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Since this post goes live on Fridays, in order to give participants that right amount of time to make their picks, and the weekly scoring period doesn’t end until Sunday night, we are always going to be about a week and a half behind in reporting the winners. For instance, right now week one’s contest is in full swing. Literally. Pun intended. However, since week 1 doesn’t conclude until this Sunday night, I won’t know who won until then. And even then it will probably be more like Monday when I get around to tabulating the results. Does anyone tabulate anymore? Or is it that they just don’t use the word?

So here’s how I’m going to handle the organization of this contest. On Fridays the contest post for the coming week will be announced right here. At the same time I will announce the winner from the contest two weeks earlier since this will be my first opportunity to do so. I addition I will let you know who is winning the current contest from the previous week. So on Fridays I will tell you what I can about the contest that is still in play. This will include who is winning as well as some other semi useless details.

The exception to this process will be this week’s post since we do not have any winners yet to declare.

For those of you anxious for updates I will be tweeting out random updates throughout the week. However, the winners will only be announced right here in this post on Razzball. When announcing the winner, this post will also highlight the top batter from that week.

Without further ado, let’s talk about Week 1…

In week one we had 109 mostly awesome people enter the contest. Of those 109, only five picked an unpickable player. Picking an unpickable will net you zero points for said player. The most selected batter was Ryan Braun, who was picked by 18 different contestants. At the moment, Braun has just 9 points. Surprisingly, Yasiel Puig leads the way with 29 points. J.T. Realuto is second with 25. Four people picked Puig, but no one selected Realmuto. There were a total of 99 different hitters chosen. As for how many people picked the same three-player combinations, I have no clue. That only matters if there is a tie for first place, in which case the person who submitted their picks first wins. One minor comment about that is that sometimes a comment requires approval by someone on the Razzball team before it gets posted live to the site. I mention this because it is possible for you to think you were first because you didn’t see anyone else with the same picks, but in reality someone has actually beaten you to the punch. I’m assuming this case will be extremely rare, if it all, but in the event that it does occur, the comment that was pending approval will be the winner if it was submitted first.

The current leader for week one is… I’m not sure if I feel like Steve Harvey or Warren Beatty, but the current leader is our fearless leader, Grey! With 60 points he has an eight point advantage over Manley Ramirez heading into Friday’s action.

For those that care, Kris Bryant is currently more valuable picked as an Unpickable than if he weren’t. As an Unpickable he’d earn you zero points. If he was eligible, he’d net you negative four points. And by “net” I mean subtract.

For all of your newcomers, here are the basic rules. Each week you pick three batters (no pitchers). A week (scoring period) runs from Monday through Sunday. You must have your picks submitted by 11:00 AM EDT on Monday mornings. You submit your picks by leaving a comment in the comments section of that’s week’s contest post. Comment timestamps will be used to break any ties. Once you pick a player, you cannot pick that player again in any subsequent week. A card laid is a card played. This means that once you announce your picks in the comments section, you cannot change them. It doesn’t matter the reason.

The last thing to mention are the unmentionables. Actually they are called Unpickables. You cannot pick an unpickable. Well you can, but you will get zero points.

The Unpickables

Mike Trout
Mookie Betts
Jose Altuve
Nolan Arenado
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
Bryce Harper
Charlie Blackmon
Kris Bryant
Josh Donaldson
Manny Machado
Joey Votto
Miguel Cabrera
Negan

Each week is a new contest, but your weekly points will count towards your total points in the season long standings. The season will run fifteen weeks. At the end of the season there will be a five week playoff competition. In order to qualify for the playoffs you need to either win a weekly contest or finish in the top three overall season standings. That’s it. If you win more than one week and/or finish in the top three, you still only get one entry into the playoffs. However the person that finishes the regular season with the most points (first place), will be allowed to pick players from the Unpickables list during the playoffs (one per week). The winner of the playoffs will receive a brand new Razzball tee shirt. And that’s me plagiarizing me from last week. Cut and paste is your friend.

The scoring system that will be used for this contest is as follows:
1B(+1), 2B(+2), 3B(+3), HR(+4), RBI(+1), R(+1), SO(-1), BB(+1), SB(+1), CS(-1)

In case you don’t remember who you’ve already picked, you can refer to the attached spreadsheet which shows you everyone’s picks.

Selected players spreadsheet.

Newcomers welcome. Just because you missed last week’s contest doesn’t mean you can’t join this week. Remember all you have to do is win one week (any week) and you’re in the playoffs!

