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April 15, 2014

2029 All-Star Rosters Announced

Monday, June 25th, 2029 It's All-Star Game time -- time for the superstars to shine! Every year Tolkien Baseball takes a break in the schedule to play the annual All-Star Game. It's a battle of the superstars -- the Shire...

The Shire Conference roster will feature these outstanding players:

Starters
SP Legend 'Goll' Trader (Minas Ithil Wyrms), 13-2, 2.39 ERA
C Brutus 'The Guardian' *Trollbasher (Minas Ithil Wyrms), .354, 18 HR, 50 RBI
1B Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard (Old Forest Merry Fellows), .287, 25 HR, 63 RBI
2B Olo Bats (Minas Ithil Wyrms), .269, 14 HR, 56 RBI
3B Andrack Hardbottle (Mirkwood Marauders), .328, 5 HR, 27 RBI
SS Uffrat Moonkiller (Minas Ithil Wyrms), .300, 12 HR, 47 RBI
LF Diazava Elölindë (Minas Tirith Titans), .307, 13 HR, 38 RBI
CF Toifur Armorbender (Old Forest Merry Fellows), .292, 19 HR, 57 RBI
RF Hahai 'Witch-Breaker' Brainthrottler (Minas Ithil Wyrms), .328, 22 HR, 72 RBI
Reserves
Bree: SP A. Fistslammer, MR S. Fadrielindë, LF P. Bramble
Bucklebury: C S. *III
Bywater: RF A. Elewen
Carrock: C I. Trample
Erebor: SP A. Cross
Lake Town: SP K. the Irritable
Minas Ithil: SP N. Celorfilad, SP L. Legurŕ, MR T. Verbenti, SP G. Eliolas, 3B W. Headhater, 1B M. Goldtearer
Minas Tirith: SP L. No-Tooth, SP S. Daggerdrinker
Moria: SP P. Moss, 1B N. Gladrierŕ
Old Forest: CL C. Gadrienduil, SP G. Headstrong
Rivendell: LF L. Cloudeye

And the Mordor Conference roster will have these elite performers:

Starters
SP Ediberto 'Tweets' Whistler (Misty Mtn), 12-1, 2.30 ERA
C Norman 'The Guardian' *Xanatos (Dol Guldur), .327, 17 HR, 46 RBI
1B James *Monkeyslayer (Dunharrow), .318, 14 HR, 54 RBI
2B Vrung Smiddlefidget (Isengard), .326, 17 HR, 52 RBI
3B Hisin 'Terror of the East-Men' Rockdelver (Dol Guldur), .303, 20 HR, 73 RBI
SS Nusin 'Rodeo' Ditchdigger (Weathertop), .313, 5 HR, 35 RBI
LF Shaia Celenduil (Dunharrow), .302, 6 HR, 36 RBI
CF Thraryn *Samarkand (Dead Marshes), .355, 13 HR, 45 RBI
RF Gollilmer Armorshaker (Ravenhill), .292, 18 HR, 63 RBI
Reserves
Dagorlad: SP S. *Ninwocket, 1B B. Hilldweller
Dead Marshes: CL P. Brainthrottler
Dol Guldur: SP B. Earthmaster, SP S. Gorimli
Grey Havens: SP J. Moneybags
Isengard: CL P. Pieweto
Lothlorien: RF P. Brownlock, LF M. Sheppard
Minas Morgul: CL R. Hill
Misty Mtn: SP V. the Wretched, MR H. Witman, 2B T. *Gomdrol, 1B I. Foriand
Numenor: 3B P. Dogwood, LF G. Chiseltooth
Ravenhill: SP G. Kendrick, SP J. Graves, C F. Stonethrottler
Weathertop: CL M. Ta'Quan, SP I. Montoya

MC's Best Player Named

Monday, June 25th, 2029 Thraryn *Samarkand demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dead Marshes center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

Bramble Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, June 25th, 2029 Ponto Bramble went on a hitting rampage last week against Shire Conference pitchers and collected the Player of the Week Award. The Bree left fielder connected for 13 hits in 26 at-bats and 1 home run....

April 10, 2014

Numenor Catcher Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 18th, 2029 Donnie Kulick is respected by most Numenor Kings fans for his no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old catcher went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors....

SC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, June 18th, 2029 When it came to hitting the baseball, Kasil Ironbiter was in a class by himself in the Shire Conference this past week. Nobody did it better. The outstanding right fielder for Carrock tagged opposing pitchers for...

