Here's to all the franchises that ever have been or will be.... Breaking it down by each captain, we give their complete record, years of experience, any awards won, notes on said captain, and 2017 power ranking. However, we also feature our past captains who are no longer a captain in the league.

 

Colin Pollag: (Phillies)

Years as captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 20-4

Playoff Record: 7-3

Overall: 27-7

Awards: 2016 NL Cy Young, 2016 NL MVP, 2016 RPWL Champion, 2016 Triple Crown Winner, 2016 HR Derby Champ, 2017 NL Cy Young, 2017 NL MVP

2017 Power Ranking: 1

2016 Notes: The stats Do. Not. Lie. Captain Colin Pollag dominated the league in 2016, leading the league in almost every category you can think of. And by leading, I mean leading big. Colin ended the season with a .731 batting average, compared to a second place .458 effort by AL ROY Josh Butler, and a .73 ERA, compared to a second place 2.50 from AL Cy Young winner Chris Durning. After losing week one off a shocking vinny Albanese homerun, it seemed Pollag was on a mission, and that mission was to not lose another game all year. He almost would have completed this mission if Sean Bingnear hadn't taken game one of the championship series. After a dominant season ending in a championship win, Colin looks to build a strong team in the draft, and repeat as a champ.

2017 Notes: Although Colin and his Phillies finished 3rd this year, compared to a championship run last year, captain Colin Pollag didn't really have a down year. Of course he didn't bat .731 with 11 home runs like last season, but this year the pitching was far more well rounded than last year, bringing the entire league average down. From the mound, Pollag looked just as dominant, if not more dominant than he did last season (believe it or not). With the addition of 4 games and 2 more innings per game, Pollag went from pitching 24.2 innings in 2016, to an unbelievable 56.2 innings in 2017, obliterating the previous record held by Greg Myers (27). Pollag posted a 1.06 ERA (equivalent to a .64 ERA based off last years weighting scale), and finished the season with 92 strikeouts to only 37 walks. That's a 2.49 K/BB ratio, which is unheard of compared to the control issues the league had as a whole in 2016. In addition to his outstanding stats, Pollag secured the NL MVP and Cy Young awards for a second year straight. Unfortunately, Pollag's season was cut short in the NLCS when Austin Bleacher and the Yankees got hot at the right time, coming back from down 1-0 in the series to advance to the chip. I'm sure Colin isn't worried, as he played just as well in 2017 as he did in 2016. Although there was no trophy this year for the Phillies, Pollag's team was still voted by the players as the 4th best team in RPWL history. He'll be looking to pick a strong first rounder with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 draft, and get back on the track for success.

 

Sean Bingnear: (Diamondbacks)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 16-8

Playoff Record: 9-3

Overall: 25-11

Awards: 2016 AL MVP, 2017 AL MVP 2017 RPWL Champion

2017 Power Ranking: 2

2016 Notes: Coming into the 2016 season, Bingnear's team was ranked a measly 6th in the power rankings (we were dead wrong). With a couple years without much wiffleball, the league was unsure of how Sean would adjust at first (reasons for the low ranking). On a rainy opening day, Sean answered all questions, throwing a no hitter to start his team off 1-0. Although he may have been know for the serious heat he threw from the mound, Sean also started the season off with 8 hits for 8 homeruns. A threat at both the plate and on the mound, Sean took his team to playoffs with a shaky 5-5 record, mainly due to his decision to work on his other pitchers, and didn't look back. Sean won his first two playoff series with ease, and took a tough loss in the championship to Nall rival Colin Pollag. Sean looks to come back strong this season, and finish the playoffs with the trophy this time.

