Frank Viola Jr. Back in the Big Apple?

By on June 3, 2014
EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

Former major leaguer, CY Young Award Winner, World Series MVP, Toronto Blue Jay and in this photo a father, Frank Viola Jr. (right) gives his son Frank III (left) a bit of fatherly advice last month in Dunedin.
     Frank III, who is attempting to revive his professional career as a knuckle ball pitcher, gets a word or two of encouragement from his dad.  This after tossing solid five innings and just allowing an unearned run in an extended spring game against the Pirates.
     Frank Jr. though has had a bit of a hurdle to overcome, open heart surgery back on April 2nd.
     “Feeling better every day,” said the senior Viola who played for the Blue Jays in 1996 and is now the pitching coach for the Mets Triple-A Los Vegas 51’s, “I’m possibly set to return in early June.”
Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network’s “reliable sources” have Frank Viola Jr. back in the Big Apple as the NY Mets pitching coach soon.
Makes sense:
Viola Jr. spent 15 years in MLB after being drafted in 1981 in the 2nd round of the amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins.  In 1988 Viola Jr. won the Cy Young Award with the Twins having an amazing 24-7 record,  a 2.64 ERA and 193 strikeouts.  In 1989, traded to the Mets he spent the rest 1989, 1990 and 1991 pitching in the Big Apple.  Viola Jr. was 28-32, with a 3.31 ERA with the Mets.   Born on Long Island, attending East Meadow High School in Nassau County and St. John’s University in Queens Viola Jr. has a New York Sate of Mind.
Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network wishes Frank Viola Jr. a full and speedy recovery and good luck in New York (foreshadowing intent).
Also love to Frank Viola III with the Blue Jays.
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