24. Frank Viola
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 19, 1960 in Hempstead, NY USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 06, 1982
  • Final Game: May 28, 1996
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1987
  • World Series MVP - 1987
  • Cy Young Award - 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1988
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1988
  • TSN All-Star - 1990
 
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Arguably the most important Minnesota Twin Pitcher in the 1980’s, Frank Viola will always be synonymous with his 1987 and 1988 seasons.  In ’87, after coming off of his fourth consecutive 16 Win season, Viola would be named the MVP in the 1987 World Series, bringing the title to the Twin Cities for the first time.

While the Twins did not make an appearance in October baseball in ’88, that year was Viola’s finest, winning the Cy Young Award with a 24 and 7 record.  He would win 112 Games as a Twin.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/8/81.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Mets for Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani, David West and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Jack Savage) 7/31/89.
  • Games Played: 260
  • Notable Statistics: 112-93 Record
    259 Games Started
    3.86 ERA
    54 Complete Games
    1,722.2 Innings Pitched
    1,214 Strikeouts
    3.89 FIP
    1.295 WHIP
    27.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1987)
    Cy Young Award (1988)
    World Series MVP (1987)
    All Star (1988)
    Babe Ruth Award (1987)
    Most Wins (1988)
    Most Games Started (1986)
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