 

2017 Notes: As much as I hate to say this, if I were to summarize Sean Bingnear's 2017 campaign with one word, it would have to be: Unstoppable. It's that simple. That is what he was. Much like last regular season, Sean only pitched when he had to; however, this year he had much more depth with his shocking 7th overall pick of Ryan "Teddy" Drecher. Teddy posted a .62 ERA over a 24 inning span while Sean carried the weight; pitching 35 innings to a 1.43 ERA. The combination of Teddy and Sean earned the Dbacks the 2nd lowest team ERA in 2017, and put them in the argument for best 1-2 combination this season. Sean and the Dbacks were consistently strong throughout the entire season, dropping only 3 games, two to the Phillies, and one to the A's, to finish 11-3. A very underrated part of their success this season was Sean's decision to trade away his 2018 first round pick to the Yankees, in return for Nate Smith. This proved successful, as Nate Smith was the difference in game 1 of the ALCS vs the A's, scoring the only run on a solo homerun, allowing the Dbacks to take a commanding 1-0 lead. AS well as Sean played in the regular season (.323 Avg with 22 RBIs and a 1.43 ERA), he was an entirely different beast in the playoffs. Through 4 games in the playoffs, Sean posted an astonishing 0.00 ERA, with a 4-0 record and 15Ks compared to only 5 walks. In addition to his dominance on the mound, Sean also batted .500 in the playoffs with 15 RBIs and 2 HRs (as many as he had all regular season). It was obvious to see that Sean was on a revenge tour after blowing a 1-0 lead in last years chip, and the tour was capped off with a 15-3 record and of course, the RPWL trophy, as well as being voted by players as the best team in RPWL history. It will be interesting to see how Sean drafts next season, without a first round pick, but if he plays anything like he did this year, the rest of the league will have reason to worry.

 

Dennis Donegan: (Orioles)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 12-12

Playoff Record: 0-4

Overall:  12-16

Awards: 2016 NL Rookie of the Year

2017 Power Ranking: 3

2016 Notes: Dennis's status at the beginning of the year was completely up in the air. So up in the air, that he wasn't even his teams captain at the start. For a team originally owned by Vinny Albanese, Dennis stepped on the mound and asserted his dominance form day one. Out of a rookie, no one was expecting such dominance that could reasonably be compared to that of Colin Pollag and Sean Bingnear. Dennis batted well, recording a .379 Avg. on the year, and would've finished with the second best ERA if it weren't for a 10 run rule loss against none other than Colin Pollag's team. Amazingly, Dennis finished out the year with the most strikeouts in the league, giving us our first K leader (that was not Colin) since before Chris Durning's arm injuries. With a year of experience under his belt, the NL rookie of the year looks to put together a strong playoff run this year, after last years efforts were thwarted by Greg Myers memorable series.

 

2017 Notes: 2017 was a.... weird? year for the Orioles. After finding out that Tommy Loftus pitches faster than the speed of light, and knowing how well Dennis had pitched last season, I myself had predicted them to win the chip. Don't get me wrong, this team is a championship team just as much as any other, but thinks just didn't work out. Although Tommy lead the league with a .46 ERA with 57Ks through 32 innings, and Dennis Donegan batting .262 with 18 RBIs, the conservation of Tommy's arm in addition with Dennis's lack of control, lead the Orioles to a 6-8 record to end the regular season. At this point, I'm sure the Orioles weren't worried, as now Tommy would be pitching as much as allowed, and much of the league predicted a 2-0 series sweep over the Yankees. However, this did not happen, as the Yankees pulled out one of the biggest upsets in league history, taking the series in 2 games over the O's. Sitting in my car with Yankees captain Austin Bleacher before game one of the NLDS, he said to me "It's gonna take a miracle to beat this guys." and that is just what happened. Tommy gave up 3 runs in game one compared to 2 let up by Dane Mcgrath, putting the Yanks in the driver's seat 1-0. As game two rolled around, Tommy was back to dominant form, recording K after K; only downside? So was Dane. The two traded zeroes through 4.5 innings until finally, in the bottom of the 5th, Austin Bleacher's miracle came true. With no one on and one out, Bleach hit the first homerun of the season off of Tommy, in walk-off, series-ending fashion. Without Tommy on the team next year, Dennis is really going to need to get back to his 2016 pitching form, as he'll need to be the teams ace. With the 4th pick in the 2018 draft, Dennis will look for solid relief and a little more offense, in hopes of recording his first career playoff win.

