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: Week 1 Nominees (Sp16)

Written by - Posted 2016-04-25 11:09 in POTW

Smaller league, better pitching, known faces, new teams — the Spring 2016 season is shaping up to be an interesting one to follow. With only 2 teams not making the playoffs, who will be on the outside looking in come May? Hitting is at a premium these days. To the nominations!

No new name here for POTW, old faithful Jim Shannon continues his strong hitting with the Dupont Circle Jerks. While he didn’t have any home runs, he was on base a lot, so that’s something right? Jim batted .625, hit 2 doubles, had an RBI, and an OPS of 1.500.

Speaking of getting on base – is Nick West ever not on base? In week 1, West batted .600, hit 3 doubles, had 3 (key) runs, with an OPS of 1.500. Stop hitting opposite field please.

Old face, new team — Jack Shannon of the Master Batters (yep) did double duties at the plate and mound in Week 1. Pitching wise, 12 IP, 20 Ks, and only 1 run (solo shot). At the plate, Jack batted .667, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and an OPS of 1.333. See you next time Jack!

PWL beware if Adriano DeSorrento ever figures out how to hit again. Signs of his bat waking up should turn some heads around the league, especially with every leftie getting on base before him. In week 1, Adriano batted a low .286, but had a double, home run, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs for an OPS of 1.143. Not to mention he pitched 16.5 innings, 19 Ks, and no (earned) runs.

Kerby Valladares has been the mainstay of the Janitors since the beginning. This year, his bat will have to be top notch to make the Janitors a contender. In week 1, Kerby batted .429, had a double and RBI for an OPS of 1.000

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY


POTW Week 1 Sp16
Jim Shannon
Nick West
Jack Shannon
Adriano DeSorrento
Kerby Valladares

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Player of the Week: Week 4 Nominees (Su15)

Written by - Posted 2015-10-30 13:52 in POTW

We are behind. That is a fact. So let’s start catching up!

Jack Shannon? is pretty much nominated every week, carrying the offense for the Jackhammers. This week was no different, Jack batted .571, hit 2 home runs, and had 8 RBIs for an OPS of 1.571.

A man doing it all for the Dupont Circle Jerks, Felix Fernandez had another strong week. This week Felix/Alex/Whatever batted .500, hit a solo home run, and had 2 doubles for an OPS of 1.375. He also pitched 15.5 innings (9 SO) with an ERA of 1.55, going 2-0.

Nick West has turned into basically being impossible to get out, and this week was no different. This week he batted .692 (!), hit 4 home runs, 2 doubles, and 6 RBIs for an OPS of 2.462.

The Garbage Plates are not the Garbage Plates anymore, and it’s due to players like Joe DeRosa . In week 4, DeRosa batted .550, hit 3 home runs, 2 doubles and had 5 RBIs for an OPS of 1.750. Spring season beware.

If Jeff Nitto can hit the ball like this, the Jackhammers could be very dangerous, but can he keep it up? He has suddenly become a power hitter, hitting 3 home runs on the day. Nitto batted .381 and had 6 RBIs for an OPS of 1.286.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 4 Su15
Jack Shannon
13% / 3 votes
Felix Fernandez
17% / 4 votes
Nick West
46% / 11 votes
Joe DeRosa
17% / 4 votes
Jeff Nitto
8% / 2 votes
total_votes: 24
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Player of the Week: Week 3 Nominees (Su15)

Written by - Posted 2015-10-05 17:33 in POTW

A little late on this one, but judging by the stats for Week 3, this might not be necessary.

Putting in time setting up, building sheds, pitching, and hitting, Felix Fernandez has shown he can do it all this year for Dupont Circle Jerks. In week 3, Felix batted .412, hit a home run, 2 doubles, 1 RBI — oh yeah and he threw a perfect game against the Jackhammers.

The Jackhammers should be a lot better than their record shows, but they’ll be in any game thanks to Nitto and Matt Gagnon — especially if Gagnon is hitting like week 3. On the day, Gagnon hit only .313, but managed a double, triple, and home run for 4 RBIs on the day. He also pitched 18.5 innings with 19 strikeouts (2-1).

Nick West just knows how to get on base. Simple as that. He is the spark to the Wolfpack if they hope to get anywhere in the playoffs. On the day, West batted .417, had 2 doubles and 2 runs.

Look out if both West and this next guy get going. Will McNally had some clutch hitting all day. He batted .455 with an OPS of 1.364, including 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 6 RBI.

Finally, not to be forgotten, a Shannon brother HAD to be nominated as tribute right? This week it’s Jack Shannon who only batted .389, but hit a double, 2 home runs, and had 6 RBI on the day.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 3 Su15
Felix Fernandez
Matt Gagnon
Nick West
Will McNally
Jack Shannon

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Player of the Week: Week 2 Nominees (Su15)

Written by - Posted 2015-09-15 10:18 in POTW

Another new location!

