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The Savannah Sand Gnats and the Mets announced today that the entire 2012 coaching staff will return in 2013, including manager Luis Rojas and pitching coach Frank Viola.

“I’m excited to be back in Savannah,” Viola said. “There were a lot of positives last year and there will be a lot more positives this year with the new incoming kids."

Viola was born in Hempstead, NY, and pitched 15 years in the big leagues, including three with the Mets.

He won 176 games and finished his career with a 3.73 ERA, winning one Cy Young Award in 1988 for the Twins.

Viola is very respected and people in baseball seem to be noticing his work in Savannah. I’ve heard from people in New York that the organization seriously debated Viola’s role for 2013, trying to decide where he’d be most useful. He'll return to Savannah, but I bet he replaces Dan Warthen one day, assuming he hasn’t gotten a big-league job some place else by then…

Tags: MetsBlog , Matthew Cerrone
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