Frank “Sweet Music” Viola Recovering From Heart Surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola is resting comfortably after heart surgery.
His children, Frank and Kaley, had said on Twitter that the 53-year-old Viola was scheduled for open-heart surgery Wednesday.
The pitcher retired as a player following the 1996 season. He was hired by the Mets in January as pitching coach of Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, and a heart problem was detected during a spring training exam.
Viola was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner. He went 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 major league seasons with Minnesota (1982-89), the Mets (1989-91), Boston (1992-94), Cincinnati (1995) and Toronto (196).
His daughter Brittany was a diver on the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympics.