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 (Sp10): Week 7

Written by - Posted 2010-06-11 17:00 in POTW

Eamon Murray of the The Gnats won Player of the Week honors for Week 7 in a hotly contested vote. He won with 231 votes to Nicholas DiCrosta’s 228 votes. It was the rookies first nomination and win.

DiCrosta has asked the league to look into voting irregularities and potentially do a recount. When asked for comment, Commissioner Gallaway said, “that’s the kind of remark I’d expect from Ragano.”

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 7 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-06-08 01:51 in POTW

The last keychain of the season and final invite to the Lexus President’s Club at a Nationals game is up for grabs. A couple of automatic nominations this week with a Perfect Game (two weeks in a row by the same player no one will vote for) and a player hitting for the cycle, maybe twice.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Paul Costello (Brosephorous Rex): Costello tossed his second perfect game of the season, in a second consecutive week, beating the Alcoholics. Costello struck out 6 on the day with an OBA of .200. He got roughed up by the Barnburners, but none of this really matters because you’re not going to vote for him. Maybe he deserves it, maybe he doesn’t, but you don’t care. You simply just don’t like him. It’s probably because he’s better than you.
  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless): DiCrosta has won 3 keychains, and has been nominated 7 times. This week, his lady friend, who became only the 4th female player to bomb a home run, then did it again a few innings later, probably should have taken his place on this list. Unfortunately there is no affirmative action in the PWL. While Ms. Allison Smith certainly made a statement, and certainly is better than Nick deserves, her numbers just don’t hold up. DiCrosta hit 3 dingers, slugged 2.600 and hit .800. He drove in four runs to edge out Jim Shannon (the twin who wasn’t puking by the trees) for the final spot this week.
  • Eamon Murray (The Gnats): Murray has been touting his pitching skills all season trying to get a nomination. This week though he finally gets it for his hitting. Sure, he had some weak opponents, but you can’t argue with the numbers: AVG .625, SLG 1.375, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2HR with 5 driven in. There is a scoring dispute pending to see if he actually hit for the cycle twice in one game, or fell one double short. The homers, triples, and singles are for sure. But, the tape will be reviewed on the second double.


POTW (Sp10): Week 7
Paul Costello
12%
Nicholas DiCrosta
44%
Eamon Murray
44%
total_votes: 521

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 (Sp10): Week 6

Written by - Posted 2010-05-30 03:17 in POTW

Tony Ragano of Clubber Lang gets the keychain for Week 6. It’s Ragano’s fifth win, breaking him out of a three way tie for second on the all time POTW win list. Only Stephen Zigmund, at seven, has more keychains.

Ragano was a controversial “squeaky wheel” nomination, but the voters still preferred him by a large majority over the two other nominees. As they should, since he’s related to most of them.

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-05-26 23:50 in POTW

Sandy Koufax said that pitching is the art of instilling fear. That may be true, but unfortunately for pitchers, chicks dig the long ball not the strikeout. Because of that, the three nominees for POTW this week certainly won’t be getting laid anytime soon. They did have the best performances in Week 6 though, not just in their chosen profession as hurlers, but overall. Because of the late posting, votes will be open through Saturday.

Also, we’re excited to announce that the Commissioner will be hosting the seven season POTW winners as a group in the Lexus President’s Club at a Nationals game this offseason. If you wanted to save the Commish some money, you could vote for a previous weekly winner to get a second award.

