MLB SEASON COUNTER: 57.0%
Major League Baseball has now completed 57% of the season through Sunday July 17th. So it’s time to start our tour around the Main Event league standings. This first week we’re going to examine the fantasy teams in the top seven places of the second group of 8 out of the 47 leagues. What could be our inspiration this week? Well, how about a story of some guys that just need a break – because maybe all of us need a break from a hectic first half of the season…you just MIGHT hear a fantasy manager say…
80% Updates on Main Event Categories (counting stats adjusted for full season):
Runs: 1018 (580 currently)
Home Runs: 279 (159 currently)
RBIs: 989 (564)
SB: 132 (75)
Batting Average: .2558
K: 1342 (765)
Wins: 91 (52)
Saves: 74 (42)
Overall Category Leaders as of 7/17:
Runs: 682 John Pausma (JPME3)
Home Runs: 214 Jason Santeiu (No Crying In Baseball)
RBIs: 652 Ben Tidd (Tidd Main)
SB: 113 Scott Fleming (376 Grams)
Batting Average: .2813 Chris Read (One Sweet World)
K: 879 Matt Modica (ctm main 4.7)
Wins: 97 Jeff Mitseff (Mitseff Main 5)
Saves: 65 Ronny Mor (Cali Cartel)
ERA: 2.484 John Pausma (JPME5)
WHIP: 1.005 John Pausma (JPME5)
Over the next few weeks, we will catch up with the 47 Main Event leagues on an individual basis. You’ll see the fantasy managers in the top 7 positions, along with their point total (AS OF SATURDAY MORNING), the change from two weeks ago (ACTUALLY A LITTLE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER THE SUNDAY STATS WERE COMPLETED) and the overall place. Also, I have brought back the “Win Estimate” – where I show the chances of finishing first for each team in the particular league. Remember, I can’t tell anyone how this is calculated, but I can tell you that it uses the same general principles as Philippe Dussault’s preseason player ranking.
1: The Flemish Wonder
Scott Fleming, who led the entire Main Event in April, has not let up in his quest for a league title. He currently holds a slim two-point margin over his nearest competitor, Dustin Wagner, and both have jumped up by 4 points over the past two weeks. They still both boast top 100 overall positions, and hope to make this a two-man race. But Daniel Prepas is not fully cooperating, and has over 100 points of his own. Stephen Marshall is in solid possession of fourth place, but the big mover over the past two weeks was Scott Zeidman who has gained 12.5 and now is in a tie for 5th with Tim Lilly. Those two players still have some work to do, as does Nicholi Knutson in 7th. This should be an interesting race over the second half.
|9||LAS VEGAS 3.26 @11:00 AM|
|Place||Main Event #1031||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
|5th||TIE: Scott Zeidman||84.5||+12.5||294||6%|
|6th||TIE: Tim Lilly||84.5||even||385||6%|
2: Bendar But Don’t Break
Another league, another former overall leader! . Mark Bendar, though, says he is different than Scott Fleming – he has vowed to be in overall contention over the second half (he’s now in 15th). However, NFBC veteran Shawn Childs is just 6 points out and has gained 7.5 points over the past two weeks, so Mark better not be too comfortable. Childs is 37th overall and has a formidable team. Also in the hunt is Tony DiVincezo in 3rd with 100 points, although he slipped by 9.5 over the latest two-week period. And don’t forget about the two managers tied for 4th – Ronny Mor and Keith Tonsager. They have 93.5 points and are capable of making a charge. Daniel Semsel is a little further back in 6th, and Bradley Shairson has been surging but needs to keep it up to be part of the battle for first.
