Joseph Melton Oliver (born July 24, 1965, in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and current manager in minor league baseball. During his 19-year (1983–2001) playing career, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 215 pounds (98 kg).
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Draft, Oliver would make his Major League Baseball debut with Cincinnati on July 15, 1989, and appear in his final game on October 6, 2001. Oliver was a member of the Reds team that defeated the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series. He drove in Billy Bates from second base in Game 2 of that series with a hit off Dennis Eckersley to win the game and propel the Reds to the title. Oliver had a 13-season Major League career with the Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. In 1,076 games played—769 of them with the Reds—he amassed 831 hits, with 174 doubles and three triples to accompany his 102 career home runs. In 1992, he led National League catchers in games caught, putouts and range factor. He also led NL backstops in fielding percentage in 1990.
On January 31, 2014, ESPN reported via his agent Burton Rocks that Oliver returned from a 13-year absence from professional baseball to manage the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox' Short-Season A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Oliver took over for 2013 manager Bruce Crabbe, who joined Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in a coaching capacity. In 2014, Oliver led Lowell to a 37–38 (.493) record; he was re-appointed as the Spinners 2015 manager on January 8.
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