And because he did, Harvey, the one-time Mets ace, will pitch Friday, once the Mets are in Milwaukee.
It seems the team wanted to make sure that his next start took place outside of New York — the Mets will start recently acquired pitcher Tommy Milone, who was waived by the Brewers earlier this month, Wednesday at Citi Field to make sure that happens.
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The Mets should extrapolate the thought process that led to them holding Harvey out until Friday — they should realize that the team's relationship with its star starting pitcher will never be fully rectified. Not so long as the team is based in New York.
And since the Mets aren't moving anytime soon, it should be Harvey that's moved.
Let's recap: The Mets pitcher didn't show up at Citi Field last Saturday. He was out drinking the night before (or, more accurately, the morning of) the Mets' game with the Marlins and that, combined with his round of golf in the morning, left him with a headache that prevented him from heading to Flushing.
Compounding the issue, Harvey missed the curfew to tell the team of his absence and he broke protocol in texting the Mets' pitching coach after that deadline, not the team trainer, as is the team's policy for such situations.
And because Harvey doesn't have anything close to a clean permanent record with the Mets — a history of drama that goes way beyond truancy — the team sent security staff to make sure he was actually in his apartment with that debilitating headache Saturday.
He was in his apartment — in his pajama's, reportedly — but the Mets suspended Harvey for his Sunday start anyway, and as of Wednesday morning, his three-game suspension ended. But on Tuesday, Harvey had to apologize to his teammates, management and the Mets fans.
The headlines read that he was contrite and on the verge of tears. That should tide everyone over until the next time he creates a stir.
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I won't pretend to be a psychiatrist or M.D., but from this vantage point, it seems that Harvey's issues — his off-the-field distractions that cause so much consternation for the Mets and the local media — stem from being in the biggest of big cities.
Harvey's whole persona — the one that gets him in trouble time and time again — is that of a big-city lothario: a player who as is as big off the field as he is on it. And don't forget, not too long ago, Harvey was a big player on the field. Big-time, Big-Apple egos and party-hard, play-harder playboy personas don't disappear as quickly as fastball control and curveball tightness. (Harvey has a 5.14 ERA and has allowed seven homers in six starts this season.)
Remember, this is a guy who showed up to Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium — the same as a Mets doubleheader in Washington. Jeter is a player that Harvey admired because, well, to quote him: “Let’s just look at the women he’s dated,” Harvey told Men's Journal in 2013. “Obviously, he goes out - he’s meeting these girls somewhere — but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be.”
This is a guy who has been late for playoff games because, the night before, he was — reportedly — out drinking.
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This is a guy who, after tearing his UCL, wanted to do all of his rehab work in New York and not at the Mets' facility in Florida. Harvey never fully explained his reasoning, but it's easy to read between the lines of his request.
This is a guy who was all too happy to take on the "Dark Knight of Gotham" nickname.
You might see the T-shirts all over Manhattan now that the summer tourists have started to arrive, but make no mistake, no one loves New York more than the Mets' 28-year-old pitcher.
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It seems as if Harvey is more committed to New York and all of its opportunities than the Mets. What else could you believe from his track record?
The Mets are clearly sick of it, but not sick enough to do anything serious, yet.
That's probably because the Mets are running low on starting pitchers and fan goodwill after a series of PR disasters. And yet the Mets have won five of six heading into Milone's Wednesday start.
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No, the Mets wouldn't get anything close to fair value for Harvey in a trade — they'd be selling an asset at his value floor — but how much is enough for the team?
Harvey will reach his final year of arbitration in 2018, after which he'll become a free agent. The team hasn't entered serious contract extension negotiations with Harvey (don't expect that to happen anytime soon) and at this point, if the pitcher were to hit the open market in December 2018, it's hard to see the Mets bidding on him — there's too much baggage.
There's not a team in baseball that doesn't see a divorce coming, and it's going to be hard for Harvey to rebuild his reputation in the Mets' clubhouse — a room where neither his manager nor teammates seem to have anything nice to say about him — or with other teams in the league over the next two seasons. Again, too much baggage.
Harvey needs a fresh start — probably in a city where there aren't any supermodels or black card clubs. The Mets could use one too.
This relationship is toxic and no one should believe that it will improve. It's in both parties' best long-term interest to split ASAP.