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The Ding Dong Challenge: Ronald Acuna continues to mash dongs

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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 18 report card

Name Week 18 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 18 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Feslenraster 6 Matt Carpenter (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (4) Maikel Franco (1) 53
Mark Abell 5 Jose Ramirez (3) Salvador Perez (2) Jeimer Candelario (0) 75
Salti Cracker 4 Jose Ramirez (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Brian Dozier (0) 51
Pete Rogers 1 J.D. Martinez (1) Ozzie Albies (0) Yasiel Puig (0) 53
Sixtus74 1 Mookie Betts (0) Dan Murphy (1) Yasiel Puig (0) 67
The Real Slim Shaney 0 -- -- -- 59
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 23
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

Goddamnit. After Mark kindly told me that Edwin Encarnacion was on the DL, I was debating between taking a page out of Feslenraster’s book and adding Ronald Acuna or Sixtus’ Yasiel Puig. I went with Puig and will never forgive myself. We all know the absurdity of Ronald Acuna by now so I won’t go into detail about how crazy his run was and how freaking jealous I am of Fes for benefiting from it. Ugh, mistakes were made.

Shoutout to Fes who takes the win this week and to Mark who is still just adding to that league leading score. Shoutout to Sixtus and I for scoring just one point this week. We really know how to pick them.


Week 19 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Jose Ramirez Indians 121 536 37 86 0.332
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 118 510 38 92 0.331
Mike Trout Angels 109 482 30 82 0.315
Mookie Betts Red Sox 105 479 27 100 0.309
Khris Davis Athletics 114 496 36 71 0.307
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 120 522 33 83 0.303
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 113 417 29 61 0.297
Joey Gallo Rangers 118 476 32 70 0.288
Javier Baez Cubs 121 482 25 74 0.273
Nolan Arenado Rockies 118 508 30 80 0.268
Nelson Cruz Mariners 109 450 30 52 0.266
Bryce Harper Nationals 122 531 30 78 0.265
Aaron Judge Yankees 99 447 26 70 0.263
Trevor Story Rockies 123 517 26 65 0.260
Eugenio Suarez Reds 107 466 27 64 0.260
Francisco Lindor Indians 121 567 29 102 0.258
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 123 546 32 82 0.258
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 123 549 28 78 0.253
Evan Gattis Astros 108 391 24 46 0.253
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 115 496 25 72 0.250
Alex Bregman Astros 121 547 24 80 0.241
Manny Machado Dodgers 125 545 28 63 0.239
Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 104 399 21 53 0.239
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 102 431 18 55 0.239
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 103 443 17 58 0.238

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).