|10||LAS VEGAS 3.26 @11:00 AM|
|Place||Main Event #1032||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
|4th||TIE: Ronny Mor||93.5||-3.0||142||11%|
|5th||TIE: Keith Tonsager||93.5||-0.5||232||11%|
3: Ned Has a Lot of Cred
Ned Donohue is having a fantastic season – he is leading or close to leading three separate Main Event leagues, and in this one he has a 4.5 point lead over his nearest competitor. Over the last two weeks he has gained 7 points and is 8th overall. Who could keep pace with this type of effort? Well, introducing Stephen Jupinka. He is just 4.5 points back; has gained 12.5 points over the past two weeks, and is 7th overall! Wow – what a fight this will be! And we’re not done – Robert Cramutola – who is having a wonderful fantasy campaign himself – is in 3rd place. Robert IS having some recent issues though – having lost 12 points over the past fortnight and is trying desperately to straighten out his team over the break. Eric Heberlig is everywhere (you’ll see later) but in this league he’s a solid 4th; Ken O’Brien is right behind and close enough to compete in 5th, and Todd Hoppe and Andrew Geller are really not out of this thing. It’s just a question of whether Donohue and Jupinka come back to the pack a little. Right now we have it rated as a 65% chance that one of these two wins the league – but there’s a lot of season left…
|11||ONLINE 3.26 @2:00 PM|
|Place||Main Event #1034||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
Scott Masel is leading league #1132, but certainly is going to be tested over the next few months. He does have the benefit of momentum, though, as he’s gained 10.5 points over the past two weeks to move into first place. Second place is – who else – Eric Heberlig – just three points back, while Jin Chun is right in contention only 4.5 points out of the lead. Then back a few points we come to Danny Bronski and – see if you remember this name – Robert Cramutola. They are a mere 10-11 points from the lead and I wouldn’t rule either one out. Back a few points more is Jon Engstrom, who has gained the same as Scott Masel – 10.5 points – to move into 6th place. Joe Green is also not TOO far back in 7th, although it’s going to take a concerted charge for him to get involved.
|12||ONLINE 3/26 @8:00 PM|
|Place||Main Event #1132||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
5: Not Sure How This Happened
James Anderson of Rotowire prospect fame has dragged his partner and this team temporarily to first place. I say temporarily because one day after these standings were recorded, Gekko Industries (aka Mark Srebro) has surged into first and past our two intrepid heroes. However, as of Saturday they held a 3.5-point lead; 27th place overall and are certainly in the thick of the league race. Mr. Srebro has not been impressed, however, and had gained 6 points over the past two weeks even before his Saturday push. Rick Davis and Michelle Smith are also in contention, with Davis posting an eye-popping 17-point gain over the past two weeks to claim third. Also not playing around is Greg Lathrop in 5th, who has moved up 14 points and has plans to challenge the leaders. Daniel DaSilva and Markus Sultan are in 6th and 7th, and need to turn it on over the second half to be in the mix.
|13||LAS VEGAS 3.27 @4:00 PT|
|Place||Main Event #1143||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
|1st||James Anderson & Todd Whitestone||116.0||-2.0||27||26%|
6: Cramming For The Overall
Robert Cramutola has big things on his mind. He is leading this league yes, but is 2nd overall and spends most of his days gazing at the overall leader board. Based on a series of proprietary calculations, we give him a 40% chance to win this league, but he better pay attention because fantasy expert and Baseball HQ writer Steven Weimer is not TOO far back in 2nd place. Then we have an excellent fantasy player in 3rd – Christopher Vaccaro. He writes also – for The Athletic – so he must know what he’s doing, right? Well, it turns out he is an expert on FOOTBALL, and signed up for this league by mistake. He actually planned to take Robbie Anderson at WR and ended up with Tim Anderson as his second-round pick. He’s rebounded well though, and is solidly in 3rd as he tries to adjust to the newfangled game. Michael Amarante is in 4th place, in a virtual tie with – there’s that man again – Eric Heberlig – but we think both are going to need to push the envelope to threaten the top spot. A little further back we find Scott Kotchek and Marc Fleisher, who are desperately searching the free agent pool for difference-makers as we speak.
|14||ONLINE 3.29 @7:00|
|Place||Main Event #1192||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
7: Crescent Moon
Michael Crescenzi is leading this Main Event Online league – and over the past two weeks has picked up 8 points on his league mates. He’s looking to take control, but NFBC stalwart Bradley Libros is right in the middle of the action and only 5.5 points back. In addition, Eric Albright and Andrew Pelaez have 100 points and are within hailing distance. Twenty points out of first we find Mike Duggan and Philippe Dussault, who both are confident that they can pick up 2-3 points per week and be right there at the finish. Back in 7th is Marc Fleisher who definitely needs some things to go his way – especially after dropping 10.5 points over the past couple of weeks.
