Wednesday, January 26, 2011

There Is Sweet Music Playing In Brooklyn; Frank Viola Hired As Pitching Coach

The New York Mets have hired former ace Frank Viola to be pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Sweet Music was obtained by the Mets on July 31, 1989 for David West, Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummand, Jack Savage and Kevin Tapani. He was 38-32 for the Mets from 1989 - 1991 with a 3.31 ERA.

Viola, who graduated from East Meadow, was a teammate of John Franco at St. Johns University, and again with the Mets from 1990 until 1991.

After retirement, Viola had coached for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. He also was a Spring Training coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2009.

Sources: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference, Wikipedia

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