Lowell Spinners name Joe Oliver manager

January 31, 2014 - 7:04 am

Former major league catcher Joe Oliver was named manager of the Single-A Lowell Spinners, the team announced Friday. Oliver played 13 seasons in the majors, including eight with the Reds. He won a World Series title in 1990 when he helped Cincinnati knock off the favored Athletics. He finished his career with the Red Sox in 2001, appearing in five games toward the end of the season. Oliver, 48, most recently coached the Bishop Moore Catholic High School team in Orlando, Fla. "It's been an experience being away from the game, raising my family, but I promised my wife I'd step away and help her after retirement," Oliver said in a statement. "I'm very excited and appreciative to return to the game and begin this chapter, especially with Lowell." Added Oliver: "I feel like I've been out of it long enough, but I've been involved [coaching AAU and high school]. I'm excited to get back to the next level." He replaces Bruce Crabbe, who last month was named to the staff of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. "We are pleased to have someone with the extensive resume and career experience as Joe to lead out team," Spinners president and general manager Tim Bawmann said. "We look forward to welcoming Joe to the Lowell community to continue the player development track that has helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series."