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Web Gems: Week 6 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-24 11:23 in Web Gems

  • Neil Kearns Saves the Game – The Besley Bashers have really come on strong late in the season, winning 3 of their last 4. A reason they won against the Master Batters is thanks to Neil Kearns. His double play ends with him throwing from beyond third to get the runner just before he reaches home, keeping Besley a run up and with the victory. Also, pretty sure Master Batters’ own player gets in the way and almost gets run over.
  • Sean McVey Double Play – Either the Besley Bashers have had the most WebGems this year, or they just take the time to watch the tape. This time, Sean McVey makes an catch and pegs the runner to complete the double play (although assisted by terrible base-running).
  • Chris Mazur Tag Out – In a 13 inning game, every extra base hit is crucial, that’s why this play is nominated. Nobody out and a lead off double — negated by the quick reflexes of Chris Mazur who dived on top of a loose ball and tagged out Craig Miller of Porkchop. Suns Out would go on to win the game 1-0. Also, can we all agree 7th Linning needs a new logo?
  • Nick West Tip Catch – We haven’t gotten very many catcher nominations up here yet (mainly due to the camera cutting off the craziest plays). However, Nick West had a great heads up play — tipping a foul ball up to himself and catching it easily.
  • Adam Turner One Handed Grab – It’s been a down year for the Garbage Plates, but that’s what makes WebGems great — anyone can make a play! Here against the Moose Knuckles, Adam Turner robs a Moose of an extra base hit with a one-handed grab.


Web Gems: Week 6 (Sp13)
Neil Kearns Saves the Game
50%
Sean McVey Double Play
0%
Chris Mazur Tag Out
5%
Nick West Tip Catch
30%
Adam Turner One Handed Grab
15%
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.

Off Week: No Wiffleball Sunday (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-24 09:42 in News

With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday there are no scheduled league games this Sunday.

We hope that you take this opportunity to hit the batting cages and take ground balls in your local park. You need it.

There is still league business to attend to, even with the off week. Make sure you vote for Player of the Week (by Noon Friday) and Web Gems (by 10 AM Sunday). Don’t let someone score a cheap award while no one is paying attention.

Just one more week of regular season, then you have to stare out your window for nine weeks and wait for the Summer season. On the other hand, your boss will get more work out of you on Mondays.

Player of the Week: Week 6 Nominees (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-22 17:18 in POTW

We have 2 automatic nominations this week everyone — both Joe Thaman and Jeffrey Nitto pitched perfectos. They’ll be followed by some tough competition though. Every run is more important now as we head into Memorial Day break and our final weekend on June 2. Let’s vote!

  • Joe Thaman (21st nomination) not only pitched a perfect game (6 strikeouts) against the reeling DC Twits, but batted .667 and had a homerun. There’s a reason Superman’s Wheelchair continues to be dominant.
  • The Moose Knuckles brought in a guest player for the past 3 weeks — Jon Gagnon — and boy has he made it look easy, improving every week. This week, Jon batted .899 with an OPS of 2.111! Oh and he had a homerun and 7 RBIs.
  • The second automatic nomination this week is Jeffrey Nitto (2 nominations). Pitching a perfect game (7 strikeouts) against the Garbage Plates to close out the Gumballers triple header. Nitto also managed to have an OPS of .750 through three games.
  • Brett Shegogue is making a great push for the Dupont Circle Jerks to get into the playoffs this year (maybe the new hats help?). Hitting a homerun, knocking in 3, and an OPS of 1.375, Brett helped his team score to win both games this week.
  • Andrew Flowers of the Moose Knuckles continues to be arguably their most important player (batting .510 for the season). This week, Flowers was on base almost every at bat — with an OPS of 1.556, Flowers has helped the Moose Knuckles get back in the playoff fight.

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 6 (Sp13)
Joseph Thaman
19%
Jon Gagnon
45%
Jeffrey Nitto
5%
Brett Shegogue
26%
Andrew Flowers
5%
total_votes: 62

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.

6 Innings with Ty Fletcher

Written by - Posted 2013-05-22 12:36 in Six Innings

It must be awkward being the least talented Barnburner, but probably not as awkward as being in your fifth season in the league and still qualifying as a “rookie”. Such is the life of Ty Fletcher. Honestly, if he didn’t have four World Series rings, we probably wouldn’t even remember this guys name.

It’s hard to tell if his regular presence this season is a positive of a negative for Barnburners. The past four seasons Fletcher spent most of his time someplace other than Gravelly and never got enough plate appearances to qualify for the season stats. Per the PWL practice, that makes this Fletcher’s rookie season. And while his stats probably deserve a nomination for Rookie of the Year, we assume the voters in the league know better than to vote for him.



