Subsequent curse-lifting World Series titles have helped cleanse Boston's palate of 1986. Still ... mention Bill Buckner in certain company and you're sure to make a few people cringe. As such, we were intrigued by this item over at

Bill Buckner is coming back here, and in uniform, too.

The former Red Sox first baseman has been hired to manage the Brockton (Mass.) Rox, a team in the independent Can-Am League, Rox co-owner Van Schley confirmed Tuesday.

"We're thrilled," Schley said Tuesday. "They're just crossing the t's and dotting the i's on the contract."

Buckner e-mailed his acceptance of the offer to team owner Chris Carminucci over the weekend and was expected to sign his contract Tuesday. It's a two-year deal. The Rox plan to formally introduce Buckner at the team's Hot Stove Dinner Jan. 21.

Buckner, 61, will be managing a team for the first time. He was recruited to do so by Mal Fichman, a longtime independent league manager and big-league scout who, like Buckner, lives in Idaho.

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