VOTES ARE DUE BY SATURDAY AT 11:59 PM

  • Paul Costello (Brosephorous Rex): Costello tossed the first perfect game of the season beating the Canvassers. He had a previous no-no this season broken up by a close scoring call, but this one is legit. Costello struck out seven on the day and recorded the lowest OBA at .056. He didn’t allow a run, earned or otherwise. He decided to keep the ball, rather than put it in the PWL Hall of Fame. No problem with that, but we all agree it’s a typical dick Rex move, and that’s why no one likes them.
  • Brian Ford (Scared Hitless): Ford helped Hitless clinch the East with two wins, including a perfect game over On the Fence, and gets his second nomination this season. He got roughed up and had to leave with a pinky injury (pinky=penis) in the third game of the day, a make-up game against the The Gnats. He ended up with a 2.29 ERA and a .222 OBA, giving up 6 hits including one HR. The knuckleballer also K’d 14.
  • Tony Ragano (Clubber Lang): Ragano has been the league’s whipping boy this season for his constant bitching about (insert anything you can think of here). However, looking back, we might have been a little hard on him. Sure, he’s long past the days where POTW nominations were a regular thing for him, and his team is just barely going to creep into the postseason, but he’s still in the Cy Young race. We even noticed (after he called, texted, emailed, and left a note at HQ) that he’s pitched 47 scoreless innings in a row. We absolutely know that’s a new league record, we’re just not sure who had the previous one, but we’re checking. He didn’t toss a perfect game, but he gave up just 4 hits for a .114 OBA while striking out 20 to go along with his scoreless inning streak. Look for his brother to help him print ballots again and walk to a win this week by several hundred votes.


POTW (Sp10): Week 6
Paul Costello
19%
Brian Ford
12%
Tony Ragano
70%
total_votes: 139

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 (Sp10): Week 5

Written by - Posted 2010-05-21 15:12 in POTW

Brandon Carter of Clubber Lang takes home Player of the Week honors for Week 5. Unlike all previous Player of the Week voting involving Clubber Lang players, it appears the voting might be legitimate. The keychain will be presented Sunday.

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-05-19 01:28 in POTW

The pitcher’s have been demanding their own weekly award since they feel slighted in POTW nominations. It’s not enough that they get the Cy Young at the end of the season? Since there are less than 1/3 the number of pitchers as hitters, maybe we should just nominate one each week, in their own category, and you can vote yes or no on whether you want to stroke that pitcher’s ego that week? Until we work this out, it still takes a near perfect pitching performance, no hitter, perfect game, scoreless inning streak, to get a nomination. Now, onto the people who really matter, the hitters.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Brandon Carter (Clubber Lang): Carter is a rookie this season and being friends with Ragano and coming just to watch wiffleball the last couple of seasons didn’t scare him off enough to stay out of the league. He’s probably the last guy you’d expect to find getting a POTW nomination, but he was on fire this week and helped his team to two important wins that just might help keep Tony from taking his toys and going home before the season is over. Carter hit a game winning dinger to beat the unbeaten Scared Hitless, and added two doubles on the day to slug .909 with two runs driven in.
  • Christopher Keeven (Fear and Loathing on the Base Path): Keeven gets his second nomination this week after being robbed from the award in Week 3. All of the sudden after Week 5 he’s fighting for the batting triple crown, leading or tied in all three categories. Three homers, a .727 batting average, and driving in five runs this week helped put him there. Not to mention only K’ing twice. Despite some great individual performances, his team still can’t figure out how to win the games they’re supposed to win. They did beat a national top 10 ranked team for the second week in a row though, with Keeven parking two Brian Ford pitches for the entire offense in the 3-0 shocker. Unfortunately, he also committed an error this week, his fourth of the season…maybe he should stick to hitting.
  • Dan Sullivan (Mr. Party’s Waddle): Sullivan picked up his second keychain last week and voters might be getting as tired of him as we are. But you can’t argue with two homers, a double, and four driven in. Sure, he hasn’t had a single all season, and his batting average is crap, but a 2-run shot gave his team a walk-off victory over the top seeded team heading into post-season. He pitches too, but as we mentioned earlier, we don’t care.


POTW (Sp10): Week 5
Brandon Carter
50%
Christopher Keeven
34%
Dan Sullivan
16%
total_votes: 38

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 (Sp10): Week 4

Written by - Posted 2010-05-16 03:00 in POTW

Daniel Sullivan of Mr. Party’s Waddle won Player of the Week honors for Week 4. This is Sullivan’s second award, he first won it in Week 4 of the Summer 2009 Season. He becomes only the 9th player in league history to win multiple awards.

The keychain will be presented in a short ceremony during Week 5 games.

