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 2

Written by - Posted 2010-04-23 14:58 in POTW

Brian Ford of Scared Hitless picked up his first Player of the Week Award this week. In a late surge of voting, he overtook Sean Conway to claim the keychain. Ford is mostly known for his pitching, a former Cy Young winner he also teamed up to toss a no-hitter during Week 1 but was edged out of a usually guaranteed nomination because he didn’t complete the game. He was nominated this week for his bat, which has surprised the league after the first two weeks.

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-04-20 14:50 in POTW

It was a rough week for offense with the wind gusting in on the field with the deepest fences and the most games played. Scrappy players who weren’t lucky enough to be on the Red field grinded out base hits and RBI. A week like this you’d expect a dominating pitching performance, but we didn’t have one; leaving us to pick between some middle of the road batting performances.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Austin Bernardo (Alcoholics Anonymous): Bernardo lead AA to two victories and first place alone in the West, slugging .889 with two singles a double and a dinger. He drove in two runs and becomes only the second Alcoholic to get a nomination.
  • Sean Conway (Brosephorous Rex): Conway helped Rex pick up two more wins this week to keep them tied atop the Central Division. Four singles, two doubles and two real triples (we checked the tape) had him slugging .875. He drove in five runs and scored seven times.
  • Brian Ford (Scared Hitless): Ford only got one game in as the Hitless nightcap was postponed. But he managed a homer and drove in three runs, slugging 1.200 and batting .600 as Hitless stretched their lead in the East. For a guy we always said was a decent pitcher but couldn’t hit to save his life, he gets the nomination this week for his bat.


POTW (Sp10): Week 2
Austin Bernardo
5%
Sean Conway
40%
Brian Ford
55%
total_votes: 116

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 1

Written by - Posted 2010-04-16 21:00 in POTW

Jack Shannon of the Blandsford Barnburners picked up POTW honors for Week 1 of the Spring Season. It was Shannon’s third nomination and his second win.

Player of the Week (Sp10): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2010-04-14 01:19 in 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.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Scared Hitless): DiCrosta got Scared Hitless off to a 2-0 start, leading the way with two homers, two doubles, and a 1.625 slugging percentage. He also picked up his third career save, to become the all time career leader. The save also happened to close off a no-hitter.
  • Anthony Morin (Canvassers): Morin couldn’t lead his team to any better than a split start in his rookie debut, but he certainly has other managers wishing they’d taken a free agent. Morin homered in his first career at-bat, and added another homer and two doubles before he was done for the day. The rookie is third in league slugging at 1.444.
  • Jack Shannon (Blandsford Barnburners): Jack’s back. Shannon didn’t win the triple crown in 2009, but he’s off to a strong start this season already leading the league in AVG (.900), HR (4), and RBI (10). He slugged 2.200, and added a double for good measure.


POTW (Sp10): Week 1
Nicholas DiCrosta
31%
Anthony Morin
20%
Jack Shannon
49%
total_votes: 51

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.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 7

Written by - Posted 2009-10-02 15:00 in POTW

Kris Garcia won his fourth player of the week award during Week 7. He is now tied with Tony Ragano and Tony Cani for second on the all time list of multiple winners.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 7 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2009-09-30 01:23 in POTW

Another perfect game this week for an automatic nomination, and two of the three guys already own hardware. This is our last vote before the year end awards go up.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Jesse Contario (Flaglove): Flaglove came out of nowhere to win five of their last six games and make it to the playoffs. A large part of that effort was led by rookie Jesse Contario, who already owns one keychain this year. This week he helped his team to two big wins, including stopping the Canvassers from being only the second team in history to go undefeated. He hit three homers, drove in seven runs, and slugged 1.556.
  • Alexander Filides (Clubber Lang): Filides is nominated for the sixth time, but it’s unclear if the voters are ready to forgive him for wearing a glove in the field, or calling the POTW Award a “joke” after his fifth time being shutout. He certainly deserves some hardware for the season he’s had and there are much more important votes that will be coming up. However, his numbers last week give you one more chance to recognize a weekly performance. He hit two homers and one double, slugging 1.333 while driving in four runs to win two unnecessary, but psychologically important, games for Clubber.
  • Kris Garcia (Rough Riders): Garcia has had a great two seasons at the plate, and his one homer, two doubles, two RBI, and 1.222 slugging put him right in the middle of three other players fighting it out for the final nomination this week. He might have gotten it anyway, but what guarantees him the nomination this week was not just because his batting was right on the bubble, but because he threw a perfect game. Specifically, a perfect game against a team who went into the weekend tied for the playoffs, but went home after running into Garcia. (We’re not talking Rossi Posse here.) The first automatic nomination for a perfect game for a player that probably deserved it for hitting this week as well.