|15||ONLINE 3.30 @7:00 PM|
|Place||Main Event #1221||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
8: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Patrick Longood holds the lead in our final league today, and apparently has received some religious help over the past two weeks, as his team surged 11.5 points over that period. He’s now at #65 overall, but can’t get too comfortable as my podcast partner Rob DiPietro is shadowing him just 3.5 points back. Also in the hunt are Michael Garcia and Anthony Palavis, the latter making a 9.5-point move to reach 4th place. Former overall champ Glenn Schroter is in 5th at 88.5 points, while Brian Jenner, the up-and-coming star of the New York NFBC draft scene pulls in at 86.5. Speaking of New York NFBC stars, Mike Mager holds down 7th place in this league, and no one should feel too confident that he is out of the running.
|16||NEW YORK 4.1 @8:00 PM|
|Place||Main Event #1226||Points||Chg Last 2 Weeks||Place Overall||Win Estimate|
The Quest For Est
Esteury Ruiz, who was called up for the Padres, was the widest pickup on July 17th. Those who added him are hoping for stolen bases and perhaps lots of runs scored from the 23-year old rookie. Perhaps they can take some comfort from the fact that the Main Event is a noble quest and Esteury should therefore fit right in. Whether that leads to stolen bases is anyone’s guess, but in any case, Ruiz was added in all 47 leagues for as high as $311 and as low as $16.
In addition, 9 other players were picked up in 24 or more leagues (see below). Other wide pickups were Kyle Finnegan – who just might be the Nationals closer; Max Meyer – the young Marlins phenom who was owned in 8 leagues BEFORE this weekend which is why he was only added in 39 this week; Austin Slater – who might get a lot of run since the Giants facing lots of LHP; and Joey Bart – who’s showing some signs of a power breakout lately.
|ADDED IN MOST MAIN EVENT LEAGUES||Leagues Added||Reason||Highest Winning Bid||Lowest Winning Bid|
|Esteury Ruiz||47||San Diego speedster||311||16|
|Kyle Finnegan||44||Finnegan’s Rainbow?||105||9|
|Max Meyer||39||Marlin Phenom||278||24|
|Austin Slater||34||Lefty masher for SF||28||1|
|Joey Bart||29||Catcher masher for SF||21||1|
|Akil Baddoo||28||Back in Motown||39||1|
|Ramon Urias||28||Bashing in BAL||34||3|
|Brooks Raley||27||TB Saves – maybe?||32||1|
|Kutter Crawford||25||Is he in the rotation?||65||1|
|Alexis Diaz||24||Not for the fainthearted||61||2|
The Wow Bid of the Week
One of our highlighted features – the Main Event Wow Bid of the Week – goes to the largest bid of each FAAB period. This week that honor goes to a $311 bid for rookie Esteury Ruiz – as he attracted the highest bid. In the league he was won with the $311 bid, it easily outdistanced the $155 runner-up amount.
7/17: Esteury Ruiz $311
7/10: Jorge Soler $201
7/3: Vinnie Pasquantino $373
6/26: Jake Meyers $315
6/19: Riley Greene $361
6/12: Stephen Strasburg $227
6/5: Edward Cabrera $331
5/29 Ryan Helsley $312
5/22: Nolan Gorman $482 – #4 Wow Bid
5/15: George Kirby $557 – #2 Wow Bid
5/8: Brendan Rodgers $424
5/1: Eloy Jimenez $452
4/24: Jesse Winker $508 – #3 Wow Bid
4/17: Matt Manning $475 – #5 Wow Bid
4/10: Josh Lowe $613 – Highest Main Bid this Year
4/3: Matt Brash $244
The Century Club Has 7 Members This Week
There were 7 players that attracted SUCCESSFUL bids over $100 during this FAAB run (up from 6 last week), and 5 of those players had at least one winning bid over $200 (up from 1 last week – see chart below). The only players attracting multiple bids over $100 were Esteury Ruiz (3) and Max Meyer (3). There were 47 successful bids over $100 (way up from the 15 last week) and 9 successful bid over $200:
|TEAM||BIDS OVER $100 – MAIN EVENT||Winning Bids over $100||Winning Bids over $200||Highest Winning Bid (FAAB $)|
Average Main Event Team FAAB Remaining: $219
For the 16 FAAB runs thus far, the average Main Event team has won 30.4 bids this season (still steady at 1.90 per week) and spent $781.11 per team. This dollar amount has now edged even further ahead of last season’s pace (now by 3.0%) when $757.74 was spent per team in the same time frame. This means that in 2022, the average team has $219 of FAAB left, but it’s worthwhile to remember that approximately $57 per team went unspent last year as fantasy owners fell out of the running. Therefore, the active FAAB dollars left could be around $160 or so.
