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Frank Viola will join the Mets' AAA staff in 2014. Viola will coach alongside manager Wally Backman and Hitting Coach George Greer.

Viola's great. He always had time for me in Savannah, but more importantly, made his pitchers better. He understands what makes each pitcher successful, and seems adept at prioritizing the areas for each pitcher to improve. Frank is a ball-buster in the classic sense and enjoys his time on the field. He also gets a kick out of mixing in a few breaking balls or running a pitch in on a hitter's hands in batting practice. He can still make his ball move like a Cy Young award winner

I'm disappointed personally that I'll likely spend less time talking pitching with Frank this summer, but thrilled for him personally and professionally.

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