Six Innings

Six Innings

Often throughout the season, though not as often as we’d like, we’ll sit down with a player and ask 6 questions in 6 innings. While Pulitzer winning journalists we are not, we enjoy these and think you will too.

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6 Innings with Jeffrey Nitto

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 09:58 in Six Innings

Finally a profile of someone with some fresh blood who might be younger than 40.

The rookie Gumballers are owning the Eastern Division this season and Nitto’s pitching is a major factor for them. He leads the league in shutouts, is tied for Wins (though we all agree that’s a meaningless pitching stat, right?) and tops the leader board in most pitching categories. He also had a perfect game, but those are given out like candy this season thanks to the Have Fun Out Theres.

The first season is traditionally tough on rookie teams, but it looks like the Gumballers are playoff bound and with weak rosters on traditional powerhouse teams might have a shot at playing for the title.



Jeffrey Nitto
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Nickname: Nitto, Nitro, Ankle Braces
Age: 27
Hometown: Albany, NY
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: Department of Energy
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How did you find the PWL: Captain of our team Brennan Reif found it online and I knew I had to get in on the action.


Seasons: .75
Career Batting Avg: .469
Awards: Player of the Week SU 2012 WK4

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6 Innings with Zach Carter

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 09:44 in Six Innings

Zach Carter continues our series of old, if not good, players in the PWL who have somehow escaped a 6 innings profile from us in the past.

The Master Batters haven’t been a good team since their ace pitcher moved away a few seasons ago. Carter himself isn’t that great at playing, but he excels at being a total stat-whore. For example, he might be the career leader in saves (we really need to get the old pitching stats into the database) because he basically only shows up each week hoping to get into the game in a save situation.

The guy has a knack for building up stats while watching all the other teams beat him. It’s also possible he’s never been pictured on the website with his eyes open.



Zach Carter
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Nickname: The Closer (because I am the closer)
Age: 29
Hometown: Omaha, NE and Kansas City, KS and St. Louis, MO and Detroit, MI…
Resides: Washington, DC
Employer: A DC area High School (But don’t tell anyone because I’m really embarassed by my team name)
Bats: Well
Throws: Slightly less well
How did you find the PWL: When I found myself with yet another jobless summer stretching out in front of me I was lucky enough to stumble across a Washington Post article on the beauty of PWL.


Seasons: 7
Career Batting Avg: .363
Awards: Player of the Week SP 2010 WK3, Gold Glove Award – Catcher SU 2010, Nominated for Rookie of the Year SU 2009

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6 Innings with Nicholas DiCrosta

Written by - Posted 2012-09-07 10:50 in Six Innings

Obviously we haven’t opened the PWL Hall of Fame yet, but despite the desires of most everyone who’s ever met him, Nicholas DiCrosta is an automatic, no questions asked, first ballot member. He’s as unlikable off the field as he is on, but you can’t argue with his success. He’ll beat you most of the game on the mound and the whole game in the batters box.

You’d almost feel sorry for a player of his caliber spending his entire career playing for a team that always comes so close, and yet never wins a championship. Take solace in the fact that DiCrosta does have a World Series ring though. The one season, out of his nine, that he left Scared Hitless and was a free agent he did win the World Series. Would probably have been the MVP of that series if we gave out such honors. Take even more solace in the that he was a Canvasser that one season when he did it, we know the Commissioner does.



Nicholas DiCrosta
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Nickname: Chirp Back (As in, when I chirp shorty…)
Age: Starting to get gray hairs but I’m not like, Ragano old yet
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ
Resides: Hoodley Park, DC
Employer: National Institutes of Health
Bats: Right
Throws: Switch
How did you find the PWL: Facebook ad, of all places. I thought it was a joke. This marks the first and last time Facebook advertising worked.


Seasons: 9
Career Batting Avg: .452
PWL Career Leader: Games Played, Doubles, Sac Flies (tied)
Awards: 4 Player of the Week Wins, 18 Nominations, Most Valuable Player (Sp10), Nominated for MVP and Cy Young five times, Rookie of the Year once.

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6 Innings with Kris Garcia

Written by - Posted 2012-09-07 10:28 in Six Innings

We’re probably long past due to feature Kris Garcia for Six Questions for Six Innings. A PWL lifer, Garcia has been around for 12 of our 15 seasons. He caused a little bit of a stir this off season listing himself as a free agent (never hurts to hear offers) before returning to his third franchise the Canvassers.

He has also represented the PWL in London, Ohio, as part of the all star team travelling to the London Tournament. He missed this year’s tournament though because his wife wouldn’t let him go.



Kris Garcia
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Nickname: k-gar, circle k, special k, or anything with the word “little” in it.
Age: an achy and creaky 34
Hometown: Taft, the friendliest cotton pickin’ town in Texas!
Resides: Thug Town, VA
Employer: National Education Association
Bats: Left
Throws: Switch
How did you find the PWL: 6 years ago someone told me that a bunch of unathletic beltway insiders were getting together at the airport to play a kids game organized by a professional political organizer. I knew it had to be something special.