April 07, 2014

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, June 11th, 2029 This past week the best batter in the Mordor Conference was Nusin Ditchdigger, who banged his way to the Player of the Week Trophy. During the week the Weathertop shortstop compiled a .483 batting average (14-29)...

Player of the Week: Old Forest's Armorbender

Monday, June 11th, 2029 27-year-old Toifur Armorbender sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Armorbender made the establishment sit...

April 03, 2014

Player of the Week Trophy to Armorshaker

Monday, June 4th, 2029 The #1 hitter in the Mordor Conference was Ravenhill center fielder Gollilmer Armorshaker. He was selected the Player of the Week. During the week Armorshaker banged out a .520 batting average (13-25), 5 home runs, 15...

Carrock Catcher Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 4th, 2029 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Isumbras Trample was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Carrock Bears catcher hit .545 while collecting 12...

Weathertop Reliever Named MC #1 Pitcher

Friday, June 1st, 2029 Mak'Vok Ta'Quan has been around the league long enough to know that relievers are often overlooked. That has never stopped him from doing what he does best -- and he did it extremely well in May...

Cam Premier Pitcher in May

Friday, June 1st, 2029 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Splint Cam still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 32-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference...

*Xanatos Earns May's Top Batter Prize in MC

Friday, June 1st, 2029 Norman *Xanatos of the Dol Guldur Dragons certainly made a resounding impression on the Mordor Conference pitching corps in May and today reaped the reward as the league's best batter for the period. The catcher put...

Shire Conference Announces May's Best Batter

Friday, June 1st, 2029 Hahai Brainthrottler battered Shire Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

March 31, 2014

Rockdelver Week's #1 Player

Monday, May 28th, 2029 At the age of 30, Hisin Rockdelver might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dol Guldur third baseman put up some exceptional...

Eäräthien Selected SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 28th, 2029 27-year-old Celegast Eäräthien sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Eäräthien made the establishment sit...

March 28, 2014

Big Bat Pays Off, Foriand Player of the Week

Monday, May 21st, 2029 One of the league's most exciting young players, Issth Foriand of the Misty Mountain Hops earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

SC's Star Player Named

Monday, May 21st, 2029 Veteran Irene Ploughman had a great week at the plate for the Bounders to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 33-year-old Bywater left fielder built a .480...

March 24, 2014

Hilldweller Takes This Week's Trophy

Monday, May 14th, 2029 A hot-hitting week got Betsie Hilldweller the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. She really wore out her welcome with league pitchers. The Dagorlad first baseman slammed them for a .500 average, 10 hits in...

Week's Premier Player: Minas Ithil's Brainthrottler

Monday, May 14th, 2029 Hahai Brainthrottler is respected by most Minas Ithil Wyrms fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

March 21, 2014

Roper Chosen #1 Player

Monday, May 7th, 2029 The baseball must have looked as big as a balloon to Flambard Roper of Grey Havens last week. The first baseman had quite a 7-game stretch and today he was named the Mordor Conference Player of...

Week's #1 Player Honored by SC

Monday, May 7th, 2029 Minas Ithil Wyrms fans are celebrating Hahai Brainthrottler's selection as Shire Conference Player of the Week. Brainthrottler put up some serious numbers over the past seven days as he cracked 11 hits in 24 at-bats. The...

March 20, 2014

Hops Fields April's #1 Pitcher

Tuesday, May 1st, 2029 Peregrin Fields's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in April, the 29-year-old Misty Mountain hurler has been named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned...

Shire Conference Premier Pitcher is Celorfilad

Tuesday, May 1st, 2029 April's elite pitcher was Noisur Celorfilad of Minas Ithil. He silenced Shire Conference hitters the entire month and claimed the Pitcher of the Month award with 4 wins and no losses in 6 starts. Celorfilad restricted...

MC Batter of the Month Honors to *Samarkand

Tuesday, May 1st, 2029 Thraryn *Samarkand of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai certainly made a resounding impression on the Mordor Conference pitching corps in April and today reaped the reward as the league's best batter for the period. The center fielder...

Great April Gets *Trollbasher SC Best Hitter Award

Tuesday, May 1st, 2029 In April, Brutus *Trollbasher swung a sweet bat and put together a solid month to win the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. The Minas Ithil catcher batted .382 with 10 home runs, 18 RBIs and...

