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Zigmund Congratulates Dreyfus

Written by - Posted 2013-08-24 14:42 in News

The former all time hits leader offered his video congratulations to the new all time hits leader Sunday.

The video was played at the field shortly after Matt Dreyfus hit his 271st career hit to take the all time record from Stephen Zigmund.

In an otherwise forgettable summer season, in which the best teams and best players are absent, the all time hits record falling gave traditionalist fans something to watch.

Week 4 Preview (Su13): Crocodile Rock

Written by - Posted 2013-08-23 10:03 in News

We think they MOWED this week. Minor victories. Hopefully they didn’t use a weed eater like last time and miss half the spots.

Weather looks pretty good for Sunday. At 7 MPH, it’s the lowest “predicted” wind of this entire YEAR…so likely we’ll have 40 MPH gusts instead, or perhaps a tornado.

Matt Dreyfus returns this week, and his countdown to being the all time hits leader, the Pete Rose, if you will, of the PWL continues. He is four hits away from tying Stephen Zigmund, the Ty Cobb, if you will, and five hits away from calling the record his own. Will Dr. Dreyfus do it this week, or is history to be made later this season?

Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week, due a NOON today, and Web Gems which will be posted later tonight and are due at 10 AM Sunday.

Player of the Week (Su13): Week 3 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2013-08-21 14:56 in POTW

Week 3 was a sloppy one. We saw river effect water in the early games, and then almost no power hitting from anybody the rest of the day. Was tough to pick some nominees as everyone just hit singles a lot, no perfect games this week either. After week 3, we only have one undefeated team left — Moose Knuckles (7-0). We also got to see Higman dislocate his elbow, and the tweets that gave up live updates as to his progress! Speaking of Higman…let’s get to the nominations!

Kevin Higman (4 nominations, 2 wins)
Higman has been pretty unstoppable this year at the plate, he had an OPS of 1.909, including a homerun and 1 RBI. (Not his fault no one can hit him in!). While getting a hit in all but 3 at bats on the day, Kevin could’ve done more damage until he dislocated his elbow rounding first. Get well soon Kevin.

Michael Burns (4 nominations, 0 wins)
Burns took advantage of playing the Janitors in the second game to lift his average to .500 on the day. Burns also managed to hit 2 doubles, get an RBI, and an OPS of .700.

Daniel Stana (1 nomination, 0 wins)
Seems we get a Moose Knuckle nomination every week now, always a different one too. Anyways, Daniel was able to bat .500 this week, with an OPS of .800. While he didn’t have any RBIs, he did have 3 doubles on the day, helping the Moose Knuckles win two close games (and stay undefeated).

Alex Cochran (1 nomination, 1 win)
The DC Twits love to play #TwitsBall (aka no one scoring any runs ever). However, this week, Alex came out swinging, getting the Twits going against Besley. Alex batted .333, with an OPS of .889 — including 2 RBIs and 2 doubles.

Michael Cohen (1 nomination, 0 wins)
Seems like every week, a team has one player carry them hitting wise. Well Gumballers have been relied on Cohen this time. In week 3, Cohen had an OPS of 1.429, batting .571, hitting a homerun and 5 RBIs. Cohen has been a consistent hitter this year for the Gumballers.

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 3 (Su13)
Kevin Higman
42%
Michael Burns
11%
Daniel Stana
21%
Alex Cochran
13%
Michael Cohen
13%
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.

Week 3 (Su13): Madman Across The Water

Written by - Posted 2013-08-19 21:10 in News

We went into Week 3 with the possibility of a total washout but emerged with 17 games knocked off the schedule, though three were forfeits. A light mist fell for most of the early games, and it got a little rough during the half way point of the schedule, but we ended up with almost perfect and dry conditions for the late games.

All star Kevin Higman had himself a day, grabbing the league lead in batting average, before his season came to an end with an injury, and he became the first player to leave in an ambulance. Higman slipped rounding first to leg out a double and dislocated his elbow. He’s expected to be able to resume wiffleball activities in six weeks. Higman fell in what is now known as “Dislocation Alley”, the area around second base on the blue field. During the Spring season, Alex Cohn of the Besley Bashers dislocated his thumb in the same place.

