Sunday, September 26, 2010

MACHEMER GLAD TO BE BACK MANAGING IN MEXICALI

Ex-MLB infielder and longtime minor league manager Dave Machemer has returned to Mexicali over 20 years after leading the Aguilas to their first Mexican Pacific League pennant, and he says “I’m very happy to be back. I’ve played here, I’ve managed here and the people in Mexicali are special.”

Machemer led Mexicali to the LMP pennant in 1988-89, thanks in no small part to the 13-3 record and 2.09 ERA of Mex Pac MVP Mercedes Esquer and shortstop Houston Jimenez, who led the circuit with 26 doubles and provided strong infield defense.

Machemer batted .229 in two big league seasons for Detroit and California. He debuted as a minor league skipper with Beloit of the Midwest League in 1985. Since then, the 59-year-old has led 14 different teams in nine leagues, notching his 1,400th win this summer for the Giants’ Augusta affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.