POTW (Su09): Week 7
Jesse Contario
34%
Alexander Filides
17%
Kris Garcia
49%
total_votes: 35

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.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 6

Written by - Posted 2009-09-25 14:57 in POTW

Craig Mann of the Flea Bitten Varmits was named Week 6 Player of the Week. He previously won the award Week 3 of the 2008 Summer Season. The Varmits are locked in a five way tie for the final two playoff spots with just one week left to play.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2009-09-23 02:28 in POTW

Despite the fact that some players have issued statements (later retracted) after failing to win the award that the “POTW is a joke”, we’re back this week with three nominees. Offense finally returned and the winds were calm, thankfully. We didn’t want to be forced to nominate a guy who wore a glove in the field or anything batshit crazy like that.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Nicholas DiCrosta (Canvassers): DiCrosta hit three dingers and drove in ten runs as the Canvassers went 2-0 for the weekend and improved to 12-0 on the season. He tossed in three doubles for good measure, slugging 1.333. He also had a good day on the mound, not giving up an earned run in nine innings of work and striking out five.
  • Craig Mann (Flea Bitten Varmits): Mann gets his second nomination in a row after just deciding to hit the crap out of the wiffleball this weekend. He launched five home runs, four of them in consecutive plate appearances. He was one short of tying the single game record of six. He drove in eight runs and slugged 1.909. His timing could have been better, as it only helped the Varmits to a 1-1 weekend but he did put them directly in the middle of a five way tie for the final two playoff spots.
  • Andrew Martin (Alcoholics Anonymous): The hole Martin had dug for himself the first five weeks of the season was so deep he needed a ladder to get out of it. Something jarred him to life during Week 6 though, and fortunately for the Alcoholics their 2-0 weekend has kept them in the playoff picture. He went 11 for 17, with four singles, three doubles, and four home runs, slugging 1.529 and driving in 10 runs. He raised his batting average from .095 to .254 and can no longer be called that asshole who can kinda pitch but can’t hit. Now, he’s that asshole that can kinda pitch and every once in a while will pull off an amazing hitting performance.


POTW (Su09): Week 6
Nicholas DiCrosta
26%
Craig Mann
53%
Andrew Martin
21%
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.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 5

Written by - Posted 2009-09-18 15:05 in POTW

Ryan Hawkins of the Canvassers picks up the player of the week award this week after tossing a no-hitter.

Possible player of the year, Alex Filides, comes up short again, this his fifth nomination for POTW. Though, if he’d gotten the same number of votes any of his other times nominated as he got this week, he’d already have four keychains instead of 0. His average votes per week the four weeks prior, 2. His votes this week, 35.

Player of the Week (Su09): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2009-09-14 21:32 in POTW

A no-hitter this week means we have a nominee from the defensive side of the game to join two batters. Filides must be up to his fourth or fifth nomination, (we no longer want to count), but has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride. Mann won the award during Summer 2008, and Hawkins is a pitcher.

VOTES ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AT NOON

  • Alexander Filides (Clubber Lang): Filides is on a tear this season adding two more dingers to his league leading number this week, and driving in two runs. Filides slugged 1.364 and had the cycle for the double header, with two singles, one double and one triple to go along with his homers. Clubber Lang went 2-0 with his help. Though, his contribution to the odd and controversial situation at the end of their 1-0 seventh inning win over Mr. Party’s Waddle was to hit a routine ground ball that turned into a nighmare fielder’s choice pegging attempt that ultimately cost the Waddle the upset.
  • Ryan Hawkins (Canvassers): Toss a no hitter, get a nomination. It’s a rule. (Unless three people pitch perfect games the same week, sorry, Clapp.) Hawkins leads the league in ERA and is second in OBA, but his triple crown deams are crushed by Tony Ragano’s strikeout tear. Still, the sophomore is looking for a Cy Young nomination. Though, Cy Young was a career .210 hitter, and Hawkins is south of that. He lead the Canvassers to a 2-0 weekend, and they remain the only undefeated team.
  • Craig Mann (Flea Bitten Varmits): Mann went 3-5 with a single, double, and game winning homer to put the Varmits back in the playoff picture. The 7th inning shot over the unlucky Flaglove gave him two RBI to go with a 1.400 slugging percentage and with a forfeit win, a 2-0 week for the Varmits.


POTW Week 5 (Su09)
Alexander Filides
28%
Ryan Hawkins
66%
Craig Mann
6%
total_votes: 125

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.