Joe Oliver comes to the Appalachian League following six years of managerial experience in the Boston Red Sox organization, where he recorded a 359-347 overall record. Oliver was named manager of the Lowell Spinners in 2014 before being tapped to lead the Salem Red Sox for the 2016-18 seasons. He guided the team to two top-five finishes in the Carolina League, including a first-place finish in his first year at the helm. Most recently, he was the manager of the Portland Sea Dogs in 2019 and was set to continue in that role in 2020 before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his coaching career, Oliver spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues during a 19-year playing career. He was drafted in the second round of the 1983 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, making his debut for the club in 1989 before helping the team win a World Series championship one year later with the game-winning hit in Game 2 of the series. Throughout his career, Oliver collected a .247 batting average and .690 OPS while playing with seven MLB teams from 1989-2001.
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