Matt Harvey announces his retirement from MLB

Former North Carolina Tar Heel Matt Harvey announced his retirement from Major League Baseball Friday morning.

The right/hand pitcher took to social media to announce his decision to retire, typing a heartfelt message about his decision, including gratitude to the New York Mets organization and their fans. Harvey played a pivotal role for the Mets, spending six of his nine years playing in the blue and orange threads.

Harvey started 104 out of 109 games for the Mets with a 34-37 record, 3.66 ERA, and 612 strikeouts. Harvey’s best season came in 2013, finishing 4th in Cy Young voting with a 2.27 ERA.

Before hitting the big leagues, Harvey was striking fear in opposing batters at UNC. Harvey joined the Tar Heels in 2008, starting 53 out of 54 games in three seasons. He would finish his collegiate career with a 22-7 record with a 3.74 ERA. In 238.2 innings pitched, Harvey had 263 strikeouts.

Harvey eventually would get drafted seventh overall in the 2010 MLB draft by the Mets.

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