Saturday, June 8, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #33 FRANK VIOLA


MASTER OF THE CIRCLE CHANGE.





NEVER LOOKED RIGHT IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN A TWINS UNI.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Frank Viola struck the right chord for the Twins as their workhorse ace in the 1980s. He was the World Series MVP in the seven-game classic against the Cardinals in '87, picking up two wins including Game 7. He won 176 games in his 15-year career.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In Game 7 of the '87 World Series on Oct. 25, Viola allowed two second-inning runs before settling down and allowing only two more hits in his eight innings as the Twins won 4-2 to secure their first World Series title.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Viola followed his postseason success with a Cy Young season in '88. He went 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and was an All-Star for the first time.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. From '83-'93, Viola took the ball an average of 35 games a season and averaged 240 innings.
  2. Traded to the Mets at the deadline in '89 for two pitchers that would play key roles in the Twins' '91 World Series team: Rick Aguilera and Kevin Tapani.
  3. Viola had his second 20-win season in '90, going 20-12 with a 2.67 ERA and finishing third in the NL Cy Young voting.
  4. The next season, he was 11-5 at the All-Star break but went 2-10 in his final 12 decision as the Mets sank to 77-84 and did not re-sign him.
  5. After signing with the Red Sox, Viola won 26 games over two seasons before tearing an elbow ligament in May '94. He underwent Tommy John surgery but was never the same.

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