 

Chris Durning: (Royals)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 12-12

Playoff Record: 1-4

Overall: 13-16

Awards: 2016 AL Cy Young, 2017 Silver Slugger

2017 Power Ranking: 4

2016 Notes: There was a time when Chris Durning was the most dominant pitcher in the RPWL. Between the years of 2009-2014, I personally think Chris may have only allowed about 4-5 hits. His pitching won him games and it was so dominant that we actually had to implement our rule where a pitcher may only pitch the final inning if he has a no hitter. However, this year, that was not the case. Battling severe arm injuries for the past couple years, Chris Durning has started to lose his true form. By no means does this mean his dominance has subsided. Even with the injuries at hand, Chris was able push himself to pitch, and pitch he did. Ending the season with the second best ERA (2.50) and an AL Cy Young award under his belt, I'd say Chris worked through the injuries pretty well. The real struggles for Chris were surrounded by his team. With no backup pitching to surround him, and a team that barely showed up, it was tough for him to string together wins and make a deep playoff run. Chris will look to build better depth in the draft this year, especially in the pitching department, and come back ready to regain his old form.

2017 Notes: In the 2017 season, not much had changed for the Royals. Durning again chose to roll with the combination of Zane Johnston and Brendan Risley, with the addition of Frankie Campanile this year. However, this year Zane did not go down with an injury, and pitched the third most innings (41), bolstering a respectable 3.71 ERA over that span. The big change for the Royals in 2017 was the added boost of offense. With the highest team batting average (.252) and the highest league average (Durning .371), this team was able to produce enough runs to translate Zane Johnston's 3.71 ERA into 8 wins on the season. Going into the playoffs, the Royals were dealt an away matchup against the A's and like everyone expected, this was one hell of a series. The last time these two teams played, the Royals lost game one of the double header from a Jimmy Davis walkoff groundout, but snapped their 9 game win streak right after, rallying from down 6-1 in the final inning to take home the win. Game one of this series was all zeros through 6 innings, although it probably shouldn't have been. With one out in the bottom of the 6th and bases loaded, Tyler Nachbar hit a slow roller down the first base line that easily would've scored Dylan from third; however, Zane made an astounding play, laying out and smacking the ball all in one motion just in time to catch the back of Nachbar's foot and force a hit-off. Unfortunately for the Royals, Zane's heroics weren't enough as the A's took game one in the hit-off. As for game two, Durning decided to start sophomore Frankie Campanile, in hopes of resting Zane's arm for a possible game three. This proved an okay decision to start, for after two innings the game was knotted at zero. It wasn't until the third inning that things went south for the Royals; after walking 4 straight batters to give the A's a 1-0 lead, Frankie let up a grand slam to 4th man of the year winner, Jimmy Davis. The 5-0 lead was too much for the Royals to overcome, as they went on to finish the season with an overall 8-8 record. As for next year, Chris already has his team picked out, as he plans to continue his legacy with both Zane and Brendan, next year with hopes to add fellow lax player Behn Worley. It will be a familiar mix to say the least, and with a little more experience art the plate for rookie Brendan Risley, the Royals could once again have a high powered offense.

 

Dylan Harshaw: (Athletics)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 16-8

Playoff Record: 4-4

Overall: 20-12

Awards: None

2017 Power Ranking: 6

2016 Notes: Dylan Harshaw had a pretty decent season this year, with his team ending up in the number two spot at the end of the regular season. Although his team looked in pretty good shape at the end of the regular season, persistent arm injuries kept Dylan from competing on the mound at full form at the start of the playoffs. Struggling through a series vs division opponent Volpone, Dylan and his team moved on to play Sean Bingnear in the semifinals. Bingnear was too much for Harshaw's pitching, as they forced the combination of all three pitchers to walk an insane amount of batters, leading to their season's end. Dylan finished with a .308 batting average and the fourth lowest ERA in the league (2.77), and will look to improve on these stats in 2017. Harshaw will look to build a strong team in the draft, with a backup pitcher, and try to make a run deep into the playoffs.

