POTW

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 (Su11): Week 1

Written by - Posted 2011-08-12 12:07 in POTW

Mark Nicholson of Superman’s Wheelchair won Player of the Week honors for Week 1.

He became just the 13th player in league history to hit for the cycle and the first in over a year.

It’s the first keychain for Nicholson, who will receive the award in a pre-game ceremony during Week 2.

Player of the Week (Su11): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-08-08 19:17 in POTW

The Summer got started out right with the league hitting almost 30 points higher than last season. We’ll see if those numbers hold up as the rookie teams start to figure things out.

No rookies get a POTW nomination this week, though Brian Allen, a sophomore with a career .136 batting average, finally broke out. Wiley veteran Patrick Browning, long past his prime, in his eighth season gets his first nomination in the last six. Mark Nicholson became the first guy in over a year, and the 13th all time, to hit for the cycle. Despite his team losing both games, expect Greg Hudson to be the front runner, he’s figured out this online voting stuff. Thaman took some batting practice this week, but his mound work needs a little improvement to get back to his MVP days.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON ON FRIDAY

 

Brian
Allen

Patrick
Browning

Gregory
Hudson

Mark
Nicholson

Joseph
Thaman
 
Sex Panthers
Scared Hitless
DC Twits
Superman’s Wheelchair
Superman’s Wheelchair
Team W-L
2-0
2-0
0-2
2-0
2-0
SLG
1.222
1.500
1.700
1.500
1.500
AVG
.778
.700
.500
.714
.571
2B
1
2
0
6
1
3B
0
0
0
1
0
HR
1
2
4
1
4
RBI
3
3
5
3
11


Player of the Week (Su11): Week 1
Brian Allen
14%
Patrick Browning
15%
Gregory Hudson
12%
Mark Nicholson
40%
Joseph Thaman
19%
total_votes: 91

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 7

Written by - Posted 2011-06-10 12:37 in POTW

Brian Hollrah a guest player with Beibs Feevs wins Player of the Week for Week 7 and earns a spot for on field recogniation at the Nationals Game on 6/22.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 7 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-06-07 14:07 in POTW

Lots of forfeits the final week of the season meaning a lot less to choose from as far as nominees go. Our first guest player gets a nomination after helping Biebs Feevs knock off the defending World Champions. We wonder if he’ll be back when Beibs/DC Twits meet this Sunday to unofficially settle their seaon rivalry, which is now split at 1-1.

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON FRIDAY

  • Daniel Bessette (Canvassers) – The rookie of the year candidate gets his second nomination this season. He led the Canvassers to two important wins and a playoff spot. He homered and doubled to slug 1.222 and drive in four runs. He hit .778.
  • Brian Hollrah (Biebs Feevs) – You wonder where this guest player has been all year for Beibs. Their two wins weren’t enough for post-season, but they at least went out with a bang. Hollrah homered twice and was 7 for 12 to slug 1.000 and hit .538. He drove in four of the Feevs runs.
  • Anthony Morin (Canvassers) – Morin spent most of the final week working on a couple of new pitches that barring his ejection seemed to work. His bat gets him on this list though, a homer and two doubles to slug 1.100 and hit .600. He drove in two runs.
  • Jim Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Shannon came into the week needing to maintain his average and pick-up four RBI to win the Triple Crown. He did. He was 5 for 5 to bat 1.000, one of those a homer, and drove in 5 runs. He slugged 1.600 as he won the crown and the Barnburners solidified the #2 seed and a bye week.
  • Joseph Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Thaman is back on the nominee list after a brief absence. Things haven’t been great for the big lefty since his Six Innings profile, his team has lost 3 of 4 heading into the playoffs and his partner is not getting any less pregnant as postseason looms. He managed two dingers in eight at-bats to slug 1.000, but wasn’t on base other than that, hitting .250. He drove in two runs as the Wheelchair split the weekend.


Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 7
Daniel Bessette
16%
Brian Hollrah
41%
Anthony Morin
6%
Jim Shannon
29%
Joseph Thaman
8%
total_votes: 51

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 6

Written by - Posted 2011-06-03 12:00 in POTW

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”
-Thomas Paine

You’ve never heard this one before, Alex Filides is the Player of the Week. Filides had been nominated 9 times without a win, the record for most nominations without victory.

