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Former Mets ace Matt Harvey suspended 60 games for drug distribution

Matt Harvey
FILE – Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey heads to the dugout after pitching to the Minnesota Twins in the second inning of a baseball game on June 2, 2021, in Baltimore.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

From New York Mets hero to MLB zero, Matt Harvey was slapped with a 60-game suspension by Major League Baseball for distributing a prohibited drug of abuse. The suspension is retroactive to April 29. 

Harvey admitted to providing Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Tyler Skaggs with opioids during his testimony in the trial of Eric Kay. Skaggs died of an overdose in 2019 and Kay was convicted of supplying drugs that led to his death. 

The former Mets ace also admitted to using cocaine and Oxycodone during the course of his career, as well as being a partier.  Harvey said that he had gotten the Percocet pills at the beginning of the 2019 season and he shared some with Skaggs. 

Harvey, now 33, pitched for the Mets from 2012 to 2018 and helped lead them to the World Series in 2015. He posted a 2.53 ERA and 1.00 WHIP during his first three seasons with the Amazins — he missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery — but saw his numbers decline after that. 

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He was traded midseason in 2018 to the Cincinnati Reds before signing with the Angeles in 2019. He went on to play for the Kansas City Royals in 2020 and Baltimore Orioles in 2021. 

He had currently been with the Orioles organization still on a minor league deal. 

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