March 13, 2014

This Week's Star Player is Armorshaker

Monday, April 30th, 2029 Gollilmer Armorshaker is respected by most Ravenhill Darkwings fans for his no-frills style of play. The 27-year-old center fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC Names Best Player

Monday, April 30th, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Toifur Armorbender, the Old Forest center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

March 10, 2014

MC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, April 23rd, 2029 Norman *Xanatos demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dol Guldur catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

SC's #1 Player, Fumlefot of Erebor

Monday, April 23rd, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Bingo Fumlefot, the Erebor first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

March 07, 2014

Week's #1 Player Honored by MC

Monday, April 16th, 2029 His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but 36-year-old Ragnar *Stonecutter of the Isengard Raiders is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The veteran...

Wyrms Headhater SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, April 16th, 2029 At the age of 27, Wilo Headhater might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Ithil third baseman put up some exceptional...

March 04, 2014

MC Names Hops Imrithor Winner

Monday, April 9th, 2029 25-year-old Oltina Imrithor sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought her the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Imrithor made the establishment sit...

Headhater Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, April 9th, 2029 Wilo Headhater is respected by most Minas Ithil Wyrms fans for his no-frills style of play. The 27-year-old third baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

March 03, 2014

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Sunday, April 1st, 2029 Tolkien Baseball fans have been pining for Opening Day ever since the league published its 2029 schedule several months ago. It is finally here! The slate for the first day of the new season includes: Mirkwood...

Top 100 Prospects List Published

Sunday, April 1st, 2029 The season is about to start, so it's time to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old closer Arwauhir The Sling of the Moria Miners is the #1 prospect overall. Here is the...

2029 Predictions

It's time once again for our annual stab in the dark known as our MESN pre-season predictions. Last year, we had Minas Tirith (wrong!), Minas Ithil (duh), and Bucklebury winning their divisions, with Bree (lol) as the Wild Card. It...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Old Forest proved us wrong last season, while giving the OOTP prognosticators a shot in the arm by winning the Elf Division and having their first 100-win season in 14 years. That the Merry Fellows take over as this year's pick for us is unsurprising, as they remain the #9 team in the League Power Rankings while Minas Tirith has fallen 3 spots. OOTP has them winning again by 2 games. Old Forest didn't mess with success during the winter, not signing any new blood. They'll be led once again by Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard (.317, 47 HR, 129 RBI), Wart Wolfgobber (.354, 25 HR, 92 RBI) and Wayne Hawks (.256, 34 HR, 97 RBI).

Minas Tirith didn't do much to help their cause this off-season. Their only signing was Shima Rasreth, 32, a durable but light-hitting fielder most recently with Lothlorien. The Titans are starting the season with their best outfielder, Ir Moo, on the DL. Moo separated his shoulder in spring training, but he might be back in a couple of weeks. A hometown hero, Moo was born in Minas Tirith and is one of the most brilliant defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. It took him a long time to reach the majors, but in his rookie season last year at age 28, he hit .290 with 20 HR and 65 RBI.

Rivendell has a new manager, hitting coach, and pitching coach, but they didn't make many other changes during the offseason. Still, there are a couple of new faces in the starting lineup. Gorbadoc Bracegirdle played 16 games last September and hit .407 with 7 HR and 16 RBI. That was good enough to win him a spot in the lineup. Lolok Toothbelly also had a good showing during September call-ups, hitting .327 in 12 games. He takes over DH duties against right-handers. Geogorn Archer will get his shot based on last September. He'll platoon with Satina Isauron in CF. Sing Koboldbasher is back and switching off with Bracegirdle at 3B after missing all of last season with an undisclosed injury. And Fofur Trolldragger resumes his up-and-down relationship with the Royals as he platoons with 2nd year player, Geogorn Archer, in RF.

Mirkwood's magic has finally run out. The Marauders were at the bottom of the pile last year, and they saw the team's hero, Mablung 'the Venerable' *Véneanár, spend a ton of time on the DL with a broken kneecap. They fired manager, Fufur Cloudeye, at the end of the season, promoting bench coach, Sa the Evil, to manage the team. In December, they made some trades to try and right the ship for the future, sending 31-year-old reliever, Gollalf Stoneback, to the Land of Oz Munchkins in exchange for 22-year-old starter, Sorria Undomiel the Changed, 19-year-old reliever, Renato Eowombor, and 19-year-old outfielder, Myrth Tinalinde. 25-year-old reliever, Ciro Latta, went to the Earthsea Dragons, and the Marauders got 23-year-old outfielder, Norbert Barahona, and 20-year-old catcher, Myralia Of Sauron. And in February they signed a bunch of 1-year contracts for players to fill the gap until the minor leaguers are ready. They picked up Podush Nosehammer, Dilir Iceywater, Adan Magnusson, and Gamlin Turtlehero, all of whom will wind up starting this season and will probably be gone by next year.

