Harvey

Harvey talked to the Daily News, Mets talked with Harvey

Matt Harvey had been under the impression he was not allowed to do one-on-one interviews, as the team is set on him not being a story in 2014, but he talked Tuesday with columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, Mar. 18).

“It just felt like all of a sudden I was shooed to the back. I have been not allowed to talk to anybody,” Harvey said to Martino. “My locker was basically in a closet. I didn’t think that was right.”

In the middle of the interview, Mets VP of Media Relations Jay Horwitz made an effort to stop the on-the-record conversation, according to Martino’s report; but Harvey pushed back, saying, “Jay, if somebody needs to talk to the Players’ Association, I have a right to have him writing about me.”

It was later explained to Harvey by Sandy Alderson that the team isn’t demanding he avoid one-on-one interviews, because it’s his right to do so; but it would save Harvey and the team’s PR department time if his communication was handled in a group setting.

“Harvey wanted to make sure I knew, and wrote, that he felt much better,” Martino wrote. “His overall tone was much more measured.”

Horwitz later announced that Harvey would address the entire media.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I mentioned 10 days ago that Harvey was upset about his locker being moved, because it was being talked about a lot in the clubhouse when I was there in late February (MetsBlog, Mar. 10). Yes, it’s typical that a player out for the season will have his locker moved, just like Jeremy Hefner’s locker was moved. It’s how clubhouse people arrange the set up. That’s not the point, though. The point is that Harvey didn’t know this was standard operating procedure and was unhappy about it, as he explained on record to Martino. It speaks to a lack of communication between the front office, media department and their most popular star, and it speaks to a young player with a big ego, tremendous talent, a short resume and a long road to recovery.

In regards to one-on-one interviews or a scrum, I’ve had several interview requests of Harvey and other high-profile players and executives rejected over the years for this exact reason. Basically, if I ask and get the interview, then others will ask and have to get it and it ends up never ending or not being fair. It’s disappointing, but I respect how difficult it must be to scale a player’s limited time with the increasing demand for media and information in New York City, all while he has real baseball work and responsibilities to do on field (such as focusing on rehab). And, for what it’s worth, when I hear a player on radio or doing an exclusive interview with a different Mets blog or writer, I wonder why I couldn’t be involved as well. It’s natural… This may or may not be the whole reason for the Mets wanting to limit Harvey’s communication with reporters, but I will say that it’s very consistent with how they’ve approached other high-profile players in the past.

In my former life, I worked media relations representing authors, bands and comedians, I’ve been on the other side of this process to a certain extent, so I understand how tedious it can be to have to field endless pitches and requests for talent. There are lots of ways to handle it, though, and the way the team is choosing to handle it is guaranteed to occasionally have these sort of incidents. If they know this, and it’s a calculated approach, good, and I wish them luck. If not, they may want to rethink it…




115 comments
Frank Cecere
Frank Cecere

What's really sad is that a great leader and captain like David Wright will always be associated with this sorry organization. He's done everything he's needed to be the leader of a championship franchise. Somehow I know for sure that this franchise will screw up the young talent that we have and either lead them down the path of getting injured, or drive them off to free agency when the time comes. This kinda smacks of the Connie Mack approach to building a franchise. Build a core of good players that can fill the ballpark with fans but fare no better than 3rd or 4th place and then trade these players for younger/much cheaper talent when the time comes,(in the case of Connie Mack he would just sell players for cash). I'm sick of waiting and I'm sick of losing. The talent we have today can't win alone. They need help and they need it now. I don't want to wait till 2015 because there's a lot of baseball to be played in 2014 and I'm going to watch it regardlessly because I love this team and always will. Could you imagine if any one of us walked in and told our bosses that we were going to  come to work but not do to good this year ,but we'll try extra hard next year because things look better in the future. Not too many of us would be employed when we left the bosses office.


Jim Alderson
Jim Alderson

I'm surprised he's satisfied with just a locker.  How's he going to fit his entourage in there?  And those gigantic hats he'll need for this head?  

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Ordinarily, I'd think Harvey should just keep quiet and do his rehab. But with the way this team has been run, I'm all for a "star" ruffling a few feathers. It will make things uncomfortable and interesting plus he's under team control for a while, so mets have the upper hand there. And it works out for us because you know Harvey is going to give it his all to be that "star"on the mound.

