BROOKLYN - After 14 years away from the game, Frank Viola is back in uniform, back on the field and back in pro baseball.

The East Meadow native and former Mets pitcher, who is now the pitching coach of the Brooklyn Cyclones, is embracing his new role.

"Baseball is a family and what I missed was being part of a family," says the man forever known as "Sweet Music."

Viola's stellar resume is one his pitching pupils can't ignore: 176 career wins, a Cy Young Award in 1988 and Most Valuable Player of the 1987 World Series, where he led the Minnesota Twins to the title.