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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 20

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Nelson Cruz did it all this past week.

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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 19 scorecard

Name Week 19 total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Week 19 total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Punk is Dead 7 Nelson Cruz (4) Rafael Devers (1) Justin Turner (2) 86
Ezra Laemmle 5 Mike Trout (2) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Javier Baez (1) 88
Pete Rogers 4 Pete Alonso (0) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Xander Bogaerts (2) 104
Heath Capps 4 Cody Bellinger (2) Aaron Judge (1) Freddie Freeman (1) 100
Calvin C 4 Daniel Vogelbach (1) Mookie Betts (1) Rougned Odor (2) 77
GratefulMatt 4 George Springer (1) Ronald Acuna Jr (2) Freddie Freeman (1) 98
Feslenraster 2 Mike Trout (2) Tommy Pham (0) Luke Voit (0) 84
Mark Abell 1 Pete Alonso (0) Nicholas Castellanos (0) Kevin Pillar (1) 83
Dark Passenger -- -- -- 2
Ghoji Blackburn -- -- -- 20
Salti Cracker -- -- -- 46

Congrats to Punk is Dead for taking home the win last week thanks to Nelson Cruz flexing that power we all know and love. I was going to be real upset if Rafael Devers had given Punk anything truly productive since I feel like that’s my guy but I knew Devers had my back. The one home run makes it look like he still kinda tried but he knew not to try as hard as he normally does since I wouldn’t benefit from the dingers. Don’t worry Devers, you’ll be on my squad this week so you can get back to crushing balls.

Speaking of my guys, Pistol Pete and I need to sit down and have a long chat. The last few times I’ve picked Pete Alonso as my elite I feel like he’s let me down big time. Need to avoid that rookie wall and keep going yard whenever I want. At least I have Mark to suffer with me this week (that being said, Mark has a lot more to suffer over this week then I do).

I’m glad to see Aaron Judge listened to Heath and gave him...... one dinger. Just give up Heath. He’s not worth your time.

We got two more months left of dinger action, LET’S KEEP GOING!

Week 20 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Mike Trout Angels 106 476 36 0.363
Christian Yelich Brewers 103 460 37 0.358
Nelson Cruz Twins 83 357 30 0.354
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 109 465 36 0.346
Peter Alonso Mets 110 468 34 0.324
Hunter Renfroe Padres 102 372 30 0.318
George Springer Astros 80 368 25 0.301
Josh Bell Pirates 109 470 27 0.297
Anthony Rendon Nationals 97 425 24 0.291
Max Kepler Twins 103 464 30 0.285
Edwin Encarnacion Yankees 101 451 30 0.279
Trevor Story Rockies 99 445 25 0.278
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 93 428 22 0.272
Daniel Vogelbach Mariners 103 411 26 0.271
Franmil Reyes Indians 103 370 27 0.271
Jorge Soler Royals 113 468 29 0.266
Alex Bregman Astros 109 486 27 0.264
Josh Donaldson Braves 109 461 26 0.264
Eugenio Suarez Reds 110 460 29 0.264
Max Muncy Dodgers 109 447 27 0.263
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 110 486 24 0.262
Javier Baez Cubs 109 467 26 0.261
Joc Pederson Dodgers 102 369 23 0.259
Ketel Marte Diamondbacks 108 476 24 0.258
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 110 497 25 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).