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 (Su10): Week 5

Written by - Posted 2010-09-19 19:47 in POTW


Matthew Higgins won a well deserved Player of the Week Award for Week 5. He became the first pitcher in league history to throw two perfect games on the same day. He also homered in the GWRBI in both of his wins.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 5 Nominations

Written by - Posted 2010-09-16 21:59 in POTW

Half the games were forfeited this week, making picking three nominees hard. Consideration was giving to three separate nominations each for Matthew Higgins. He had a great week and becomes probably the first person to qualify for such an honor individually three different ways. Two perfect games, one is an automatic nomination, would be nominations #1 and #2. Add to that leading or tied in every batting category this week would certainly give him a batting nomination, taking the #3 position. Alas, we didn’t want to take away your right to vote.

DUE TO THE LATE POSTING, VOTES ARE DUE AT 11:59 PM ON SATURDAY

  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless) – DiCrosta had two doubles and a home run to slug 2.000 and hit .750 on the day. He drove in two runs and on the mound only gave up one hit, and no runs, to six batters faced.
  • Matthew Higgins (Master Batters) – Higgins had a career weekend. He threw two perfect games, one of which went extra innings. No one in league history has ever posted two perfect games in order, even over weeks or seasons, let alone on one day. In doing so he struck out 20 batters of the 26 he faced. But, he didn’t just pitch, he basically carried his team’s offense on his shoulders as well. He hit two solo home runs, one in each game, that proved to be the game winning RBI in each. The only thing that could have made them more perfect is if they had been walk-offs. He also doubled twice and hit five singles, hitting .750 and slugging 1.417. Certainly this was a great week for Higgins. While we keep in mind that two games does not make a season, or a career, make…this week at least, belonged to him.
  • Kyle O’Grady (Scared Hitless) – O’Grady finally gets a longed for nomination this week going 3 for 4 with a double and two singles. He hit .750 and slugged 1.000. He drove in a run to help Scared Hitless win their only game and stretch out their lead in the Eastern Division.


POTW (Su10): Week 5
Nicholas DiCrosta
21%
Matthew Higgins
74%
Kyle O'Grady
5%
total_votes: 39

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 4

Written by - Posted 2010-09-03 15:03 in POTW

Nicholas West made a late surge and busted up Brian Ford’s bid for another keychain just days after Brandon Carter busted up his bid for another perfect game.

West is the second member of Mr. Party’s Waddle to win this season, John Cain won for Week 3. Both Waddle keychains will be presented during Week 5 cermonies that will hopefully be attended by Mr. Party himself.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 4 Nominations

Written by - Posted 2010-08-31 22:45 in POTW

Any time a pitcher gets nominated you know hitting wasn’t that great this week. Mr. Party could be poised to win two in a row, but we do have to let you vote anyway.

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  • Brian Ford (Scared Hitless) – Ford spent the first two weeks of the season hooking up with 65 year old roadies and was still sleeping one off causing him to miss most of Week 3. However, Week 4, he finally showed up. He pitched 16 scoreless innings, threw two one-hit gems, and struck out 17 batters, albeit against teams who can’t hit for dick. He’s moved on the league leaders list in OBA and ERA following those performances, and his team finally won two games they were supposed to win, something they hadn’t done without him.
  • Pat Hook (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Hook becomes the third Wheelchair player nominated this season. He hit two dingers and drove in three runs, batting .500 and slugging 2.000 in the Wheelchair victory. They only had one game this week, which is why Hook sneaks onto the list with only four AB’s.
  • Nicholas West (Mr. Party’s Waddle) – West gets his second nomination of the season and is a stone’s throw, (or rather 6 singles) away from a Batting Triple Crown. His three homers and five driven in led Waddle to upset the unbeaten NWO and cruise by the cellar dweller Varmints. For the weekend he hit .455 and slugged 1.273. He had as many strikeouts as he did homers, so he probably doesn’t like to run the bases. He only got 34% of the vote when he was nominated in Week 1, but at that time we all thought his numbers were a fluke.


POTW Week 4 (Su10)
Brian Ford
43%
Pat Hook
9%
Nicholas West
48%
total_votes: 58

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 3

Written by - Posted 2010-08-27 14:53 in POTW

John Cain pulled out a come from behind victory to win Player of the Week honors for Week 3. The Waddle manager hit three dingers with the wind at his back to get his first nomination. The race was one of the closest in league history.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 3 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-08-25 01:32 in POTW

Week 3 was one of those weeks without breakout performances and our mixed bag of nominees reflects that. We like to nominate players who help their teams to victory, and sometimes that’s hard when they lose more games than they win.

