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Player of the Week: Week 5 Nominees (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-09-11 10:26 in POTW

We’re into the home stretch of the season, and we still have almost every team still vying for a playoff spot. Every game will count coming down as all 4 divisions have tight races for the top spot. We had one automatic nomination this week, as Alex Filides threw a perfect game against the Sex Panthers in a must win for them. TO THE NOMINATIONS!

Alex Filides (14 nominations, 2 wins)
Gas House Gorillas struggled to find players for this week, ending up grabbing an ump to play their two games. They lost the first one via pitcher ejection (even though they were up by 2 in extras), then Alex threw a perfect game against Sex Panthers. Of the 12 batters Alex faced — he struck out 10 of them! Not to mention, Alex batted .500 with 2 RBIs and 1 homerun.

Zach Carter (2 nominations, 2 wins)
Starting the season up and down, Zach has leveled out to be a consistent hitter the past 2 weeks. This week, Zach had 3 games — all must wins. While they picked up only 2 of the 3, Zach batted his way to an OPS of 1.500, hit .500 with a homerun, 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs. Zach also pitched in all 3 games for the Master Batters — keeping the Sex Panthers and Circle Jerks at bay for wins (we won’t mention the Twits game here).

Dan Lockbaum (First nomination)
The DC Twits found themselves in 2 must win situations this week facing Master Batters and Moose Knuckles — Dan answered their call. Dan had an OPS of 1.667, an average of .444, including 2 homeruns and 6 RBI. One of Dan’s homeruns was a walk off against Moose Knuckles — seen HERE.

Michael Burns (5 nominations, 0 wins)
Burns had himself a day at the plate for Suns Out Guns Out. Facing Thaman in the first game, Burns tried to carry the team, but came up short — and decided to take it out on 7th Linning Stretch. On the day, Burns had an OPS of 2.200, batted .700, hit 2 homeruns, and batted in 4. Not too shabby.

Joe Thaman (22 nominations, 4 wins)
Ol’ faithful. There were murmors that MAYBE Joe was slowing down, taking some time off — then he came back, and all was right in the Wiffleball world again. This week Joe had an OPS of 1.583, hit .500 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBIs. Joe also pitched well against Garbage Plates and Suns Out — 2 wins, a 1.14 ERA, and 14 strikeouts.

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 5 (Su13)
Alex Filides
9%
Zach Carter
9%
Dan Lockbaum
23%
Michael Burns
50%
Joe Thaman
9%
total_votes: 44

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 5 Preview (Su13): Little Jeannie

Written by - Posted 2013-09-06 08:52 in News

Just three more weeks until Superman’s Wheelchair turns back into a pumpkin. It’s Week 5 and the march to the postseason begins for real.

So far, only the Garbage Plates have been eliminated from all post-season hope, mathematically that is, they were emotionally eliminated Week 1. There is still a glimmer of hope for 15 teams fighting for the 6 spots to move on. Expect a couple more teams to have open schedules after the 22nd when we’re done rolling up the fences this Sunday.

It’s supposed to be high 80’s and extra windy. Yeah, no getting around it…wind is going to be a factor. Wear a helmet.

This is also our first week of the season in direct competition with American gridiron football competitions. Some of the less talented players among you might be torn on whether you’re showing up at Gravelly or sitting on your couch watching a soon to be extinct game on television. Hardly a choice there, but if only there was some technology that could be invented which would either allow you to keep track of the information related to game in a mobile format, or would somehow allow you to review the video from the game at a slightly later time, perhaps an hour or two after it had occurred. The league should explore investing in this type of technology for which the patent rights would likely generate enough money to build a permanent stadium.

In the morning games, Matt Gagnon serves the first ever suspension in league history when the Moose Knuckles take on the Janitors. If only Higman could but get a whack at that, we’d put up even money now…nevermind.

Web Gem voting from Week 4 is still open, make sure you vote by 10 AM Sunday.

