Around the Wiffle World
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Aaron Rogers – Fired up by the Crazy Fat Kids’ suckiness, Rogers is branching off to start his own CCW franchise. He has assembled a 6 man roster and is looking to buck the historical trend of expansion teams being doormats and stat padders for the rest of the league.
Alex Gates – Transferred to the Outlaws from the Yakkers prior to the 2020 season. For the Outlaws to be competitive, Gates must become the centerpiece of this lineup and pitching rotation.
Jay Wilsey – Will play full-time for the Outlaws. Described by Rogers as a solid field with great plate awareness – a good skill to have in a league that walks so many hitters.
Tyler Harnish – As a softball specialist and HS baseball coach, Harnish can potentially bring a lot of baseball IQ and hand-eye coordination to the table for the Outlaws.
Mitch Buis – “Our ace if I can get him to be a part of our squad” is a ringing endorsement for a player who has never stepped foot onto the Dirtyard. Let’s hope Buis can carve out time for CCW in his schedule and live up to his coach’s expectations.
Shawn Rogers – The brother of the head coach, Aaron. Their Wiffle experience goes way back, and Aaron describes him as a “Ri
Key Player(s) – The Newbies. In order for this to work, at least one of these guys has to actually be something. If Buis is the ace Rogers promises, or Wilsey turns his plate awareness into a league-leading OBP, then we MAY just have something here.
Projected Record – (4-17)
Best Case – Two of the new guys turn out to be really good players, Alex Gates steps into the centerpiece role nicely and the Outlaws are able to push .500, upset some teams and put up a really good fight on Wild Card Weekend.
Worst Case – The new guys show up and realize how hard Wiffle ball really is, Rogers and Gates have their spirits crushed by Joe Burrow being a bust and this team never gets off the ground. They struggle to even finish the season, and every team in the league salivates at the idea of padding their stats against them.
Eric Starke – Taking over as head coach of the Crazy Fat Kids, Starke decided to scrap the team name and start from scratch. The Hackers were born and they are ready to hack their way out of the dumpster fire that was the Crazy Fat Kids franchise.
Holden Palmer – Finished top 4in strikeouts THREE straight years from 2016-2018 before a disappointing 2019 campaign that was derailed by attendance issues. Palmer has the ability to be an ace, but he needs to consistently be at the field.
Michael Plourde – One of the most tenured vets in the CCW player pool, Plourde is a jack of all trades type of guy. He will put up respectable numbers at the plate, eat up innings on the mound and his athleticism makes him an above average base runner and fielder.
Spencer Schriner – He’s been a bit of a polarizing player at CCW. Not afraid to rub people the wrong way, his bat flip walks and sky high pitches will make even the most level-headed people lose their cool. Schriner has baseball experience and is really looking to take the next step as a Wiffle ball player.
Kyle Gagliardi – Coming over from Leroy/GBL, Gags intends to be a part-time player in 2020. Finished top 5 at GBL in HR and RBI, and will provide some very much needed thump for this lineup when he’s available.
Key Player – Holden Palmer. ATTENDANCE, ATTENDANCE, ATTENDANCE. If Palmer can get to the field consistently, he will turn in top 5 pitcher numbers. We saw it 4 straight years. In order for this team to reach its potential, Holden Palmer has to perform like an ace.
Projected Record – 7-14
Best Case – Palmer shows up and hits the board, Starke continues to be a rock solid arm and Kyle Gagliardi is able to make it to more games than he anticipated. This team’s ceiling is right above .500, and with Palmer on the mound they will have the ability to cause an upset in the wild card round of the playoffs.
Worst Case – Gags isn’t able to make any of the games, Palmer shrinks under the pressure of being an ace and the Hackers struggle to score enough runs to make up for the lack of pitching. They compete with the Outlaws to see who can lose the most games.