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Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 2

Written by - Posted 2014-05-02 21:37 in POTW

Spencer Howard of the Canvassers won Player of the Week for Week 2. His first nomination and win. Howard won the public vote, and came in second in the managers vote to claim the honor.

Web Gems (Sp14): Week 2

Written by - Posted 2014-05-02 12:01 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM SUNDAY

Brett Shegogue Saves a Run
Not sure what Greg Hudson was thinking here, but an amazing relay and peg at the plate by Brett here to save a run early on.

Zach Carter Double Play
After a recovered fumble, Zach gets the force and throws a last second peg home to get the out right as Fantasia crosses the plate.

Chuggin’ Chorizo Relay Out
Great leaping catch by rookie John Closs over the fence robbing a home run by throwing the ball in play, followed by the relay throw by John Closs, after hoping the fence back into play, to Kenny Golaszewski, who pegged a diving Sam Smith at the plate.

Matt Dreyfus Diving Catch
With the wind blowing hard right, Matt was able to slide under this line drive and make an out in a close game.

Greg Hudson Diving Catch
Just as Matt’s catch showed us, the wind was rough on red, taking this ball further out, forcing Hudson to dive under it.


WebGems Week 2 (Sp14)
Brett Shegogue Saves a Run
20%
Zach Carter Double Play
30%
Chuggin' Chorizo Relay Out
40%
Matt Dreyfus Diving Catch
10%
Greg Hudson Diving Catch
0%
total_votes: 20

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.

Week 3 Preview (Sp14): Scandanavian Skies

Written by - Posted 2014-05-02 00:32 in News

It’s been a wet and crappy week, but it looks like we’re going to get lucky on Sunday…at least in terms of rain and sun. The wind on the other hand…oh man. Predicted to be 17 MPH from the west…which at Gravelly means about 30 MPH. Basically as bad as Week 1, but instead of blowing out on all fields, it’s blowing hard in on Green, across Blue, and out on Red. So…look for extra innings games on Green with no scoring…and a pop up to the pitcher on Red becoming a homerun. Wind, it’s what’s for dinner.

DO YOUR JOB! – Don’t forget to do two things this week, and every week. Vote for Player of the Week and nominate a nice defensive play for a Webgem. And yes, on Webgems, don’t be embarrassed about nominating yourself. Or don’t be any more embarrassed than Zach Carter for nominating himself twice this week already.

PARKS SERVICE – Adding the sixth division this season threw a wrench into our standard cardinal direction division names, plus central. We debated and discussed. We asked for twitter feedback. It was all bad. Ultimately, the Deputy Commissioner had an idea, and the Commissioner improved upon it. Basically how all decisions should be made. After two weeks of the lame A, B, C, D, E, F names, the divisions for this season have been officially named after United States National Parks. In fact, the six most visited National Parks. You see, we play our games on land controlled by the National Park Service. It’s…fitting.

BE AN ALL STAR – Another reminder that tryouts to be part of the PWL’s All Star team heading to Columbus, OH, in July are underway and open. This week and next week will be the final open spots. Full details of the tournament and the tryouts are here. Email the Commish if you’re interested, and can throw a wiffleball really fast and accurate from 45 feet.

SIX INNINGS – We’re trying to do a 6 Innings profile each week. We ran out of interesting players in 2010, but it seems like we should push though regardless. This week’s profile of Aaron Christoff won’t bring a tear to your eye, but it might help you recognize at least one player in the league not on your team. And check out the full archive of profiles on the main Six Innings page.

6 Innings with Aaron Christoff

Written by - Posted 2014-05-01 23:48 in Six Innings

In the massive and amazing database which houses the statistics of the PWL, (you know, the real reason you come to play), there is a table that has a record for each player. Each player in that table is assigned a unique identification number based on the order that their record was added to the table. Aaron Christoff’s unique ID number is 1. While he certainly wasn’t the first player in the league, he was the first alphabetically by first name when we moved to the centralized database. Which still means he’s been around a while. It’s really too bad you’ve never heard of him before today right?

Aaron Christoff
[ player profile page ]


Nickname: Stoff.
Age: 33
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Resides: Old Town
Employer: Self
Bats: with vigor
Throws: darts
How did you find the PWL: Player Keeven located it online. Manager Keeven then sold a few of us on the idea. It was an easy sell.


Seasons: 9
Career Batting Avg: .302
Awards: Nominations for POTW, MVP and Gold Glove, but no wins.


TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
AC: St. Louis Cardinals. Scott Rolen circa ’03-’04.

TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
AC: That playing it now allows me to tell people I continue to participate in organized sports. At least as long as I can avoid the follow up question about what sport it is.

TWIF: Why did you make Joe leave and when can he come back?
AC: We figured he either had to leave or another manager’s meeting would be spent changing league rules to make him more hittable. That and it really wasn’t so much that I made him leave. When weighing his options of moving to paradise and leaving the rat-race of DC behind, against Sundays at Gravelly, even the allure of enjoying my company on a regular basis lost out. I’d say I can’t blame him but people say that spending time with me is like living in paradise. He’ll come back when the latrines at Gravelly are replaced with a beach and palm trees. Or never.

TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
AC: It was my preferred launcher when dominating bottle rocket wars in the neighborhood for most of my adolescence.

TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
AC: Pat Hook. I know he’s a former player and teammate, but he’s still my answer. I can’t imagine liking a guy less, for many reasons. That he’s managed to keep his balance all these years with a head that size really irks me. I’m a fan of physics and that he defies it by continuing to walk with that orange-on-a-toothpick over his shoulders bothers me. I also really hate his personality and the way he talks. His face sucks too. And the fact that my wife regularly mentions how great he is and how much she likes him might also have something to do with my disdain for him.

TWIF: Somehow, quietly, and without much fanfare over nine seasons you’ve become one of the main stays of the PWL. You have three World Series rings, but you’ve been overshadowed by your teammates. Like the 5th Beatle, or that one character actor in movies we all recognize but nobody knows their name. Last season might have been your worst ever. So far this season, you’re starting strong and your numbers seem better than your career averages. What keeps you coming back, and are you the man to fill the hole Joe Thaman left in Wheelchair?
AC: Most of the success I’ve experienced in life results from establishing low expectations. So every once in awhile I throw in a bad year just to reset the bar. Last season in wiffle ball is an example. So was all of 2002. I come back because I dig this league. Met some good people and I’ve never regretted a day spent at the yard. Plus the twenty or so Sundays I spend at Gravelly each year represent about 95% of my exercise regimen. Joe can’t be replaced, on the field or in the clubhouse. But the Wheelchair will roll on.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-04-29 11:33 in POTW

The wind wasn’t as giving as it was in the previous week, which meant we had some low scoring affairs – and two instant nominations (perfect games). Also, am very surprised that some of these players have never won the coveted POTW.

  • Chris Keevan (5 nominations, 0 wins) of Superman’s Wheelchair is having to pick up the pieces after Joe Thaman moved out of the country, and did his best Thaman impression on Sunday against the Besley Bashers. Keevan pitched a perfect game with 6 strikeouts. In his second game, he gave up 2 hits and lost 1-0. Batting, Keevan was just .167, with one homerun, and an OPS of .583
  • Colin Gannon (1 nomination, 0 wins) of Barnburners gets our second perfecto on the day – this one ALSO coming against Besley Bashers (rough day). Gannon had 6 strikeouts in his perfect game. Gannon also pitched the other game, giving up just 2 hits and no runs. Batting wise, Gannon batted just .250, had a homerun, and OPS of .875.
  • Anthony Morin (5 nominations, 0 wins) of the Canvassers pretty much decided if he wasn’t going to hit a home run, he wasn’t hitting at all. On the day, Morin batted .500, of his 5 hits, 4 were home runs, totaling 8 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.200. He also pitched 8 innings to an ERA of 1.50 with 12 strikeouts.
  • Another Canvassers nominations here, Spencer Howard (first nomination!) not only took the Deputy’s head off here, but almost had a perfect day at the plate. Howard batted .818, an OPS of 2.273, 2 doubles, and 1 homerun. He also got to pitch and save the Canvassers from a DC Twits comeback.

These Barnburners sure know how to hit, and this week was no different with Jim Shannon (10 nominations, 1 win). Jim batted .667 on the day, knocking in 3, while hitting 2 home runs to make for an OPS of 2.111.

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 Sp14 Week 2
Chris Keeven
11%
Colin Gannon
7%
Anthony Morin
35%
Spencer Howard
41%
Jim Shannon
7%
total_votes: 46

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 1 (Sp14)

Written by - Posted 2014-04-25 10:39 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM SUNDAY

Sam Smith Diving Out
Rookie team One Hit Wonders get their first nomination of the year. Sam Smith is able to sprint from the pitcher’s mound to pick up and stop a possible double from Kerby.

Besley Bashers Running Catch
Sure, this might’ve been a sacrifice fly when it was said in done. But, that is still an impressive running catch by Alex Cohn.

One Hit Wonders Face Peg
Keeven is a long tenured player, so he’s seen it all. But what he didn’t see coming was a peg in the face from roughly 3 feet away by Andrew Schenkel.

Nick West One Handed Catch
Hudson had a great day at the plate, and possibly could’ve had another home run on the day if it wasn’t for the amazing one handed catch by Nick West here.

Keeven Robs a Hom Run
Keeven had to make up for his face peg — so he goes to the wall on this one to bring back a sure home run ball.


Web Gems: Week 1 (Sp14)
Sam Smith Diving Out
41%
Besley Bashers Running Catch
5%
One Hit Wonders Face Peg
11%
Nick West One Handed Catch
35%
Keeven Robs a Home Run
8%
total_votes: 37

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.

Week 2 Preview (Sp14): It's Still Rock And Roll To Me

Written by - Posted 2014-04-25 10:22 in News

Assuming the wetness gets done Friday and Saturday we should have a nice day on Sunday for Week 2. Mid-60’s with less wind than Week 1 are predicted. As a reminder, if there is too much rain before Sunday, we’ll have to reschedule games. The NPS is very “diligent” about the field conditions.