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  • John Cain (Mr. Party’s Waddle) – Cain is the last person anyone would ever expect to get a POTW nomination, but he claims one this week. Since the voters love an underdog, and Cain is probably a better organizer than slugger, we wouldn’t be surprised if he wins. The newly minted manager of the Waddle hit three home runs and slugged 1.182 on his way to 1-1 week for his team. They gave Superman’s Wheelchair a run and almost beat the undefeated team, but a walkoff homer stole it from them.
  • Aaron Christoff (Superman’s Wheelchair) – A second consecutive nomination for Christoff this week as his three doubles and a home run have him slugging 1.250. He didn’t get the hero shot to keep Wheelchair one of the two undefeated teams, and his hits didn’t come at opportune times for scoring, but he still snags a spot this week.
  • Tony Ragano (Clubber Lang) – Ragano made a serious dent in his “man of honor” street cred by being a sore loser this week. Fortunately, the video footage of his childish antics have been sealed in the PWL archives. A second loss to Division rival and former teammate traitor NWO is what caused his issues. Despite that, Clubber picked up their first win and behind Ragano and free agent Andrew Martin (who just missed qualifying for a nomination with only 6 AB’s) might be building for another late season run and ticket to the post-season. Ragano homered twice, slugged 1.250 and didn’t have a single strikeout…and his team could have been 2-0…if only he’d have picked up that ball.


POTW Week 3 (Su10)
John Cain
87%
Aaron Christoff
5%
Tony Ragano
9%
total_votes: 105

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 2

Written by - Posted 2010-08-20 15:01 in POTW

Jim Shannon of the Canvassers won Player of the Week honors for Week 2. A first for who many consider the “lesser” Shannon.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-08-18 00:57 in POTW

Wind and rain caused problems for everyone, but especially for the pitchers. Pitcher ejection after ejection were followed up with home run balls that almost made it to the Potomac with a little help from the wind.

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON FRIDAY.

  • Aaron Christoff (Superman’s Wheelchair) – Christoff followed up on Superman’s Wheelchair teammate Joe Thaman’s week 1 honors with some numbers of his own. Wheelchair went 2-0 to keep the best record in the PWL behind Christoff’s 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 4 runs driven in. He slugged 1.000 and hit .400.
  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless) – DiCrosta bitched almost as bad as his girlfriend about having to play Sunday, but hitting for the cycle on the day, including 2 doubles, a triple and 2 homers gave him a 1.700 slugging percentage and a .700 average. He drove in 4 runs as Hitless maintained their lead in East by going 2-0.
  • Jim Shannon (Canvassers) – Shannon made his summer season debut as a Canvasser and picked right up where he left off in the spring, jumping into the home run race with 4 homers, and 6 RBI. He slugged 2.429 and batted .714 as the Canvassers went 2-0 to even to .500 for the seasons.


POTW Week 2 (Su10)
Aaron Christoff
40%
Nicholas DiCrosta
13%
Jim Shannon
47%
total_votes: 45

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 1

Written by - Posted 2010-08-13 15:28 in POTW

Joseph Thaman of Superman’s Wheelchair pitched and slugged his way to Player of the Week honors for Week 1. Thaman tossed a perfect game in a 2-0 start during the opening week.

His keychain was presented in a post-game ceremony during Week 2.

Player of the Week (Su10): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-08-09 21:40 in POTW

Pitcher’s often complain they are overlooked in the POTW nominations, but this week, all three nominees not only had outstanding offensive performances they all happen to lead their teams to victory from the mound too.

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  • Alex Filides (NWO): We hate to nominate Filides almost as much as you hate voting for him. The player with the most nominations to never win, Alex ended up pissing off his only defenders in the league when he split from his previous team, only to end up division rivals with them. It didn’t take long for them to meet-up, the first game of the season, and round 1 of 4 went to Filides. Striking out Ragano four times and hitting a walk off homer in extra innings to draw first blood. He added another homer and three doubles in the second game. On the mound he seemed to find something he didn’t have in relief last season, striking out a league leading 18 batters on his way to an NWO 2-0 start. This won’t hold up, the luster will wear off quickly, but he deserves a nomination this week for the strong start.
  • Joseph Thaman (Superman’s Wheelchair): Thaman’s two homers and two doubles helped roll Superman’s Wheelchair into a 2-0 start. When you add in the other three singles, he’s the toughest out in the PWL, leading the league with a .778 average. Even more impressive is his pitching; with league leading ERA and OBA numbers. Not to mention the pitching performance was partly against last season’s World Series runner up Scared Hitless, who he held to just two hits. The crafty lefty also struck out 15 on the day. Thaman and his team aren’t rookies anymore, don’t expect them to miss out on post-season action this Summer, especially if his arm and bat hold up.
  • Nicholas West (Mr. Party’s Waddle): In five games last season West hit one home run and hit .316. Almost the definition of an average PWL player. However, his Week 1 performance at the plate was anything but average. The Waddle only had one game to open the season, but he hit three dingers in six at-bats to get the penguins off to a 1-0 start. Apparently he also pitches, getting the win and striking out four with a 2.00 ERA. We wouldn’t recognize West if he was wearing a name tag in a lineup, but if he keeps this up, that could change.


POTW (Su10): Week 1
Alex Filides
10%
Joseph Thaman
56%
Nicholas West
34%
total_votes: 50

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.