|2022||TOTAL NUMBER OF MAIN EVENT WINNING BIDS||TOTAL FAAB DOLLARS SPENT MAIN EVENT||AVERAGE WINNING BID MAIN EVENT||AVERAGE AMOUNTS SPENT PER ME TEAM|
Colosseum Stats: Four Players from Three Weeks Ago…Results: 1 Good Add out of 4:
Again this season we’ll be keeping tabs on the 4 most added players from 3 weeks ago to see how some of the biggest free agent acquisitions have been doing for their fantasy owners. These are the players acquired in the most leagues on the 13th FAAB run this season – on 6/26 (stats are from 6/27 through 7/17):
- Isaac Paredes: 15-for-69 .217 AVG; 3 HR; 0 SB – Paredes’ average is underwhelming, but he does have three homers along with some reasonable counting stats (10 runs scored and 8 RBI) he seems to be playing every day so there is hope that he will shake out of this and produce more – for now I think a PUSH is in order.
- Lou Trivino: 7.0 IP; 3.86 ERA; 1.86 WHIP; 7 K; 3 BB; 0 WINS; 5 SAVES – Let me just say Trivino’s stats aren’t outstanding, but he’s got the 5 saves in three weeks, so that’s all you need to know. A WIN for this gladiator.
- Jake Meyers: 15-for-63 .238 AVG; 1 HR; 0 SB – an interesting case – he HAS been playing, and is giving counting stats (9 runs; 10 RBI). However, I think fantasy owners were hoping for a little more power or an occasional steal. I see him as equal to Paredes, so that’s another PUSH.
- Mitch White: 15.1 IP; 4.11 ERA; 1.57 WHIP; 12 K; 7 BB; 0 WINS – White has had three outings since his broad pickup. The first two were OK, even without a win, but he got rocked in his last one at St. Louis. If he was giving fantasy managers more Ks or had mustered a win or two, I’d be more forgiving, but he hasn’t really done what was hoped so this is a LOSS.
- 19 thumbs up – 37% (full year 2021 24%)
- 12 side thumbs – 23% (full year 2021 27%)
- 21 thumbs down – 40% (full year 2021 49%)
The cumulative record of top adds in the Main Event is still ahead of 2021 through the first 16 FAAB periods. Main Event owners have been averaging more than one good add per week thus far – so we continue to be encouraged by our collectively smarter additions.
Congratulations to Bob Catsiroumpas for holding the Number One overall position! In addition to being a huge Montana State Bobcats fan, it turns out that Bobcats is the code word for how Bob manages his fantasy team – he is studying the standings category by category and calls the analysis – you won’t believe this – “Bob Cats.” Unbelievable – right?
Congratulations also to Robert Cramutola, Scott Jenstad, Ben Tidd and Scott Waggener, who currently occupy the 2nd through 5th positions overall – and all five are in the exact same order as a week ago. Are they pulling away from the pack? Also of note is the Ned Donohue – who is winning every league they let him enter (he wanted to enter more Main Events but I submitted a Cease and Desist Order on behalf of the Main Event Union of America (a little known activist union). In addition, holding top ten positions overall are Craig Clarke; Stephen Jupinka (cashing in three Mains); Ray Butler – who is putting together a storied campaign; and Bill Macey – who does not own Macy’s (I asked him). The operatic duo of Mirshak/Kahn in 13th remains one of my favorites – so I’m keeping tabs on them – but all of these Top 20 are doing an outstanding job!!
|Overall Rank||Fantasy Owner||Overall Points||Points Behind|
|13||Robert Mirshak & Ian Kahn||5567.5||556.0|
|Average Top 20 Overall Score||5653.5|
Philippe Dussault: 83rd
DUSSAULT INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT POSTED BELOW WITHOUT FURTHER COMMENT:
Main Event Interviewer: How did you spend the last week in terms of your fantasy teams?
Philippe Dussault: “I Did Absolutely Nothing, And It Was Everything I Thought It Could Be!”
Main Event Interviewer, with shocked face: “But Phil, aren’t you worried about your place in the Main Event standings? Why don’t you go over what you are doing in a typical week to keep up with your teams and what your next move should be?”
Philippe: “I’d Say, In A Given Week, I Probably Only Do About Fifteen Minutes Of Real, Actual Work.”
Where are our 2022 Previous Overall Leaders?
