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“I’m excited to spend the summer in back in Massachusetts with the Rox,” Buckner said in a team press release. “I’ve been looking forward to getting back into baseball, and it should be a good season.”
The Can-Am League, an independent pro league, has seven teams and plays a summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, although the league's web site does not list a schedule for 2011 yet.
Rox CEO Chris Carminucci, who managed the team the last two years, said he's been trying to convince Buckner to manager his team for two years, but his discussions with Buckner never included talk of Buckner's place in Red Sox history. Buckner's error in the 1986 World Series is one of the most infamous plays in Boston sports history.
"I wanted a good baseball man to handle the team and develop the players," Carminucci said. "Bill has what it takes and he has so much experience. He’s one of the best around.
"If you’re a fan of baseball and a fan of baseball history, you might want to come out and see him. There’s a controversial side of it. But that wasn’t something Bill and I talked about. He’s moved on and he’ll just manage the team on the field. I’m excited about it."
Buckner, who turned 61 last month, has been out of organized baseball since 1997 when he coached with the White Sox. He has since worked at clinics and camps and followed the career of his son Bobby, a redshirt junior infielder at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Brockton was 54-39 last season and qualified for the playoffs. They play home games at Campanelli Stadium.
Peter Abraham of the Globe contributed to this report.