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Player of the Week (Su14): Week 3 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-08-19 13:20 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

I’m really at a loss for what is happening this season. Insanity I tell you. Let’s get to the nominations.

This week we got to see Zach Carter of Master Batters (3 nominations, 2 wins) at his finest. Carter carried the Master Batters, batting .667, an ops of 3.000 (!), hitting 5 home runs, with 7 RBIs. Carter also pitched 9 innings, with an ERA of 4.67 and 8 strikeouts.

Don McClintock (4 nominations, 0 wins) is off to a great start this year. This week, Don batted .556, hitting 2 home runs, and knocking in 4 RBIs with two doubles.

Our second nominated Gumballer of the week, possibly with his best week to date, Michael Cohen (3 nominations, 0 wins) went on a tear at the plate. Cohen batted .556, had an OPS of 2.444, hit 4 home runs, with 7 RBIs.

Trying to make some noise in the “new team” category is I Want My Corners, led by Jack Shannon (10 nominations, 3 wins) who did his best to fuel the “brother rivalry” in regards to home runs. On the day, Jack batted .500, an OPS of 1.700, hit 2 home runs, with 4 RBIs. He also pitched 11 innings, had a 2.18 ERA (1-1), with 12 strikeouts.

Say hello to our leader for rookie of the year nomination, Samuel Cable of Besley Bashers (first nomination). This week was his best yet, batting .571, with an OPS of 2.214, Cable hit 5 home runs, had 7 RBIs. All other rookies are looking up at Cable right now.
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 3
Zach Carter
48%
Don McClintock
7%
Michael Cohen
5%
Jack Shannon
11%
Samuel Cable
30%
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 3 Preview (Su14): Last Train Done Gone Down

Written by - Posted 2014-08-14 16:09 in News

Wiffleball turns 61 years old this week. Still a few years younger than Ragano. Let’s honor the sport by showing up this week.

Small chance of rain this Sunday, going to be hot and maybe a little wind. So…perfect.

See you at Gravelly Point!

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

WEBGEMS – Don’t forget each week we want you to nominate great defensive plays for web gems. Check out the past clips, and review the rules on the WEB GEMS page.

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-08-11 21:53 in POTW

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Matt Gagnon (7 nominations, 1 win) is back this week, and it’s clear he still is one of the top pitchers in the league. This week, Gagnon (now with The Canvassers), pitched a perfect game — 6 IP, 12 batters faced, 10 strikeouts — not bad there. Thanks to the Master Batters forfeiting, Gagnon only was able to pitch one game. He also batted .333 with a run.

Debuting in guest player form, Jim Shannon showed up for the Canvassers, giving Gagnon all the run support he needed. Jim batting .571 with an OPS of 2.429, he also hit 3 home runs for 4 RBIs on the day — all this in just one game (thanks Master Batters!)

Proving this is a strange year, we have another Garbage Plate nominated for POTW. This time it’s Zac Champ (first nomination), who on the day batted .417, an OPS of 1.500, had two home runs, 2 doubles, and 3 RBIs. Champ also took to the mound and pitched a one hitter over 6 IP, with 5 strikeouts.

Don McClintock (3 nominations, 0 wins) basically earned his nomination with one inning of play against Besley Bashers (see bottom of the 6th). McClintock on the day batted .500 with an OPS of 1.600, he hit 2 home runs, one of which being a walk off and had 3 RBIs. He also pitched an inning, striking out 2.

There are only a few people to ever hit for the cycle in the PWL, and now Alex Cohn of the Besley Bashers (1 nomination, 0 wins) can be added to that list. The Bashers suffered two heart breaking walk off losses, but Cohn did what he could, batting .357 with an OPS of 1.143, and also pitching 9 innings with an ERA of 2.00.

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 2
Matt Gagnon
12%
Jim Shannon
12%
Zac Champ
45%
Don McClintock
16%
Alex Cohn
15%
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.

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 1

Written by - Posted 2014-08-08 12:00 in POTW

Kevin Higman of the Janitors won Player of the Week honors for Week 1.

Higman finished second in the public vote, behind a strong campaign by the Garbage Plates Ben Turner. He won the manager’s vote though, to claim his fourth keychain.

