Friday, May 30, 2014
Former Cy Young winner Frank Viola is due to join the Las Vegas 51's next Friday after recovering from open-heart surgery.
Viola, 54, underwent the procedure on April 2 after a spring-training physical detected an irregularity.
Before his medical issue, Viola had been slated to open the season as pitching coach for Vegas. He spent the previous three years in the organization as a Class A pitching coach.
Viola is due to represent the Mets at next Thursday's opening day of the draft in Secaucus, N.J., before rejoining Las Vegas.
Tom Signore has filled in with the Pacific Coast League club in Viola's absence. Signore is slated to serve as pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York-Penn League. That club begins play June 13.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
According to ESPN, Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, six days after undergoing open-heart surgery.
Viola, 53, had a heart issue detected during his spring-training physical with the New York Mets. He had been slated to serve as Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that Viola still hoped to serve in that role later this season, although doctors first would need to sign off.
Tom Signore is filling in as Las Vegas pitching coach.
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Mets will name Tom Signore as the new pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Signore will replace Frank Viola who has to have open heart surgery.
Signore, 52, originally had been slated to serve as Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. He was hired this winter after previously working for the Toronto Blue Jays, including the past three seasons as pitching coach of Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Recap, Harvey Rehab, Wright Counseling, Mejia, Viola, Davis, Duda, Farnsworth, Pelfrey, Dice-K, Quintanilla, Fan Poll Results
Spring Training Recap: Mets 7-3 losers to Nationals....Travis d'Arnaud did hit a wind blow HR off Stephen Strasburg
Matt Harvey and the Mets have settled on a rehab plan. During the season’s first couple of months, Harvey will rehab in New York when the Mets are at home and work out in Port St. Lucie when the big-league club is away from Citi Field. Once he begins expected mound work in June, the rehab will shift nearly exclusively to the team’s Florida complex. Read Here
David Wright was among those counseling Harvey on the rehab subject. Read Joel Sherman in the Post
No Relief Role for Jenrry Mejia. Alderson tells media that he will be a starter this season. Read Here
Frank Viola will require open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in Newsday and MLB.com.
The Wilpons’ settlement with the trustee collecting money for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is down to $80 million, to be paid in equal installments in 2016 and 2017. Read ESPN
Sandy Alderson expects Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both to be on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.
Kyle Farnsworth, who is due to be re-signed by the Mets, rode the bus to Viera on Tuesday with the team despite technically not being a member of the organization. Read Here
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
While the big club has played good baseball over the past few weeks, New York Mets Single-A short season affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, open their season this Friday night on the road against the Staten Island Yankees.
The borough of Brooklyn is preparing for another exciting summer of baseball, especially after the Cyclones came up one game short last season for the New York-Penn League Championship title.
The team held its preliminary workouts this week, as several of the new players will be beginning their professional careers in Brooklyn. Still, six Cyclones players from last year will return to this year’s team—pitchers Hunter Carnevale, T.J. Chism, Chris Hilliard and Guillaume Leduc; catcher Amauris Valdez; and infielders Jet Butler and Brian Harrison.
Though legendary Met Wally Backman won’t be a stalwart this season at Coney Island’s MCU Park, the Cyclones will have a plethora of Major league experience manning the dugout.
Rich Donnelly takes the helm as the Cyclones new manager, with Backman being promoted to Binghamton. Donnelly has over 25 years of coaching experience for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an advisor for player development for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being named the Cyclones manager.
Highlighting the offseason coaching acquisitions, former Met Frank Viola takes over as the team’s pitching coach. Viola pitched for the Mets for parts of three seasons and is the last Mets pitcher to win 20 games in a season (1990). The lefty hurler, who also attended St. John’s University in Queens, will be a valuable resource for the young Cyclones pitching staff.
The final roster is still uncertain, since the Mets have yet to sign all of their draft picks. First-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains unsigned, but the Wyoming outfielder may make his debut this season with the Cyclones. He’s likely in for a culture shock playing in Brooklyn.
The 2011 draft picks that will be playing for the Cyclones are the following: Fresno State switch hitting shortstop Daniel Muno; outfielder Jonathan Clark from Lee University in Tennessee; 6’4” outfielder Charley Thurber from the University of Tennessee who was born in Elmira, NY; and outfielder Travis Taijeron from Cal Poly Pomona.
Though there will be some new faces, the same hard-nosed style of baseball will be played this season.
Who on this year’s squad will be the next Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani or Rylan Sandoval?
Head to MCU Park to find out!