Ty Fletcher
[ player profile page ]


Nickname: Tickleshits
Age: 23
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Resides: Arlington, Virginia
Employer: Grabber Construction Products
Bats: Are scary as shit
Throws: Usually in the first or second inning after a Gannon start
How did you find the PWL: Woke up at fort Reno after a phish concert with Brian Ford and was very intrigued with the yellow lightsabers.


Seasons: 5
Career Batting Avg: .417
Awards: 1 Nomination for Player of the Week


TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
TF: I grew up on the Orioles but I have embraced the hometown Nationals. I would have to say my favorite baseball player is Jay Buhner. In Ken Griffey jr baseball he displays the ability to throw runners out at the plate, on a line, from the warning track, which is simply remarkable.

TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
TF: When Commissioner Gallaway mercilessly berates toddlers for entering the field of play.

TWIF: Twin fight or Gagnon/Filides bat tantrum?
TF: The common occurrence due to poor plate performance takes the mystery and fun out of the bat tantrums. When there is a twin fight you never know what will spark it or who is gonna end up in the hospital. I have seen garbage cans, rakes,controllers,and even frozen foods used in the field of battle. This one isn’t even close.

TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
TF: We were out of solo cups during a team trip to the river. The commissioners trophy served as a fine substitute.

TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
TF: Rawdog or Crawfish… Whoever pitches for the Twits. It will be tough to consistently pitch the ball 10+ mph over the league limit while helplessly submerged under water.

TWIF: You and Colin Gannon fight for the basement as the least talented Barnburner and statistically, you’re only slightly better at fielding and worse at everything else. In the last World Series Championship you didn’t take a single at bat. And yet, you got a team hat, just like everyone else. Don’t you think you’d be more comfortable on the Master Batters, or someplace where your star could shine a little brighter?
TF: That’s a clown question Bro. The team basement I live in is filled with magic, not camouflaged alternates and Sunday golf outings once the playoffs begin.

Week 6: Miracle at Gravelly (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-21 16:03 in News

A week that looked for days like a total washout turned out to be one of the best, weather wise that is, of the entire season. Practically no wind, and after some early mist cleared, it was dry all day. The muggy afternoon heat once the sun came out drew some boos, but those people are forgetting what it’s like to play in August. We’d take Week 6 weather conditions every week for every game of every season.

Despite the good conditions, the forfeits continued. Oedipus and the Mama’s Boys threw in the towel on the entire season. We hope cicadas burrow into their skin and cause them to lose limbs, if that’s even possible. The Natty Brohs were no shows for two games also, earning their Rookie of the Year contender Jack Rems a black eye at a minimum. (Rems has the highest VORP of any rookie this season.)

Some important games played out, and two playoff teams from last summer find themselves on the outside looking in, as DC Twits have no chance, and the Nasty Boys require a great deal of luck to return to the playoffs. Scared Hitless dropped two games, and while they’re still in the hunt, have their backs to the wall and might miss their first playoffs after eight consecutive seasons.

Wheelchair and the Barnburners continued to be unbeaten, and collected their pennants. Ha’chi punched their ticket to the post-season by clinching the Western Division with only 8 wins. (Most of which wins were even legitimate.)

Joe Thaman and Jeffrey Nitto collected additional perfect games like they’re lollypops. Chris Mazur and Will McNally also teamed up for a perfecto, with McNally taking the win.

Six weeks down, 122 games off the books, just 18 left to be played.

Take a week off, enjoy a Memorial Day cook out, then join us back at Gravelly for fun finish to the Spring.

6 Innings with Joel Brunk

Written by - Posted 2013-05-18 12:55 in Six Innings

Fresh off a Player of the Week win, we sit down with our second rookie this season, Joel Brunk. Brunk has brought some much needed offense to 7th Linning Stretch and seems to have settled into the starting pitching role as well.

He’s on the leader boards for pitching (ERA/OBA/HIP) and batting (RBI/TB), and is fighting neck and neck with Alex Cohn for the best numbers this season for a rookie. Though, sometimes the numbers get overshadowed in the popularity contest of the year end voting. Brunk’s role on a possible playoff team, and Cohn’s recent injury, could become factors in voters’ minds.



Joel Brunk
[ player profile page ]


Nickname: Jake – yeah I don’t get it. Only my dad uses it, somehow it’s easier to say than Joel?
Age: 30
Hometown: Bridgewater, VA
Resides: Alexandria, VA
Employer: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How did you find the PWL: Nick West – I invited myself onto his team after he mentioned it to others during a fantasy baseball draft, although he’ll tell you he recruited me.


Seasons: .79
Career Batting Avg: .409
Awards: Player of the Week (Sp13 – Week 5)


TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
JB: St. Louis Cardinals. My favorite color was green at age 4 in the late 80’s, which naturally meant my favorite team was the A’s and my favorite player was Mark McGwire. When Tony La Russa and McGwire went to St. Louis, I followed and have been a fan since. No, I don’t juice like my former idol.

TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
JB: The fact that I can hit a homer. I was the definition of warning track power growing up playing baseball.

TWIF: Name your least favorite West.
JB: Nick. His hitting prowess and reputation are overshadowing my campaign for ROY. We also have an ugly history on the basketball court that rivals Bird and Lambier. I’m just getting to know Matt, but he’s by far the nicer West.

TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
JB: Growing up my siblings and I used our wiffleball bat as a microphone, shield, crutch, light saber, spoon, torch, etc. But most often it was used as a club to beat the winner of whatever game we were playing.

TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
JB: Alex Cohn. Seems like a nice guy, hope that thumb feels better, but somehow his flashy web gems have earned him the frontrunner position for ROY. I guess I make it look too easy, or all my plays don’t count (see Brunk falls on Trunk video, which doesn’t clearly show that it was a Willie Mays style over the shoulder catch as I fell over the fence) or are off camera (I swear, they happened). Anyway, pretty sure he’s Harper and I’m Trout in this situation.

TWIF: You seem to be the only guy keeping 7th Linning alive. Early on, the Commissioner predicted a quick and quiet fall for your team. This was done using stats, past results, and a gut feeling about all possibly likelihood of your season. You seem to have picked them up on your shoulders, and drug them being over .500. Driving in runs when needed, keeping the opposing offense in check. My question is, don’t you think your team name is kind of lame?
JB: Being a rookie, I’ve been coached extensively on how to respond to questions like this, else my spot in the lineup could be in jeopardy. Despite the obvious truths you point out, this is a team game and it has been a true team effort to get over .500 and into the playoff picture. We’re only going to get better as we gel together as a team and learn how to throw strikes consistently. And yeah, I honestly didn’t get the name until Nick explained it in Week 3. I thought it was some inside joke, and I was just trying to fit in so I kept my mouth shut. Hopefully I’ve earned my keep enough to publicly call it lame now without getting fined.

Player of the Week: Week 5 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-17 17:51 in POTW

Joel Brunk of 7th Linning Stretch won Player of the Week for Week 5.

Web Gems: Week 5 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-17 16:52 in Web Gems

  • Sean McVey Fake Out Peg – Without their star player Alex Cohn (dislocated thumb) against the Blansford Barnburners, Sean McVey of the Besley Bashers fakes a throw home, only to turn and peg a Shannon.
  • Scott Abrahams Peg #1 – Scott Abrahams has been a nice pickup for the Janitors — batting .308 so far. That being said, he also gets 2 nominations this week. In this one, he pegs Cokey trying to stretch his single into a double.
  • Scott Abrahams Peg #2 – For Abrahams’ second nomination (again against the Moose Knuckles), he pretty much mirrors his first play. Once again, a greedy base-running mistake leads to getting pegged at second. Two heads up plays by Scott in one week!


Web Gems: Week 5 (Sp13)
Sean McVey Fake Out Peg
20%
Scott Abrahams Peg #1
60%
Scott Abrahams Peg #2
20%
total_votes: 5

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 6 PREVIEW: MOVING DAY (SP13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-17 02:14 in News

The next to last weekend is loaded with important games with postseason consequences. More than we’ll likely see Week 7.

A 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms might mean a break or two throughout the day. Make sure you follow us on twitter and set the mobile alert for the fastest updates from the field. Wind is supposed to be somewhere better than last week, but not quite as good as the first couple of weeks. Currently predicted to be blowing in from the east again, in on Red, out on Green.

You make it to the playoffs by beating the teams you’re supposed to beat. While there are a few of those kind of games this week, as well as some other contests without playoff ramifications (we think), there are six big matchups if you’re reading the playoff tea leaves on the penultimate weekend.

DC Twits @ Ha’chi Mountaineers – A must win for the Twits, with the losses mounting we might not get a Wild Card from the West, so winning the Division which is still a three way race between these two teams and the Master Batters is important. Ha’chi leads the all-time series 4-3, and won their earlier meeting this season.

DC Twits @ Superman’s Wheelchair – This would be nice upset for the Twits, but they can take the loss as long as they win their remaining games. It would also deny Wheelchair an undefeated season, but don’t count on it. Wheelchair leads the all-time series 3-1, and has won the last three meetings.

7th Linning Stretch @ Nasty Boys – Two division rivals who are out the division race, but tight in the wild card chase. They both play the exact same remaining schedule; one they should each win, one they should each lose, one toss up, and one with each other. So, the winner here could get the leg up. 8-6 probably gets them into a tiebreaker for postseason, 9-5 all but guarantees a spot. In two career meetings, they’ve split one run games.

Superman’s Wheelchair @ Nasty Boys – This is the previously mentioned one that Nasty Boys should lose, but they match up surprisingly well with Wheelchair. The second possible sneaky loss kind of a game that could cost Wheelchair the undefeated season this week, probably more likely here than against the Twits. All-time series is 3-2 Wheelchair, including the match-up Week 4.

