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On WFAN: Viola ‘Excited’ To Coach For Cyclones

Frank Viola of the New York Mets winds back to pitch during a game in the 1990 season. ( Photo by: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Frank Viola of the New York Mets winds back to pitch during a game in the 1990 season. ( Photo by: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Frank Viola, pitching coach for the New York Mets’ Class A Cyclones, joined Benigno & Roberts on Tuesday morning to talk about his new gig in Brooklyn.

“I’m really excited, I’m like a little kid again,” said Viola. “Hopefully, it will make a difference and give (minor leaguers) a chance to pitch for the big league New York Mets club one day.”

The 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner, now 50, pitched for the Mets from 1989-91 and holds the distinction as the last 20-game winner for New York. Viola went 20-12 in 1990.

“It is hard to believe, especially with some of the pitchers that have come and gone with the Mets,” Viola said. “Between you and I, it is still quite an honor.”

LISTEN: Frank Viola talks with Joe & Evan about his new gig with the Brooklyn Cyclones

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