Bob Raissman of the Daily News thinks the Mets should make Matt Harvey part of their on-air broadcast team with SNY, while the pitcher is sidelined and rehabbing from Tommy John surgery this summer.
“If Harvey has the time, what better way for the Mets organization to keep him connected with the fan base than allowing SNY suits to put him on the air,” Raissman writes. “We are not talking a major schedule here. Maybe a few games or studio appearances during the regular season.”
In 2006, SNY used Mets pitcher Brian Bannister as an analyst before and after the game while he was in New York rehabbing his injured hamstring.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Idealistically speaking, and for SNY, sure, this sounds great. However, in the real world, the negatives here totally outweigh the positive for Harvey and the Mets. Most important, I’d rather see Harvey totally focused on his rehab. What if he’s terrible? He’s my favorite player, he’s awesome, and I don’t want to not like him for any reason.
Lastly, it’s probably bad practice for the ace of the staff and team’s biggest and brightest young star to be in a position to openly criticize his teammates, especially when he’s not technically on the team and in the trenches with them on a daily basis. Again, I like the initial sound of this, but I hope it is not actually being considered…