Matt Harvey (34), who was called the Dark Knight in the past and was loved by the New York Mets, has ended his turbulent active career.
On the 5th (Korean time), Harvey announced his retirement from active duty with the words “Hello, baseball and thank you” on his SNS.
Joining the New York Mets with the 7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2010 rookie draft, he was named a big league call-up after 2 years of nomination, and was selected as a National League Cy Young Award 4th and All-Star in the 2nd year of his debut, and suddenly rose to stardom. Local media gave him the nickname ‘Dark Knight’, meaning that he was a New York hero who appeared after a long time, and Mets fans supported him by shouting slogans, ‘Harvey is better.’
As if Harvey hadn’t forgotten this time, in his retirement speech, he cited the Mets as a special team and said, “I will never forget the phrase ‘Harvey is better’ that flowed from Citi Field, the home stadium.”
However, the fall was as rapid as the steep rise. Insincere work etiquette (work ethic and attitude) and wrong body care were the causes. While enjoying entertainment in New York, he struggled with weight management, and in the first year (2015) after returning from elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery), he played more than 200 innings, including the postseason, and rode the downhill express train.
안전놀이터 Because of that, after recording an average ERA of 2.71 with 13 wins and 8 losses in 29 games in 2015, the average ERA soared to 4.86 in 2016, 6.70 in 2017, and 7.00 in 2018. Eventually, in the middle of the 2018 season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds at a bargain price. After that, he went through the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, etc., and became a Journeyman.
In 2020, when the major leagues were suspended due to a novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), news was heard through local media such as the New York Post that they were aiming to advance to the KBO League. However, the KBO League team did not pay attention to him, who was also called fat because he still couldn’t take care of his body.
To make matters worse, in May of last year, he was suspended for 60 games for supplying narcotic painkillers to teammate Tyler Skaggs, who died of a drug overdose during his time with the Los Angeles Angels. This year, he tried to make a comeback by participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) as the Italian national team, but no team was still looking for him, and he eventually announced his retirement.
“I threw to win. I threw to spark a spark in the hearts of my team, the city and the fans I’ve always loved,” Harvey hoped his teammates and fans would know.