Let’s meet some managers! Over the next couple weeks we’ll be introducing you to the managers of the Mequon Wiffleball League. We’ll give you a little taste of what they’ve accomplished as a player and as a manager over their MWL careers. This week, we’ll begin by focusing on the Trappers’ manager, Hunter Meer.
After over 7 years in the league as a player, Hunter finally took on a managerial role in 2016. Over the years, Hunter has emerged as one of the league's premier pitchers and even earned himself a spot on the NWLA Tournament team in 2015. He is a two time MWL All-Star but has never tasted any postseason success on any team that he’s played on. The formula for Hunter’s teams in the past is perform well in the regular season, and immediately fall apart in the postseason.
In 2016, lead by Hunter’s pitching performance, the Trappers won their first playoff game, erasing any fears of an early exit out of the playoffs for another consecutive year. Regardless of a win in the playoffs or not, it is pretty clear where the Trappers need to increase production in 2017. Last year the Trappers were second in the league (behind the Jammers, 27) in runs allowed, allowing only 49 runs to cross the plate. The next closest were the Pirates who allowed over 80 runs. You would think this pitching dominance would result in more victories than it did. However, the Trappers were dead last in run production, scoring only 37, the league low. Can the Trappers make a run in 2017? Will Hunter make any substantial moves to get their offense back on track?