Web Gems: Week 4 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-09-05 11:41 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM SUNDAY

  • Turner Pegs a Nasty Boy – Off a bloop hit into right, Adam Turner picks up the ball and races towards home. Taking his time and waiting til the very last second (more dramatic that way), Adam pegs a sliding/diving/falling Nasty Boy just before tagging home.
  • Flowers with a Diving Catch – While the Moose Knuckles get little love when it comes to voting, Flowers is one of the best fielders in the league. Here again, showing his range racing back to make a great snag of a long fly ball.
  • Dreyfus Sprints for the Catch – This ball was hit off the end of the bat and then caught by the wind — taking it to short. While it looks like Alex could’ve just strolled over and made an easy catch — Dreyfus sprints in from right to make a sliding catch (and probably tearing his knee up in the process).
  • Smyth Diving Catch – Chris Smyth saves Zach Carter’s OBA with a nice diving grab. To pay him back, Cater immediately lets him know he blocked the camera on the play. But, we can “kinda” make out the catch anyway.


Web Gems: Week 4 (Su13)
Turner Pegs a Nasty Boy
23%
Flowers with a Diving Catch
20%
Dreyfus Sprints for the Catch
3%
Smyth Diving Catch
53%
total_votes: 30

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.

GAGNON SUSPENDED FOR EJECTION

Written by - Posted 2013-08-30 18:24 in News

Commissioner Gallaway announced today that Matt Gagnon has been suspended for his Week 4 ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct. The suspension will take effect immediately and be for one game. This is the first suspension in league history.

Gagnon, who’s twitter handle is @the_verified_, will not appeal the suspension, and apologized for his actions which led to the ejection. “Got caught up in the moment and kind of lost my cool…I’m sorry for what happened,” Gagnon emailed.

The ejection came in a 3-0 Moose Knuckles loss, their first of the season, to Superman’s Wheelchair Week 4. Pitching with a warning, Gagnon thought a 2-0 pitch had caught the board, but was ruled a ball by umpire Bob Angeli. Gagnon left the field in the middle of the at-bat, and when he returned kicked the game ball out of play that was provided to him by the umpire, while continuing a verbal sparring match throughout the ordeal.

In announcing the suspension, Commissioner Gallaway hoped to send a message to the league that additional ejections will not be tolerated. “We are not going create a culture where it’s ok to be ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct. If that means we need a one game suspension if you get ejected, and then a lifetime ban for a second offense, then that’s what we’ll do. This is not acceptable behavior, and it’s important that everyone realize that,” Gallaway said.

“I appreciate that Matt realized the mistake he made, and is accepting the consequences of that mistake. While I hope this situation never comes up again, I trust that this is a good precedent for how we can deal with it if it does.”

Gagnon, who is battling for the pitching triple crown and is currently tied for 1st in strikeouts, tied for 3rd in ERA and is 2nd in OBA, will be forced to miss a stat padding game against the Janitors Week 5. The Moose Knuckles are currently sitting as the top seed should the playoffs be held today.

Player of the Week: Week 4 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-30 11:56 in POTW

Matt Dreyfus of the Gas House Gorillas won Player of the Week for Week 4.

Dreyfus has been nominated eight times, but this is his first win, and came off an historic week in which he broke the all time career hits records.

He won both the public and manager vote.

Player of the Week: Week 4 Nominees (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-27 11:28 in POTW

A weird record setting week gives us a few more things to ponder with Player of the Week Nominations. Nicholas DiCrosta returned as a guest player, and picked up his 21st nomination. He trails Joe Thaman by 1 to tie for the all time record of nominations. Matt Dreyfus, in addition to getting the one hit that set the career record, had quite a day at the plate, grabbing his 8th nomination. He has never won the award, and is the player with the most current nominations never to win, with four players tied at 0-for-5. The all time record for nominations without a win belongs to Alex Filides, who was nominated nine times, before finally getting a win on his 10th try.