Multiple Week POTW Winners

  • Stephen Zigmund – 7
  • Kris Garcia – 4
  • Tony Cani – 4
  • Tony Ragano- 4
  • Nicholas DiCrosta – 3
  • Ben Prochazka- 2
  • Craig Mann – 2
  • Jack Shannon – 2
  • Daniel Sullivan – 2

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 4 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-05-13 17:19 in POTW

Rough winds again this week killed offense. But, a few folks were able to scrap out some hits. It’s amazing what kinds of things happen in San Luis Obispo, the location of the Commissioner’s office staff, umpire, and scorekeeper retreat this week (NOTE: not all umpires and scorekeepers were invited) that cause a delay in the posting of the nominees. As a result, we’ll let you vote through Saturday.

VOTES ARE DUE BY SATURDAY AT 11:59 PM

  • Sean Conway (Brosephorous Rex): For a while we thought Conway was just the 2nd or 3rd best player on the 2nd or 3rd best team. But, maybe we got that wrong. He gets his second nomination this season by going 7 for 13, with 3 doubles a home run and two driven in. He did commit an error playing the field, but we’re willing to overlook it. Maybe last year we were confused with which one was Contario? Conway led Rex to two W’s and first place in the Central.
  • Mark Nicholson (Fear and Loathing on the Base Path): The odd man out of last weeks POTW love fest for Fear that resulted in zero wins, Nicholson edges himself onto the list this week. Slugging .889, with two dingers and RBI, he probably has the lowest AVG of any POTW nominee in history. He single handidly beat the Barnburners…he was the entire offense in the game, but his squad took a bad beat giving On the Fence their first win. We’ll see if the Fear vote turnout operation works this week, since they don’t have to split their loyalties.
  • Dan Sullivan (Mr. Party’s Waddle): Sully slugged 1.000 this week, with two homers, two three RBI, and at 3 for 10 just beat out Nicholson for lowest AVG nominated for POTW. We think an appearance by Mr. Party himself inspired the team manager to step it up a notch, but it could have just been the wind blowing out hard on the Red field. Regardless, Waddle won two games and they certainly feel better about themselves because of it.


POTW Week 4 (Sp10)
Sean Conway
39%
Mark Nicholson
6%
Daniel Sullivan
56%
total_votes: 36

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 (Sp10): Week 3

Written by - Posted 2010-05-08 01:49 in POTW

Zach Carter of Masterbatters won Player of the Week honors for Week 3, even though he probably didn’t deserve it.

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 3 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-05-05 02:57 in POTW

The wind was blowing out and the offense returned. It was a rough week for pitchers. Not that we would nominate one who didn’t get a perfect game or no hitter anyway, but it’s worth mentioning how bad it was for them. Since the POTW format changed when the required pitcher rotation rule was eliminated, we’ve tried to avoid multiple nominees from the same team. This week, it was unavoidable.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Zach Carter (Masterbatters): The Masterbatters got their groove back this week, and Carter was a big part of that. With an injured leg/ankle/insert appendage here, he could barely run, but when you hit home runs, which he did three times, you don’t need to run. He only struck out once, slugged 2.000 and hit .714 despite a forfeit in the second game by a scared Rossi Posse giving his squad only one chance.
  • Christopher Keeven (Fear and Loathing on the Base Path): Keeven got lucky and took batting practice while run ruling the Posse, which everyone likes to do. However, he and his team also figured out how to hit Andrew Martin, which is not always a cakewalk. Keeven destroyed this week, five dingers, driving in nine runs, slugging 2.231 and hitting .769. He hit for the cycle on the day, with two doubles and triple tossed in. It might be too late for his team to make the playoffs in their rookie season, but it looks like they might be figuring this league out.
  • Joseph Thaman (Fear and Loathing on the Base Path): We’ve had lots of guys hit for the cycle in the double header, but Thaman did it in one game. We kinda remember this happening before, but past data will have to be reviewed to find the last time. Regardless, it’s rare enough that it’s definitely worth breaking our tradition of trying to keep team nominations to one per squad. Though, conceivably, this week, all three nominees could have come from this team. In addition to the cycle, Thaman added two more homers, slugging 1.846 and batting .923, with just one K.


POTW (Sp10): Week 3
Zach Carter
53%
Christopher Keeven
29%
Joseph Thaman
18%
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.