Rox Tap Bill Buckner as Field Manager

We don’t typically report on field personnel and players, but this one is pretty interesting.  The Can-Am League’s Brockton (MA) Rox have announced that veteran major leaguer Bill Buckner has been brought on board as the team’s skipper for the 2011 season. 

PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Tuesday that 22-year major league veteran Bill Buckner will be the club’s field manager for the 2011 season.

In a career that spanned from 1969 to 1990, Buckner played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Kansas City Royals, amassing 2,715 hits, 498 doubles and 1,208 RBI. He led the National League with a .324 average in 1980, 35 doubles in 1981 and 38 doubles in 1983. A superb contact hitter, Buckner never struck out more than 39 times in a season.

Buckner, 61, made appearances in the World Series with the Dodgers in 1974 and the Red Sox in 1986, and was a 1981 N.L. All-Star. After his retirement, Buckner served as a hitting coach with the Chicago White Sox from 1996 to 1997. The native of Vallejo, Calif., was a second-round choice of the Dodgers in the 1968 draft out of Arizona State University.

“I’m excited to spend the summer back in Massachusetts with the Rox,” Buckner said. “I’ve been looking forward to getting back into baseball, and it should be a good summer.”

“It’s a great day to to have Bill Buckner join our organization,” Brockton CEO Chris Carminucci added. “He’s well-known and well-respected by New England sports fans, and has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the game. Our fans and players are in for a great experience in 2011.”

In 2010, Brockton went 54-39, second-best in the league, and reached the playoffs for the fifth time in the club’s history. Three Rox players were selected to Baseball America’s All-Independent Team after the season, making Brockton one of just two independent clubs (out of over sixty) with three players selected to the list.

Entering their tenth season, the Rox have played in front of over 1.3 million fans at Campanelli Stadium, one of the South Shore’s top entertainment destinations. The Can-Am League plays a 94-game schedule from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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