2017 Notes: Alright, here comes the notes I've been both dreading and dreaming to write. As the captain of the A's, this was one of the most fun teams I have ever personally played on, and this year was quite the rollercoaster. Although we started 0-3 in the season, none of us were worried, as (about to switch third person mode for the rest of this) Dylan Harshaw had pitched 9 innings in the first 3 games and allowed only 4 runs. Only problem? the A's hadn't managed one hit on offense. Finally in week 4, they broke through (kind of). As the A's were set to play in the penalty against Colin Pollag and the Phillies, Pollag decided to start Vinny, which proved to be detrimental. After a pair of singles by both Harshaw and Nachbar, the A's went up 1-0 and that was all they needed. Harshaw threw 4 shutout innings managing only two walks, as Nachbar came in with a scoreless 5th for the close. After FINALLY adding to the win column, 4th man of the year Jimmy Davis jokingly made "The A's" synonymous with the "Big Ballers". However, maybe this wasn't such a joke? After a win over the Phillies, Harshaw gave Nachbar his first start of the season, and the rest was history. Nachbar went on to throw 45 innings while only allowing 5 runs, posting an astonishing 9-1 record (we'll get to that 1) with a .56 ERA and 72Ks with only 35BBs, also with 3 no hitters en route to his dominant Cy Young run. Over the span of the next 9 games, the one-two combo of Harshaw and Nachbar allowed only 2 runs, along with a record tying 9 wins in a row. However, after 9 wins in a row, the A's fell short in one of the biggest blunders of RPWL history, in a game against the Royals that arguably cost the A's their season. Up until the bottom of the 5th inning against the Royals, nothing was different for the A's, they had the lead 6-1, and gave the ball to Dylan Harshaw who looked to close out his 5th game of the win streak. In the bottom of the 5th with one out, the Royals managed to put together an 8 run comeback, scoring 5 off Harshaw and ending the game with a 3-run walkoff by Zane Johnston off of Nachbar (his only loss of the season). As the A's were chasing hot on the heels of the Dbacks for the first round bye in the AL, this win, along with the win the following week, would've lead to an A's first seed finish at 11-3, forcing the Dbacks to fight it out in round one; but to everyone's surprise, the win streak was stopped one game short of history and the A's recorded the 2 seed. As the A's were looking to end the season without a sour taste in their mouths, they took on the Yankees with Nachbar on the bump, and secured a 3-0 no hitter win to finish the season at 10-4. Headed into playoffs, the A's were to face none other than the Royals in the first round, and were looking for a bit of revenge after the dreadful blown lead to lose any chance at the first round bye. The A's swept the Royals behind a hit-off win in game one followed by a Jimmy Davis grand slam in game two, and advanced to what has become one of the most heated rivalries in the league; Bingnear vs Harshaw. After a regular season split, everyone anticipated a good series from these two, which is exactly what they got. Game one went 1-0 Dbacks behind a Nate Smith solo shot in the third, and a shutout performance by Bingnear. Not much went differently in game two, as Bingnear again threw a shutout, and this time produced the runs as well, scoring the only runs of the game on a 3 run bomb in the third to take the game 3-0. The A's ended the season with an overall record of 12-6 (12-3 in the BBB era) and posted the lowest team ERA in history, at 1.04, allowing only 13 ER in 61.5 innings this season (NINE OF WHICH CAME IN ONE GAME). Minus their blunder against the Royals, the A's had given up only 4 ER in 13 games, which lead to their success. Alright, back to first person real quick. This was the most fun team I've played for at the totlot, hands down. It never felt so good to be hated and I had none other than the Lavar Ball of our team (jimmy Davis) to thank for that. Honestly I wasn't sure about my team before the season. Everyone knew Nachbar might have commitment issues, and Mike Collins and Jimmy were both rookies to the league, but everything worked out well. Jimmy was honestly one of the most surprising players in the league to me, as he made almost every play in the field and came up clutch whenever he could (ESKETITT). Next year is going to suck, I'll be blunt. Without Nahcbar on the mound I'll have to pitch a lot... which isn't awful but I probably won't take a team 10-4. Honestly as much as I hate to say it, this year was probably my best shot at a chip and we pretty much blew it as a unit against the Royals. If we win that game and get the first round bye it's a whole different story. Oh well, better luck next year as I'll look to snag up and coming ace Teddy Drecher in the draft third overall then build some offense.

