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Dwight Gooden speaks out on the Matt Harvey situation

Doc Gooden

Matt Harvey is the Mets’ best home-grown pitcher since Dwight “Doc” Gooden, who pitched at Shea Stadium for 11 seasons between 1984-94. Gooden won the Rookie of the Year Award in ’84 and the National League Cy Young Award in ’85, kickstarting what became a solid career.

Harvey has been in the news lately as the Mets have disagreed with Harvey, agent Scott Boras, and Dr. James Andrews about a 180-inning limit on the 2015 season for the right-hander in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Gooden has been watching the situation unfold and took to Twitter to chime in:

can’t believe what I’m hearing i couldn’t imagine me or ron darling agent would even think about taking the ball from us come crunch time i

— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) September 6, 2015

Would expect Matt being the ace to come out & say he’s pitching if they make the playoffs & moving forward he wants the ball every 5th day

— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) September 6, 2015

day here on out as Iong as he’s feeling good ....lets remember stressful innings r more important than innings counts not even going to

— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) September 6, 2015

mention my innings as a 18yr 19yr 20yr

— Dwight Gooden (@DocGooden16) September 6, 2015

There are a number of differences between the time during which Gooden played and the current era of baseball. For one, players now are paid significantly larger sums of money and are much bigger assets as individuals to their teams than they were 30 years ago. Secondly, sports have made significant strides in adopting and adapting to advancements in medical and technical knowledge. Had we known what we know now about the human body, more pitchers would have been sidelined with injuries in the past.

This is not to take Harvey’s side, but simply to provide a counter to the oft-used citation of innings for pitchers of yesteryear. At any rate, it’s certainly interesting to hear what one of the Mets’ best pitchers in franchise history has to say about the issue.

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