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David Ritchie Machemer (born May 24, 1951 in St. Joseph, Michigan) is a former American professional baseball scout, and professional player and minor league manager. He played in 29 games, mostly as a second baseman, over two seasons (1978–79) for the California Angels and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Machemer was most recently a special assignment scout for the Baltimore Orioles.[1]

Dave Machemer
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Machemer as manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2013
Second baseman
Born: (1951-05-24) May 24, 1951 (age 68)
St. Joseph, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 21, 1978, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 1979, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.229
Home runs1
Runs batted in4
Teams

Machemer is a native of St. Joseph, Michigan. His professional career began in June 1972, when he was selected by the Angels in the fourth round of the amateur draft. Machemer threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg). Over his 11-season minor league playing career, he batted .277 with 1,078 hits in 1,126 games played.[2]

BiographyEdit

As a player, Machemer made his major-league debut for the California Angels on June 21, 1978, playing second base and leading off against the Minnesota Twins[3]. In his first major-league at-bat, versus Twins pitcher Geoff Zahn, Machemer hit a home run to deep left field, making him one of only 118 players in major-league history to homer in his first at-bat.[4] That home run would prove to be his only major-league home run. Machemer has recorded over 1,600 victories in 23 seasons[2] since his managerial debut in 1985. He led the Stockton Ports to the California League championship in 1986 and guided the AZL Giants to their third league title in five years with a win over the AZL Angels on August 31, 2008.

Machemer also spent time as a minor league manager or coordinator with the Milwaukee Brewers (1985–91), Montreal Expos (1992–95) and the Orioles (1996–2002).

Machemer came to the San Francisco Giants' system in 2005 after working the previous three years with the Montreal Expos organization (2002–04). He was at Double-A Harrisburg in 2003–04 when he earned his 1,000th triumph on August 22, 2003. With the Giants, Machemer guided the Double-A Norwich Navigators to a 71–71 record in 2005, then took the Connecticut Defenders to a 64–77 mark in 2006, and 41–58 ledger in 2007.

In 2008, the veteran minor league skipper returned for his fourth season with the Giants' organization, his first at the helm of the Arizona League Giants, a rookie-level team based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Machemer managed the previous three years at Double-A Connecticut. After winning the 2008 AZL championship, he was promoted to the Class A Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League (2009–10), then back to Double-A with the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League (2011–13). Machemer then returned to the Baltimore organization in 2014 as a scout.

Other managerial stops have included: Double-A Bowie (2001), Class A Advanced Frederick (2000), Triple-A Rochester (1999), Class A Delmarva (1998), Double-A El Paso (1988 and 1996–97), Triple-A Denver (1989–90), Class A Advanced Stockton (1986–87) and Rookie-level Beloit (1985).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Orioles add three to corporate partnerships and three to scouting departments". MLB.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  2. ^ a b "Dave Machemer Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  3. ^ "California Angels at Minnesota Twins Box Score, June 21, 1978". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  4. ^ "Home Run in First At-Bat by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.

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Preceded by
Tom Trebelhorn
Delmarva Shorebirds manager
1998
Succeeded by
Butch Davis
Preceded by
Marv Foley
Rochester Red Wings manager
1999
Succeeded by
Marv Foley
Preceded by
Andy Etchebarren
Frederick Keys manager
2000
Succeeded by
Dave Cash
Preceded by
Andy Etchebarren
Bowie Baysox manager
2001
Succeeded by
Dave Cash
Preceded by
Dave Huppert
Harrisburg Senators manager
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Keith Bodie
Preceded by
Shane Turner
Norwich Navigators/
Connecticut Defenders
manager

2005–2007
Succeeded by
Shane Turner
Preceded by
Andy Skeels
Richmond Flying Squirrels manager
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Russ Morman