Division Winner: Old Forest Merry Fellows

Hobbit Division
They finally did it. The Minas Ithil Wyrms clawed their way out of obsurity in 2025, and after taking their 4th straight Hobbit Division title, they made it all the way to winning the Return of the King Series last year. OOTP's prediction is that they'll win 121 games this year and finish 49 games ahead of Lake Town. They're still #1 in our poll, the only difference being that we have Bywater finishing a bajillion games back in 2nd place instead of Lake Town. The Wyrms dominate all the preseason individual hitting and pitching lists with last year's Shire MVP, Brutus *Trollbasher (.368, 41 HR, 108 RBI), leading the way with the bat and Gandalf Award winner, Galugol Eliolas (22-6, 2.67), Legend Trader (22-9, 2.71) and Noisur Celorfilad (22-8, 3.27) in the top 3 spots in the pitching predictions.

Bywater moves back up the list to take the 2nd place in our Hobbit Division prediction. The Bounders haven't really done much to improve their lot, but they haven't degraded like Erebor and, to some extent, Lake Town. Still, they are a long way from their glory days of just a few years ago.

Erebor didn't do anything this offseason and drops 5 places in our poll. The Eagles start the season with their best outfielder, Robert Brownlock, on the DL for a couple of weeks. They haven't got much in the hitting department, but their pitching is the real disaster for this team.

Not sure why OOTP thinks so highly of Lake Town. They improved a tiny bit in our polling, but they're still last in this division. They signed pitcher, Bodo Tendertush, for some reason in February, paying $5 million per year for 2 years. Then, during March, they picked up Belladonna Hill for a year.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
Did you know that Bucklebury has only finished last once in League history? In fact, they have only finished 3rd five times in 26 seasons, and four of those years were grouped together from 2015-2018. Despite Moria's run at them in 2027, the Fairies returned to dominance last season, and they are pretty well set to dominate the Dwarf Division again this year. In February, they picked up Gruugor Goblincutter, formerly with Weathertop, to take the place of long-time DH, Gorbadoc Bracegirdle, who is set to retire. They also acquired a backup catcher in Thaiva Elriden. But, basically, this is the same team that will come at you with former Gandalf Award winners before you even get to the 4 and 5 starters. Splint Cam (20-7, 3.20), Jesse Faroden (16-11, 3.28) and Duudak Heartmasher (10-9, 4.30) make a formidable top 3 starters for any team to face. However, OOTP picks Moria to come out on top by 4 games this year...

We have the Miners finishing 2nd, improving a bit from last year's pre-season power rankings from 10th to 6th. We still don't think that's enough to overtake Bucklebury, but we've been proven wrong on this front before. Moria did absolutely nothing this winter except for working their farm system. Nose Gladriera (.304, 39 HR, 105 RBI) is still set to knock the covers off balls, joined by Farmak *the Runner (.270, 43 HR, 132 RBI) and Gignar Demoneater (.277, 26 HR, 79 RBI). But it's the Miners' pitching that will make or break the team. The starting rotation consists of Porto Moss (17-12, 2.86), who won 26 games in 2027, Darryl Monkey-shines (17-12, 3.33), Aroborn Mu (15-14, 3.89) and Nalok the Drooler (17-9, 4.95). Odovacar Green, last year's Gwaihir Reliever, picked up 40 saves last year, and will anchor a bullpen full of interesting characters.

Bree took a pretty huge tumble in the pre-season rankings as compared to last year. The Cheese seem to have a lot of players who used to be good but haven't been for a couple of years. They fell from 6th to 12th in the power rankings.