Tim Lilly (4/11): Tim is mired at #362 (360 last week) and is refusing to answer his phone. We’re going to have to get creative to get further updates on this iconoclastic individual.
Scott Fleming (4/18): Scott surged is in 57th and is in contention in two leagues (see below) this week. Scott is in his new home in Flemington, New Jersey and he says his full-time job is to contact with the Scottish Government as “the first name is the most important thing when it comes to heritage.”
Chris Read (4/25-5/8): Chris had an impressive three-week run at the top, dropped back and has been unable to crack the top 20 since (#53 this week). However, Chris has departed from Readfield, Maine and has applied for work at Reader’s Digest Magazine.
Tyler Jung (5/15): Tyler is on the way back from his “Welcome to the Jungle” tour in deepest, darkest Africa. He boarded a flight in Maputo in Mozambique and was all set to re-engage with the NFBC, but his plane was re-routed to Reykjavic (it’s the Capital of Iceland) as there was turbulence above the Sahara. He says he’s not worried and plans to walk around the beautiful fjords while he waits for his new flight home (he’s in 92nd now).
Leonard Ringle (5/22-29): Leonard is in 16th and right in the thick of the race. He has started work on a new jingle to sing when he regains first overall, and says he will be happy to perform this in Las Vegas when he accepts the overall winner’s check.
Bob Cramutola (6/20): Bob is right behind Mr. Bob Cats in 2nd place overall, and reports that he and his partner Aaron Nola are ready to win this season. They are still working on getting more Phillies on the team, and wants everyone to know that he is confident that Bryce Harper will be back on the field in “a jiffy.”
Mark Bendar (6/6; 6/20; 6/27): Mark is doing just fine in 12th overall despite his continued movie work with David Beckham. David Beckham keeps calling me to say he is close with Mark and has submitted an autographed picture of himself with Mark as proof (he has apparently sent this to the National Enquirer as well).
League of Legends
In addition, we’ll follow the individual league races this season. It is no small feat to win a league championship in the Main Event regardless of a fantasy owner’s overall place, and the top three in each league earn a cash prize and deserve recognition. You can see the 47 leagues listed in the chart below – along with the top three in the standings as of Monday morning.
|NFBC League Number||LEADER||League Points||2nd PLACE||League Points||3rd PLACE||League Points|
|#934||Doug Moe||104.5||Clark Olson||103.0||TIE: Matthew Shepherd & Daniel Semsel||99.5|
|#935||Anthony Botzo||106.5||Scott Waggener||103.0||Mark Srebro||101.5|
|#943||Steven Weimer||119.5||Andrew Kopicz||106.5||Eno Sarris||97.5|
|#1026||Toby Guevin||113.0||John Pausma||112.0||Matthew Davis||109.0|
|#1027||Mike Duggan||98.0||Scott Jenstad||96.0||Tanner Bell||89.5|
|#1028||TIE: Ryan Atkins||113.5||TIE: Russel Wyatt||113.5||Jacob Halusker||102.5|
|#1029||Rusty Clark||101.5||Brian Slack||100.5||Mark Northan||97.0|
|#1030||Rob Silver||108.5||Zach Bettencourt||95.0||Jenny Butler||92.0|
|#1031||Scott Fleming||109.0||Dustin Wagner||108.0||Daniel Prepas||98.5|
|#1032||Mark Bendar||121.0||Shawn Childs||116.0||Tony DiVincenzo||101.5|
|#1034||Ned Donohue||127.5||Stephen Jupinka||123.0||Robert Cramutola||102.5|
|#1132||Eric Heberlig||103.5||Jin Chun||100.0||Scott Masel||99.0|
|#1143||Mark Srebro||122.0||James Anderson & Todd Whitestone||112.0||Rick Davis||99.0|
