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Frank Viola needs open heart surgery, will not be Triple-A pitching coach

Frank Viola needs open heart surgery and will not be able to serve as Triple-A Las Vegas’ pitching coach (Rubin, March 25).

Tom Signore will take over as pitching coach in Las Vegas until Viola is ready to return. Signore will then return to his job as pitching coach for Single-A Brooklyn.

Viola had served as the pitching coach for Single-A St. Lucie the last three seasons. This was going to be his first season with the Triple-A team.

The Viola family issued a statement:

“Frank Viola underwent a recent medical examination during Spring Training. Mets physicians discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible. Frank will undergo surgery next week in New York. The family welcomes all prayers but requests privacy during this time.”




34 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

This is actually good news.  He's extremely fortunate they diagnosed the problem now.  Hopefully it's bypass surgery which is non-trivial but also fairly common.  Here's to a speedy recovery and a long productive life after a life-altering wake-up call.  

John Schod
John Schod

Frank has always been a talented player and classy New York individual. Get well soon! You have a lot to offer our young pictures. Get well soon!

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Eat well and take care of your body, kids.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

We all hope for a successful outcome with Frank's open heart surgery.

mets2891
mets2891

Geez, when did Frank Viola turn into John Goodman?  Best of luck to him.

nolrog
nolrog

I'd still take him over either of our two 1B options. 

Speedy recovery and quick return to work Frank!!!

rico
rico

doesn't look too healthy in that pic.


here's to successful surgery and a speedy recovery,


and hiring a nutritionist

chizzy
chizzy

God bless, Mr. Viola. I think that is a huge hit to the coaching staff for our golden garden of power arms to learn from such a vibrant and distinguished alumni. 

dukewillie
dukewillie

My prayers will be with you and your family that God blesses you through this surgery, and that you may SPEEDILY  return to work Frank. God bless you and yours.

Howard Kaplan
Howard Kaplan

My best to him and the Viola Family. Speedy recovery

qualcomm
qualcomm

See you in '15 Frankie!  i hope it's a quick DL stint that leads to better health.

jdr9
jdr9

Get well soon Frank!

Lenny Spiro
Lenny Spiro

Sometimes we fans forget that there are things more important than wins and losses (no matter how passionate we are about our beloved teams). Get well Frank and our prayers are with you and your familly!

Doubleday
Doubleday

God bless, Frankie.  Wishing you a swift recovery.

MASHFanficChick
MASHFanficChick

@SNYtv Yikes! A big loss to the team, though of course my best thoughts are with him.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I blame Farnsworth.  Seriously, best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope to see you in a similar role at Citifield in the not-too-distant future.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Best wishes and prayers to Sweet Music.  Hope to see you coaching next year.

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

Prayers are with you and the family Frank.

Steve Gruber
Steve Gruber

Frank lost his parents a few weeks ago and now this. Poor guy. Feel better.

John Mallios
John Mallios

All the best for a full and quick recovery.

Raymond Ayling
Raymond Ayling

Get better and get ready to come back v we need you!!!!!!!!!

drmetfan
drmetfan

WOW! Good Luck Frank! Hope all goes well. 

Rob Piersall
Rob Piersall

Oh my gosh. My prayers are with Frank and his family for a speedy and full recovery.

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

Sending good thoughts Sweet Music's way...

dukewillie
dukewillie

My goodness. I did not know this. Frank, I'm truly sorry for your loss. May God bring healing to your soul.