Week 2 Preview (Su14): Fox Fire Suite

Written by - Posted 2014-08-07 23:33 in News

A successful Week 1 is in the books. Sure, the Garbage Plates are leading the league in home runs, Jack Shannon is hitting .200, the defending World Champs are 0-2, and Gallaway is retiring, but there is NOTHING weird going on. It’s just wiffleball as normal.

Make plans to join us this Sunday as this completely normal season moves to Week 2. It’s supposed to be a little more windy, but should be a nice day for wiffleball in the mid-80’s. Somehow we avoided the rain last Sunday, and there is only a slight chance for it to bother us this week.

See you at Gravelly!

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

WEBGEMS – Don’t forget each week we want you to nominate great defensive plays for web gems. Check out the past clips, and review the rules on the WEB GEMS page.

Player of the Week (Su14): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-08-05 16:20 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

There are few people in the league who are as consistent at hitting than Kevin Higman (5 nominations, 3 wins). Proving this to be true again, Higman had a great day at the plate, batting .615 on the day, an OPS of 1.923, with 2 homeruns, 3 doubles, and 7 RBIs. One of those home runs was enough to beat the Wolfpack, making the Janitors 2-0 on the day.

Coming off a rookie season with the Bald Beavers, Garrett Carlson (first nomination), batted .333 on the day, but earned himself an automatic nomination by pitching a perfect game against Jimmy Giggles (and the name that is too long). Facing 12 batters, Carlson struck out 4 to keep his team from starting the season 0-2.

Picking up where he left off in Spring, Spencer Howard (3 nominations, 1 win) showed why he’s one of the best hitters in the league. Howard batted .750 on the day, hitting a home run, his 1 RBI on the day, and totaling an OPS of 2.125.

There was a lot of talk this off season about Suns Out and how annoying a hitter Nicholas West (9 nominations, 1 win) can be to face. This week was no different, as West batted .533 with 4 doubles. With Adriano absent this week, West also got the start on the mound, going 1-1, West had an ERA of 0.50 in 12 IP with 9 Ks, and 1 run (a home run).

You know, I saw this tweet and though, surely this cannot be true. But somehow it is, thanks in part to Benjamin Turner (2 nominations, 1 win), who batted .566, had an OPS of 1.889, hit 2 homeruns, and had 3 RBIs to help the Plates stay at .500. Turner also pitched 2 innings of shut out ball against the Wolfpack.

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 1 SU14
Kevin Higman
29%
Garrett Carlson
2%
Spencer Howard
8%
Nicholas West
11%
Benjamin Turner
49%
total_votes: 83

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.

The Future is Now

Written by - Posted 2014-08-03 19:54 in News

Following Week 1 of the Summer Season Commissioner Gallaway announced the first phase of the transition plan leading up to his retirement in July 2015.

The Commissioner will host a series of meetings throughout the Summer Season with a working group to develop a timeline and plan that will be implemented during the Spring 2015 Season, and be fully in place for Summer 2015.

Individuals who are interested in working on the transition, and have an interest in taking role in the post-Gallaway PWL are encouraged to email the Commissioner for more information on the working group, and to be considered for inclusion.

The working group will consist of individuals who can make both a financial and time commitment to the league to help ensure it’s success. While there is currently no minimum amount of time or money required of working group members, it’s clear that a willingness to commit to both will be important.

The working group is going to review and tackle the challenges that will face the league upon the election of a new Commissioner, and ideally individuals interested in serving in a future leadership role will participate in the working group.

The first session will be the “Economics of Wiffleball” and will review the PWL budget, and discuss and prioritize ways to continue deliver the same level of services without significant dues increases.

This session will be Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 8 PM in Washington, DC.

Future sessions for this year will be decided by the working group, but will include the structure/organizational needs of the league, delegation of responsibilities for Spring, and timeline and process for Commissioner election.

Week 1 Preview (Su14): A Change In the Air

Written by - Posted 2014-08-01 00:03 in News

The Summer Season kicks off this Sunday and change is in the air.

We only have 12 teams, the smallest season since Summer 2010. Because the rules don’t even account for the fact that we might have fewer than 16 teams, HALF of the league will make the playoffs this season.

The teams that are here are changing too. Several longstanding teams decided to take the summer off. They promise to return in the Spring, but in the mean time, the stars of many of those franchises have signed up as free agents, or signed one season deals with other teams. We even have a couple of “super” teams that formed of the remnants of all those teams.