Carrock continues to struggle with rebuilding. Last year, they lost their ace starter in spring training. This year, despite making quite a few signings, they didn't pick up anyone very impactful and lost quite a few players to waivers. While the top four hitters in their lineup--Celillbo Arwiama (.332, 11 HR, 46 RBI), Isumbras Trample (.301, 23 HR, 70 RBI), Honeysuckle Bridger (.310, 30 HR, 93 RBI) and Careryn of the Men of Old (.246, 32 HR, 92 RBI)--are quite good, the rest of the starters are rookies who have 16 major league at-bats between them or guys that have bounced back-and-forth between the majors and minors. With the exception of Odessa *Enthugger (11-8, 3.35), the Bears don't have anyone worth mentioning in the starting rotation.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Misty Mountain is still one of the best teams in the League, despite finishing one game out behind Dead Marshes last year. The Hops are #2 on our list of pre-season power rankings--same as last year. But OOTP has them tied with Dead Marshes atop the Orc Division, and it's not a big stretch. This is going to be one of the toughest battles for a division title that has been fought in a long time. While the Hops have starting pitchers like Ediberto Whistler (3-1, 3.29, in an injury-shortened year), Vrsorbag the Wretched (6-7, 5.16, again injury-plagued), and Peregrin Fields (16-6, 3.26), Dead Marshes counters with hitters like Thraryn *Samarkand (.364, 36 HR, 105 RBI) and Crystal Green (.302, 16 HR, 81 RBI). The Hops lost a bit when Brian Middlebrook (.287, 20 HR, 81 RBI) signed with Numenor. And fans have been vocal about the loss of 18-year veteran, Arghren Glimmerhand, to Dunharrow.

Dead Marshes will fight tooth-and-claw with the Hops this season. During the off-season, they picked up, Prorbag Brainthrottler, a star closer for Dol Guldur before getting traded to the SciFi League last year and pitching for the Gallifrey Time Lords, where he saved 22 games and was named to the SciFi All-Star team.

Dunharrow is struggling with the loss of some key players to free agency. A fixture in the infield for many years, Minto Banks went to Ravenhill. Their closer, Ardaseen Elondir, signed with Carrock. Long-time outfielder, Freodriel Earembor, took up with Isengard. Vrsal Orcsmith, an effective member of the bullpen for the last 5 years, signed with the Darkwings. Slugging infielder, Misil Silverhead, went to the Bears. Starter Mimosa Goodrich is now with the Raiders. To compensate, the Devils signed Arghren Glimmerhand from Misty Mountain, Vralak Footpoker from Lothlorien, Celillbo Lomambor from the Hops, Myrbis Eemli from Carrock, Celomer Melwasul from Minas Ithil, and Leftear Delk from Dead Marshes. But most of these players are long past their prime. They did get the Uruk-hai closer, Rark Nosethrower in February and durable reliever, Borulf Clevereye, from Lothlorien in March, but the Devils will have a long season of rebuilding this year.

Grey Havens hasn't gotten any better or improved upon their last place ranking in the pre-season poll. The Stars are either old or useless (or both). Their #1 starter has lost 18 games twice in the last three seasons. Don't look for anything from them for a while.

Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops
Mordor Wild Card Winner: Dead Marshes Uruk-hai

Goblin Division
This may be the most competitive the Goblin Division has been in a long time. Ravenhill picked up Minto Banks and Vrsal Orcsmith off the free agent market, but Weathertop nabbed Mungo Hedgeworth, and Numenor got Brian Middlebrook, Arwuwyn Lomebrildur, and Tusil Oathsplitter. The Darkwings still have their killer rotation of Gleonyc Kendrick (11-10, 3.18), Joe Graves (7-3, 3.26 thru injuries), Legeron *Silverspike (10-10, 3.65), and Hyman Klingerberg (13-10, 3.61). For at least the beginning of the year, former closer, Ferdie Bridger, will fill the 5th starter role, while rookie, Peregrin Proudneck, takes over the closing of games. OOTP has the Darkwings winning the division by 14 games.

Meanwhile, we have Weathertop edging out Ravenhill in an extremely close race. With a new manager and coaching staff, the Witch Kings are poised to take over the Goblin Division by the barest of margins. They didn't lose anyone of significance during the winter, and they picked up Mungo Hedgeworth (.272, 16 HR, 56 RBI), formerly with the Hops. While they haven't got the starting pitching of Ravenhill, all but one of their starters had a sub-4.00 ERA last year. Combine that with hitters like Snarly *Zottmeister (.282, 69 RBI, 25 SB), Ishnakh Handthrower (.291, 57 RBI, 21 SB), Daisy Hornblower (.343, 26 HR, 72 RBI), and Nusin Ditchdigger (.278, 34 HR, 114 RBI), and you can see why they'll be tough.

Numenor keeps moving up the charts, and the Kings had the biggest jump in the power rankings of any team, going from 22nd to 13th. They have a good assortment of hitters, led by veteran Brandon Burrus (.285, 26 HR, 102 RBI). Unfortunately, they don't have anything close to a good pitching staff.