Austin Bleacher: (Yankees)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 7-16

Playoff Record: 4-5

Overall: 11-21

Awards: 2017 Silver Slugger, 2017 Comeback Player of the Year

2017 Power Ranking: 7

2016 Notes: Austin struggled more than usual this year which definitely made it tough for him to win games. Unlike his usual self, Austin walked 57 people this year (second most), with an average of 2.82 walks per inning. Additionally, Austin batted only .226 which is also unlike his usual self. In his defense, Austin didn't have much help either, considering his main backup pitcher, Eddie Bleacher, had shoulder surgery the year before. Even with the struggles, Bleacher still came out each week ready to play and brought constant positive energy to the league. Austin looks to rebuild in the draft, getting a nice team around himself, with plans on making it a little deeper into the postseason this time around. I'm sure we'll see the original Longball back to his true form in 2017.

2017 Notes: Honestly, this was such a weird year for the Yankees it's tough to really recap. Their were points during the year where you might've thought they would miss playoffs, and there were points where you might've thought they'd win the chip. The main reason for this was inconsistency on the mound. Before acquiring Dane McGrath via a trade, Jack Liberio was no stud on the mound, making it tough to win games consistently. Then there was Shambo. Again, there were times when Wayne could shut an entire team down, and there were times when he couldn't even get an out. The inconsistency on the mound killed them. A major plus for this team was their offense. This team had arguably the scariest lineup in the league, as Bleach was a monster at the plate this year; hitting homeruns in almost every game. Like I had predicted last year, Bleach was definitely back to Longball form this year. The only issue is that in wiffleball, a consistent pitching rotation is ample times more important than consistent batting, and the Yankees found that out the hard way. After putting together a 5-9 record in the regular season, just about everyone in the league, including members of the Yankees, predicted a 2-0 sweep in favor of the Orioles. However, after batting .313 with 9 homeruns and 28 RBIs in the regular season, Bleacher was not about to go down without a fight. Luckily for the Yanks, their hitting stayed hot, and their pitching got hot right at the start of playoffs. In the series vs. the O's, Dane might've pitched two of the best games I've ever seen out of him, throwing 8 innings and giving up only 2 runs and 1 walk. With pitching like that and the bat of Austin Bleacher, they had enough to advance. The yanks took game 1 by a score of 3-2, thanks to two RBIs from Dane McGrath, and won game 2 from a walkoff homerun from none other than Austin Bleacher. This homerun happened to be the first Tommy Loftus had allowed all season, and it couldn't have come at a more crucial time for the Yanks. With upset #1 passed them, again many of the league predicted a series sweep in favor of Colin Pollag and the defending champ Phillies. The Phillies had sat on their bye week and were well rested going into the series. In game one, this proved true as the phillies won by a score of 2-0.  With their backs against the wall and their ace injured, Austin Bleacher took the mound halfway through game two. Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when the unlikely hero, Wayne Shambo, blasted a walk-off grand slam off of Pollag to force game three. Game three was all Yankees, as Bleach hit two homeruns, one in the first, and one in the second inning, to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Bleach also got the start and threw 4 shutout innings en route to the 4-0 win and a trip to the chip. Although this cinderella run was one for the books, as I said earlier, their inconsistency in pitching killed them. With McGrath unable to hit the zone, and being proving to be too much, the yanks were swept in two to give the Dbacks the 2017 trophy. Although the season didn't end with the chip, Austin will have two first round picks next year and will look to put himself back in the position for a trophy.

Tyler Nachbar: (Red Sox)

Years as Captain: 0

Regular Season Record: 0-0

Playoff Record: 0-0

Overall: 0-0

 

Awards: 2017 AL Cy Young

 

Tommy Loftus:

Years as Captain: 0

Regular Season Record: 0-0

Playoff Record: 0-0

Overall: 0-0

 

Awards:

 

HISTORIC FRANCHISES:

Greg Myers:

Years as Captain: 1

Regular Season Record: 4-6

Playoff Record: 2-2

Overall: 6-8

Awards:

