David Ritchie Machemer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School Central Michigan University
- High School Benton Harbor High School
- Debut June 21, 1978
- Final Game July 2, 1979
- Born May 24, 1951 in St. Joseph, MI USA
Longtime minor league manager Dave Machemer played two seasons in the majors. He also had a minor league playing career of 11 seasons.
Machemer was born in St. Joseph, MI, in southeastern Michigan on Lake Michigan. He was at Central Michigan University in 1971 and 1972. After being drafted in the fourth round in the 1972 amateur draft by the California Angels, he began his pro career with the Stockton Ports as an infielder-outfielder that same year.
Machemer was a speedster, stealing 246 bases in his minor league career. His highest batting average was .324 with the Salt Lake City Gulls in 1978.
When Dave came up to the majors with the in June of 1978. He homered in first major league at bat, against Geoff Zahn of the Minnesota Twins on June 21st. He hit well that first season, posting a line of .273/.333/.455 in 10 games for the Angels for whom he played several infield positions. The team batting average that season was .259.
After the 1978 season, the Detroit Tigers picked him in the 1978 Rule V Draft and he appeared in 19 games for them in 1979, during the first half of the season. He played mostly second base. During the second half of that year he was mostly with the Rochester Red Wings, where he hit .292.
Machemer has managed at 14 different locations, with the longest term being three seasons with the El Paso Diablos (1988 and 1996-1997). He won his 1,000th game as a minor league manager in 2003 as the manager of the AA Harrisburg Senators.
After his managerial career, Machemer became a scout for the Baltimore Orioles.