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Cleveland Indians

Viola joining Tribe in spring training as instructor

By sstorm Published: February 11, 2009

According to the Indians, former Major League Pitcher and 1988 AL Cy Young winner Frank Viola will be in Major League camp as a Spring Training Instructor with the Tribe.

Viola, 48, compiled a Major League career record of 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA over 15 Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays (2836.1IP, 2827H, 1175ER, 1844K) from 1982-96.

Viola won the 1988 American League Cy Young Award in 1988 with the Twins, going 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA in 35 starts after being named the World Series MVP the previous season (1987) also with the
Twins.

The three time All-Star won at least 10 games over each of 10 consecutive seasons from 1984-93, also winning 20 games for the New York Mets in 1990. He finished in the top 10 in his respective league in wins 6 times over his career and placed in the top 6 of his leagues’ Cy Young voting 4 times.

Viola, who played with Tribe Manager Eric Wedge in Boston in 1992, will assist pitching coach Carl Willis and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez with pitching instruction in big league camp, particularly working with the club’s starting left-handed pitchers. In addition, he will also spend time working on the player development side.

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