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Season Award Voting Open!

Written by - Posted 2014-10-03 03:01 in News

It’s time to select the 2014 Summer Season Award Winners.

We give out four awards for full season play and an award for Manager of the Year and New Team of the Year. Unlike Player of the Week awards, these winners are kept secret and announced at our annual Champions Dinner which will immediately follow the World Series on Sunday, October 5.

Instead of the nominees being chosen by the Commissioner, all official roster players will get to vote to determine the winners from all eligible players (qualified in the states).

VOTES ARE DUE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, AT 10 PM

Each player in the league has been emailed instructions on completing their ballot, which is being hosted by Simply Voting. Emails were sent to the address used when the player paid their registration fee. If you did not receive your email notification contact the Commissioner.

For the past seasons we’ve always used BallotBin to conduct these elections. However, the site is not sending out notification emails to voters, and until it’s fixed we’re unable to use it. Simply Voting is a solid replacement, except it costs $200 per election. As a result, this season we’re just going to do one round of voting, rather than selecting nominees and then doing a final vote.

Voting for the awards is being done by ranked pairs voting.

VOTES ARE DUE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, AT 10 PM

The awards to be voted onare:

  • Most Valuable Player – Wiffleball is an offensive sport, and the five nominees for this award are determined largely by offensive power, though voters should consider overall performance in making their selections.
  • Rookie of the Year – This award is for the Rookie player (defined as a player not eligible for nomination in any prior year’s stats) who had the most impact on the PWL. (3 nominees)
  • Cy Young Award – The Cy Young Award honors the finest pitching performance for the season.
  • Gold Glove Award – This award honors performances in the field. There is one award per position, Pitcher, Catcher and Fielder.
  • Manager of the Year – This award honors the best manager of the year.
  • New Team of the Year – This award goes to the best new team. You can use whatever criteria you want here, none of them made the playoffs.

Every player in the league who qualified for the minimum number of appearances is on the ballot to choose the winners. Ballots are initially sorted based on a single stat performance. MVP and Roookie of the Year by SLG. Cy Young by OBA. Gold Glove by RF. Manager and New Team are randomized by the system on each ballot.

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 7 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-09-25 11:05 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The season is over, let the playoffs begin!

Well this is something we rarely see around these parts, a DC Twits nomination. Struggling through most of this season, the Twits are starting to show some life, thanks in part to the work of Stephen Crawford (4 nominations, 0 wins), who batted .600, had 2 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.900. He also pitched 12 innings, 12 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.50.

Stop. The. Presses. Two Twits nominated in one week? Pretty sure this has never happened. Dan Lockbaum (1 nomination, 0 wins) has been carrying the team for a couple weeks now, this week Dan batted .400, had 2 home runs, and 3 RBIs for an OPS of 1.500.

Doing what he can to keep the Janitors alive, Felix Fernandez (16 nominations, 2 wins) broke out of his 2 week slump in the final week of games. On the day, Fernandez batted .417, hit 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, with an OPS of 1.500.

It’s been a rough year for Besley Bashers, but they went out winning both, in part thanks to Neil Kearns (1 nomination, 0 wins). Kearns on the day batted .600, had a home run and 4 RBIs, for an OPS of 1.500. He also pitched 10 innings, had 5 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.20.

This final nomination is an important one. Due to our mistake, we overlooked the perfect game that Adriano threw last week, and that blame falls on us. Last week, Adriano DeSorrento (9 nominations, 3 wins) took the mound against the much improved Besley Bashers,. Pitching 7 innings of perfect ball, Adriano struck out 10 of the 14 batters he faced. His other start on the day was a 6 inning 2 hitter against I Want My Corners also.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 7 SU14
Stephen Crawford
26%
Dan Lockbaum
5%
Felix Fernandez
5%
Neil Kearns
16%
Adriano DeSorrento
47%
total_votes: 19

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

POSTSEASON: Playoffs + All Star Game + HR Derby + Awards Dinner (Su14)

Written by - Posted 2014-09-21 22:07 in News

Five of the six playoff teams are set, but 84 games wasn’t enough to pick the final team, we’ll have a one game tiebreaker between the Janitors and Chicken and Wiffle to see who earns the final spot.

