Player of the Week Award

The Player of the Week Award was established in the Spring 2006 Season to reward the player who had the most outstanding performance that week. The winner is presented a Wiffleball Keychain. The keychain is no longer produced. After buying all available on ebay, the league owns enough to present the award until 2014

The award has always been voted on by the league after players were nominated either through an automatic formula, or by the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner. The votes were originally cast by emailing the Commissioner. Voting was limited to players in the league. In Week 6 of the 2007 Spring Season, the voting was moved to the website and all players, fans, media, and players families could vote.

Starting with the Spring 2012 Season, the public vote was mixed with a vote of the managers of the league teams to determine the winner. The public vote and the managers vote each count for 50% of the final tally.

Name Wins Nominations Weeks

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 3

Written by - Posted 2011-05-06 11:54 in POTW

Sam Johnson of the Ha’chi Mountaineers wins Player of the Week honors for Week 3.

In the highest voter turnout of the season to date, Johnson dominated with 57% of the vote. His keychain will be presented in a pre-game cermony during Week 4.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 3 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-05-03 00:40 in POTW

The long ball was flying this weekend as we fought through the wind and dampness. Another perfect game gives us an automatic nomination as the veterans dominate this week with four of the five nominations.

Two of the nominees get their third consecutive nod, becoming just the 4th and 5th players in league history to do so. (Kevin Hickerson Sp06 / Stephen Zigmund Sp07+Su07 / Ross Duenas Sp07)


  • Joey Davis (Scared Hitless) – Davis gets his first nomination this week helping Hitless extend their record to 6-0, hitting 3 homers, 1 double, and driving in 5 runs. He slugged 1.167 and hit .333. Davis is the newest member of Scared Hitless, but even though no one has noticed this is actually his third season. He’s the one with the tight fitting shirt, and the one least likely to throw a temper tantrum.
  • Matt Dreyfus (Scared Hitless) – Dreyfus gets his fifth career nomination this week, but has never won they key chain. He is now tied with Brett Beyerlin for second place on the all time list of nominations without a win. They both trail Alex Filides, who has 8 nominations and no wins. Dreyfus hit 3 homers with 1 double to slug 1.231 and hit .462. He drove in 5 runs in two victories for Hitless. Dreyfus has struggled since the switch to the strike board, but he might be getting his groove, and socks back.
  • Sam Johnson (Ha’chi Mountaineers) – Johnson is the only rookie nominated this week, his first. In three games he helped the Mountaineers (don’t ask them what Ha’chi means) go 2-1 on the weekend hitting 4 homers and driving in 6 runs. Add in the 3 doubles he hit and he slugged 2.000 to lead all batters for the week. He hit .636, with all 7 of his hits being for extra bases.
  • Jim Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Third nomination in a row for the more annoying Shannon twin. Jim homered five times in three games to slug 1.533. He drove in 6 runs and hit .533 as the Barnburners cruised to their league leading 7-0 start. This is his 4th nomination and he has one win.
  • Joe Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Third nomination in a row for Thaman this week, his second because of a perfect game. He has five nominations and one win. He struck out 18 this week to lead the league, and allowed just 3 hits in 27 batters faced for a .111 OBA. He’s sitting at the top or near the list in all three Pitching Triple Crown categories.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 3
Joey Davis
Matt Dreyfus
Sam Johnson
Jim Shannon
Joe Thaman
total_votes: 127

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 (Sp11): Week 2

Written by - Posted 2011-04-15 12:39 in POTW

Nicholas DiCrosta picked up his fourth career Player of the Week win following Week 2 voting.

He is now in a three four way tie for third second on the all time winner list with two other active players and one semi-retired player.

4 Time Winners

  • Stephen Zigmund -7
  • Tony Ragano – 5
  • Tony Cani – 4
  • Kris Garcia – 4
  • Nicholas DiCrosta – 4

DiCrosta ended a drought since his last win that has been going on since Week 2 of the Spring 2009 season when he was still with Scared Hitless for the first time.