We had our first forfeits of the season as Sex Panthers, blaming wedding season, (though, it’s always “wedding season” for them), only had one player show up. A third forfeit was tagged to the Garbage Plates who showed up for their 10:30 and 11:30 games, but never returned to Gravelly for the 1:30 contest with the Moose Knuckles. When asked if they forfeited to hurt the Moose Knuckles run differential for post-season seeding, Zac Champ, manager of the Plates, refused to comment. Regardless, forfeits suck, get your shit together guys.

We also had our first pitcher ejection forfeit after a 12 inning affair between the Nasty Boys and Gas House Gorillas was stalemated at no runs. Gas House eventually ran out of pitchers, but not before Alex Filides tried to do Alex Filides type things that were prevented by previously passed Alex Filides inspired rules. With a 3 consecutive non-strike count on the second warning for his last pitcher, Jack Rems, Filides called time, tried to convince scorekeeper Tony Ragano to play for his team in the event Rems was ejected. A rule passed before the Spring season to prevent Alex Filides from doing this exact same thing, required that guest players had to be declared before the game on your lineup card in order to be eligible. So, Ragano was clearly not eligible to be a guest player, Filides then pushed to put Ragano on the official roster to get around the guest player rule. Any roster player is eligible to sub into the game, regardless of whether they are on the lineup card or not. Commissioner Gallaway confirmed that Ragano’s $40 registration fee had not been received, as required to appear on the roster, and therefore he was not on the roster. The PWL permit also prohibits the exchange of money while on park property, so even if Filides had tried to pay Ragano’s fee before the game, he wouldn’t have been able to while on Park property. Filides did properly list Ragano as an eligible substitute as a guest player for their second game, but he didn’t play. There is an exception to the guest player requirement in the event of an injury, so we expect Filides to bring crutches and an eye patch to give to one of his players in future weeks to claim injury.

Web Gems: Week 2 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-16 17:40 in Web Gems

VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY

  • Andy During Steals a HR – Someone (Nick West) finally hit a solid ball off of Adriano, and where does it end up? Right into Andy During’s home run saving hands.
  • Matt Punts the Ball – First run of the season off Gagnon…and he did not take it too well. I’ll let that clip speak for itself. Not only did the Master Batters submit it, but even Matt did. I still cannot figure out why he didn’t keep running the bases that entire time either.
  • Brian Edgar Diving Catch 2.0 – Rookie Brian Edgar has been playing the field in place of Greg Hudson now for two straight weeks — with plays like this (nominated consecutive weeks now), it’s easy to see why.


Web Gems: Week 2 (Su13)
Andy During Steals a HR
12%
Matt Punts the Ball
62%
Brian Edgar Diving Catch 2.0
27%
total_votes: 26

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.

Player of the Week: Week 2 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-16 16:05 in POTW

Adriano DeSorrento of the Nasty Boys won Player of the Week for Week 2.

He also won the award Week 1, but voting this week was the closest it’s been in recent memory. Prior to his win last week, he had been nominated four times without a victory.

DeSorrento carried the public vote, but trailed Christopher Keeven in the manager’s vote However, Keeven, wildly unpopular, fell all the way to third in the public vote which allowed DeSorrento to take the award a second week in a row.

DeSorrento is only the second player in league history to win the award consecutive weeks. Stephen Zigmund won the award four consecutive weeks from Week 2 to Week 5 during the Summer 2007 season.

Week 3 Preview (Su13): Burn Down The Mission

Written by - Posted 2013-08-15 22:37 in News

Just two weeks left in the first “half” of the season before the Labor Day break and before we lose some of the low end players in the league to the NFL.

We’re being promised single digit wind again, but don’t hold your breath. We have hopes to stay dry, but we have an even higher chance of rain than last week at 40% with a high in the mid-70’s. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @potomacwiffle and call the game information line at 855-8-WIFFLE for updates in the event of bad weather.

In morning match-ups with playoff ramifications Ha’chi has tough games with Suns Out and Moose Knuckles. Gas House begins their unavoidable fall out of the playoff picture in the afternoon facing Gumballers and Nasty Boys without Hall of Famer Matt Dreyfus.

Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week by Noon today and watch for this weeks Web Gems later today and vote by 10 AM on Sunday.