 

 

Follow malamoney on Twitter at @malamoney.

 
  1. FBV says:
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    Trea Turner Was 2B

    Carlos Correa Hou SS

    Corey Seager LAD SS

    • malamoney says:
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      @FBV: Got it.

  2. zubaz says:
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    Is it too late to enter?

    • malamoney says:
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      @zubaz: Of course not. The contest closes on Mondays at 11am EST.

  3. tony says:
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    Mazara, Corey Seager, Carlos Santana. Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @tony: Got it.

  4. jack florida says:
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    benintendi, carlos gonzalez, buxton

  5. Icalltails says:
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    Yasiel Puig

    Rougned Odor

    Jake Lamb

    • malamoney says:
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      @Grey: I will ask Jay to edit to post to replace your name with Hitter-Tron. Go Hitter-Tron. I mean go Rudy. I mean go Razzball. Do we have cheerleaders?

  6. Fungazi says:
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    Why is grey competing to win a razzball shirt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not, just playing along

    • malamoney says:
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      @Fungazi: Because who doesn’t want a Razzball shirt.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @malamoney: Keith Law

  7. R. Odor

    A. Benentendi

    DJ LeMahieu

    • malamoney says:
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      @Zuleta: Got it.

  8. The Great Knoche says:
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    Benintendi, Cespedes, Pedroia

    Brandon Finnegan is an unpickable?

    I should have put Bumgarner on here. I might on his next 2 start week.

      • Blackjack says:
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        @malamoney: glad to know I’m not the only crazy one…

  9. Alyosha McClain says:
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    Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski, Austin Hedges

      • Alyosha McClain says:
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        @malamoney: 3 games in Coos if my math is correct?

  10. Steve Sturm says:
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    Pedroia, LeMahieu, Moustakas

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Story, Segura, and Harper

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @malamoney: F- I forgot about Harper being on that list. Make it Daniel Murphy.

  12. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hunter Renfroe
    Wil Myers
    Nolan Arenado

    • malamoney says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: Got it, but you now you’re stuck with an unpickable.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @malamoney: I am a fool.

  13. lackeydrinksonme says:
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    Stanton, Mazara, Healy

  14. Wheezy says:
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    Mazara, Trea Turner, Correa

    • malamoney says:
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      @Wheezy: Ok

  15. Blackjack says:
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    A. Russell, H. Renfroe, B. Crawford

    • Blackjack says:
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      @Blackjack: really wanted to take Dozier, but the twins have TWO off days this week. Wtf MLB?

  16. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Kendrys Morales
    Jose Bautista
    Eric Thames

  17. Pinchers of Loaf says:
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    Hunter Renfroe

    Gerardo Parra

    Brandon Belt

  18. PB&J says:
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    Springer, Story, and K. Davis

    • malamoney says:
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      @PB&J: Ok

  19. Just a lonely Terrorist says:
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    Ryon Healy
    Andrew Benintendi
    Eduardo Nunez

    All my latest jihadists

  20. Jonu says:
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    Lindor – Nunez – Reynolds

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jonu: Eduardo Nuñez?

  21. Muskogee Joe says:
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    Daniel Murphy,Yoenis Cespedes and Starling Marte

  22. Robert Leiker says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    Will Myers
    Carlos Santana

  23. The Padre says:
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    Andrew Benintendi
    Adam Duvall
    Victor Martinez

  24. steinbrenner youth says:
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    george springer
    hanley ramirez
    yoenis cespedes

  25. Mike_Vee_ says:
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    Yangervis Solarte, Mark Reynolds, Jose Peraza

    • malamoney says:
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      @Mike_Vee_: Count it.

  26. Shivdaddy says:
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    So naming Thames last week got me the assistant hitting coach for the New York Yankees? lol

    Andrew McCutchen
    Will Myers
    Andrew Benintendi

    • malamoney says:
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      @Shivdaddy: Not sure what that means.

      • Shivdaddy says:
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        @malamoney:

        Hey Batter shows me with Marcus Thames.

        • malamoney says:
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          @Shivdaddy: I have fixed that. You’re all set.

  27. Can't Spell Wrong without RON says:
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    Puig, Adam Duvall, Belt

  28. Powerade says:
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    Peraza
    Votto
    Duvall

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Powerade: Got it, but unfortunately you picked an unpickable.