Sadly, I think there's no way Mets extend his contract or resign at free agency. They should probably trade him at his peak for a top bat.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

the mets FO is horrendous at relating to players. and in this case, the player too is being horrendous. 


regardless of the incompetency of the mets from wilpon down, the least harvey could do is obey their orders, considering they have to change his diaper.

eavdr10
eavdr10

Starting to sound like there is a real disconnect between the players and the FO. This team is such a mess. This team needs to Win and Win soon. That's the only thing that could save this franchise. I'm tired of reading about fat camps , trades that won't happen, prospects that aren't here, unnamed sources, Harveys locker, Wilpon's wallet. Just FU***NG Win! I need baseball not a soap opera!!!

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Harvey has a point. There seems to be a lot of passive aggressive BS surrounding the FO and the players. Far too much "an unnamed source" garbage. Wright has made this point, Murphy at one time spoke of this, Beltran, Turner and the list goes on. This is how you get Harvey to wait for free agency to get away.

It is part of the teams DNA. Seaver, Koosman and this list goes on. We can't sustain a solid franchise because the ownership sucks and the FO is vindictive.

Move Harveys locker...chicken s%#t move. There is no rational explaination

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Im with Harvey on this one. THIS IS AMERICA. If Im Harvey, and a reporter asks me a question, Im going to answer it. No team exec is going to tell me to whom and when I can talk. Harvey needs to think about his own career going forward. In addition to his own talent, the media can make or break him going forward. Go Harvey. Get your rehab in and get back to pitching ASAP.

adam
adam

Just shut up and rehab Harvey.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Harvey's getting to sound more and more like a troublemaker. I'd trade him as soon as he gets back in the rotation. He's got a crappy attitude.

Peter Hyatt
Peter Hyatt

The author shows considerable restraint, and a level of comfort with the language of humility.  He sees both sides, which in media today, is refreshing. 

As to Matt Harvey, I hope he stays off Page 6, and works his craft quietly and is able to accomplish what we think he can.  

nolrog
nolrog

Maybe they wanted his locker to be in the "non-Cy Young award winners section."

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

With each interview comes the obvious idiotic question: "How soon will you be out on the mound at Citi?" Harvey is eager to get back out there. The fans desperately want him. But the Mets don't, as rushing it could jeopardize his career. The team is right to limit interviews.

Mont5
Mont5

Wow Harvey is becoming a Prima Donna. Not a good sign.

Doug Hoey
Doug Hoey

The Mets have morphed into a James Dolan run operation. Maybe Uncle Phil Jackson can get the Wilpons to give home $12m per and free reign to talk to the media....sans anyone they don't like of course....see Frank Isola 

Richard Davis
Richard Davis

This is precisely why the Mets are the #2 team in NYC and will always remain so.  Their best competitor is on the DL and wants to continue his rehab while he supports the team and city he loves passionately.  At one time, the fans who are now complaining that he has too much ego were calling for such a player with backbone and grit.  Now, they have one and the fans want him to just tow the company line.  Sad. 


Clearly, communication between front office, manager and the players is nearly non-existent.  That's why a manager like Wally is loved by everyone who has played for him; he'll make sure you know he is the general but will always have his player's back - something Terry has no idea about,


And don't even get me started about Jay Horror-witz!!!

Rob Swim
Rob Swim

I'd rather him have one press conference take an hour then 20 reporters lining up to do separate interviews to keep him off the field and rehabbing

Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts

Love Harvey here. He's not like the namby-pamby Employee #5 and Wilpon stooge currently Mattingly-ing his way to retirement. That said, Horwitz needs to hang it up at the daily media herder. Though, and it's sad to say, the Mets are the only thing he's got going for him. Yet another Mets PR controversy. And Cerrone's own fence-sitting on this (after all, he's a Wilpon stooge too) is ridiculous. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

Questions... why does the clubhouse man have this much power?  Why does he have ANY power to do anything other than clean the jock straps and go get food if a player requests it?    i'm sick of hearing that maintenance men are moving lockers, assigning numbers etc.   It's like a janitor in a company moving your office... 

As far as that duck trying to get in Harvey's way... 

Dear Mets,

I have tolerated your embarrassing activities for years after Mr. Doubleday cruelly sucked me in during the 80's and then left me supporting something i can't relate to.  I'm stuck because I love my fellow fans, the history of the team and in a sick way i feel it's mine.  It's part of my childhood and it's part of me. 

