Former New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday.
Harvey, 34, admitted he enjoyed his time in New York after starting his career with the Mets in 2012.
“To the fans, and most of all, the New York Mets fans: You made my dream come true,” Harvey wrote. “I never dreamed that a dream could come true. Who would have thought that a kid from Mystic, Connecticut, could play in the greatest city in the world, his hometown? You are my heart. forever embedded in the
Nicknamed “The Dark Knight,” Harvey became a New York tabloid star because of his love of nightlife.
Harvey returned from Tommy John surgery in 2014 and helped the team win the 2015 National League title. However, his career effectively went south from there in 2016 and he struggled in 2017, and in 2018 the Mets traded him to Cincinnati his Reds. Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles He pitched for the Angels, Baltimore He also pitched for the Orioles before making his final pitch in the majors in 2021.
“With all the great memories, there have been many injuries and difficult times,” Harvey wrote. Realization that it is impossible.
“Believe me, I wish I could have done more and relived that wonderful moment. Now is the time to say thank you and say goodbye.”
Harvey received a 60-game suspension from Major League Baseball at the start of the 2022 season for distributing anti-abuse drugs in violation of MLB’s drug program.
Harvey was one of four players who testified in federal court in February 2022 that former Angels communications director Eric Kaye provided drugs that contributed to Tyler Skaggs’ death. Kay was later convicted of drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges.
A 2013 All-Star, Harvey went 50-66 with a 4.42 ERA in 180 career games (172 starts) for the Mets, Reds, Angels, Royals and Orioles.