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The Ding Dong Challenge: Welcome back, Mayor of Ding Dong City

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Welcome to the Ding Dong Challenge, a game were we try and correctly predict who will hit the most home runs in a given week, keep score throughout the entire season and win a free, awesome t-shirt. Here’s last week’s report card and this week’s list of “elites”. If you want to play, just pick one player from the “elites” and two players from the “everyone else” category (which is just everyone who’s not elite), then list your team in the comments. The sooner you create your team, the better as you only get the homers from when your team is posted till the end of the week.

Week 13 report card

Name Week 13 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 13 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Feslenraster 7 Jesus Aguilar (2) Alex Bregman (3) Matt Carpenter (2) 33
Mark Abell 5 Nolan Arenado (1) Greg Bird (3) David Peralta (1) 49
The Real Slim Shaney 4 Paul Goldschmidt (1) Rhys Hoskins (0) Travis Shaw (3) 59
Pete Rogers 4 J.D. Martinez (2) Edwin Encarnacion (2) Matt Olson (0) 43
Sixtus74 3 Bryce Harper (2) Freddie Freeman (0) Joey Votto (1) 51
Salti Cracker 2 Mike Trout (0) Charlie Blackmon (2) Freddie Freeman (0) 45
Heath Capps 2 Nolan Arenado (1) Mitch Moreland (0) Ian Desmond (1) 13
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

Right off the bat (get it?) I’ll say we will be running Ding Dong Challenge this week and it’ll just be Thursday through Sunday so it’ll likely be a low output week what with the All-Star break and all. But the game must go on!

Not a big week for Elites with the most dongs coming from Aguilar, Harper and Martinez all only with 2. Mike Trout again not doing anything so I’m going to call him out YET AGAIN FOR IT! (trying to help you out Salti Cracker, maybe he’ll do double time this week even though it’s a shortened week).

Feslenraster put together a nice week on the shoulders of Bregman and bringing Carpenter back for another week. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

I’d also like to call out Travis Shaw who decided that last week was not the time to live up to the title of Mayor of Ding Dong City when he was on MY team but then he joins Shaney’s team and he knocks 3 dingers. Boo to you Travis. Boo to you.

The Real Slim Shaney still has a sizable 8 point lead with Sixtus in second. Mark is quickly gaining ground, now in third place, while Salti is in fourth and I finally had a good week to get me back on track and in fifth. Lawdy how I’ve fallen. Feslenraster in sixth and Heath leapfrogged Brian thanks to actually playing the game this week. THATS A WIN HEATH!!!

Here’s you’re perfect lineup from this week:

Elite: Jose Ramirez (5)
Everyone Else 1: Kole Calhoun (4)
Everyone Else 2: Justin Smoak (4)


Week 14 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mookie Betts Red Sox 78 355 23 79 0.332
Jose Ramirez Indians 94 419 29 68 0.327
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 87 316 24 49 0.324
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 92 397 29 72 0.316
Mike Trout Angels 97 428 25 71 0.296
Nolan Arenado Rockies 90 395 23 63 0.274
Javier Baez Cubs 91 365 19 61 0.274
Francisco Lindor Indians 94 442 25 85 0.271
Nelson Cruz Mariners 81 333 22 39 0.271
Aaron Judge Yankees 93 423 25 66 0.268
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 89 378 19 57 0.266
Trevor Story Rockies 95 405 20 50 0.265
Eugenio Suarez Reds 79 348 19 50 0.262
Manny Machado Orioles 96 413 24 48 0.260
Joey Gallo Rangers 93 365 22 48 0.256
Khris Davis Athletics 87 373 21 51 0.255
Bryce Harper Nationals 94 414 23 57 0.254
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 95 417 21 61 0.253
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 76 328 15 41 0.253
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 79 348 16 47 0.252
Alex Bregman Astros 96 434 20 67 0.251
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 83 321 18 45 0.249
Evan Gattis Astros 86 320 19 38 0.249
Gregory Polanco Pirates 86 348 16 49 0.249
Aaron Hicks Yankees 76 318 16 46 0.242

Anyone not on this list is an Everyone Else. Reminder: you pick one Elite and two Everyone Else each week so choose wisely! Leave your team in the comments if you want to play this week (and feel free to leave your twitter handle as we’ll give a shoutout each week to the previous week’s winner).