Lothlorien has seen its sun set along with aging superstar Udun *Saruman's skills. The 2018 Frodo Rookie and 2024 MVP hit a respectable .285 last year, but that's a long way from his glory days of .383 with 38 HR and 113 RBI. And he's not the only one who has seen better times. Pimpernell Brownlock (.260, 22 HR, 72 RBI), Mark Sheppard (.295, 31 HR, 99 RBI), and even the recently acquired Mary Bumblestitch (6-16, 4.83) all are on the back side of their careers.

Division Winner: Weathertop Witch Kings

Troll Division
Isengard has been steadily making inroads against perennial Troll Division champion, Minas Morgul, for several seasons. They won the Wild Card spot last year and made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2021 when they won their 2nd League Championship title. They didn't lose anyone of importance to free agency, and in December they picked up slick-fielding Muumsh Derrohammer, who batted .335 with 31 stolen bases at the Slayers' AAA affiliate, Nurn, along with a few other interesting rookies. In January, they snagged Freodriel Earembor, the long-time Dunharrow star, when he was set free by the Devils. Joining Ragnar *Stonecutter (.329, 24 HR, 75 RBI) in the line up will be James Miller (.292, 21 HR, 68 RBI), Vrung Smiddlefidget (.318, 39 HR, 140 RBI), Saredur Macneil (.267, 28 HR, 91 RBI), Eimer Earuviel (.309, 23 HR, 97 RBI), and Flormina Celim (.265, 23 HR, 89 RBI). They should have more than enough power to overcome any weaknesses in their pitching staff.

Meanwhile, OOTP still predicts the Slayers to finish 11 games ahead of both Isengard and Dol Guldur. The Slayers fall (a lot) in our rankings, but it would be foolish to say that they won't be near the top of the division. They didn't make many moves in the winter, but they've still got Lilith *Blackbark (52 SB), Adelena Blackbark (.338), Chukky Kendrick (.270, 96 RBI, 30 SB) to go along with some top flight pitchers, like Nesil Orebearer (18-12, 3.42) and Rowan Hill (41 Saves). The key problem they have starting the season is that their primary slugger and SS, Liana Quietleaf, who hit .285 with 43 HR and 119 RBI, is on the DL for what will be from 3 to 7 months, and their starting catcher, Tognar Ringworker (.273, 23 HR, 71 RBI), will be sitting for at least the first week of the season.

Dol Guldur dropped in our poll despite showing up tied with Isengard in the OOTP preseason picks. The Dragons have found ways to stay in the hunt, but they mostly revolve around MVP Norman *Xanatos (.375, 39 HR, 111 RBI, 17 SB). It is significant that their #1 starter has only pitched 5 major league games (though the player in question, Bilin Earthmaster, did go 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA in his September callup).

Dagorlad has fallen on hard times. They just can't seem to get a good core to go along with the brilliant Snibb *Ninwocket (15-5, 2.64). All of the other pitchers in the starting rotation, with the exception of Steven Radigast, have pitched 55 major league games in total.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms

2029 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Misty Mountain Hops
Bucklebury Fairies
Isengard Raiders
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Moria Miners
Weathertop Witch Kings
Ravenhill Darkwings
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Minas Tirith Titans
Rivendell Royals
Bree Cheese
Numenor Kings
Bywater Bounders
Minas Morgul Slayers
Carrock Bears
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Erebor Eagles
Lake Town Archers
Dunharrow Devils
Dol Guldur Dragons
Dagorlad Disaster
Mirkwood Marauders
Grey Havens Stars

OOTP predictions are here: http://solonor.com/ootp/news/html/leagues/league_100_preseason_prediction_report.html

January 02, 2014

*Xanatos takes home MC MVP

A great year at the plate earned the league batting champ his first Aragorn MVP award. Norman *Xanatos was named MVP in a fairly close race over Dead Marshes' Thraryn *Samarkand. In so doing, *Xanatos becomes both Dol Guldur's first...

*Trollbasher is Shire MVP

This year's recipient of the Aragorn MVP award for the Shire is Brutus *Trollbasher. The hard-hitting catcher in his 3rd year in the Majors slugged his way into the hearts of voters, winning half of the 1st place votes cast....

Orebearer Top Choice, Wins Gandalf Pitcher Award

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 The Minas Morgul Slayers have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Nesil Orebearer, this year's Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters...

Great Year Gets *Xanatos MC Sam Gamgee Batter

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 One of the Mordor Conference's most coveted honors is the Sam Gamgee Batter. When the votes were tabulated, the 2028 recipient was the standout catcher of the Dol Guldur Dragons, Norman *Xanatos. He starred this season...