Player of the Week: Week 2 Nominees (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-14 12:32 in POTW

Week two is in the books — and we’re starting to see which teams and players will begin to make a name for themselves. Moose Knuckles and Gas House are the only two unbeatens left, and both have players nominated this week. 4 of the 5 nominees have never won a POTW, and the one who has, is our defending champ in Adriano. Let’s see who can take home the trophy this week…

Adriano DeSorrento (5 nominations, 1 win)
Once again we see Adriano nominated for the second consecutive week. Last week, he took home his first POTW — and now he’s back for more! Mr. Handsome batted .500 on the day, an OPS of 2.200, including 4 homeruns and 7 RBIs. Oh he also wants me to mention he pitches well too, totalling 11 K’s and giving up no runs on the day. Someone’s back must be getting tired..

Chris Keeven (4 nominations, 0 wins)
A constant in this league, Chris had himself a day at the plate. Totalling 4 homeruns and 4 RBIs, Chris was on base almost every time he came up, with an OPS of 2.182. With no Thaman, Chris has been carrying Superman’s Wheelchair this season, his .526 BA is more than double anyone else on their roster.

Daniel Stana (First nomination!)
We have a first time nomination for Moose Knuckle Daniel Stana. This week he rebounded from a rough first week and managed an OPS of 1.846, and not to mention 4 homeruns in one game against Master Batters (7 total RBIs).

Chris Mazur (2 nominations, 0 wins)
Our only automatic nomination of the week — Chris pitched a perfecto against the Besley Bashers (8 K’s). He was also close in his first game against Circle Jerks, only giving up 2 hits. Chris didn’t do much hitting wise on the day, but certainly made up for it with his arm.

Andrew Martin (2 nominations, 0 wins)
From keeping score of your games, to killing you with his bat — Andrew Martin has been a welcomed addition to the Gas House Gorillas. Hitting 4 homeruns on the day, 9 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.600, Andrew stole the show for Gas House.

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 2 (Su13)
Adriano DeSorrento
47%
Chris Keeven
10%
Daniel Stana
30%
Chris Mazur
6%
Andrew Martin
6%
total_votes: 93

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 2 (Su13): Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Written by - Posted 2013-08-12 20:50 in News

Week 2 is in the books but the promised “low wind” didn’t materialize. We stayed dry, but the wind helped the offense as home runs went from 17 Week 1 to 32 Week 2, and slugging went from .380 to .551.

Matt Dreyfus continued his march to a league leading 271 career hits, racking up seven hits this week. He’s now just five from setting the record. He’s out Week 3, but all eyes will be on the early games Week 4 to see if he sets the record.

Chris Mazur tossed a perfect game for Suns Out Guns Out in the first meeting with their rivals Besley Bashers. Suns Out, recent converts to twitter ( @sunsoutsgunsout0 ) talked some trash Saturday night before their match-up.

Web Gems: Week 1 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-09 14:36 in Web Gems

VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY

  • Jack Rems Diving Catch – After making the jump to the new Gas House Gorillas (cool name?), Jack has already made his free agency value worth it with his bat. But here, Jack shows how he can work the field too — sprinting to make a diving catch in right.
  • Nick Pegs Jack…In the Head – Speaking of Jack Rems, here he tries to score the go-ahead run from first base on a Matt Dreyfus double for the Gas House Gorillas in a game they eventually lost 1-0. A no-look throw from Marshall Graves to Nick West of 7th Linning Stretch, followed by a perfect peg to the head not only knocks Rems down, but knocks his sunglasses off. Should we be worried about beef between the two? Watch after the play as Jack walks off.
  • Brian Edgar Diving Catch – New rookie pick up by the DC Twits hit a homerun in his first at bat of the season. Then he decided he should probably show off his defensive skills — grabbing a ball in “no man’s land.”
  • Will McNally Dives for the Ball – There appears to be a theme this week — diving for ball. Not to miss out on the action, Will has some quick reflexes on a ball hit back up the middle to grab it and manage to hold on while tumbling over 2nd base.


Web Gems: Week 1 (Su13)
Jack Rems Diving Catch
17%
Nick Pegs Jack...In the Head
69%
Brian Edgar Diving Catch
10%
Will McNally Dives for the Ball
3%
total_votes: 29

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.