Aug 18

Onward and Upward

Dave Empey

Dave Empey has developed four major league
players, including James Paxton, the ace of the
Seattle Mariners, and 
Ryan Dempster, who
pitched for 16 MLB seasons, was an all-star twice, 
and won a World Series ring with the Red Sox.

Dave has coached 19 pros, 11 members  of the
Canadian national junior team, and more than
100 collegiate players.  

As a sports writer with the Vancouver Sun
Dave interviewed the likes of home run king
Roger Maris, iconic heavyweight champ Rocky
Marciano, legendary sprinter Jesse Owens, Hall
of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon, daredevil Evel
Knievel, and NHL hard rock Tiger Williams.

Dave has covered almost ever sport you can
name, including baseball, football, basketball,
soccer, hockey, horse racing, lacrosse, boxing,
tennis, track and field, swimming, figure
skating, curling, rugby, skiing, hang gliding,
and hydroplane racing.

He had the honor of taking a blistering
three lap 150 mph trip with Billy Schumacher,
the greatest hydro driver of all time.  "That
ride with Billy was an atomic blast," he says.  

Dave also managed and produced an album for
the rock band "Paul Anthony and The Invasion." 

      Dave Empey can be reached at 604 771-9736

Ryan and Dave in Las Vegas

2017 visitors--16,394
January to July visitors--11,666
August visitors--5,971


NEW--Rocky and the Nerds 
REDUX--Moneyball, the Farce
NEW--Killer Koepke and The Assassin 
NEW--"White Lightning" at 110 mph
NEW--Johnny Chung, the Celestial Comet
NEW--The Catch 22 of Relief Pitchers
NEW--Shadow Boxing Your Delivery
REDUX--Sidd Finch and his 168 mph 
NEW--What Utter (Bleeping) Nonsense

Selects Rev Up for Canada Cup
Hands as Deep as an Oil Well
Hitters: Forget the Useless Knee Raise
The Terror of The Dreaded Shift

"Knock Somebody Down"
The Cougars are prowling once again
Wind Sprints--Fast Twitch Endurance
Playing Shortstop on a Donkey

Balance Like a Gymnast
What Are Scouts Looking For?
A Cure for Betances

The Six Foot Basketball League
Thank You, Aaron Judge
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Caroline
Baseball Players--Tough as Marshmallows

We Are All Unique

Sale Shovels Horse Manure
The INCREDIBLE shrinking Strike Zone
How Many Rings are on the Wrong Fingers?

The Cure for Sorearms?

The Saga of Showalter and Bonds
The Tragedy of Brien Taylor
A Controlled Knee Raise
The Gold of Coil and Go

The Mick's 600-Foot Home Runs

Lefthander's Pick-off Move
Stealing Against a Lefthander

Blue Jays: No Standards, No Discipline
James Paxton--The Blueprint for a No-Hitter

"Play it Loud"
The Sportsnet Cheerleaders
The Blaze Turn Up the Heat
Tyler O'Neill and his Magnum Guns
Back Foot Pivot
Giancarlo, Are You Listening?
The Virus Invading the MLB Cyberworld
Are the Sox an Australian Cricket Team?
Using Ted's Head for BP
It's a RELAY, Buck, Not a Cut
Pillar Didn't Steal Home
Killer Steroids
Eating for Explosive Energy
The Magic of Man City
March Madness and You
Living One Pitch at a Time
Do You Really Want Two Hour Games?
The Split and the Greaser
Mike Tyson, Discipline
Rodney, Deion, Romo and Delmonico
Sandy Koufax--Lead with your Hip
Osuna and the WBC
Stealing Signs
Kyle Chalmers--Godzilla
The Curveball
Should Young Pitchers Throw Curveballs?
Tom Glavine--Ultimate Command
The Odds of getting to the Big Leagues
Teaching Charges to Little Guys

The 12 Infield Throws
The Terminator at Shortstop
Is Clayton Kershaw a Communist?
Did I Mention Simplify?
Shaking off the Catcher
Stay Inside the Ball
Dock Ellis and the acidic no-no
First Pitch Cutters
Developing COMMAND
Why Infielders Commit Errors
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Wisdom from Mike Trout


              Keeping Dave Talks Baseball Alive and Well

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                 BASEBALL PUZZLE

When Whitey Herzog was managing the Cardinals there were times he’d  bring a reliever in and tell him to intentionally walk the next hitter.

Remember, of course, in those days you had to throw four wide ones for an IW.  This caused such outrage from the TV gurus they needed acupuncture, a psychiatrist and a stiff shot of Jim Beam to settle down.

“Why would he do that?” they belched.  “When you bring a guy in he needs to establish his command, his rhythm.  Throwing four wide ones gets him totally out of synch.  The pitcher he was pulling should walk the hitter before he comes out.”

But Herzog had a very logical reason for having his relief pitcher issue the Intentional Walk.  What was it?

I’ll give you a few days to figure it out.