We’re also testing out some new technology this season. Switching to GoPro cameras as a test on the complete game recordings. The umpires won’t be mic’d up anymore, even at the risk of losing another classic ball shot audio moment.

And, obviously, with Commissioner Gallaway announcing his retirement after two more seasons, bigger change is coming. And both the Summer and Spring seasons will be spent not only dealing with the current changing dynamics, but also preparing for the future.

What does all this mean? Is summer just not as fun as spring? Or, like the Commissioner, do some of us just need a break? The Barnburners have long said the summer season is more like a fall instructional league, and they’ve never played in one, could that be true? (Never mind the fact that all four of them are actually playing this summer, just for different teams.)

Week 1 might be a sloppy one to start us off, as rain is predicted for Friday and Saturday, and possible for Sunday as well. Make sure you’re following us on twitter (@potomacwiffle) for live status updates or call the Game Information Line at 855-8-WIFFLE about an hour before your game.

Should we dodge the weather, there are at least three interesting games kicking off this interesting Summer Season.

  • Canvassers @ Gumballers: This will be Matt Gagnon’s first time in the PWL without his fellow Moose Knuckles to cheer him on. Will be interesting to watch how he handles being on a team with leaders like Spencer Howard and Kris Garcia. Adding intrigue is that Jim Shannon has agreed to guest play for The Cavassers for week 1 and 2 (will they bat 6?).
  • Janitors @ Wolfpack: Another team formed out of the trip to Ohio, free agent Adriano DeSorrento has merged with Suns Out Guns Out to create the new Wolfpack. Suns Out were always missing an ace, and with Adriano (5-0 v the Janitors), they instantly get that. They face another team that merged last season and saw success. If anyone but Higman can hit for the Janitors, they could prove to be dangerous once again.
  • DC Twits @ I Want My Corners: The defending world champions are back, and have added Superman’s Wheelchair extraordinaire Chris Keeven to the lineup. They are returning with everyone from last year, however only 4 of their starters will be there this week. Few things about this game, following the return of Crawford after nearly throwing out his arm at NWLA, seeing if the staff can remember how to play, and watching Jack Shannon’s emotion in his first game since losing to the Twits.

And, don’t forget to use these helpful links, and click on the button at the bottom of the email to update your player profile on the PWL website. You definitely want the wiffleball world to know about you right?

See you at Gravelly Sunday!

London is in Ohio???

Written by - Posted 2014-07-27 12:58 in News

I remember when I first joined PWL and there were rumors and talk of a tournament in London. Wow, I thought, they play wiffleball in London too? This league is great! Well needless to say, I found out that it was in fact London, Ohio…Not England.

This year, I managed a PWL team filled with veterans and rookies alike. We were comprised of Colin Gannon, Adriano DeSorrento, Kris Garcia, Michael Burns, Sam Smith, and Steve DuBois. I had a lot of thinking to do with building this lineup, however after watching some previous years game tape as well as watching some practices, I built the lineup out. We’d go Garcia (p), Gannon (s), DeSorrento (lf), Burns (rf), Smith, and DuBois.

Arriving at the “fields” was quite the sight. Situated on a farm in London, there were roughly 25 fields, ranging in size, shape, and on field conditions. Playing in the tournament were 66 teams total, that’s a lot.

After unloading the car thanks to the amazing help all day from Ty fletcher, we made base camp full of snacks and…drinks. We then had our first pool game. If not for the heroic pitching of Garcia, we should’ve gone 0-4 in pool play. Thanks to his pitching and some timely hitting, we were able to get out of pool play going 3-1 with a run differential of +10, earning us the number 18 seed and a matchup with Bradley and the Jets.

Proving more difficult than expected, we went into the final inning down 1, where Burns ripped a ball down the line, dodging a pegging attempt and racing towards home where he was ruled safe to tie the game. Now if you were actually there, you’d know that he should’ve only been given one base (third) on the throwing error, that the slide into home (illegal), and that he was hit in the foot on the peg (out). But hey that didn’t matter, we had tied it and went on to win!

