Matt Harvey is currently a free agent at 33 years old.
If you watched him pitch about 8-10 years ago, however, you wouldn’t believe he would be out of a job at this point.
He was legitimately one of the best pitchers in MLB from 2012 to 2015.
Unfortunately, injuries happen.
Over the course of the years, Harvey suffered long-term, serious injuries including Tommy John surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, and a stress fracture in the scapula.
Those sapped his strength, fastball velocity, and overall effectiveness on the mound.
But in 2015, when the New York Mets made the World Series (and lost to the Kansas City Royals), Harvey was at the top of his game.
That year, he posted a 2.71 ERA in 189.1 innings and was brilliant in their playoff run.
He has fond memories of what he and the team did that year.
“Playing with the Mets, what we did…it was a pretty special time. It was electric playing at home.” Matt Harvey is asked to compare pitching in the 2023 World Baseball Classic to pitching in the 2015 World Series,” SNY tweeted with a video of the interview.
"Playing with the Mets, what we did…it was a pretty special time. It was electric playing at home."
Matt Harvey is asked to compare pitching in the 2023 World Baseball Classic to pitching in the 2015 World Series: pic.twitter.com/MF8XXtl0R1
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 9, 2023
Citi Field was packed around those days, cheering for the Mets as they had their first shot at winning a title since the 2000 World Series, when they also lost to the Yankees.
Harvey was known as the “Dark Knight” around those days and was capable of silencing any lineup.
The right-hander is pitching with Italy during the World Baseball Classic, and is trying to impress some MLB teams to get an invitation to camp or perhaps a minor league deal.
He may be a shell of himself at this point, but it’s always fun to reminisce the kind of pitcher he was in the first half of the 2010s decade.NEXT: The Mets Have Some Amazing Promotions In Store For Fans