In the last two years he has been nominated five times, but never won. The failed wins included a controversial buzzer-beater vote against Eamon Murray during Week 7 of the Spring 2010 season.

DiCrosta is now in second place on all time nominees list. His 11 total nominations are second only to Stephen Zigmund with 14.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-04-13 01:01 in POTW

Week 2 saw batting averages continue to rise and some teams finally broke through and starting scoring some big runs. Two rookies make the list this week in addition to three regularly appearing veterans.


  • Daniel Bessette (Canvassers) – The second rookie free agent to get a nomination, Bessette broke through at the plate this week and finds himself third on all three of the triple crown categories. A double and three homers drove in six of the Canvassers runs in their 1-1 week. Bessette slugged 1.158 and hit .632. In the old days when everyone pitched, the math formula for player of the week factored in Fielding %. That system wouldn’t have been good for Bessette as he committed an error every 2.5 times he touched the ball in the field. Fortunately, as the pitchers will complain, nominations now are mostly about hitting.
  • Jon Campbell (DC Twits) – Campbell and the Twits kept themselves at .500 on the season thanks in large part to the rookie’s double and two homers. He slugged 1.400 and hit .700 to snare his first nomination. On the mound he struck out nine, but his ERA and OBA aren’t worth a mention here.
  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless) – DiCrosta makes his way back to nominee status hitting for the cycle on the weekend including a walk-off bomb, one of his three on the Sunday, to give Hitless and extra inning win and move to 4-0. He had two doubles and a triple to slug 1.500 and hit .571 with eight driven in. He also came in to pitch to clean up Brian Ford’s mess, striking out 14 of the 17 batters he faced.
  • Jim Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Second nomination in a row for the slightly smarter Shannon twin. This week Jim homered twice, one of them the game winner and only run in their tough contest with the Master Batters, and drove in four runs on his way to slugging 1.250 and hitting .500 as the Barnburners extended to 4-0. He loses out on the “hottest girlfriend brought to wiffleball” stat though to teammate Ty Fletcher.
  • Joe Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Second nomination in a row for Thaman this week. Last week it was his pefect game that earned him the automatic nod. His bat did the talking this week though, four doubles and a dinger to slug 1.556 and hit .778. He drove in seven runs as Wheelchair picked up two more W’s in their defense of the World Series title. On the mound, Thaman struck out 11 and only allowed five hits from the 28 batters he faced.


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 (Sp11): Week 1

Written by - Posted 2011-04-08 11:59 in POTW

Alfred Breuer took advantage of his rookie debut to win Player of the Week honors for Week 1.

In the five person race he collected over 50% of the votes cast.

He will be presented his keychain during Week 2 ceremonies.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-04-06 10:58 in POTW

With the expansion to 16 teams we’re also expanding POTW nominations to five from three.


  • Alfred Breuer (Garbage Plates) – The rookie free agent had the benefit of the red field, but nevertheless leads the league in homers (3) and RBI (9). He slugged 1.000 and batted .438 in his first ever 16 at bats as he led his team to two victories. He also pitched six innings striking out three with a 1.00 ERA.
  • Christopher Keeven (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Keeven is no stranger to this list and opened the Spring season with two homers and four driven in. Wheelchair rolled to two victories and Keeven leads the league in slugging at 1.333, while batting .444.
  • Craig Mann (NWO) – The off season pickup of Craig Mann by NWO proved to be a smart one after opening day. Mann homered twice and drove in three runs as NWO got off to a 2-0 start. Mann is used to running his own team so time will tell how he fits into the Filides Farm, but he’s slugging 1.091 and batting .455 to get things started.
  • Jim Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Jim is the more interesting, if slightly less talented, twin of the Shannon bothers but started much stronger than Jack Week 1. A homer, a triple and five singles helped him lead the league in batting at .636. He slugged 1.091 and drove in two runs as the Barnburners snuck past the Waddle and beat up the Canvassers to start out undefeated.
  • Joe Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Thaman tossed his second career perfect game and the 22nd in league history to open the season. Over two games on the mound he struck out 12 and allowed just three hits for an OBA of .111. He was no slouch at the plate either, slugging .750 and hitting .375 with a home run and three RBI.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 1
Alfred Breuer
Christopher Keeven
Craig Mann
Jim Shannon
Joe Thaman
total_votes: 72

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 (Su10): Week 7

Written by - Posted 2010-10-03 15:00 in POTW

Brian Ford tossed his 4th Perfect Game to win POTW for Week 7.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 7 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-10-01 03:35 in POTW

Some great games closed out the season, but unfortunately, the forfeits soured us. It was our wettest and windiest season, and now it’s over. One last POTW keychain to give away.


