There was plenty to talk about with the veteran of 15 big league seasons and 176 wins – from his college days at St. John’s to the grand stage of the World Series to coaching some of the top young arms of the New York Mets’ minor league system – and “Sweet Music” was happy to oblige.

Among the topics discussed with Frank Viola:

-His role in what many consider to be the greatest game in college baseball history, when he and Ron Darling dueled into extra innings during the 1981 NCAA Northeast Regional

-The Minnesota Twins’ run through the 1987 postseason, ultimately leading to the franchise’s first title and the World Series MVP

-The Cy Young Award-winning season of 1988, in which he tallied 24 victories

-His thoughts on the potential of the current crop of talented Mets pitchers that he helped mold in the minors

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About The Author

Brian Wright

With more than a decade’s worth of sports journalism experience, Brian Wright has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, and The Washington Examiner. In addition to his hosting duties, Brian is the Lead MLB Writer for The Sports Daily, a contributor by way of other freelance work, and a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun (VA). He has conducted several in-depth interviews, outside of this show, with such notables as Don Sutton, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Ray Knight. Brian is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) and would be the unofficial Washington D.C. bureau chief of the New York Mets fan club (if there was such a thing).

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