Minas Ithil Ace Takes Gandalf Pitcher Award

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2028 has been presented and the Shire Conference winner is Galugol Eliolas of Minas Ithil. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Eliolas. "I just hope I can...

Brutus *Trollbasher Chosen SC's #1 Batter

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 2028 was a special season for Minas Ithil catcher Brutus *Trollbasher and it was capped off today with the announcement that he was named the winner of the Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. *Trollbasher compiled a...

2028 Best Gloves Picked by MC

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 In baseball circles, a player who has good range, a good arm and good hands is a great catch. Clubs strive to be strong in the field, especially "up the middle." Solid defenders can make a...

MC Frodo Rookie Award Announced

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 Hildibrand Dap of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai enjoyed a fine rookie season in 2028, culminating today with his announcement as the winner of the Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award. During the regular season the 26-year-old budding...

SC Best Gloves of 2028 Chosen

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 Good glovemen take pride in their defensive skills. They know they make a difference in baseball. Even on days when they don't get a hit, they feel they can make a difference in the field --...

Goldtearer Captures 2028 Frodo Rookie Award

Wednesday, November 1st, 2028 This year's best newcomer has been chosen and the 2028 Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award trophy went to Minas Ithil first baseman Marin Goldtearer. It was a season to remember for the 24-year-old Wyrms rookie. He...

December 26, 2013

Minas Ithil Win Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Championship!

Sunday, October 29th, 2028 The Minas Ithil Wyrms celebrated wildly after they eliminated the Diagon Alley Wizards in the Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association title series by a 7-0 score. The triumph gave the Wyrms the series 4-0. And the celebration...

December 23, 2013

Wyrms Sweep Raiders

Monday, October 23rd, 2028 Today the Wyrms fans broke out the brooms at Orthanc Stadium and it worked -- Minas Ithil swept the Isengard Raiders 4-0 and are the 2028 Tolkien Baseball Return of the King Series champions for the...

December 12, 2013

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Saturday, September 30th, 2028 From spring training to the last out of the regular season, it has been the goal of every GM, team, manager and player to reach the Tolkien Baseball playoffs. They all aspire to win baseball's Holy...

2028 MC Batting Crown Goes to *Xanatos

Saturday, September 30th, 2028 Dol Guldur catcher Norman *Xanatos had added the 2028 Mordor Conference batting crown to his resume. He batted .375 with 8 doubles, 7 triples and 39 home runs among his 214 hits. *Xanatos also drove in...

*Trollbasher Is SC Swing King

Saturday, September 30th, 2028 The Shire Conference batting race ended with Minas Ithil's Brutus *Trollbasher on top with a .368 average. The Wyrms catcher was officially named the winner today. For the season he totaled 221 hits, 41 home runs...

December 09, 2013

the Vague Punishes MC Pitchers This Week

Monday, September 25th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Baztrak the Vague, the Dead Marshes catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

SC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, September 25th, 2028 At the age of 26, Annun Elrólas might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Carrock first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

December 05, 2013

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, September 18th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Issra Earadriethien, the Grey Havens left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Bracegirdle on the Attack, Player of the Week

Monday, September 18th, 2028 At the age of 26, Gorbadoc Bracegirdle might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

December 02, 2013

MC's #1 Player Named

Monday, September 11th, 2028 At the age of 28, Daisy Hornblower might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Weathertop right fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Nosejuggler's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, September 11th, 2028 His critics are starting to suggest that Bucklebury's Huugdish Nosejuggler doesn't have much left, but the 35-year-old Nosejuggler prefers not to think that way. He cooked up a remarkable week in the last seven days, topping...

November 26, 2013

Grey Havens's Earadriethien Gets MC Player of the Week

Monday, September 4th, 2028 At the age of 28, Issra Earadriethien might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Grey Havens left fielder put up some exceptional...

Wyrms Marin Goldtearer Wins SC Award

Monday, September 4th, 2028 24-year-old Marin Goldtearer made a few Minas Ithil headlines during this past week as the rookie first baseman proved he could compete at the plate with his high-school idols. He captured the attention of fans, journalists...

August's #1 Starter Named in MC

Friday, September 1st, 2028 Last month was a very successful month for Snikbad No-Tooth of Dead Marshes. So successful that he has been honored as the Pitcher of the Month in the Mordor Conference. No-Tooth shut down league hitters in...

Cam Top SC Starter in August

Friday, September 1st, 2028 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Splint Cam still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in August. The 31-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference...

