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Spinners tab Joe Oliver as new manager

Posted by Craig Forde  January 31, 2014 08:50 AM

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The Lowell Spinners have announced that former big league catcher Joe Oliver will become the team�s manager for 2014.

A 13-year Major League veteran, Oliver was most recently a coach at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida.

He spent 8 years of his playing days with the Cincinnati Reds where he helped the team to a World Series sweep in 1990 on the heels of a Game 2, 10th inning walk-off hit versus Dennis Eckersley and the Oakland A�s.

Oliver, who appeared in 1076 games, spent time with six other organizations, including Boston where he ended his career in 2001 after appearing in five late season games.

Besides his time with Boston he played for parts of two seasons with the Double-A Vermont Reds and put in 13 games with the PawSox during his final season.

Oliver and his wife Kim are successful realtors in Central Florida and are the parents of Karrah, Gavin, Lauryl and Dejai, a right-handed pitcher in the Miami Marlins system.

Oliver succeeds Pawtucket coach Bruce Crabbe as the 11th manager in Spinners history.

Lowell, the Short Season Single-A affiliate of the Red Sox, opens the season on June 13th when they host the Vermont Lake Monsters.

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