Matt Harvey was once one of MLB’s top young starting pitchers.
He had a live arm and was widely considered to be one of the New York Mets’ biggest pieces for the future.
On Friday, the veteran right-hander made a big announcement, revealing that he would be stepping away from the game of baseball.
Harvey pitched most of his career with the Mets, but also spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles.
His best season came in 2013, when he went 9-5 in 26 starts with a 2.27 ERA before his season ended thanks to Tommy John surgery.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today announced the news of Harvey’s retirement.
Former #Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey announces his retirement at the age of 34.
He winds up with a career 50-66 record and 4.42 ERA
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 5, 2023
Harvey came up late in the 2012 season and quickly became the ace of the Mets starting rotation.
He even got the chance to start the All-Star Game in 2013, which was played at Citi Field.
After 2015, the right-hander began to falter and was ultimately demoted to the bullpen in 2018 before the Mets designated him for assignment.
That was when the Reds picked him up.
From there, Harvey struggled to stay healthy and was not the same pitcher he was during his early days with the Mets.
He also found himself mired in controversy after the 2021 season during the trial of former Angels employee Eric Kay, who was arrested after being closely connected to the death of Tyler Skaggs.
Harvey was a member of the Angels when Skaggs passed away in 2019.
The 34-year-old finished his career with a 50-66 record and an ERA of 4.42.NEXT: The Tigers Made Sure To Spoil Justin Verlander's Return