|#1192||Robert Cramutola||132.5||Steven Weimer||115.0||Christopher Vaccaro||99.5|
|#1221||Michael Crescenzi||116.5||Bradley Libros||107.5||Eric Albright||103.0|
|#1226||Patrick Longood||110.0||Robert DiPietro||102.0||Michael Garcia||98.5|
|#1228||Charles Sommer||124.5||John Pausma||120.0||Mike Ballschmiede||116.0|
|#1233||Ned Donohue||113.0||Stephen Jupinka||107.0||Jon Stadtmueller||101.5|
|#1236||Daniel Prepas||113.5||Michael O’Brien||110.0||Russell Withers||95.5|
|#1244||Michael O’Brien||107.0||Douglas Gruber||102.5||Jordan Epping||101.5|
|#1260||Kelly Uganski||119.5||Jeff Erickson||118.0||John Pausma||103.5|
|#1263||Kyle Brinkmann||121.5||Chris Uram||121.0||Michael Brophy||110.5|
|#1264||Bill Macey||122.0||Vlad Sedler||110.0||Chris Liss||103.0|
|#1265||Bob Mazur||114.0||Aaron Jones||104.5||Tyler Jung||104.0|
|#1287||Aaron Lawson||106.5||Glenn Schroter||103.5||Zack Puckett||103.0|
|#1292||Mike Rothe||120.0||Steve Gregovich||109.0||Steven Heffernan||108.5|
|#1294||Scott Waggener||133.0||Dohn Terrell||107.0||Toby Guevin||103.5|
|#1297||Zach Bettencourt||113.0||Kevin Kirves||112.5||Douglas Gruber||99.0|
|#1304||Richard Dimondo||107.0||David Redgrave||103.0||Patrick Raney||101.5|
|#1306||David Miller||99.0||Dave Petroziello||97.5||Brian Slack||95.5|
|#1318||Douglas Gruber||113.0||JimJ Ferrari||95.5||Jody Ryan||95.0|
|#1319||Abdulaziz Madani||109.0||Bob Casale||108.5||Jeff Mitseff||105.0|
|#1320||Robert Mirshak & Ian Kahn||122.5||Philippe Dussault||107.5||Daniel Baker||106.5|
|#1321||Mike Rothe||116.5||Chris Fessler||109.0||Stephen Fiore||99.5|
|#1322||Ned Donohue||119.0||Kellen Arneson||109.5||Jeff Mitseff||107.0|
|#1331||Bob Catsiroumpas||131.0||TIE: Robert DiPietro||112.5||TIE: Bradley Libros||112.5|
|#1332||Ben Tidd||126.0||Leonard Ringle||120.5||Chris Read||106.0|
|#1363||Scott Davis||112.0||Matthew McDonough||108.5||Paul Hong||94.5|
|#1364||Stephen Jupinka||114.0||Brian Slack||110.5||Al Williams||108.0|
|#1365||Scott Jenstad||129.0||Craig Clarke||119.5||Matt Hurley||117.5|
|#1366||David Bone||106.5||Jeff Mitseff||101.5||Chris Boudreaux||98.5|
|#1371||Jason Santeiu||117.5||John Pausma||115.5||Hunter Dorbandt||107.5|
|#1402||Ray Butler||127.0||John Lyons||115.0||Abdulaziz Madani||104.0|
|#1405||Zachary Waxman||109.5||Christopher Torres||104.0||Michael Lins||103.5|
|#1408||Eric Heberlig||111.0||Les Travis||110.5||Jody Ryan||95.0|
|#1511||Beau Reid||108.0||Ian Hubbard||107.0||Scott Fleming||106.0|
|#1524||Mark Srebro||109.5||Scott Waggener||109.0||Jamie Ickes||105.0|
|Average 1st Place Score||114.9||Average 2nd Place Score||108.6||Average 3rd Place Score||102.3|
There are multiple NFBC players who are in the top three places in more than one Main Event league. Extremely impressive!
- Ned Donohue – THREE 1st plus 6th AND 14th overall – WOW
- Newly-inducted Hall-of-Famer (and 2018 Main Event Champ) John Pausma – three 2nd and one 3rd and 14th overall
- TWO FIRST PLACE – Mike Rothe (17th overall) and Eric Heberlig
- Mark Srebro two 1st and one 3rd (plus 30th overall)
- ONE FIRST & TWO SECOND: Scott Waggener and Stephen Jupinka (8th overall) – outstanding
- Douglas Gruber – one 1st one 2nd one 3rd
- Crowd favorite Brian Slack (two 2nd and one 3rd)
- Jeff Mitseff (one 2nd and two 3rd)
- ONE FIRST & ONE SECOND: Steve Weimer (19th overall); Scott Jenstad (3rd overall); Zach Bettencourt; and Michael O’Brien
- ONE FIRST & ONE THIRD: Toby Guevin; Daniel Prepas; Abdulaziz Madani; and Scott Fleming
- TWO SECOND: Bradley Libros and my podcast partner Robert DiPietro
- TWO THIRD: Jody Ryan
Have a Great All-Star Break!