Dave Oliver

Dave Oliver

Dave Oliver
Second baseman
Born: (1951-04-07) April 7, 1951 (age 63)
Stockton, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 25, 1977 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1977 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .318
At bats 22
Hits 7

David Jacob Oliver (born April 7, 1951, at Stockton, California) is a former infielder and coach in Major League Baseball, and is currently a member of the front office of the Texas Rangers. Primarily a second baseman as a professional player, he batted left-handed and threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg). He attended California Polytechnic University.

Oliver originally signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1973 after being selected in the third round of the June draft, and his only trial in the Major Leagues consisted of seven games with the 1977 Indians. He batted 22 times, collecting seven hits, including a triple, three runs batted in, and four bases on balls. His batting average was .318. He returned to the Cleveland farm system and played through 1980, then became manager of the Indians' Batavia farm club in the Short Season Class A New York-Penn League in 1981–1982. The following year, he joined to the Rangers for the first time, as manager of their Tri-Cities affiliate in the Short Season-A Northwest League. Then, in 1984, he became the Rangers' roving minor league infield instructor. In 1985–1986, he returned to managing, this time at the Triple-A level, as pilot of Texas' top affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers of the American Association, leading them to a first place finish in the Association's Western Division in 1985.

He was then promoted to the Major Leagues as a coach for the Rangers (1987–1994) and the Boston Red Sox (1995–1996), working as a third-base coach after 1987 under managers Bobby Valentine, Toby Harrah and Kevin Kennedy.

He spent the 2001 season in professional baseball as manager of the Stockton, California-based Mudville Nine, a Class A California League farm team of the Cincinnati Reds, but largely worked in private business in the Stockton area until he rejoined the Rangers as special assistant for baseball operations in 2011, hired by Ranger CEO and former Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.[1] In 2013, he was listed by the Rangers as special assistant for player development.[2]


  • Boston Red Sox 1996 media guide.

External links

  • Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Tim Foli
Texas Rangers third-base coach
Succeeded by
Jerry Narron
Preceded by
Gary Allenson
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Wendell Kim