Viola, 50, who spent 15 seasons in the major leagues as a pitcher with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays from 1982-1996, will now begin his coaching career with the Cyclones. A three-time All-Star, he was named the World Series MVP with the Twins in 1987 and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1988. That season, the lefthander went 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA for Minnesota while collecting 27 of a possible 28 first place votes. In July, 1989 Viola was traded to the Mets and went 38-32 in his three seasons in the orange and blue. Nicknamed “Sweet Music,” Viola coached Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida following his retirement and more recently has worked in television as a part-time announcer for the Boston Red Sox on NESN.
Malek, 29, enters his third season as a coach in the Mets minor league system and his first with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Originally selected by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2002 MLB Draft out of Michigan State University, the Livonia, Michigan native began his professional career with Brooklyn in 2002. The two-time college All-American hit .207 (23-111) with Brooklyn in 28 games before having his season cut short due to injury. Before retiring from his playing career in 2008, Malek made it as high as Norfolk (AAA) of the International League in 2006.