  • Alex Filides (NWO) – Two dingers, but his team went 1-1 on the day to just barely clinch the Division championship. If Filides walked on water you still wouldn’t be impressed enough to vote for him.
  • Christopher Keeven (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Keeven was 7 for 9, including three doubles to slug 1.111 and drive in two runs as Wheelchair finally played a game after four forfeits. A big win against the Master Batters, who they’ll face again in the DCS.
  • Brian Ford (Scared Hitless) – Ford tossed his fourth career perfect game and finally signed a ball this season that belongs in the Hall of Fame. He previously signed a ball from a 1-hitter that he had written, in red ink, “no hitter”, and signed. That ball is currently being displayed in the Hall anyway, in a temporary exhibit on the dangers of ignorant assumption.


About POTW: Each week three 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 (Su10): Week 6

Written by - Posted 2010-09-24 15:00 in POTW

It finally happened. A female player has won Player of the Week honors in the PWL.

Allison Smith of the The Gnats launched two homers to beat nationally ranked Scared Hitless during Week 6. She became only the second female nominee in POTW history, and is the first to win, dominating in the vote.

Unlike some rival leagues, ( KWL ) where the female players are regularly the best hitters in the league, the PWL has been pretty much a sausage fest for most of it’s history.

President Obama, who previously met with Smith issued a statement on the historic event:

“Michelle and I send our best to Allison on his great honor. As the person who kept the first woman from becoming president, I know how important it is to make sure that there are other, less important, even sometimes trivial, accomplishments that specific women, and all the sisters in general, can look up to. Thank you Allison, for getting the job done where so many others have failed.”

Smith has drawn criticism from some parts of the wiffleball community for using her sexuality to achieve her success in the PWL. She is in a relationship with last season’s MVP Nick DiCrosta.

Brian Ford, DiCrosta’s teammate on Scared Hitless who gave up the two bombs to Smith last week, said, “Sure, we’d all like to be sleeping with the MVP from last season; getting pointers on the game, taking extra BP, and whispering sweet nothings into our ears about my tells for pitches on the mound. But all I ever got from fucking Nick was a bad case of the clap.”

Smith will receive her keychain in a special ceremony during Week 7.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-09-22 02:21 in POTW

Only three games this week once again mean we don’t have a lot to choose from for nominees. An historic week though as we get our second ever female nominee.


  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless) – DiCrosta homered twice to slug 1.111 and hit .444 on the week, including a walk off against the Canvassers. But Hitless went 1-1 with a loss to the Gnats and failed to clinch the East. Usually when DiCrosta strikes out four times, it’s him pitching, but this week he did it batting. The thing he’ll be most remember for this week though is bringing his girlfriend to games in the spring, which led to her nomination this week for POTW.
  • Eamon Murray (The Gnats) – Murray tripled twice and singled three times to lead the league in batting this week. His .833 average and 1.500 slugging let him single handidly create the offense the The Gnats needed to stay within striking distance of upsetting Scared Hitless. He was the other run on base for each of Allison Smith’s two run home runs.
  • Allison Smith (The Gnats) – Smith was hitless for the season before hitting two big homers this week, both two run shots, to first tie, then get the go ahead runs as the The Gnats upset Scared Hitless. She slugged 1.333 and hit .333 in the effort. We’re willing to overlook her four strikeouts on the day, as she drove in that many runs. When asked how he gave up two homers to Smith, Brian Ford said, “guys, for the first 29 feet 6 inches, those were both beautiful pitches.”


About POTW: Each week three 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.