Viola Named Pitching Coach at Double-A Binghamton

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets have had their Double-A and Triple-A coaches swap roles.

Glenn Abbott is now the pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s. With the promotion, Abbott will likely be working with some of the pitchers he successfully worked with to help the Binghamton Rumble Ponies earn a playoff berth.

Abbott has been a pitching coach in the Mets organization since 2012 serving as the Double-A pitching coach.

Former 51s pitching coach, Frank Viola, will now assume the spot vacated by Abbott.

Viola leaving the 51s was part of a shakeup Sandy Alderson promised after the Triple-A affiliate turned in a disappointing season.

He pitched for the Mets from 1989-91, and he is the last Mets left-handed pitcher to win 20 games. He has been a pitching coach in the Mets organization since 2011, and he had served as the Vegas pitching coach since 2014.

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