Every year in the spring, the WMSPL executives and the representatives from each team get together for a series of meetings to coordinate the coming slo pitch season. Every year, it seems, there's a request from a team of players from some other league or some other town to bring their entire team into the league to compete. Every time this happens, their request is denied. How come, you ask? The reason most often given is that the league as a whole wouldn't want that team to come in and dominate the rest of the league, winning everything.
And it's hard to argue with that logic. The league wants parity. We all want to play in a league that supports fair competition, where on any given day, any team can beat any other team. Losing is no fun, for sure, but having no hope of winning is even worse. So, at the very least, rejecting the request to let a team of A-level players into the league to go, oh, 36-2 maybe is an indisputably smart decision. Could you imagine if the executive let that happen, then that team won, I don't know, FIVE STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLES? Won't someone please think of the children!
(2-1-0 This Week; 28-4-1 Overall; President's Division Champions)
(Rank last week: 5)
For the fifth straight year, the WMSPL Memorial Cup will make its seemingly annual trip from Joey's basement to the banquet, only to return directly to Joey's basement. Storm are your WMSPL President's Division champions. They clinched on Wednesday night with a convincing victory over Re/Max, and will enter the playoff tournament as the #1 seed. Dynasties don't come around every day, you know.
(3-0-0 This Week; 23-10-1 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)
The red-hot Falcons have won 11 of their last 12, and are only a half-game out of second place in the President's Division. If they can keep it up and win out, they'll clinch the #2 seed in the playoff tournament.
(1-1-0 This Week; 24-10-1 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 1)
The A's had a decent week, but dropped two spots due to a clinching and a winning streak. They remain in the driver's seat for the 2-seed, but basically need to win the rest of their games to keep it.
(1-1-0 This Week; 20-13-1 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)
The Rebels won a nail-biter on Sunday, beating the A's by a single run, but fell to the Brew Crew the following day. They'll need to keep winning, and get some help to enter the playoffs as a top seed with a Friday night bye.
(1-2-0 This Week; 22-11-1 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)
After dropping both ends of their Sunday doubleheader, Broadway bounced back convincingly with a 28-10 win over Greenthumb. They have a "primetime" games on Sunday at the Rebels that'll go a long way to determining their playoff seeding. (Primetime, in that they'll be playing at 6:30 on K1 as the Falcons eat pizza and yell very nasty things at them)
#6. BREW CREW
(1-1-0 This Week; 17-17-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)
If you can maintain a .500 record week after week, you end up right in the middle of the rankings. The Vice President's Division leading Brew Crew has a 2 game lead over Hanet for the division title. Their remaining schedule is vs. Coulas -> vs. Falcons -> at Broadway -> vs. Re/Max, so it's not going to be easy to win this division.
#7. IG WEALTH
(2-1-0 This Week; 12-19-2 Overall; 6th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)
IG's Sunday began well, with a win over division rival Broadway, and they came out bats a-blazin' against the Falcons, but couldn't keep up and dropped the second half of the doubleheader. They went on to win their mid-week game, but having secured a sub-.500 record for the year, it looks like they'll be battling in the Vice President's division in 2020.
#8. HANET PLASTICS
(1-1-0 This Week; 13-17-2 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)
A profusely apologetic Hanet defaulted their mid-week game against the Falcons, vowing it would be their last no-show of 2019. So be warned, rest of WMSPL: Hanet is back, and when they're back, they mean business.
#9. RE/MAX CROSSROADS
(0-2-0 This Week; 13-18-2 Overall; 3rd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)
Re/Max defaulted on Sunday, and just sat there as Storm won the division on Wednesday night.
#10. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(1-1 This Week; 10-24-0 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)
Last year's playoff tournament runners-up have not built on that momentum in 2019, but that doesn't mean they won't finish this year's playoff tournament in the same fashion. They entered last year's tourney as the 9th seed, remember?
(1-1-0 This Week; 8-22-2 Overall; Tied for 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 12)
Greenthumb is a team who plays in the Vice President's division of the WMSPL. In 2020, they will play in the Vice President's Division of the WMSPL.
(0-2-0 This Week; 4-29-0 Overall; 6th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 11)
I had high hopes for Surge in the second half of the season, but after beginning the season 0-19, they've gone 4-10 since, clinching the not-so-coveted WMSPL Horse's Ass trophy for 2019.
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