Today I post up a 1979 “not so missing” card for two-year Major League player Dave Machemer, who played the first ten games of his Big League career with the California Angels in 1978:
Machemer would bat a very respectable .273 with six hits over 22 at-bats
for the Angels, collecting a homer and a double while driving in two
runs while scoring six himself.
The following season he’d find himself in Detroit with the Tigers, as
they drafted him from Baltimore in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 1978.
Sadly for him it didn’t translate to more time, as he’d only appear in
19 games for the Tigers, hitting .192 with five hits over 26 at-bats, in
what turned out to be the final at-bats of his Major League career.
He’d stick around through the 1982 season in the Minor Leagues, the last
two and a half in the Minnesota system, before retiring as a player.
Looking over his Minor League years, the man was a stolen base machine,
topping 45 three different seasons while also adding in 36 in another,
scoring over 100 runs twice and hitting as high as .324 in 1978 for the
Salt Lake City Gulls in Triple-A ball.