  29. Trent says:
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    Will Myers, George Springer & Travis Shaw

    • malamoney says:
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      @Trent: Ok

  30. Zubaz says:
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    Solarte, Renfroe, Panik

    • malamoney says:
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      @Zubaz: All set.

  31. Blinds says:
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    Week 2:
    Yasiel Puig
    Wil Myers
    Mark Reynolds

    • malamoney says:
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      @Blinds: Ok

  32. Fungazi says:
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    Odor, Pollock, Wil myers

    • malamoney says:
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      @Fungazi: Got it.

  33. You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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    Pedroia, LeMahieu, Moustakas

  34. Patrick says:
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    Carlos Gonzalez, Bregman, Matt carpenter

    • malamoney says:
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      @Patrick: In

  35. BadBirdsofBMORE says:
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    Week 2

    Ryan Braun, Logan Morrison, Evan Longoria

    BadBirdsofBMORE

  36. B. Rabbit says:
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    Yangervis Solarte, Jose Bautista, Gerardo Parra

    • malamoney says:
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      @B. Rabbit: All set

  37. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    week 2 picks.

    Schwarber
    Springer
    Trea Turner

  38. Thor da Man says:
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    Myers, Story, Cespedes

  39. John says:
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    Quick question! I’m thinking about dropping Javi Baez for Manuel Margot to occupy the last bench spot of my batters. Position eligibility isn’t a concern since I have depth at all positions, so Is this a good idea or is Javi Baez still a better guy to have on roster than Margot stats-wise?

    • malamoney says:
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      @John: I’d rather own Margot.

  40. Foul balls says:
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    Week 2
    Puig , Cespedes, Story

    • malamoney says:
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      @Foul balls: Sounds like the title to a documentary about Cuban baseball players.

  41. WDH says:
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    Dickerson
    Springer
    Pence

    • malamoney says:
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      @WDH: Ok

  42. Brian Young says:
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    Pablo Sandoval
    Nomar Mazzara
    Corey Dickerson

    Let it ride!

  43. Aaronl13 says:
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    Dustin Pedroia, Jose Peraza, and Trevor Story

    • malamoney says:
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      @Aaronl13: Done deal.

  44. Rush2112 says:
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    Travis Shaw
    Yangervis Solarte
    Mark Reynolds

    • malamoney says:
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      @Rush2112: In

  45. malamoney says:
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    McCutchen, Kinsler and Pedroia

  46. Don't Under Do It says:
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    Nomar Mazara
    Brandon belt
    Adam Eaton

  47. Funkmasta198 says:
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    Brandon Belt
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Starling Marte

  48. ThE sHiT says:
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    CarGo (COL)
    Margot
    Longo

    • malamoney says:
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      @ThE sHiT: You got it.

  49. Assy says:
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    Marte! Odor! Longoria!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Assy: Ok!

  50. King Homer says:
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    Wil Myers
    Mark Reynolds
    Hunter Renfroe

    • malamoney says:
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      @King Homer: You got it King.

  51. Jeff P says:
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    Lindor, Renfroe, Cespedes

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jeff P: Got it.

  52. Raider says:
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    Willy Myers
    Evan Longoria
    Christian Yelich

    • malamoney says:
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      @Raider: Ok.

  53. kenly0 says:
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    Kinsler, Posey, and Billy Hamilton

    • malamoney says:
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      @kenly0: All set.

  54. cliffyw says:
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    Mark Reynolds, Gerardo Parra, Adam Duvall

    • malamoney says:
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      @cliffyw: In

  55. Chad Bowling says:
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    Ryan Braun
    Trevor Story
    Billy Hamilton

  56. Veedon says:
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    Billy Hamilton
    Adam Duvall
    Mark Reynolds

    • malamoney says:
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      @Veedon: Ok

  57. Metlgod says:
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    Correa, Carlos
    Trumbo, Mark
    Seager, Kyle

    • malamoney says:
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      @Metlgod: All set

  58. jesusc97 says:
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    E. Longoria, K. Morales y A. Jones.

    Thanks

    • malamoney says:
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      @jesusc97: You’re welcome.

  59. Littlecf24 says:
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    Yangervis Solarte
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Jonathan Villar

    • malamoney says:
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      @Littlecf24: All set.

