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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 24

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Willie Calhoun, Master of the Dong.

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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.

I’m sorry everyone. With football ramping up and last week spent in a state of chaos getting the fantasy draft kit together and getting all our football content out I totally spaced on the Ding Dong Challenge. So, I guess it’s another impromptu 2-week challenge. WOOT WOOT! Man the baseball season is long...

Week 22/23 scorecard

Name Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Punk is Dead 8 Cody Bellinger (1) Willie Calhoun (5) Yordan Alvarez (2) 107
GratefulMatt 7 Christian Yelich (1) Ronald Acuna (1) Nolan Arenado (5) 124
Mark Abell 7 Mike Trout (2) Yordan Alvarez (2) Aristides Aquino (3) 99
Calvin C 6 Rafael Devers (1) Gleyber Torres (4) Wilmer Flores (1) 95
Heath Capps 6 Mike Trout (2) Ronald Acuna (1) Aristides Aquino (3) 115
Feslenraster 5 Mike Trout (2) Ronald Acuna (1) Yordan Alvarez (2) 100
Ezra Laemmle 5 Cody Bellinger (1) Ronald Acuna (1) Miguel Sano (3) 105
Pete Rogers 4 Pete Alonso (3) Ronald Acuna (1) -- 120
Dark Passenger -- -- -- 2
Ghoji Blackburn -- -- -- 20
Salti Cracker -- -- -- 46

Big, big weeks for Willie Calhoun and Nolan Arenado who took full advantage of the double week to post big home run numbers for Punk is Dead and GratefulMatt’s squads. Also shoutout to Punk is Dead for yet again winning the week’s challenge. I feel like you’re starting to get on a roll here and I do not like it. Especially since my lead has been chopped to bits. I even tried to (unintentionally) cheat last week, listing Rafael Devers as one of my “Everyone Else” despite the fact he was an elite that week. Welp, last place is what I deserve for that abomination. I swear it’ll never happen again.

Props to Punk is Dead, Mark Abell and Calvin C who didn’t have Ronald Acuna Jr on their team and benefited because of it. Not the best two weeks for everyone’s favorite dinger king.

Alright, time for Week 24 as we approach the final stretch. We’re getting there, and I’m getting that shirt GratefulMatt, watch the eff out.

Week 24 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Mike Trout Angels 129 585 43 0.349
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 134 570 43 0.343
Christian Yelich Brewers 122 546 42 0.343
Nelson Cruz Twins 99 429 34 0.333
Peter Alonso Mets 135 579 43 0.324
Anthony Rendon Nationals 121 535 32 0.302
Josh Bell Pirates 133 574 35 0.298
Eugenio Suarez Reds 136 568 40 0.285
Max Kepler Twins 124 559 36 0.283
Jorge Soler Royals 138 576 38 0.283
Hunter Renfroe Padres 125 450 31 0.282
Juan Soto Nationals 124 550 31 0.280
Freddie Freeman Braves 137 611 38 0.280
Edwin Encarnacion Yankees 101 451 30 0.279
Alex Bregman Astros 132 589 32 0.275
George Springer Astros 103 479 29 0.273
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 125 568 34 0.273
Max Muncy Dodgers 129 534 33 0.271
Matt Olson Athletics 103 439 28 0.269
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 130 506 32 0.269
Franmil Reyes Indians 128 461 33 0.269
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 132 598 31 0.268
Josh Donaldson Braves 134 570 33 0.268
Matt Chapman Athletics 133 565 30 0.265
Mike Moustakas Brewers 122 516 31 0.265

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).