He led almost wire to wire and dominated the other nominees. Ever since his teammate’s surprise come from behind victory earlier this season rumors have been going around that Filides had figured out how to “Ragano” the system.

This certainly isn’t the first time the legitimacy of the POTW vote has been called into question, but it’s also not the most egregious offense.

In his defense, Filides claims he only voted once. He has requested to throw out the first pitch when the POTW winners are recognized at the Nationals pre-game ceremony on June 22nd.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-05-31 23:09 in POTW

Two more perfect games but we finally get a Thaman-free week. First time we haven’t had a rookie on the list this season.

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON FRIDAY

  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless) – DiCrosta won Week 2 but gets his second nomination this season (13th overall) for throwing a perfect game. He and Hitless have all but guaranteed themselves the top overall seed heading to the playoffs behind his arm and bat.
  • Alex Filides (NWO) – Filides threw his second perfect game of the season and keeps talking about his perfect inning streak. As usual, he’s basically talking to himself. This will be his 10th nomination and he’s never come close to winning.
  • Kris Garcia (Canvassers) – Garcia also gets his 10th career nomination, but he’s won four times. The future first ballot Hall of Famer has found his touch on the mound again and has been dominating. This nomination is mostly for his hitting though, as it should be. He hit one dinger and two doubles to slug 1.222 and hit .667 as the Canvassers split the weekend and are tied for the final wild card spot. He drove in two runs and is the only nominee this week not to strike out.
  • Howard Krasilovsky (Master Batters) – The Master Batters needed two wins this weekend but only got one. Howie tried his best, but without Higgins, this team is just barely staying above water. Krasilovsky hit two dingers and a double to slug 1.444 and hit .667 aloing with driving in four runs. He has one previous nomination but no keychains.
  • Eamon Murray (Most Interesting Men In the World) – Murray nets his third nomination this week as the Men sit alone at the top of the Wildcard race. He hit five homers, and one each of everything else for a cycle on the day. He slugged 2.000 and hit .615 while driving in seven runs. His last POTW nomination ended in controversy as allegations of vote padding and a past the deadline vote gave Murray a less than 1/2 of 1% edge.


Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 6
Nicholas DiCrosta
17%
Alex Filides
47%
Kris Garcia
7%
Howard Krasilovsky
11%
Eamon Murray
17%
total_votes: 126

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 5

Written by - Posted 2011-05-20 15:31 in POTW

Tyler Williams of the Sex Panthers tossed a perfect game and won Player of the Week honors for Week 5.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-05-17 21:48 in POTW

Three perfect games but only two pitching nominees since once guy had two of them himself. The long ball came strong which was good since anything on the ground was lost in the jungle. The real competition may not be for who gets the keychain, but for which Shannon twin gets more votes than the other. Loser has to take six punches and three ball shots.

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON FRIDAY

  • Craig Mann (NWO) – The third, of the NWO three total players, to get a nomination in the last two weeks Mann gets his second nod of the season and fifth in his career. He has two victories. NWO Manager Alex Filides finally figured out how to rig the voting last week for teammate Dan Golding, but not in time to prevent himself from losing a record setting nine previous nominations. Don’t hold his team against him though, Mann is good player, and until we figure out the deal with rookie Golding we’ll call Mann the most liked player on the least liked team. He hit six four homers and two doubles to slug 1.292 and hit .458. He drove in 14 runs as NWO cruised to a 3-0 weekend.
  • Jack Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Jack gets his fourth nomination, and first since the first week of the 2010 Spring Season. He has two wins. The Barnburners rebounded from their loss to Hitless last week with a 2-0 weekend. Jack contributed hitting three homers and two doubles to slug 1.889 and hit .667. He drove in four runs and is the only nominee this week not to strike out.
  • Jim Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners) – Jim gets a nomination after a “down” week last week when he dropped off the nominee list for the first time this season. His fourth this season and fifth career he trails his brother with just one win. He continues to lead the Batting Triple Crown categories and with four homers in just eight AB’s he’s leading the league this week in slugging at 2.250. He’s hitting .750 and drove in five with just one strikeout.
  • Joe Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Record fifth nomination in a row for Thaman, but it was a record last week already at four in a row. Speaking of records, he’s owning the consecutive scoreless streak one with no signs of slowing down. He now also leads in career perfect games with five, four of which are this season. A few weeks ago he casually mentioned that he has a new pitch that “was starting to work”. No shit. The competition here isn’t quite the same as the College World Series he played in, but you’d think with moving the mound back some hitters could figure him out. It’s possible, if not probable, that he won’t lose a game this season. If so, like Gibson in 1968, we might be changing the rules.
  • Tyler Williams (Sex Panthers) – Williams got his perfecto against a demoralized Garbage Plates who had just been the victims of the first forfeit for pitcher ejections in league history, but a perfect game is a perfect game. He struck out five of the 14 he faced and pitched a perfect inning in his second game before being “lifted”. The Sex Panthers are going to need him to stay in the games and continue to pitch well if they hope to break into the postseason.


Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 5
Craig Mann
18%
Jim Shannon
11%
Jack Shannon
5%
Joe Thaman
30%
Tyler Williams
36%
total_votes: 56

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 4

Written by - Posted 2011-05-13 12:05 in POTW

Dan Golding of NWO won player of the week for Week 4 in a surprising come from behind vote.

The rookie is the first NWO player to win, though teammate Craig Mann previously won when he was on a team people actually liked.

Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 4 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2011-05-09 23:39 in POTW

The great weather killed offense. Our worst batting average week in a long time, if not ever. As a result we have two pitchers in the five nominees for the first time since we had three perfect games in one week.

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON FRIDAY

  • Alex Filides (NWO) – The perfect game he threw earned Filides his 9th nomination and a tie for 3rd place with Kris Garcia on the all time nomination list. He has the distinction for being the most nominated player never to win the award. By the stats, he should have three or four, but sometimes people vote their hearts, and their hearts aren’t with him. He did win an MVP award in a public vote, but has been shutout on POTW. He struck out 14 with a OBA of .100 as NWO won two games to put them on top of their division, but that doesn’t matter. You don’t care.
  • Dan Golding (NWO) – The only rookie getting a nomination this week Golding was a Craig’s List pickup for NWO to replace Brett Beyerlin. His debut games went well, two homers and a double slugging 1.167 and batting .583. He didn’t strike out a single time, which is a rarity for a seasoned veteran and unheard of for a guy who hadn’t picked up a bat before the first pitch. If he can keep Alex from wearing off on him, he could be a player to watch.
  • Howard Krasilovsky (Master Batters) – Howie is usually known more for his pitching than hitting, but despite barely qualifing for a nomination (7 AB’s needed) his single game Sunday was a good one. He was five for seven to hit .714 with two doubles and two homers. He drove in four runs as the Master Batters tried to right their ship and get back into playoff contention. He led the league in slugging this week at 1.857 and fortunately took off before the pitchers started to dominate the day.
  • Joe Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Fourth nomination in a row for Thaman this week and even we’re getting a little tired of it. But, he’s on a tear with a new record for scoreless innings pitched and 19.5 perfect innings in a row, despite not getting his 4th career perfect game out of it. Sure, he had two of the weakest teams in the league as opponents, Scared Hitless and the Canvassers, but he’s almost unhittable. In 31 innings pitched he struck out 32, gave up just four hits and of course, no runs.
  • Nicholas West (Mr. Party’s Waddle) – West earns his third nomination this week and has one win. He missed out on Waddle’s strong start early in the season, and not even his impressive numbers could keep the penguins from going 0-3 this week. Probably the first nominee ever to lose three games, West knocked three homers and a double to slug 1.231 and hit .462. He probably can’t get Waddle back on the Top 50 teams in the country, but he’ll keep his name among the league leaders.


Player of the Week (Sp11): Week 4
Alex Filides
18%
Dan Golding
33%
Howard Krasilovsky
30%
Joe Thaman
14%
Nicholas West
5%
total_votes: 129

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.