Keith Hernandez says he tried to help Matt Harvey during Mets downfall
Keith Hernandez says he tried to help Matt Harvey out of the downward spiral that ultimately led to the pitcher being traded by the New York Mets earlier this month.
Hernandez, who serves as commentator on television broadcasts of Mets games, obviously had an up-close look at the antics that precipitated Harvey’s downfall.
During an appearance Wednesday on WFAN, Hernandez detailed how he once reached out to Scott Boras, Harvey’s agent, in an attempt to reign in the enigmatic pitcher, who fostered a somewhat unsavory reputation throughout his Mets tenure.
“I called Scott, I said, ‘Scott, you gotta pull the reins on this guy, because he’s gonna make it tough on himself,’” Hernandez said, via the New York Post.
“He goes, ‘Keith, I can’t, he’s gonna do — he’s his own guy — he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do.’”
Hernandez, who once was represented as a player by Boras, did not disclose when the conversation between himself and the agent occurred.
Hernandez later in the interview made it clear, despite trying to help Harvey, that he was not impressed with the pitcher’s behavior in recent years.
“He made a lot of enemies,” Hernandez said. “He was confrontational with Sandy — with Sandy Alderson. They had a tough relationship. Matt was arrogant and, you know what, you meet the same people on the way up, you meet ’em on the way down, too.”
Harvey of course was relegated to bullpen duties after struggling mightily as a starter early on this season. After refusing a demotion to the minor leagues, the Mets designated the 29-year-old for assignment on May 4. The Mets then traded Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds on May 8.
It certainly was a tumultuous and on occasion brilliant stint with the Mets for Harvey, a tenure plagued by injuries and off-the-field drama.
“You’ve gotta perform at a certain level, the highest level if you’re gonna do the things that Matt did and I think he put the cart before the horse.
“I think he wanted to be the next Joe Namath.”