The DC Twits are 5-0 to start the season, most likely still angry over their disappointing Spring season. Helping them out this year has been Dan Lockbaum . On the day, he batted .444 with an OPS of 1.389. He had 3 RBIs and 3 home runs (including a walk off against Gagnon).

Making an instant impact for the Janitors, Max Frankel helped them out of the basement. On the day, Max batted .700, had an OPS of 1.200, had 2 RBIs, and 1 home run. Not bad Max.

This guy is just doing it all! Standing in as deputy commissioner on the day, Michael Burns showed he can still hit. Burns batted .500 with an OPS of 1.875, had 5 RBIs and 2 home runs. Wolfpack are looking tough to beat right now.

Two weeks, two nominations. Connor Dierman is off to a great start. In week 2, Connor batted .538 with an OPS of 1.769, hit 3 home runs with 4 RBIs — and also pitched 17 innings with an ERA of 1.06.

I have a feeling Nick West will be on here a lot this year. For the day, West batted .667, had an OPS of 1.667, and 3 doubles. He is the spark of the Wolfpack — all offense moves through him if they hope to win.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 2 Su15
Daniel Lockbaum
21% / 9 votes
Max Frankel
33% / 14 votes
Michael Burns
36% / 15 votes
Connor Dierman
10% / 4 votes
Nicholas West
0% / 0 votes
total_votes: 42

About POTW: Each week five nominees 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: Week 1 Nominees (Su15)

Written by - Posted 2015-09-01 12:52 in POTW

Is this really late? Yes. Have you been following the updates and delays? Then you know why.

*One automatic nomination this week, although he did well at the plate too, goes to Connor Dierman of Chicken & Wiffle who threw a perfect game vs the Garbage Plates (6 IP, 6 strikeouts). To add to that, Connor batted .643, had 6 doubles, and 4 RBIs.

*No new face here, Jack Shannon of the new Jackhammers once again gets nominated. Picking up where he left off, Jack batted .700 with an OPS of 2.600, had 3 home runs, a double, and 5 RBIs.

*Now on opposing teams, the brotherly competition continues. Jim Shannon joined Dupont Circle Jerks and continued his tear at the plate. He batted .667, hit a homerun (only one?) and had 3 RBIs with an OPS of 1.833

*This could be a huge pickup for the Jackhammers if Matt Gagnon proves his worth like this every week. Gagnon pitched 11 innings of 3 hit ball, striking out 14, and going 2-0 with an ERA of 0.55. He also batted .500, hit 2 homeruns, had 4 RBIs and 2 doubles.

  • Nick West of Wolfpack fell a triple short of the cycle in the first game of the season. Although he fell short of the cycle, he had himself a day at the plate. West batted .533, had 2 homeruns, 7 RBIs, 3 doubles, and an OPS of 1.667.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON MONDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


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About POTW: Each week five nominees 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: Week 7 Nominees (Sp15)

Written by - Posted 2015-06-16 16:22 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The final week of the season is in. Playoff time has arrived. And without the Shannons present, we have quite the lineup for POTW nominations.

Whatever we are calling him today, the site says Felix Fernandez, so let’s go with that. Felix helped the Janitors clinch a playoff birth by getting the win they needed. On the day Felix batted .700, hit 2 home runs, 4 doubles, and had 5 RBIs for an OPS of 2.400.

Who is Brian Zirkel you ask? Good question — he’s been quietly having himself a good year at the plate for Chicken and Wiffle. This week he batted .625, hit 4 home runs, and had 5 RBIs for an OPS of 2.250.

Speaking of Chicken and Wiffle, Connor Dierman got himself nominated by having 5 hits, 4 of which were home runs. Dierman batted .556 with 4 RBIs and an OPS of 2.556.

The Gumballers are looking pretty good this year, and a part of that is due to Michael Cohen hitting the ball. For the day, Cohen batted .615, hit 4 home runs, had 6 RBIs and an OPS of 2.154.

Wait what? This is two nominations for Pete Hackeman this season. What is happening. Backing up last week’s performance, Pete batted .625, hit 4 home runs, had 8 RBIs, 2 doubles, and an OPS of 2.125.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 7 Sp15
Felix Fernandez
28%
Connor Dierman
18%
Brian Zirkel
38%
Michael Cohen
8%
Pete Hackeman
10%
total_votes: 40

About POTW: Each week five nominees 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: Week 6 Nominees (Sp15)

Written by - Posted 2015-06-04 10:02 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON SATURDAYONE EXTRA DAY TO VOTE

It’s that time again everyone, the time when we nominate both Shannon’s and somehow we take for granted what they are doing to the league this year. Will anyone stop them? At least we know next week they can’t be nominated.