Nicholas West: (6 nominations, 1 win)
There’s a reason that 7th Linning is playing .500 ball right now — and it’s Nick West. Their most consistent player (batting and showing up) carried them again this week. This week, Nick batted .500, hit 2 homeruns, and had an OPS of 1.700. But again — please get a new logo.

Jeffrey Nitto: (4 nominations, 2 wins)
While Nitto only had 8 at bats this week, he made each one count. Hitting .500 with an OPS of 2.125, Nitto smashed 3 homeruns (4 RBIs) and helped keep the Gumballers one game ahead of Gas House.

Matt Dreyfus: (7 nominations, 0 wins)
I’m sure he could’ve been an automatic nomination considering he now is the all time hits leader — but Matt had to show up and play out of his mind too. Matt had an OPS of 1.917, batted .583, hit 2 homeruns, and had 5 RBIs — not a bad day at the plate.

Nicholas DiCrosta: (20 nominations, 4 wins)
Look who decided to show up this season! The only week he’s played this season, and he’s nominated. Nick batted .727, an OPS of 1.909, with a homerun and 5 RBIs. Wonder if Gas House will ask him to come back next week?

Anthony Morin: (4 nominations, 0 wins)
An automatic nomination this week — Morin pitched a no hitter against the Sex Panthers. If not for an error, Morin would’ve had the ol’ perfecto — but instead he gets a no hitter with 6 strikeouts also. Batting wise, Morin batted .364 with a double on the day.

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 4 (Su13)
Nicholas West
24%
Jeffrey Nitto
13%
Matt Dreyfus
50%
Nicholas DiCrosta
3%
Anthony Morin
11%
total_votes: 38

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 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-27 09:37 in Web Gems

Only two nominations for Week 3. We must do better folks. Make sure you send us your good plays.

ONE TIME EXTENDED DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON THURSDAY

  • Game Saving Double Play – Master Batters had nobody out and runners at 1st and 2nd in a scoreless game in the bottom of the 6th. Kris Garcia smartly steps on second for the force, but Zach Carter beats the throw to the pitcher to avoid the traditional double play at first. So, Tony Morin has to go the long way and peg the runner a step before home plate. The Canvassers won 1-0 in the 8th after forcing extras with this play.
  • Crawford Diving Catch -After giving up a run against the Canvassers on a wild throw by Hudson (even though he should’ve been called back but ump decided not to call it/Twits didn’t get challenge in in time) — Crawford quickly recovered. Making a diving one handed over the shoulder catch look easy, Crawford deserves this nomination.


Web Gems: Week 3 (Su13)
Game Saving Double Play
94%
Crawford Diving Catch
6%
total_votes: 16

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 4 (Su13): Honky Cat

Written by - Posted 2013-08-26 16:35 in News

Week 4 will be a weird one to remember for a long time. In addition to no longer having a team with no wins, we also lost our last unbeaten team as the Moose Knuckles, and their manager Matt Gagnon went down in all kinds of flames. We definitely need a week off to recover, so fortunately the Labor Day beak is perfectly timed.

The big event was obviously Matt Dreyfus setting the career hits record during the 12:30 set of games. We didn’t expect Colton Turner to make it to the record books, other than for being the first guy ever to challenge the Commissioner’s ruling, but he ended up giving up the 271st Dreyfus hit, a home run to etch his name into PWL history. But, before we even made it to 12:30, it was already a weird week.

Commissioner Gallaway spent the weekend at National Wiffleball conference in Kansas City, and was set to arrive at DCA after the early games had already started. The Commish usually arrives at Gravelly around 8:30 to make sure everything is good for first pitch at 10:30. Deputy Commissioner Hudson was going to hold down the fort until the Commish returned, and the scorekeeping crew as well as head groundskeeper Alex Filides were set with their roles in Gallaway’s absence. Everything appeared to go smoothly, until it was discovered that Filides had forgotten the box that contained the cameras, microphones, and laptops. For the first time is many years, we don’t have video of two PWL games, the two games played at 10:30. The scorekeepers went old school, and scored the games on paper so that the stats would at least be maintained. Filides made an emergency trip to pickup the cameras and laptops, and by the 11:30 games, we were back in the 21st century. It wouldn’t be Filides’ last error of the day, but it did cause us to miss a video moment when Kris Garcia’s two year old son requested a home run, which daddy then proceeded to hit. When asked about ruining the video on this touching family moment, Filides refused comment and downed six cokes.