Even if you’re not one of those seven teams still in the hunt there are MANY events throughout the postseason for which all players and teams will participate. So mark your calendars now.

  • One Game Tiebreaker
  • Playoffs for 8 Teams (wildcard series, division championship series, world series)
  • Home Run Derby (one participant per team)
  • All Star Game (one participant per team)
  • Champions Dinner (season awards, food on the league)

Please make plans to join us, especially for the final Sunday on October 5 when the wiffleball center of the world is on Gravelly Point and there is free food on the league.

TIEBREAKER GAME

The Janitors and Chicken and Wiffle ended up with 7-7 records and tied for the final wildcard spot. Even though Wiffle beat them during the regular season, they’ll play at 9:30 AM on Sunday, September 28th to determine which team gets the final playoff spot. This game is considered a regular season game for all rules and stats purposes.

WILDCARD SERIES

The opening round of the playoffs will feature four teams, the three wild card teams and the lowest seeded Division Champion. The top two seeds, #1 Gumballers and #2 Wolfpack get a bye this round. Because you cannot play a team from your same division in this round, and because the DC Twits are the #3 seed, and Chicken and Wiffle are in their division, there are two different scenarios for these series, depending on who wins the tiebreaker.

Sunday, September 28th

If Chicken and Wiffle wins…

  • #5 I Want My Corners at #3 DC Twits
  • #6 Chicken and Wiffle at #4 Canvassers

If Janitors win…

  • #6 Janitors at #3 DC Twits
  • #5 I Want my Corners at #4 Canvassers

Regardless of who wins, the game times are the same for both Wild Card Series:

  • 10:30 AM – Series #1 and #2 Game 1
  • 11:30 AM – Series #1 and #2 Game 2
  • 12:30 PM – Series #1 and #2 Game 3 (if needed)

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Division Championship Series will feature the two winners from the first round facing the #1 and #2 seeds who had byes. We’ll re-seed to make sure the best seed plays the worst seed, this time, regardless of division. It will again be a best of three series.

Sunday, September 28th

DCS #1

  • Game 1 – 2:30 PM – Worst Seed at #1 Gumballers
  • Game 2 – 3:30 PM – #1 Gumballers at Worst Seed
  • Game 3 – 4:30 PM – Worst Seed at #1 Gumballers (if needed)

DCS #2

  • Game 1 – 1:30 PM – Best Seed at #2 Wolfpack
  • Game 2 – 2:30 PM – #2 Wolfpack at Best Seed
  • Game 3 – 3:30 PM – Best Seed at #2 Wolfpack (if needed)

WORLD SERIES / CHAMPIONS DINNER / HR DERBY / ALL STAR GAME / NWLA SCRIMMAGE

One final Sunday for the Summer Season will wrap everything up.

The World Series will be a best of three games series featuring the winners of the two Division Championship Series.

Sunday, October 5

World Series – Sunday, October 5

  • Game 1 – 11:30 AM
  • Game 2 – 12:30 PM
  • Game 3 – 1:30 PM (if necessary)

The post-season awards presentation, as well as the home run derby and all star game will follow the World Series. Food and drinks for the dinner will be provided by the league. Awards which will be voted on following Week 7 will be handed out.

Each team in the league gets one member each in the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.

Champions Dinner

  • Dinner Served – 1:00 PM
  • Awards – 1:30 PM

HR Derby

  • Round 1 – 1:45 PM
  • Finals – 2:00 PM

All Star Game

  • Nationals vs Senators – 2:30 PM

If a Game 3 is necessary, subsequent events will be push back until the completion.

All events are open to all fans and league members.

If you are attending the dinner, you must RSVP via our facebook site so that we can have an accurate count for food. It’s good food, and please join us, but give us an accurate count.

Week 7 Preview (Sp14): Take Me Home, Country Roads

Written by - Posted 2014-09-19 09:22 in News

The final week usually means a few more goodbyes to teams, but with half the league making playoffs this year more folks will be hanging around.