Our next game saw a bit of home run derby open up for us against The Gentlemen, a tournament favorite. After a lot of back and forth, we finally prevailed and advanced to the elite eight (maybe the sweet 16, no one knows because they didn’t use the boards Chris bought for them). We would face the #2 seed Warthogs, who had a +47 run differential in 4 pool play games. Unsurprisingly they came out hitting, placing balls exactly where we weren’t and making it look easy. We lost the game, but we fought hard and were able to go out respectively.

Here are some things I learned from this tournament:

  • It always rains this weekend
  • Pack a hoody
  • Some teens are better than us at wiffleball
  • Ty’s boot smells disgusting
  • Burns can drink a lot
  • Someone has a running tally of “Collins”
  • This is not the best organized tournament
  • This should just be held in the DC area
  • Male bonding

Until next year London…Ohio.

Gallaway To Retire: Commissioner's Surprise Announcement

Written by - Posted 2014-07-24 09:34 in News

Just four days after the completion of the 3rd NWLA National Tournament, and a few weeks after the 18th PWL Season Commissioner Gallaway has announced he will be stepping down from the league he founded and has managed for 10 years.

Gallaway will officially retire following the completion of the Spring 2015 season, providing the next year and two seasons as an opportunity to transition the league to new leadership. Gallaway plans to complete the Spring 2015 Season, and manage the PWL All Stars in one more NWLA Tournament before stepping down.

Statement from Commissioner Gallaway

Exactly one year from today, the managers of the teams playing in the Summer 2015 season will hold a conference call to kick off the season. One of the things on that agenda is the election of a Commissioner. I will not seek, nor will I accept, nomination to that office again.

All I wanted when I started this league was for it to be recognized around the world as the best league, with the best website, and me personally to be known as the greatest Commissioner to ever live. Done, done, and done.

Twenty seasons will be enough, it is time for new blood when my current term expires.

Though I feel like the Barnburners are my illegitimate children, I need to start planning the takeover or creation of whatever league my real son will be playing in soon. Obviously they are probably not keeping accurate stats, or even posting complete game videos. So, I’ll have to take that over, or just start one from scratch.

We all know the league won’t be as good. How could it be? But, I’m confident it will continue, in just a somewhat less great capacity. As a two time National Commissioner of the Year, and likely winner in 2014 and 2015 also, the next person is just going to have to struggle to keep their head above water. We can’t all be referred to as “God’s Gift to Wiffleball”. Some people are just average, and the best average person available will take over for me.

Gallaway stated that he hasn’t identified a successor yet, but cautioned that the role is large and diverse, and splitting some of the responsibilities might be possible. “There has to be one, single, Commissioner to make decisions,” Gallaway said, “But there are plenty of things that could be delegated to other people. We’re going to explore all these options over the next twelve months.”

There are several league officials currently in the Gallaway administration. Greg Hudson is beginning his fourth season as Deputy Commissioner and was also tapped to manage the London Tournament team this season. Andrew Martin and Alex Filides are starting their sixth seasons as head scorekeeper and head groundskeeper respectively. There is also the possibility of a Commissioner from outside of the current league leadership and manager’s pool completely.

When asked if the timing of the announcement had anything to do with the recent DC Twits World Championship, Gallaway laughed it off. “The Twits victory was good for the league, it was good for wiffleball. I hope I get to present the trophy to two more new champions before I’m done. WSEM winning the NWLA though, that might have pushed me over the edge.”

Gallaway will manage one more NWLA Tournament for the PWL team, where the franchise has a disappointing 7-14 record over three tournaments. The tournament is held between the PWL Spring and Summer season. This year’s team was eliminated by the defending tournament champions after surrendering a 3-0 lead with just three outs to go. “I definitely want to get one more shot at the NWLA tournament”, Gallaway said. “That ending was bitter for me, we had a chance to really do something, and we just need a couple of missing pieces.”

In addition to managing the PWL team for the NWLA, Gallaway serves as the PWL’s representative on the host committee, and largely has primary responsibility for putting on the now annual event. He gave no indication of what effect his retirement as Commissioner would have on his NWLA responsibilities.

Other organizations going through leadership changes as founders stepped down have struggled, and many have even died. The one year transition and succession plan is designed to ensure stability for the future of the PWL. Gallaway expects to roll out the transition plan during the Summer season, with components taking place over the next two seasons and off season.

To date, Gallaway has helmed the PWL through 10 years, 18 seasons, 748 players and 1,771 games, with two more last seasons to go.