Suns Out Guns Out @ Gumballers – Two forfeits against cakewalk teams last week have put the Gumballers in a legitimate Division race that will likely be decided in the last game of the season Week 7 against Scared Hitless. Though, both squads will make postseason, they’re just playing for a pennant and seeding. A win is big for Suns Out in their Division race, but they can still lose this and win the South. One prior meeting last season, Gumballers won 7-0.

Moose Knuckles @ Scared Hitless – Moose Knuckles have struggled this season, are tied with Suns Out for the Division, with a tougher schedule facing them, including this one. There is no guarantee the runner up in the South gets a wild card, both Moose and Suns Out have given away silly losses. If Moose can win this one, they should get to control their own destiny. If they lose, they need some help from other teams to get comfortably back to postseason. They were the #1 overall seed last season. In two meetings in the past, Hitless has shut them out both times.

6 Innings with Alex Cohn

Written by - Posted 2013-05-16 16:06 in Six Innings

You know this rookie for his one handed diving catches in the web gems. The only standout on an otherwise forgettable Besley Bashers team, Cohn can bat, pitch, and field, a triple threat. It wasn’t a diving catch that may have sidelined Cohn for the season though. While trying to stretch a single into a double he dislocated his thumb, and may have eliminated the need for Besley to even show up the next couple of weeks to try and add on to their three wins. (“How did we even win three?” manager Colton Turner says as he shakes his head in disgust.)

The number of at bats needed to qualify for the year end awards varies based on the number of forfeits. But, if we don’t have any more forfeits, it will take 42 at bats to qualify. Cohn is sitting at 38 right now. So, if his season is over, he won’t even be on the ballot for Rookie of the Year. But, if he can take a few more hacks, even one-handed, (allowed only in case of disability) even if he goes 0-for-3, he’s in the discussion.



Alex Cohn
[ player profile page ]


Nickname: Big Al. This was never really a nickname but someone was yelling it from the bench in Week 1.
Age: 24
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: Student. I’m going back to school so I can wear my hat backwards again.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right, If my hand doesn’t heal maybe Left.
How did you find the PWL: My girlfriend and fellow Basher (not Colton), her brother and his buddies were signing up and knew I played. I was living in Wisconsin at the time so I quit my job and moved to DC to be on the team.


Seasons: .79
Career Batting Avg: .500
Awards: 1 Player of the Week Nomination, 3 Web Gem Nominations, 2 Wins (though 1 was a tie)


TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
AC: The Rays. Andy Sonnanstine was the man. He was a very mediocre pitcher, losing his starting spot in the rotation, then losing a spot in the pen. I think he’s in the Cubs’ farm system now. But he seemed like the kind of guy I would be good friends with. He would vandalize the ballpark and was usually the one putting seeds on guys’ heads during in-game interviews. I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping the clubhouse light.

TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
AC: I think my favorite thing about wiffle is that there is absolutely no age limit. You play as a kid, you play with your drunk friends in college, you join a highly managed rule-stickling league in your 20s, and then you have a kid of your own and have an excuse to pick up that banana-yellow bat again. I feel confident my kid won’t get a hit off me until he’s a grown-ass man.

TWIF: Old logo or new logo?
AC: New. I’m not sure what the old logo was. It looked like a bunch of bugs crawling around. I think they were supposed to be syringes or crushed beer cans or something. Presumably to advertise and encourage how many drugs our team uses? We’re clean, just horrendous artists.

TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
AC: My last year of college I lived in a decrepit old house (RIP The Rock) with no locks on the doors. In fact, there was no front door for a brief period. It wasn’t in a terrible neighborhood, but it was right on the edge of where the rough area of town began. After a summer of vacancy we returned to school in the Fall to find a homeless man asleep in the bathtub. Anyway, I kept my wiffleball bat by my bed for self-defense. Only had to use it once.

TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
AC: Since it’s my first season I don’t have any grudges yet. I also don’t want to start any because of a 6 innings profile. That said, Chris Smyth for robbing me of sole possession of a week three web gem. I suppose drowning my manager would also work for blocking the camera on the play.

TWIF: Before your thumb injury, you were off to a strong individual rookie season. Like all new teams, it’s taking you guys a while to figure things out as a group, but you seem to have all the tools to be a solid hitter, pitcher and fielder, the stats and the awards show that. What makes you the best Besley Basher, and are you going to be a Basher for life?
AC: I think it’s obvious what makes me the best Besley Basher: strongest beard in the lineup. Although Neil is giving me a run for my money. Shannon’s beard sucks. No contracts have been signed and I was waiting for an ESPN exclusive to make an announcement but…I will be keeping my talents on Besley Road.