Friday, January 31, 2014

Ex-Reds catcher Joe Oliver to manage Red Sox minor league affiliate

Former Reds catcher Joe Oliver, who was an integral part of the 1990 World Series champion team, has been hired to manage the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox this season.

The 48-year-old becomes the 11th manager in the franchise history of the Lowell Spinners.

Debuting in 1989, Oliver spent 13 seasons in the major leagues, eight of which came in Cincinnati, where he posted a career .247 batting average with 102 home runs and 476 RBI. He also spent time with the Mariners, Pirates, Yankees, Tigers, Brewers, and Red Sox.

"It's been an experience being away from the game, raising my family, but I promised my wife I'd step away and help after retirement," said Oliver. "I'm very excited and appreciative to return to the game and begin this chapter, especially with Lowell."

Oliver, who has stayed involved in the game by coaching at the youth level near his home in Florida, takes over for Bruce Crabbe, who joined the Triple-A Pawtucket coaching staff earlier this winter.

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