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Frank Viola's open-heart surgery a success

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Las Vegas 51s pitching coach and former Mets pitcher Frank Viola underwent successful heart surgery today.

Area 51s pitching coach and former Mets pitcher, Frank Viola.
Area 51s pitching coach and former Mets pitcher, Frank Viola.
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Frank Viola underwent successful heart surgery today to repair a recently diagnosed heart defect found during a spring training physical. Viola had been slated to serve as the pitching coach for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. Prior to his promotion to the Triple-A coaching staff, he had served for two years as the pitching coach for the Double-A Savannah Sand Gnats, winning a Coach of the Year award in 2013. Before that, Viola served as the pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011.

Viola had a successful pitching career, amassing 47.1 fWAR over twelve seasons with a 176-150 record as a starting pitcher. He won the Cy Young award in 1988 with the Minnesota Twins and was a 20-game winner with the Mets in 1990. Viola played in one postseason, in 1987 with the Twins, where he pitched to a 3-1 record on his way to a World Series title.

For now, Tom SIgnore, who had been slated to join Brooklyn as a pitching coach this year, will fill in for Viola in Vegas. Here's to a quick and successful recovery. We wish Viola the best as he continues his recovery.