Former Minn. Twins Pitcher Frank Viola to Undergo Heart Surgery" /> <span class="tooltip" id="previewtooltip_d9275faef9624f2cab32d44f33520d61" style="top: -264.8px; left: -550px; display: block;">Former Minn. Twins Pitcher Frank Viola to Undergo Heart Surgery</span> | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul

abc
QUICK LINKS:

Former Minn. Twins Pitcher Frank Viola to Undergo Heart Surgery

Updated: 03/26/2014 3:03 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 10:01 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola will undergo heart surgery next week in New York.

The 53-year-old Viola 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.

New York said Tuesday that during a spring training exam "Mets physicians discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible."

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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carver; Dakota; Freeborn; Hennepin; Ramsey; Scott; Wright
Expires: 11/26/2014 6:00 PM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
23°
28° | 8°
  • Feels like: 14° F
  • Wind: NNE 8mph
  • Humidity: 88%
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°
  • Fri Partly cloudy
    28° | 14°
  • Sat Partly cloudy
    28° | 12°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    20° | 4°

Video

KSTP NEWS