  • This week, Jim Shannon again had a fantastic week. This time he batted .800 with an OPS of 2.600m hit 3 home runs, and had 7 RBIs. I feel like I write out these numbers every week.
  • Right behind and not to be outdone again, Jack Shannon batted .600, an OPS of 2.500, hit 4 home runs, and had 9 RBIs. Sorry everyone else, but these two brothers are far and away better than the rest of the league (in batting at least).
  • His first nomination since 2014, Kevin Higman is back. This week Higman batted .636, had an OPS of 2.364, hit 3 home runs, and had 6 RBIs. Good to have you back on here Kevin.
  • The Twits finally were able to hit some home runs on Sunday, and Dan Lockbaum was the reason why. On the day, Lockbaum batted .444, an OPS of 2.222, and had 4 home runs for 8 RBIs.
  • This is Pete Hackeman’s first POTW nomination ever. Is that actually possible? Congrats Pete! On the day, Pete was almost impossible to get out, batting .643, an OPS of 1.786, hit 2 home runs, and had 7 RBIs.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON SATURDAYONE EXTRA DAY TO VOTE

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


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About POTW: Each week five nominees 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: Week 5 Nominees (Sp15)

Written by - Posted 2015-05-26 22:41 in POTW

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  • We had one automatic nomination from last week, Adriano DeSorrento with a no hitter (nearly two). While he wasn’t amazing at the plate, Adriano pitched 12 innings of one hit ball for both wins, striking out 10 in the process.
  • Having an up and down season, Sean Whalen of Chicken and Wiffle certainly had an “up week” this time. On the day, Whalen batted .556, hit 2 homeruns, had 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.778.
  • Can we go a week without these two nominated? I guess we will in the final week when they both aren’t here. Let’s just do the stat line here, Jack Shannon batted .667, hit 3 home runs (all solo shots), and had an OPS of 2.444.
  • Not to be outdone again, dearest brother Jim Shannon had himself a day at the plate also. Jim batted .600, hit 4 home runs, had 7 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.400. He also pitched 2.5 innings of no hit ball with 2 strikeouts.
  • Jeff Nitto is having an amazing season and is the main reason the Gumballers are a near playoff lock. This week he batted .667, hit 2 home runs, had 5 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.222. He also pitched 14 innings, won both games, and struck out 15 with an ERA of .086.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


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About POTW: Each week five nominees 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 (Sp15): Week 4 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2015-05-13 11:57 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

Things are starting to settle after Week 4, Barnburners have already clinched and I think Besley is already eliminated. We have a couple automatic nominations this week, and while I think Connor is a fantastic pitcher, as future Commissioner, I am going to propose that only perfect games get an automatic nomination. Just putting that on paper for everyone.

  • If it wasn’t for an error in the first inning, Connor Dierman would be nominated for a perfect game, not a no hitter. If you want to see the play, you can’t, because their catcher blocks it. No review here. On the day, Connor only gave up 2 hits and 1 run. He had 11 IP, 1 ER, 0.55 ERA, and 11 strikeouts for a 1-1 record.
  • Let’s just get out weekly tradition of nominating the Shannons out of the way. First up, Jim Shannon’s line: .611 average, 6 home runs, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.222 (in 3 games).
  • And now Jack Shannon’s line (who still has the best roster photo to date): .500 average, 4 home runs, 7 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.875. It’s kind of amazing how consistent these two are, and very easy to take for granted, try not to.
  • Another automatic nomination came from Jeff Nitto, returning to form on the mound with a perfect game (12 BF, 0 hits, 5 strikeouys). Nitto also earned himself a nomination with his bat, hitting .636, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.182. One man team right there.

  • Spencer Howard had an off week in Week 2, but bounced back in a big way for the Canvassers in Week 4. He pitched 6 innings, gave up zero runs, then batted .700 with 4 home runs, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.600.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


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About POTW: Each week five nominees 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 (Su14): Week 7

Written by - Posted 2015-05-08 12:49 in POTW

The end of the Summer 2014 season wreaked havoc on awards voting. Our trusted system, BallotBin went DOWN. And since it was free, we couldn’t really complain too much. It finally came back up, but too late to handle manager voting for POTW for Week 7, and also to handle our season end awards.

As a result, we used a different system for the Summer awards, and our method of voting BROKE the results on it. They had to manually generate the results and email them to us. For the first time award winners were not announced at the Champions Dinner, but were announced on the website after. That hardware will be handed out this season.

Due to an oversight, we never announced the POTW winner. The managers voted over email for that one, with the votes being manually tallied. And we actually had a TIE, which has happened several times.

The public vote on the website, which worked fine, was won by Adriano DeSorrento after a perfect game. Stephen Crawford came in second place. In the managers voting, manually tallied, only 6 of the 12 manages voted. Crawford came in first, and DeSorrento second. This caused an overall tie, since each round of voting is worth 50% of the total.

Ties are awarded to the public vote winner, so Adriano DeSorrento gets POTW for Week 7. Despite it being awarded seven months late.