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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 22

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That grand slam was something else. Maybe in the future, that’ll win you more points...

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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.

Week 21 scorecard

Name Week 21 total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Week 21 total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Feslenraster 8 Mike Trout (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Aristides Aquino (4) 95
GratefulMatt 8 Christian Yelich (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Bryce Harper (4) 117
Punk is Dead 8 Mike Trout (2) Nolan Arenado (4) Yordan Alvarez (2) 99
Pete Rogers 7 Pete Alonso (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Rafael Devers (3) 116
Ezra Laemmle 7 Trevor Story (2) Nolan Arenado (4) Michael Conforto (1) 100
Calvin C 6 Cody Bellinger (4) Keston Hiura (0) Yordan Alvarez (2) 89
Mark Abell 4 Nolan Arenado (4) Aaron Judge (0) Brian Anderson (0) 92
Heath Capps 4 Charlie Blackmon (2) Aaron Judge (0) Eduardo Escobar (2) 109
Dark Passenger -- -- -- 2
Ghoji Blackburn -- -- -- 20
Salti Cracker -- -- -- 46

WHAT A WEEK! I don’t know if we’ve ever had a three-way tie in the challenge before, let alone a tie with everyone scoring EIGHT DINGERS! That’s just impressive. Big props to Feslenraster and Punk is Dead for being one of those three to tie for the win this week. Subdued props to GratefulMatt as his big week has pushed him to the top of the food chain for the season. I held onto that title so long and now I’m looking up to him. AND I MISSED IT BY ONE HOMER! That’s just crushing if I am to be honest with y’all.

Meanwhile, HEATH STOP DRAFTING AARON JUDGE! That’s all that really can be said right now. And Mark, stop trying to be like Heath. Don’t be like Heath.

Shoutout to Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger and the breakout sensation Aristides Aquino for all going yard four times this past week. Round of applause for you men.

TIME FOR WEEK 22 AND ME TO CLAIM WHAT’S RIGHTFULLY MINE!

Week 22 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Mike Trout Angels 118 529 41 0.368
Christian Yelich Brewers 110 491 41 0.363
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 121 518 42 0.354
Peter Alonso Mets 123 526 40 0.333
Josh Bell Pirates 119 512 31 0.305
Hunter Renfroe Padres 112 414 31 0.304
Jorge Soler Royals 125 518 35 0.290
Anthony Rendon Nationals 109 479 27 0.287
Alex Bregman Astros 119 531 30 0.282
Trevor Story Rockies 111 501 28 0.279
Edwin Encarnacion Yankees 101 451 30 0.279
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 105 485 26 0.278
Max Kepler Twins 115 521 33 0.275
George Springer Astros 91 424 26 0.274
Eugenio Suarez Reds 122 509 34 0.274
Matt Chapman Athletics 121 518 29 0.273
Hunter Dozier Royals 102 433 22 0.271
Max Muncy Dodgers 120 499 31 0.270
Juan Soto Nationals 112 495 28 0.267
Josh Donaldson Braves 122 517 29 0.265
Mike Moustakas Brewers 115 495 30 0.265
Rafael Devers Red Sox 123 546 27 0.264
Freddie Freeman Braves 125 558 31 0.259
Daniel Vogelbach Mariners 114 452 27 0.259
Javier Baez Cubs 121 513 28 0.258

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).