Three teams have punched their ticket to postseason, the Wolfpack, Gumballers and Canvassers. Still up for grabs are three more spots, and the coveted #1 and #2 seeds, which give teams a first round bye in the playoffs. That bye is even more important this year, since the #3 to #6 seeds will have to play two series, up to 6 games, in one day to advance to the World Series.

A summer season that started off crazy hasn’t corrected itself too much. It’s supposed to warm back up to high 80’s, with a 20% chance of rain. The wind might be blowing out for the first time in a few weeks, but it’s still unlikely that the career home run crown falls this season. Maybe someone can challenge Zach Carter for this season’s HR title though?

Commissioner Gallaway will not be a Gravelly this Sunday for the first time in the modern era. Deputy Commissioner Hudson will have access to the airhorn and things are expected to go smoothly.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week. Votes are due at Noon on SATURDAY this week due to the delay in posting. The public vote counts for 50% of the final tally, with the managers vote the remaining 50%. VOTE NOW

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-09-18 11:49 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON SATURDAYSPECIAL DEADLINE FOR DELAYED POSTING

First time nomination alert! And it’s a…Garbage Plate? That’s right, be prepared for a social media onslaught in support of Adam Elias, who took advantage of the Master Batters this week. Elias batted .636, had a homerun, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.545.

Will McNally (9 nominations, 2 wins) seems to find his way here almost every week. This week, he helped the Wolfpack stay a top the league, batting .600, 2 doubles, and an OPS of 1.400.

Often forgotten due to Nitto’s pitching performances, Don McClintock (5 nominations, 0 wins) of the Gumballers is putting in a solid season this year (and shows up to every game). This week, Don batted .636, had 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.545

It’s not every week you see a Garbage Plate AND a Bald Beaver nomination. David Tedesco (first nomination) is here because he was able to spray the ball all over the field. Tedesco batted .643 on the day, had 2 doubles an an OPS of 1.429.

Fighting for dominance in the all time home run leader stat, Jack Shannon (11 nominations, 3 wins) returned to play this summer. This week he might not of gotten on base every at bat, but he did manage to hit for some power, something few have done this year. On the day, Jack batted .273, but had 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.091.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON SATURDAYSPECIAL DEADLINE FOR DELAYED POSTING

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Su14 Week 6
Adam Elias
34%
Will McNally
21%
Don McClintock
14%
David Tedesco
21%
Jack Shannon
10%
total_votes: 29

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-09-15 09:27 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON WEDNESDAYSPECIAL DEADLINE FOR DELAYED POSTING

Lots of familiar faces this nomination round. Also, was a huge cut off in hitting (Thanks wind!), that led to less than impressive numbers for our nominees this week.

Once again, we find Jeff Nitto (7 nominations, 3 wins) nominated for a perfect game, except this time, it was combined with teammate Critchfield. For the 1 game they played, Nitto pitched 4.5, no hits, 5 strikeouts in 9 batters faced. Batting, he was 2 for 3 (.667), an RBI and an OPS if 1.333.

Kevin Higman can basically be counted on to be one of the best hitters in the league every year, this year being no different. Higman, batted .357 on the day, with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.143.

Nicholas West (10 nominations, 1 win) kicks off our 3 nominations for Wolfpack this week. West batted .500 on the day with 2 RBIs, 2 doubles, and an OPS of 1.357.

Will McNally (8 nominations, 2 wins) continues his tear this season at the plate. This week McNally batted .462, had an RBI and a double, and left the day with an OPS of 1.000.

Michael Burns (7 nominations, 2 wins) rounds out the nominations from Wolfpack this week. Burns, like all of the Wolfpack, is having a great year at the plate, this week he batted .500 with a double and an OPS of 1.083.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON WEDNESDAYSPECIAL DEADLINE FOR DELAYED POSTING

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Su14 Week 5
Jeff Nitto
14%
Kevin Higman
5%
Nicholas West
68%
Will McNally
0%
Michael Burns
14%
total_votes: 22

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Week 6 Preview (Su14): Starwood In Aspen

Written by - Posted 2014-09-12 09:26 in News

The penultimate weekend is already here. Moving Day. 9 of the 12 teams are still technically alive, as only Besley Bashers, the Garbage Plates and Jimmy Giggles have been officially eliminated from the postseason. The West is still a mess.