2016 Notes: This franchise list would not be complete without giving much deserved praised to past captain Greg Myers. Although we've only had one official season in the RPWL, Greg has been a part of the league since its origins. Greg dealt with the trampoline in Sean's back yard, and the HR infested games of Wayne Shambo's short porch backyard. In addition to his dedication to the league as a player, Greg was also an integral part of the league as a person. Almost every time the fence got set up each summer, no matter how hot the day, you could see Greg at the lot working hard for the league. That's just who he was. His hard work ethic was reinforced by the stats, as he lead the entire league in innings pitched, with 26 in just 9 games. Greg, known for his outstanding ability in the field, was also a big hitter, taking both RPWL greats Colin Pollag and Chris Durning deep in his career. One of Greg's most memorable moments came in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. The day before, Greg had experienced an injury and was unsure if he could even play his series, but in his first at bat (swinging one armed) he took Dennis Donegan yard over the left field fence. Greg continued to push himself that series, hitting 3 homeruns and leading his team to a 2-0 victory. Because of golf academy during the summer, Greg is unable to return as a captain for the 2017 season. Greg has been a part of this league since its origins, and it will truly not be the same without him. The league will surely miss Greg as a player and a person, and wishes the work horse the best of luck in his golfing endeavors. 

 

Jay Paul Volpone: (Brewers)

Years as Captain: 2

Regular Season Record: 6-17

Playoff Record: 0-2

Overall: 6-19

Awards: None

2017 Power Ranking: 8

 

2016 Notes: Coming into the 2016 season, most expected that Jay Paul's team would definitely be one of the weaker links, as he was more of an average player thrown into a captain role. However, no one would have thought his path to 7th place would have happened as it did. After the first two weeks of play, Jay Paul lead the league in innings pitched, strikeouts, had given up zero hits, and was clearly the early front-runner for the Cy young award. After two weeks of a league with dismal offense, we decided to back the pitcher's mound up by five feet, to produce more hitting. This was Jay Paul's kryptonite, as he started to lose his dominant pitching ability due to lack of control and reoccurring arm injuries. Jay Paul also was plagued by his team's true superstar, Tyler Nachbar's, inability to make games. Showing up to only 5 of the 10 games, Jay Paul had to carry much more weight than he should have. With the 1st pick in the 2017 draft, he will look to surround himself with a strong team, and get to the dominant form on the mound he once had.

2017 Notes: I honestly feel bad for Jay Paul. Too put it simply, he shouldn't be a captain. We found that out in the 2016 season, but by losing Greg, we didn't have any other choice. Thankfully enough, Pone still stepped up when we needed him and always gave his 100% effort. After posting a 6-19 record over his two seasons as a captain, it's safe to say he's pretty excited to just be a player in the draft next year. Honestly Pone is really more of a #2-3 pitcher in a rotation anyway, and I believe that with some work in the offseason, he could definitely turn into a pretty decent closer this year. We've seen him at his best (throwing 4 innings and allowing zero runs on 3 different occasions this year), and we've all seen him at his worst (11 runs in 4 innings against the O's), but if Pone limits his innings, he could fill a legitimate closer role for any team that needs him. I can't pin the Brewers discouraging season all on him though, as their team chemistry with Dane McGrath really hurt the team as a whole. In addition to a lack of chemistry, I feel as though Josh Butler may have been the unluckiest hitter ever this year, making solid contact in over half his at bats, just to hit into an out, dropping his avg. from .458 in the 2016 season down to a measly .150 this season. Pone will probably be a late second rounder-early third rounder in the 2018 draft, and will look to help his new captain however need be. 

 

Riley Brown: (Rockies)

Years as Captain: 1

Regular Season Record: 2-12

Playoff Record: 0-0

Overall: 2-12

Awards: 2016 RPWL Champion

2017 Power Ranking: 5

 

2016 Notes: Riley was a late addition to the 2016 season, joining the league the day before opening day, and because of this, the talent may not have been evenly distributed. Adding Riley to Pollag's team gave the team an extra bat in the lineup, and a legitimate backup pitcher. These two extra weapons were all Colin needed as they made a dominant run to the championship. After noticing Riley's obvious talent, and with the loss of captain Greg Myers, Riley was the prime candidate to fill the spot. Riley steps up as a captain this year, and starts the pre-draft power rankings off at #5 after showing a strong bat, and some promise on the mound. He'll look to have another strong season in his first year as a captain this summer.