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11/01/2006 6:25 PM ET
Ron Oester returns to baseball in Cincinnati
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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Steam today announced that former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Ron Oester will join the team as field manager for the 2007 season.

The Cincinnati Steam is a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, an 11-team wooden bat league endorsed by Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds and sanctioned by the NCAA. The league offers college players an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional scouts.

Last year in its inaugural season, the Steam boasted a 22-18 record and reached the second round of the playoffs. The roster featured 21 players with local ties.

Oester was a member of the Reds' 1990 World Series championship team and was associated with the organization for 27 years. He returns to baseball in Cincinnati after leaving the Reds in 2001.

A Withrow High School graduate, Oester was drafted in the ninth round of the 1974 draft. He played second base for the Reds for 13 seasons from 1978-1990. From 1991-2001 Oester was a coach, instructor or manager within the organization.

Oester replaces Jeremy Ison as the Steam's manager. Ison, who led the Steam to a successful inaugural season, has become a fulltime assistant baseball coach at Miami University.

Assisting Oester will be Scott Wiggins, former New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher. Tom Browning will serve as the honorary captain and pitching consultant.

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