  60. Mickey says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton
    George Springer
    Daniel Murphy

    • malamoney says:
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      @Mickey: Locked in.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Can we get a Sunday update in the comments about the top three competitors for the week win?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Grey: You mean an update right now as to who is winning for week 1? If so, then sure. Give me a few minutes to add shit up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah I wanna know what I’m rooting for

  62. jstone says:
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    Jose Bautista
    Kendrys Morales
    Robinson Cano

  63. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:
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    Morales
    Story
    Puig

    (Haha that “Negan” autolinked to Brandon Finnegan. Wonder if he calls his bat “Lucille”?)

    • malamoney says:
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      @VictoriaB: If he doesn’t, he should!

  64. malamoney says:
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    SUNDAY UPDATE (as of 2:21pm EST):

    Grey – 69 points
    Manley Ramirez – 59 points
    Chris Montgomery – 59 points
    Big Time Timmy Jim – 58 points

    • Grey

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      Be good to know what the top 3 players are

  65. malamoney says:
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    SUNDAY UPDATE PART 2, Top scoring hitters:

    J.T. Realmuto – 33 points
    Yasiel Puig – 31 points
    Brandon Belt – 30 points
    Paul Goldschmidt – 30 points (Unpickable)
    Mark Reynolds – 30 points
    Francisco Lindor – 28 points
    Nomar Mazara – 28 points

  66. Wheezy says:
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    Hey Malamoney,

    Can I change one of my picks? Change Trea Turner to Travis Shaw

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Wheezy: As per the rules, no changes are permitted. A card laid is a card played. Sorry, but if I let people start making changes, this would become a nightmare.

      • Wheezy says:
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        @malamoney: No worries, thanks!

  67. Water says:
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    Neil Walker
    Andrew McCutchen
    Ryan Braun

    • malamoney says:
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      @Water: Ok

  68. BC says:
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    Odor
    Story
    Polanco

    • malamoney says:
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      @BC: You’re in.

  69. Jason Heilskov says:
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    Ryan Braun, Wil Myers, Andrew Benintendi.

  70. Tony C. says:
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    Myers, Cespedes, Stanton

    • Tony C. says:
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      @Tony C.: Looks like only one with no reply, just making sure I wasn’t overlooked.

      How about Myers with the cycle!

      • malamoney says:
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        @Tony C.: Don’t worry, you’re all set. I try to acknowledge all comments, but it’s possible for me to miss one. It will still be included in the contest. All good.

      • Blackjack says:
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        @Tony C.: nice work this week. Can I copy off you next quiz?!

        • malamoney says:
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          @Blackjack: No cheating! LOL…

  71. Smallwine says:
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    AJ Pollock, R Cano, K Schwarber

    Thanks for setting this up, fun game!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Smallwine: No problem. Welcome aboard.

  72. TheTheory says:
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    Zack Cozart
    Steven Souza Jr
    Asdrubal Cabrera

    • malamoney says:
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      @TheTheory: Got it.

  73. LenFuego says:
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    Justin Upton
    Jackie Bradley Jr.
    Adam Duvall

    • malamoney says:
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      @LenFuego: Got it.

  74. MisterMister says:
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    Kinsler, Castellanos, Margot.

    Thanks.

  75. BadBirdsofBMORE says:
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    ***Correction***
    WEEK 2 Batters

    Ryan Braun, Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr.

    BadBirdsofBMORE (REVISED)

    • malamoney says:
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      @BadBirdsofBMORE: Sorry, but changes are not allowed. This is specifically mentioned in the post both last week and this week.

  76. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Lindor, Benintendi, Duvall

  77. Trevor says:
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    Will Myers
    Cespedes
    Brian Dozier

    • malamoney says:
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      @Trevor: In

  78. DrDoak007 says:
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    Jose Bautista
    Kendrys Morales
    Devon Travis

    • malamoney says:
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      @DrDoak007: Sure thing.

  79. malamoney says:
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    Submissions will close at 11am EST. That means comments timestamped after 8am PDT (since this site uses the west coast timezone) will not be counted.

    Thanks.

  80. Euroalien says:
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    Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Wil Myers

    • malamoney says:
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      @Euroalien: Ok

  81. MattH says:
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    Will Myers, Adam Duvall, George Springer

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @MattH: No problem.

  82. Nateyad says:
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    Almost forgot good luck everyone!

    Mark Reynolds
    Albert Pujols
    Jay Bruce

    • malamoney says:
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      @Nateyad: Just in time. All set.

  83. Jason Morgan says:
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    Belt, Parra and Posey

  84. malamoney says:
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    This week’s contest is now closed.

  85. BadBirdsofBMORE says:
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    understood

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