Drama always seems to surround Matt Harvey.
Since he made his major league debut in 2012, it’s been one controversy after the next, with the latest fiasco resulting in a three-game suspension by the Mets for violating team rules. Mets brass refused to provide details on why Harvey, who is filing a grievance against the team, has been banned for three games.
After bursting on the scene as a rookie, Harvey poses nude for ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body issue.”
That same month, in an interview with Men’s Journal, he says he wants to date women the same way as Derek Jeter.
“I mean, first off, let’s just look at the women he’s dated,” Harvey said. “Obviously, he goes out – he’s meeting these girls somewhere — but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”
Harvey is diagnosed with a UCL tear, which eventually leads to Tommy John surgery in October 2013. He misses all of the 2014 season.
He tangles with team over wanting to do his rehab work in New York rather than at the Mets facility in Florida.
On the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey tweets out a picture of himself in the hospital giving the finger.
Harvey draws ire of Mets fans when he attends Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium. One teammate said it was “a little strange, but not surprising.”
Harvey won’t even commit to pitching through the end of the regular season — let alone the playoffs — citing the 180 innings limit suggested by Dr. James Andrews that his agent, Scott Boras, said the Mets should abide by. A few days later, Harvey writes on the Players’ Tribune that he’ll pitch in the playoffs, which he ultimately does.
Harvey misses mandatory workout during the playoffs. The team initially blames tunnel traffic while Harvey ends up showing up at the end and saying he just lost track of time. The night before, Harvey reportedly was spotted out drinking.
In Game 5 of the World Series, Harvey asks for the ball back in the ninth inning with the lead and Terry Collins agrees. The move backfires as Harvey gives up a walk and a hit before Jeurys Familia and the Mets defense finish blowing the lead, sending the game to extras. Ultimately, the Royals win to end the World Series.
Harvey shares some TMI, revealing on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens: Live’ that he once had a threesome — on a baseball field.
A ticked-off Harvey refuses to speak to reporters to spite them for the humorous coverage he received after he had a large and painful blood clot in his bladder.
Originally Harvey said he had been holding his urine too long, prompting the Daily News back page that read, “Ya Gotta Relieve!”