Ron Darling (C) weighs in on the Mets throwing at Rhys Hopkins. Ron Darling (C) weighs in on the Mets throwing at Rhys Hopkins. (Awful Announcing on Twitter/X.)

We’re only a couple of days into the 2024 MLB season, but the “Days since last ridiculous controversy” counter keeps getting reset to zero. The latest culprits there are the New York Mets. On Friday, they and the Milwaukee Brewers wound up in quite the moment thanks to a benches-clearing brawl following the Brewers’ Rhys Hoskins’ slide into second base against Jeff McNeil:

On Saturday, Hoskins’ first three at-bats went normally, and he went three-for-three with four RBIs. But on his fourth at-bat, a pitch from Yohan Ramirez went right behind his head. That led to Ramirez’s ejection, and to criticism from SNY analyst Ron Darling on the seeming way-too-late moment the Mets picked to throw at Hoskins here:

Darling went into more detail on that later, after both he and fellow analyst Keith Hernandez agreed this was an intentional throw at Hoskins’ head:

This does go to show some of what’s made the Mets’ TV crew of Darling, Hernandez, and Gary Cohen beloved even by many fans of other teams. They’re far from afraid to call out missteps by the team they’re covering. And this was the latest example of that.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.