Mid-70’s are predicted this Sunday with 8 MPH wind from the north. At Gravelly that means more like 16 MPH, and from the north means home runs and scoring are hard to come by. We’ll see what ultimately happens, but it could be another week of scrapping for runs.

Apologies for the delays on videos and Player of the Week for Week 5. We promise to get everything up in less time than it took for the Canvassers/I Want My Corners game to get played.

Week 5 Preview (Su14): Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes

Written by - Posted 2014-09-05 08:55 in News

One week off seems like an eternity but we’re back at Gravelly this Sunday!

Weather should be great, back down to the high 70’s as the heat wave moves past. Medium level wind from the north though, which means limited home runs.

Just three weeks left and there is a lot to be decided in playoff picture. Since half the teams make it, you’d think playoff spots were getting handed out like sex offender lollipops. But, there is a real possibility that the defending World Champions don’t even make the first round.

We’re also going to test INSTANT REPLAY this week.

Yes…you read that right, INSTANT REPLAY. We’ll have managers challenges, similar to our junior league, the MLB. Commissioner Gallaway strongly opposed moving to instant replay during the pre-season manager’s call, but settled on doing a 1 week test, that will be NON-BINDING, to see how it works. Since we only have one, really bad, camera angle, it’s hard to tell if the camera will provide any conclusive evidence or not. But, we’re going to try it out this week only.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week. Votes are due at Noon on Friday. The public vote counts for 50% of the final tally, with the managers vote the remaining 50%. VOTE NOW

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 4 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-09-03 00:12 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

We have one automatic nomination, although he probably would’ve been nominated either way — Jeff Nitto of the Gumballers (6 nominations, 2 wins) pitched a perfect game. In that game, against Jimmy Giggles, Nitto had 3 strikeouts to 12 batters faced over 6 IP. On the day, he had 17 IP, 1 run for an ERA of 0.35, and 8 strikeouts for a 2-0 record. Batting, Nitto was .500 with 2 homeruns, 2 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.583. Not bad.

No he’s not quite a rookie, but Sean Whalen of Chicken and Wiffle is nominated for the first time in his short career. On the day, Whalen batted .500, had 2 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.583.

Will McNally (7 nominations, 2 wins) of newly formed Wolfpack is picking up where he left off, consistently getting on base. This week was no different, batting .556, with 4 doubles, a home run, 4 RBIs and an OPS of 1.500.

Sam Smith (first nomination) lives in what is the worst/weirdest division this year, the West, where no one seems to want to win it. That said, Sam did his best to help out his team the Bald Beavers this week, batting .700, with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs and an OPS of 1.600

He might be the most polarizing player in the league, but he certainly deserves to be here. Felix Fernandez of the Janitors (15 nominations, 2 wins) went 2-0 pitching, gave up 3 hits and 1 run (0.38 ERA) with 10 strikeouts. On top of that, he batted .636, had a home run and 2 RBIs with an OPS of 1.545.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Su14 Week 4
Jeff Nitto
19%
Sean Whalen
5%
Will McNally
49%
Sam Smith
14%
Felix Fernandez
14%
total_votes: 37

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Web Gems: Week 3 (Su14)

Written by - Posted 2014-08-22 13:57 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM SUNDAY

  • Hudson Diving Catch — DC Twits
  • Shannon Pegs Crawford — Canvassers
  • Kick Save by Zac Champ — Garbage Plates
  • Turner One Handed Grab — Garbage Plates
  • Hackeman Tip Drill — Canvassers


Web Gems: Week 3 (Su14)
Hudson Diving Catch
4%
Shannon Pegs Crawford
43%
Kick Save by Zach Champ
17%
Turner One Handed Grab
9%
Hackeman Tip Drill
26%
total_votes: 23

About Web Gems: Nominations can be made by anyone, manager, player, fan, rival wiffleball league, and are due by NOON each Thursday. The league office will review all nominees and submit up to five of them to be voted on by the public. Voting will be open from Friday until 10 AM on Sunday. Submissions can be made by sending an email to webgem@potomacwiffleball.org, and MUST include the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs.