Mets DFA Matt Harvey after he refused minor league assignment

Mets DFA Matt Harvey after he refused minor league assignment

by Brian Erni May 04, 2018 0 Comments

The Dark Knight has fallen.

Good riddance.

I'm sorry, but I have zero sympathy for Matt Harvey's situation. Injuries may have precipitated his fall, but his actions exacerbated it, and this latest refusal to accept his place in this team's hierarchy is the absolute final straw.

To paraphrase my friend, The Athletic's Marc Carig, Harvey always felt like he was better than everyone; too much of a star to pitch in relief (like Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman happily embraced), too posh to rehab in Port St. Lucie (like Dillon Gee and practically every other Mets pitcher had done in a similar situation). And this latest show of selfishness, a refusal to try and figure things out at Triple-A (like Zack Wheeler just did, like Steve Trachsel did back in 2001), is just the latest in a tale of the supernova that has become Harvey's career. 

It certainly began to feel like the Mets and Harvey had reached a point of no return. He cursed out reporters. He pouted in every relief appearance he made. He went out on the town in Los Angeles...while the team was in San Diego (a five-hour round trip). His actions didn't show any respect for the teammates he was supposed to be working with, or the manager and pitching coach that went to bat for him in the offseason. None of it mattered to him, and he showed that with every frown, every late night, and now, every resistance to be the best New York Met he could be.

There will be plenty of post-mortem on Harvey's Mets career in the coming days from scribes all across the Internet. How he exploded on the scene with sheer dominance. How 2013 was a revelation, and how -- in 2015 -- he pushed himself to throw the most innings ever by a pitcher who was returning from Tommy John surgery. How he tried to will his team across the finish line in a must-win Game 5 of the World Series. But on this day, right now, there seems to be one truth about this move:

For the New York Mets, cutting ties with Matt Harvey is addition by subtraction.

My, how the mighty have fallen.




Brian Erni
Brian Erni

Author




Also in The 7 Line Blog

Big Apple Trivia
Big Apple Trivia

by The 7 Line July 31, 2020 0 Comments

It's a pre-game trivia show each Wednesday night. Request to go live on our Instragram account with Julia Quadrino, answer Mets trivia questions, and win gift cards to The 7 Line website.

Read More

ART CLASS WITH HERM! EPISODE 28: HOMER THE METS BEAGLE
ART CLASS WITH HERM! EPISODE 28: HOMER THE METS BEAGLE

by The 7 Line July 29, 2020 0 Comments

This is the season 1 finale of "Art Class With Herm!", and we hope you'll draw with us! Today Herm teaches the class how to draw the original Mets mascot, Homer the beagle!

Read More

Embrace This Season For What It Is And Enjoy The Sprint
Embrace This Season For What It Is And Enjoy The Sprint

by Tim Reilly July 24, 2020 0 Comments

Today will feel weird for many of us who have Opening Day traditions at the ballpark. It sucks. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. We’re also 4 months into this COVID world. I think we’re all accustomed to hanging at home by now.

Read More

.video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; }