That said... Outside of maybe Pedro Martinez, Matt Harvey is the first Met player I've related to since some knucklehead traded David Cone years ago.  It's the ONLY homegrown player I've felt connected to since Randy Myers.  The story is not that Harvey talked, it's that YOU were trying to stop him.  If you didn't interfere, this would have been nothing.

He IS your fanbase and so it's no wonder you don't get along with him.

Speaking for myself, I relate to Matt Harvey.  I act like that, I'm outspoken like that and I know how to have fun too.  For what I've seen, that goes for many of us. 

The 80's were a bunch of Matt Harvey guys putting on a show and it was dismantled and replaced with boring players who put us to sleep and then ultimately ruined the entire franchise.  Myers became Franco, Mex became Murray, Straw became Hubie Brooks (very apropos), Dykstra became Firecracker Coleman, Davey became (ug) Bud Harrelson and slowly the wonderful spirit of the Mets became a country club for the rich, lazy and DULL. Look at the attendance, we don't want to see your boring terrible players.  Make some stars and get Horowitz away from them... how on earth would he know what's best for Harvey?  Harvey created Harvey and everyone loved it.... don't break a good thing.

Hear this; if this Matt Harvey gets tired of you and bolds at the first chance, I'm off the boat..  If you don't know what to do with this sort of player then I will find a team that does.

You are killing my enjoyment of this game.

Sincerely,
The 35-45 demographic




Alex Jorge Rios
Alex Jorge Rios

I mean bringing up players association is like a kid complaining telling his parents he's gonna go to police for being scolded or something like that. Just immature

Michael Jankowski
Michael Jankowski

Thia organization is so guarded because they know there a bunch of morons running it.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Awful mismanagement by Alderson once again. A the VERY least you communicate with your injured star.  Sandy has no feel for managing personnel.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

"I have a right to have him writing about me." Man that is a scary quote about where his head is at and what his priorities are. Can't wait for him to start dating a Kardashian or some or celebrity and/or for him to have his own reality show. Perhaps that can be the compromise with the Mets. He'll rehab in Fla but he can have the whole process filmed for TV or how about a major motion picture if TV would be beneath his level of stardom from half a great season. They can call it Harveyball as an hommage to the A's roots of the Mets FO plus there's no way this kid could not have his name in the title. Forget Generation K Harvey obviously belongs to Generation Me.

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Frank Cecere OK, I'm going to say it.  If David Wright is such a great leader, why is there always this constant stream of controversy surrounding the clubhouse?  If Harvey needs to shut up, Wright needs to tell him to, and if being the captain really means anything, Harvey should want to listen to him.  Same with the front office.  Instead of shrugging his shoulder and going, "they're the boss," he should walk up to Alderson and explain that, "Look, all this anonymous trashing of players is not going over well. As the face of the franchise, I'm telling you it needs to stop if you want to get anything out of these guys."

Wright's a great guy and sets a good example, but at some point, he's got to claim ownership of his team.

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Chapter 7 It was, what, late 2007 when Oman Minaya admitted his team didn't have an "edge?"  Situations like this are why the Mets still don't have it.  Ownership is more embarrassed by an injured starter talking to a reporter than they are by losing 90 games a year.

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray

I beginning to think you're right as well. Let him pitch next year, (hopefully well) then trade him. Otherwise this won't end well

Jim Alderson
Jim Alderson

That is a sad thought, but you're right.  He's going to want the moon.  There's no way he's going to stay here. 

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Agreed. Winning will fix everything. Or make everything else not matter.

@Jerry Colfer  Chief - you make some points regarding communication issues between the players and the front office, but your points about the team's DNA are off the mark.  Seaver, Koosman, and this "list" you refer to are from previous regimes, not the current one.  Not saying Alderson isn't to blame, but he has every opportunity to improve this dynamic.