In addition to the record setting lunch hour time slot for Dreyfus, we also had a league first, as Matt Gagnon became the first player ever to be ejected from a game. Losing 3-0 in the fifth inning to Superman’s Wheelchair, Gagnon argued that a pitch had hit the board, rather than having been his third consecutive miss after already getting his warning earlier. The situation quickly deteriorated, and umpire Bob Angeli ejected Gagnon for un-sportsmanlike conduct. Angeli is the President of NVSUA (the PWL’s umpire association), has worked 17 games in 2013, and is the 6th most experienced umpire currently working games. Commissioner Gallaway refused to comment on Gagnon’s case until the league’s investigation was complete, but did say, “Regardless of the details of the situation, there is no excuse for a player to get ejected from a game. It will not be tolerated and the league will send a clear message that this will not be the first of many ejections, but rather a one time, not to occur again, event.”

The worst of the weird Week 4 issues involved the staff lunch. The last, and possibly worst, of the Filides’ failures involved the league’s rental u-haul backing over the sandwiches and cookies headed to the scorekeepers. Somehow, with a single tire, Filides managed to destroy every sandwich and cookie. Fortunately, there were at least sunflower seeds for the scorekeepers to eat.

Player of the Week: Week 3 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-25 19:46 in POTW

Kevin Higman of the Janitors won Player of the Week for Week 3. This is his third keychain.

Voting results were delayed this week because the system we use for Managers votes was down. Managers votes were emailed to the Commissioner who tallied the results. Higman won both the public and managers vote.

DOCTOR WHO? DREYFUS SETS CAREER HITS RECORD

Written by - Posted 2013-08-25 18:53 in News

A dull summer season was livened up with a crazy Week 4, including a lot of unexpected firsts. The biggest moment of the day though, was not unexpected. In fact, it’s been expected for quite some time, and after a long wait, it finally happened.

Matt Dreyfus hit a home run to left field off Colton Turner of the Besley Bashers, giving him the all-time hit record on a no doubter.

The hit, the 271st of Dreyfus’ career, passed Stephen Zigmund, who retired in the middle of the Spring 2009 season. A season later, in the Spring of 2010, the rules were changed to add the strike board, and an almost entirely different game, and certainly a new era began for the PWL. That season, Dreyfus played his second season, ending with 63 hits, but 208 more lay ahead.

Now in his 11th season, Dreyfus has spent 10 of them with the Scared Hitless franchise, this season renamed, for no good reason, the Gas House Gorillas. He also played one season with the Canvassers, Summer 2009, a year in which he won his only World Series ring before returning to his career franchise.

He has played in 117 games, batted 636 times, and at the conclusion of today, had 273 hits.

How he hit the 273:
1B – 151
2B – 55
3B – 13
HR – 54

Dreyfus has been nominated for Player of the Week seven times, but hasn’t ever won. He has two MVP nominations, and he took home the hardware in Spring 2011. He also won Rookie of the Year in Spring 2008 and Gold Glove Awards in Spring 2009 and Summer 2009. He was named to the national 2nd Team Hitters in 2011 by the National Wiffle League Association.

Dreyfus is also the career leader in singles (151), triples (13), ground outs (122), and hitting into double plays (5). He has also played in 35 postseason games, and hit 64 times, but those don’t count for regular season records.

Commissioner Gallaway offered his congratulations to the new career hits leader in a prepared statement. “Congratulations to Matt on this incredible accomplishment. It’s appropriate for all of wiffleball to take a moment to honor the historic nature of this feat. Matt has bridged the gap between the eras of this game, and is a tremendous representative of what is good about our sport.”