overall) by the Texas Rangers, and made his major league debut in 1983 with the New York Mets. During his 13 year career spent primarily for the Mets, Darling amassed a 136-116 won-loss record, with 13 shutouts. He threw 1,590 strikeouts and had a 3.87 ERA. In 1985, he was picked for the All-Star team, and in 1986 he was a member of the World Series Champions New York Mets, posting a 1-1 won-loss record and a 1.53 ERA in the World Series.

Since 2000 Darling has been involved in television and broadcasting, and in 2005 he was hired to be the television commentator for the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals. In 2006 Darling joined SportsNet New York ("SNY") as a color commentator and studio analyst for the Mets. Darling won an Emmy Award as "Best Sports Analyst" for his work on the Mets broadcasts in 2006. Darling also works for TBS as a commentator, notably in the playoffs.

Darling is also known for his philanthropy. In 2009 he founded the Ron Darling Foundation, which has expanded its mission from working solely to finding a cure for diabetes, to also helping those who are in need in local communities around the tri-state area. Darling, along with fellow SNY broadcasters Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen have created a website ( www.pitchinforagoodcause.org), where the net profit from the merchandise sold by the website goes to charities; specifically, the Cobble Hill Health Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Center, and The Danbury Women's Center.

Darling is the author of The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching.

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