Seasons: 12
Career Batting Avg: .440
PWL Career Leader: Plate Appearances, Fly Outs
Awards: 4 Player of the Week Wins, 12 Nominations, Gold Glove Award – Pitcher (Su09), Nominated for MVP twice and Cy Young once.

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6 Innings with Felix Fernandez

Written by - Posted 2012-05-25 09:17 in Six Innings

It’s been ages since we profiled a player for 6 Innings. But the announcement this week of the pending retirement of the current record holder for consecutive games played, the Cal Ripken, if you will, of the PWL, caused us to return the fan favorite.

The Commissioner once said something to the effect of if you’re waiting for a 6 Innings profile of Felix Fernandez, don’t hold your breath. But today, that is exactly what’s happening.

Fernandez, who walked away from perennial playoff contender Clubber Lang a few seasons ago to form his own perennial playoff contender NWO, is well known, if not well liked, among the PWL faithful. More like Ty Cobb than Cal Ripken, his intensity on the field is seldom matched, and his persona driven by that intensity is often scary.

This is a guy who brings a tee to the field to practice hitting wiffleballs off it. This is a guy who once took over 60 pitches (before the K-board was added) to wait for a mistake pitch so he could homer to win a game, and he did. This a guy who has repeatedly stolen bases even though stealing is not legal. This is a guy who wore a glove while pitching and playing the field. This is a guy who pays players to be on his team.

No fewer than three PWL rules were created as a direct result of his actions. Of no one else in the league can that be said.

Hate him or only kinda hate him, you cannot say that Felix Fernandez has not been important in the brief history of the PWL. Will he be missed? That is another story entirely.

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6 Innings with Gregory Hudson

Written by - Posted 2011-09-16 09:40 in Six Innings

Greg Hudson is the manager of the DC Twits. A .500 team in their rookie season, they are a playoff bubble team this summer in large part due to Hudson’s bat. Like any “good” manager, Hudson leaves himself on the pitcher’s mound too long, and his batting orders sometimes baffle onlookers. If you’re not sure who the Twits are, think back to a game where it looked like a team of umpires were playing. The Twits uniforms, and we use that term loosely, are just plain powder blue shirts which sometimes cause confusion with the arbiters of the game.

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6 Innings with Eamon Murray

Written by - Posted 2011-05-27 11:46 in Six Innings

Eamon Murray is often overlooked when you think of the stars of the PWL. He’s on a team that’s never made the playoffs, he’s kind of a dick, and while he has moments of greatness, he’s basically in the bottom of the top third of players in the league…also known as just better than the middle. That being said, when it comes to intensity and base running he’s the Ty Cobb of the league. If you’re in an online vote for Player of the Week against him, he’ll beat you at the last second with thousands of votes. If you’re not paying attention in the field your pitcher will be holding the ball waiting on the safe call at first base while Eamon is sliding into third. Smarter and more aggressive than Filides on the basepaths, it hasn’t mattered without a team behind him. This season, the Gnats changed their name to the Most Interesting Men in the World. Even though they’re not, they are suddenly playoff contenders.

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6 Innings with Joe Thaman

Written by - Posted 2011-05-19 19:38 in Six Innings

It’s been nine years since Joe Thaman played in his first World Series. His team didn’t win and he had the misfortune to be the last out to end the final game that sent them home, a strike out.

Most of you know that the PWL has only been around since 2005, and Thaman’s franchise, Superman’s Wheelchair has only been in the league since 2010. The World Series we’re talking about here isn’t the one the 15 PWL teams left in contention are fighting for.

This was the College World Series, a tournament annually featuring the eight best teams in NCAA baseball. And Thaman’s team wasn’t the Wheelchair, it was a small private university just north of South Bend, Indiana, called Notre Dame.

The victory he couldn’t deliver for his alma mater in Omaha, he would deliver eight years later for his friends at Gravelly Point.

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6 Innings with Jim Shannon

Written by - Posted 2011-04-14 23:33 in Six Innings

This week we talk to Jim Shannon. In case you haven’t figured it out, the Shannon brothers are well, twins. We’re not sure if Jim is younger or older, and in fact, we can’t even really tell them apart when they’re not wearing their respective baseball hats. They make up a good chunk of the Blandsford Barnburners who are in the hunt for their third World Championship this season. They previously won in Spring 2009 and Spring 2010. They’re better in the cooler weather.

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6 Innings with Alfred Breuer II

Written by - Posted 2011-04-07 21:09 in Six Innings

This week we’re talking to Player of the Week nominee and possible rookie of the year prospect Alfred Breuer of the Garbage Plates. He’s a free agent pickup for a new team, but he’s leading the league in homers and RBI. He might even be able to pitch too, though clearly we don’t care about that.

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