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Mets Blogger Roundtable: Final Thoughts on Matt Harvey’s Mets Career

When the Mets designated Matt Harvey for assignment, it marked the beginning of the end.  When he was traded to the Reds for Devin Mesoraco, it was all officially over, and we, as Mets fans, were left trying to figure out what to make of the entire era.  In the latest edition of the Mets Blogger Roundtable, we attempt to do just that:

Roger Cormier (Good Fundies)

Kid Gorgeous, Kid Presentable, Kid Moe. The first two phases were enjoyable. The third phase was not.

Michael Ganci (Daily Stache)

Despite all the negativity surrounding Matt Harvey, I will continue to root for him. This guy has been through a lot, and if you don’t like a good comeback story, you’re not human. I will forever be thankful for his three great years. They’re right up there statistically with the greats. While Matt may need an attitude check, I respect what he’s done and wish him nothing but the best, unless he lands with a rival or the Yankees.

Ed Leyro (Studious Metsimus)

Matt Harvey reminds me a little of Gregg Jefferies in that Jefferies had so much talent and got off to a scalding start with the Mets, but he never quite reached his potential in New York.

Like Harvey, Jefferies also rubbed some people the wrong way. Whereas Jefferies always thought he was better than everyone else even though his production on the field said otherwise, Harvey’s off-the-field antics served as a constant distraction to what was happening on the field. Both players let their egos get the best of them, and because of that, Mets fans never got to see them realize their full potential for an extended period of time.

It’s true that injuries have also taken their toll on Harvey, but he’s had several years to try to reinvent himself and still hasn’t been successful. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him get back to being a serviceable pitcher, just like leaving the Mets extended Jefferies’ career by nearly a decade.

Metstradamus (Metstradamus Blog)

Sad, because this is Doc and Darryl all over again in terms of high end talent not coming close to their ceilings. I’m not going to split hairs about the reasons. Drugs in the first two cases, three surgeries in Harvey’s case. It doesn’t matter. Because those are three careers that could have gone to Cooperstown.

Joe Maracic (Loug Egg)

Doc and Darryl’s story didn’t end with the Mets. Guess we will have to wait for Harvey to join the Yanks eventually.

Harvey gave it all on the field, and unfortunately off it. He’s an example of a player putting his brand before his play. The injuries obviously did not help. Deep down I’m still rooting for the guy, since he helped restart the Mets. If he only worried about his teammates more than the models. Maybe when he joins another team like the Angels or the Yankees he will get it all back, and Mets fans will think what could have been?

Love him or hate him, I think we can all agree on 3 words that destroyed his Mets career. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Greg Prince (Faith and Fear in Flushing)

Matt Harvey set an impossibly high standard for himself when, as a rookie, he’d figuratively kick himself after a loss, telling reporters that as the starting pitcher, it was his job to give up no runs. For a while, he practically met his own standard for success.

That’s the Harvey I choose to remember: the 2012 version who thought he should be unhittable and the 2013 sequel who made good on his plan.

Mets Daddy

Earlier, I wrote about Harvey’s career arc with the Mets.  Looking back at it, the one thing I came away with it was hope.

Harvey in 2012 gave us hope this rebuilding plan was going to work out.  In 2013, Harvey gave us hope the Mets could become a contender again.  In 2015, he allowed us to hope this team could win a World Series.  Since that time, our hope has been to first reclaim his former glory and later to be an effective MLB pitcher.

Now, he’s gone, and a small part of the hope we had with him is gone too.  In some ways, perhaps it was fitting the Mets have shown they can’t win without him.  Perhaps . . .

In some ways, I am personally hoping this is the final word of the Harvey tenure with the Mets.  At the moment, there are many storylines with the Mets, good and bad, mostly bad, which merits considerable discussion and analysis.  Please keep an eye out for these blogs for that thoughtful discussion and analysis.  I know I will.

 

5 thoughts on “Mets Blogger Roundtable: Final Thoughts on Matt Harvey’s Mets Career”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I read yesterday on Metsdaddy, is it true, Wilmer Flores demanded a trade?
    Maybe Cincinnati?
    They looked great, a Cincinnati turnaround is great for baseball.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Wilmer never demanded a trade, nor did I ever make that claim.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Well, at least congrats to tne Reds on a turnaround!

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    I read the comments on Metsdaddy and a poster said “that Wilmer should demand a trade”….. Who said that Metsdaddy himself said that?!

    I checked the waiver wire and unfortunately Wilmer Flores wa# not put on waivers

    Outside of Wilmer’s walk off HRs how often does Wilmer do well in clutch ABATS with men on base or JUST GRIND IT OUT and just work out a walk to get on base or GO WITH THE PITCH for a single or SUCCEED going opposite field with two strikes or AVOID POP OUTS or GROUND BALLS with men in scoring position or BOT CELEBRATE for an extended period a meaningless HR when the club is way behind or being blown out?

    How often does he do better as he faces the pitcher the devibd and third ABAT?

    Or is Wilmer just a great hitter against mediocre lefthanders?

    Some say Wilmer does not focus
    Some say Wilmer is not coachable
    Some say Wilmer is after the glory
    Some say Wilmer is untouchable
    Some say that real fans teally do not watch his ABATS carefully enough
    Sone day Wilmer is a folk hero and teflon to criticism

    I SAY LOOK AT WILMER’s CAREER WAR

    I say stop the platoon, get a full time first baseman and use Wilmer as a backup first/third baseman until you find one with speed and who is coachable but expect just an aggressive PHer who might create hard contact, or might not….

    Yes, Wilmer’s Playoff stats were not a fluke…

    Just watch his approach on rach and every ABAT GOING forward…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Stop saying he isn’t coachable. He is.

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