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Oct 19

I really enjoy writing this epic blog.  And I truly appreciate all my faithful readers.  

But it takes a lot of time and effort.  And financially it's about as productive as selling ice cubes in Aklavik.  

I could make it a subscription blog but that would probably shut out a lot of young players.  No way I'd want that.   

So I'm left with a Donate button.  I'm not asking for a fortune, just a few bucks, like $10, $20, or, if you're Warren Buffet, maybe three or four million.  Warren are you there, bud?

At any rate I'd much appreciate any DONATION you can make to my PayPal account, which they tell me is secure.  Otherwise, I'll eventually have to pack it up.       

Just hit the Donate button.  And thank you.




KYLE CHALMERS and JEFF FOUNTAIN--Thanks, guys.  All the best.

 

"Gimme the beat boys to free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll
And drift away"

 

                             Dave Empey

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

Plus reliever Rowan Wick, the Rookie of the
Year for the Chicago Cubs, who is expected
to be their closer next season. 

Dave has coached 21 pro players,
including 11 pitchers and 10 hitters.

He's placed a dozen athletes on the
Canadian national junior team and
over 
100 into college programs.    

As a sports writer with the Vancouver Sun
Dave interviewed home run king Roger Maris,
iconic heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano,
legendary sprinter Jesse Owens, Hall of Fame
pitcher Bob Lemon, classic 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,
hang gliding, swimming, figure skating, rugby,
track and field, tennis, curling, and skiing.

In Kelowna he sat next to Billy Schumacher,
the greatest hydroplane driver of all time, as
they blistered through three laps at 150 mph.
 "That ride with Billy was a lot of fun," he says.  

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

Contact--daveempey@shaw.ca

Ryan and Dave in Las Vegas

 

2017-18 visitors--80,036

2019 visitors--35,955

 

TODAY’S LINEUP

I GIVE UP, JUST NEW--The 76ers Basketball IQ of...well, 76
EXTREMELY MORE NEW--The Feces on Your Dumbbell
EXTREMELY NEW--A Mike Mussina Story I Really Love
SO NEW IT'S TOMORROW--"Mad Dog" Maddux
Extension, Extension, Extension
Throw Through the Catcher...

Not To the Catcher
BASEBALL PUZZLE

Johnny Chung, the Celestial Comet

"And After 20 Years He Still Grieves"
PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
Weighted Baseballs
SAVING BASEBALL
Time to Snap, Crackle and Pop

"White Lightning" at 120 mph
RANDOM BURSTS OF WISDOM
Ellsbury, The O-Dog and LBJ
PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
Joel Zumaya--104 Solar Heat

120 Games a Year in the Land of Igloos 
Starving Children and Innocent Animals...
              ...Mean More Than Champagne
The 800 Grand Party to End All Parties
Cora Sank the Sox in Spring Training

"The Giants Win the Pennant"
Those Damn Cheatin' Astros
Kawhi, They Hardly Knew You

THE NECTAR OF THE GODS
--Great Wine, Gourmet Food, Endless Summer
PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
--The Scourge of Tommy John Surgery

RANDOM BURSTS OF WISDOM
--Whatever Happened to Late Night TV?
The Moment the Astros Rolled Over and Quit

BUILDING A BETTER HITTER
--Michael Brantley and Iron Mike
Most Powerful (and Hated) Man in Baseball

DEVELOPING CATCHERS
--If You Can't Block, You Can't Catch
James Paxton is NOT Laid Back

The Goose and Lou Vomit All Over Baseball
Sorry, John Smoltz, But You Don't Have a Clue
The Bringer of Drizzle: 3 for 19
Shades of the 1919 Black Sox

PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
--Mariano Rivera's Perfect Delivery

Rowan Wick, Cubs Rookie of the Year
Pitching in the Mariana Trench

PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
--Warming Up is the Gold Standard
Rowan Wick's Best Inning Ever
PROTECTING THE PITCHER'S ARM
--Most MLB Coaches Don't Understand 

Trent Thornton's Leg Kick, I Kid You Not

Vlady, The Junior Versus The Panda
The Nightmare of Odie, the Boxador
$638,000 Just to Step on the Diamond
The Bringer of Drizzle Speaks Drivel

Boog, Eduardo and Sutt
The Greatest Pitcher Who Ever Lived
The Tragic Destruction of Young Players
What the Hell is a Cutter/Slider?

The Utter Bull Shit of Moneyball
And the Beat Goes On
Just How Good is Joey Votto?

Mickey Mantle, the King of Jacks
Wick Stakes His Claim in Wrigley Ivy
The Saga of Nathan Patterson
How Baseball Eats Its Young
The Rock Star On Chicago's South Side
Michael Kopech Nails 110 mph

"Dave, I'm Going to The Show Today"
The Masters...or the Master Race?
The Grand Daddy of all Sports Hoaxes
My Buddy, Duke's Coach K
The Golden Age of Morneau and Dempster
The Pendulum Swings West
Jupiter's Win at Any Cost Jackasses

A Tale of Two Trades
Bring On the Sloth Triplets
The Insanity of Tommy John for 15-year-olds
Is Icing Good for a Pitcher's Arm?
What has Hockey got to do with this?
Koufax versus Kershaw
BASEBALL PUZZLE

"Just Play the Game"
The Spirit of Billy The Kid
One Bad Pitch
"The Players All Love Him"
Innocent Until Proven Guilty

The Lethal Weapon No One Uses
The Ineffable Ernest Hemingway
The Incompetence of MLB Coaches
Alabama and Ole Miss Never to be Found
The Bringer of Drizzle
Rowan Wick called up to the Padres
What is wrong with human beings?

The Dempster Slider
"I Gotta Go"
The Inane Babble of the Media
Rocky and the Nerds 

Killer Koepke and The Assassin

THE PITCHING PACKAGE (2)
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Developing COMMAND
Power Pitching
SEE HOW EASILY YOU CAN THROW HARD
Protecting Your Arm

Stride
The Road to Velocity
LOAD--Lead with your Hip
Explode
Finish
Throw through the Catcher
The Curveball

Johnny Chung, the Celestial Comet

THE PITCHING PACKAGE (1)
The Catch 22 of Relief Pitchers

Shadow Boxing Your Delivery
Balance Like a Gymnast
A Controlled Knee Raise
The Gold of Coil and Go
Lefthander's Pickoff Move
Stealing Against a Lefthander

Sidd Finch and his 168 mph Fastball

Much, Much, Much More in the Archives
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