Weekly Webgem voting will open today for the Week 1 Webgems. It will close at 10 AM on Sunday. Make sure you vote for the best defensive play. You can check out past webgems here.

Tryouts start this week for the All Star team the PWL will send to Columbus, Ohio, in July for the NWLA Tournament. They will be one hour sessions each, and be held at 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM on the Blue field. For the full story read here.

If you didn’t get your official Spring headshot taken, or sign the waiver, or pickup your official league tshirt on Week 1, stop by the tent to do it Week 2.

Open Tryouts for PWL All Star Team to NWLA

Written by - Posted 2014-04-19 18:52 in News

If you stroll by the Blue field starting Week 2, you’ll notice an extra foul line and arc in orange paint in the general vicinity of the existing foul lines. Do not be alarmed, some other league isn’t invading our turf. During weeks 2, 3, and 4 the Blue field is pulling double duty for both the PWL regular season, and tryouts for the PWL All Star team that will be heading to the National Wiffle League Association Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, this July.

The third annual tournament, which was co-founded and is largely hosted by the PWL, will be July 18th through 20th. The PWL is one of sixteen leagues who each send an all star team to represent their league in the National Tournament. The rules are a combination of rules used throughout the leagues. The tournament is fast pitch, with walks, and the field is the official 90 degree width like a traditional baseball field. (2 fielders and a pitcher are used to make up for the wider field.)

The PWL team, called the Nationals, finished tied for 5th out of eight teams in the 2012 tournament. They finished tied for 5th again in 2013, but improved this time out of twelve teams. Holding tryouts throughout the Spring season is part of Commissioner Gallaway’s strategy, he manages the team, to improve again this year.

“Our biggest disadvantage in this tournament is the pitching”, Gallaway said. “Our league is medium pitch, and that’s what our pitchers and hitters are used to. This is an entirely different game. So just because you’re a great PWL player doesn’t mean you’ll be a great NWLA player, and vice versa. We’re looking for pitchers who can throw heat, not finess the radar gun.”

Tryouts for the team are open to all players who are on a roster for the Spring season. Interested players are encouraged to contact the Commissioner in advance to express interest. There will be seven tryout sessions. Each session will last an hour, with the first 15 to 20 minutes including pitching and batting practice, followed by a scrimmage game, or simulated at-bats for the remaining part of the hour. Players must attend at least four of the seven sessions to be considered for the team. Players who were previously on the NWLA roster and wish to return only need to attend two sessions.

NWLA Tryout Sessions

  • Week 2 (4/17) – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
  • Week 3 (5/4) – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM
  • Week 4 (5/11) – 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM

The finalists will be narrowed down after the tryouts. The roster is traditionally six players. There is talk of expanding the NWLA rules to allow for more than six players, but it’s unclear if that proposal will pass, or even if it does, the PWL will expand its representation.

“There are six open spots on the team as of today. I’m sure some of the players from 2013 will be coming back, but everyone has to earn their spot. We need to open this up, cast a wide net, and find some arms built for fast pitch, not medium pitch. I think they’re out there, they just need a chance to prove it,” Gallaway said.

PWL players who are not able to go to Ohio, are welcome to scrimmage during the tryout times if they’d like to join in. Especially if you’ve got an hour time slot open to kill and want to take some AB’s.

Players who are selected will have an all-expense paid trip, including airfare, hotel and meals, to Columbus. In addition, each player will get home, away and alternate jerseys provided by the league.

Sign up for the tryouts today, email the Commish.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 1

Written by - Posted 2014-04-18 21:35 in POTW

Greg Hudson of the DC Twits won his first player of the Week award Week 1. Despite also making the nominations in his capacity as Deputy Commissioner, Hudson won both the public and the managers vote.

OFF WEEK (Sp14): Keeping The Faith

Written by - Posted 2014-04-18 01:09 in News

Only one week of the season done and already we have an off week. We hope you enjoy keeping us from wiffleball, Easter Bunny.

Just because we’re off this week, doesn’t mean there aren’t some very important matters for you to deal with. Read up!

  • Player of the Week Voting closes at NOON today. Have you voted? Go vote right now. The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the vote of the managers counts for the other 50%.
  • Webgems are any great defensive plays. Even though you don’t wear gloves. The deadline to submit them each week is Thursday at noon, but we’ve extended the deadline until Saturday at noon for week 1. Submission instructions are on the link to the main page.
  • Tony Morin Will Strike You Out or at least he’ll try. Our first 6 Innings Profile of the season is reigning Cy Young champ Tony Morin of the Canvassers.

The league has been busy this week even with the off week coming up. Expect an announcement early next week with the new names for the divisions, as well as early details on the PWL participation in the NWLA Tournament in Ohio.

Oh…and because our heart is like a wiffleballl…since you won’t have any new stats on Sunday, take some time to read Kristen Stewart’s (that girl from Twilight) poem, My Heart is a Wiffle Ball.