Matt Harvey (34), who led Italy to the quarterfinals at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), announced his retirement from active duty.
On the 6th (Korean time), Harvey announced his intention to retire from active duty by leaving a message on his SNS saying, “Hello baseball. And thank you to everyone.”
Harvey, who debuted in the Major League (MLB) in 2012, went through the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles, and recorded 50 wins and 66 losses in 180 games, an average ERA of 4.42 and 867 strikeouts.
Harvey, who was on a winning streak, including being selected as an All-Star in 2013, suffered an elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) and left for a long time. He made his comeback in 2015, his return season, going 13-8 with a 2.71 earned run average and 188 strikeouts. That year, the National League’s Comeback of the Year Award also went to Harvey. 메이저놀이터
However, Harvey’s baseball life took a turn in 2016. Frequent injuries overlapped with eccentricities, and his performance did not live up to expectations. In 2021, his final season in the major leagues, he was sluggish with 6 wins and 14 losses and an earned run average of 6.27.
Harvey also contacted KBO League teams after the 2021 season, but his trip to Korea was not successful.
In May 2022, Harvey provided narcotic painkillers to fellow pitcher Iler Skaggs, who died of a drug overdose while with the Angels in 2019, and confessed to taking cocaine himself, and was suspended for 60 games by the Major League Secretariat.
Harvey, who became a forgotten player, showed off his health through the WBC last March. After being selected for the Italian national team, he played in two games and pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 run, leading the team to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years.