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Regis Pollard Interview

posted Jan 28, 2012, 7:50 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jan 28, 2012, 7:50 AM ]

May 14, 2011 — The WWL catches up with the Commissioner just one week before the WWL begins. Here is what he had to say.

WWL: Are you impressed by the progress this league has made?

Regis Pollard: You know the idea of actually creating a league of some sort has been with a couple of the guys for a while now. Just one day this winter I got serious about it and now it looks really promising. We actually just got added to the National Wiffle League Association, which is a nice recognition for us.

WWL: This being your first year, what are your expectations?

R.P: Well we have high expectations, but just simply to get through the season will be great. It is really what the players make of it. I think we have a lot of good players that want to compete so it should be great to watch the progress.

WWL: Talking about your players, how competitive is this league going to be?

R.P: Caledonia is a sports town. We have serious talent here and I think a lot of that can be found in the WWL. 16 guys have come over with experience from the high school varsity squad and a lot of them were all-stars. We also have guys from the historic 18-Hour wiffleball game marathon. We’re talking about young competitive guys who all want to win, so I think we have some of the best athletes in any wiffleball league.

WWL: You’re playing games at Washburn Park. Tell us about this field.

R.P: Well we certainly have a unique field, which you could say is a hitter’s ball park. 80’ down the lines, 87’ in left and right center, and then it comes back in at 86’ in dead center. It sounds like a hitter’s dream on paper but the fences are 8’ high, and when it comes in at center you are facing 16’ high fencing. The dimensions are misleading and it will take a shot to get over the monster in center.

WWL: Any predictions for this first year?

R.P: Well I expect it to be a hitter’s league, and that’s not because of the field either. As I said before we have a great group of athletes, but it will also take a bit before guys get a hang of pitching. Once we get a few games under our belts, the pitching will improve but I still think it is a hitter’s league. We have too many good hitters with too much power for it not to be.

WWL: Will you be disappointed if the league goes under?

R.P: We have a well structured league, so I don’t think about it going under. We put a lot of time and effort into it so yes it would be disappointing, but it has been fun doing it so far. The real fun happens next Sunday though, when we actually get going. We will see you there.