Moving Harvey's locker is standard procedure for player out for the season.  This kid needs to sit down, relax, and focus inward vs. trying to be the center of the universe.  He's proven that he's got potential to be an ace, but his own minor league record might say otherwise.  I'll believe it when he regains his stature.  In the meantime, keep the mouth shut and stick with the cliches.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

@Bob Burket  please with  "this is america" BS. 


yes free speech exists as a citizen. but what people repeatedly misunderstand is that in a business environment and under contract a company has the right to dictate certain behaviors while representing the company. 

smanj
smanj

@Mont5 how exactly is he a prima donna?  I thought that in America, we can talk to whomever we want.  That makes him a prima donna?? Gimme a break

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Totally, they knew the locker move irked him weeks ago ago if this was locker room policy they had ample time to explain it to him. This working things out through the media is crap

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Richard Davis

Richard,

This is a different dynamic. But let's not forget that this winy moron is an employee of the NY Mets. They have a plan. It can be disagreed with in private. But it should be more tempered before the press. I am not a fan of the Mets management...at all. Particularly Alderson, who is a Flim Flam man in my opinion. But I can make my statements. I am not an employee. When his contract is up, MH can go wherever they welcome today's self absorbed babies. Any dissension that MH fuels the press with is a non professional slap in the face to a team that he works for. How the hell do you know that CLEARLY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ....is true. You should preface your comment with...IN MY OPINION.... Did you ever have a management job with a real company? You are what's wrong with these blog sites. Make statements that you actually can prove. Anything other than that is YOUR OPINION. You're entitled to that.

smanj
smanj

@qualcomm I fit that demo...you didn't relate to Edgardo Alfonzo?  How did Mr. Doubleday "suck" you in?  If your point is that Doubleday was the much better half of ownership and the organization has sucked since he sold it off, then just say that.

qualcomm
qualcomm

He didn't want to take s-it from the team mascot; i don't blame him.  Jay being more than a figurehead is ridiculous.  He's an odd choice to begin with, but it's 2014.. just send him a check if you're guilty , but get him away from day to day operations. 

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@Max Denby  Did you even read what it said? or just made your conclusion on your own?

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Brian Webster He has the personality fit for the NY Market and as long as he comes back healthy and performs, I personally love it. He talks about how he wants to be around the "team" while rehabbing. You have some pretty selective reading to take it that way.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

It's unfortunate. I really like the guy. It was an event in my house last year when he pitched. But the mets handle nothing right. From the Randolph firing, the Beltran surgery, the bad mouthing of players, the financial mess, on and on an on.

I love the young pitching, but the only time in recent history that I've been proud and could brag to my Yankee friends was when they used beastie boys songs as walk up music after MCA died. They got that right.

Loglo99
Loglo99

 @Jerry Colfer  if its standard procedure why would alderson say that it wasn't their decision to put him there, the clubhouse guys did it on their own. Its a joke, Harvey is all about Harvey but who cares thats what drives him.  I have no problem with it, god forbid  someone has too much confidence, this team could use some attitude. 

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Wow gutsy retort anonymous. The DNA is valid. The organization has historically had problems talking directly to players to difuse situations and it led to Seaver leaving as well as others. Here is a suggestion for you. Don't comment like an a-hole telling people to shut up. This is a place for opinions...anonymous mouth.

yankeehater
yankeehater

 @Bob Burket This is entirely true....so the mets. as a private entity, should simply fire Harvey for not doing what they told him to do, as freedom of speech obviously doent apply. Of course, back in the land of reality, the mets would never do that for fear of mets fans burning down citifield....so basically, the mets should just STFU and understand that they bow down to Harvey, not the other way around.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@qualcomm I'll put aside the fact that Apollo Creed is a fictional character. But besides that he was in the solo sport of boxing so having an it's all about me attitude isn't an egregious thing as he doesn't have teammates and it is literally all about him when he's in the ring. Also spoiler alert Apollo Creed died in the ring in Rocky IV so let's hope Harvey's not like him in that sense. Obviously Ivan Drago didn't love Apollo Creed. "If he dies, he dies."

qualcomm
qualcomm

@crafalko17 He's a great influence and should be around the team.. he can learn and he can teach. I have NO IDEA why most players don't stick around. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@crafalko17 Well I wouldn't expect him to say he wants to be in the spotlight and nightlife and what have you of NYC. But he did also talk about how a major reason he wants to rehab in NY is that he loves living and being in NY which you can infer that's a big part of what he's referring to. So obviously you to are selectively reading if all you got from this story is that he wants to be around his teammates who won't even be in NY half the time as they'll be trying to concentrate on actually playing baseball while he should just be concentrating on getting his arm healthy.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Agree completely. He is acting the prima donna, but we ned some ego and a little edge on rhe roster. My big frustration is they could have handled it in person weeks ago bt dealing directly.

mags328
mags328

@Jerry Colfer  I think he was saying that Harvey should keep his mouth shut and stick with the cliches.