Smiddlefidget Crowned Top MC Hitter in August

Friday, September 1st, 2028 It was a good month for Isengard Raiders second baseman Vrung Smiddlefidget, August's Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. Smiddlefidget starred by hitting .403 with a .450 on-base percentage. He totaled 29 hits in 72 at-bats,...

SC's #1 Batter Announced

Friday, September 1st, 2028 When Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard stepped up to the plate in August, she did it with confidence and today she was honored with the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. The young Old Forest first baseman posted...

November 22, 2013

Sheppard: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, August 28th, 2028 A battle-tested Mark Sheppard declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Lothlorien left fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He...

Great Week for Minas Ithil's Brutus *Trollbasher

Monday, August 28th, 2028 Brutus *Trollbasher demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Minas Ithil catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

November 19, 2013

Great Week for Lothlorien's Rowan Fields

Monday, August 21st, 2028 Rowan Fields did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The center...

Shire Conference Picks Top Performer

Monday, August 21st, 2028 At the age of 31, Floria Gilmathien might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell third baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

November 15, 2013

MC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, August 14th, 2028 James *Monkeyslayer of the Dunharrow Devils cruised to Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors after putting together one of the finest stretches in his career last week. The first baseman batted .452 (14-31) with 4...

Fairies Bridger Named SC's #1 Player

Monday, August 14th, 2028 This week she took her hitting to another level. That's why Hildibrand Bridger of the Bucklebury Fairies was named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. For the week the 26-year-old first baseman batted .529 (9-17)...

November 12, 2013

Elvora of Numenor Player of the Week

Monday, August 7th, 2028 A hot-hitting week got Frillf Elvora the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He really wore out his welcome with league pitchers. The Numenor second baseman slammed them for a .519 average, 14 hits in...

Moria Left Fielder Nets SC Award

Monday, August 7th, 2028 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Gignar Demoneater was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Moria Miners left fielder hit .476 while collecting...

November 11, 2013

Minas Morgul Starter Selected Best Pitcher

Tuesday, August 1st, 2028 The Minas Morgul Slayers felt very secure when they sent Nesil Orebearer out to the hill last month. The 27-year-old starter went after Mordor Conference hitters with a vengeance and earned July's Pitcher of the Month...

SC Honors July's #1 Pitcher

Tuesday, August 1st, 2028 Veteran Porto Moss put together quite a successful stretch in July for the Moria Miners, earning himself the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Moss racked up a 7-0 record in 7 starts, posting a...

Dead Marshes's *Samarkand Bags MC Top Batter for July

Tuesday, August 1st, 2028 The Mordor Conference has made it official -- Thraryn *Samarkand is the winner of the Batter of the Month trophy. In July, the Dead Marshes center fielder starred with a .490 batting average, 13 home runs...

Wolfgobber Garners SC Batter of the Month Award

Tuesday, August 1st, 2028 Wart Wolfgobber battered Shire Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

November 07, 2013

*Samarkand Mordor Conference's Hottest Hitter

Monday, July 31st, 2028 One of the league's most exciting young players, Thraryn *Samarkand of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, July 31st, 2028 Justin Bats demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Minas Tirith left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

November 04, 2013

Minas Morgul's Quietleaf MC's Best

Monday, July 24th, 2028 It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what she's got. Liana Quietleaf, the Minas Morgul Slayers 25-year-old shortstop, put herself in...

Week's Premier Player: Minas Ithil's *Trollbasher

Monday, July 24th, 2028 Brutus *Trollbasher has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old catcher of the Minas Ithil Wyrms had a pretty hot bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days and...

October 31, 2013

*Samarkand Mordor Conference's Hottest Hitter

Monday, July 17th, 2028 One of the league's most exciting young players, Thraryn *Samarkand of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

Beardtwister SC's Best of the Week

Monday, July 17th, 2028 Old Forest fans have something to crow about today as Old Forest second baseman Rusil Beardtwister nabbed the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there...

October 28, 2013

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, July 10th, 2028 One of the league's most exciting young players, Thraryn *Samarkand of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

*the Runner Earns SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 10th, 2028 24-year-old Farmak *the Runner sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, *the Runner made the...

*Jack Honored by SGCBL Hall of Fame

Monday, July 3rd, 2028 The Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame honors those players who are the best at their position, those special individuals whose skills make them unforgettable in the eyes of baseball fans everywhere. Another such player was recognized...

October 25, 2013

Shire wins All-Star Game 11-10 in extra innings

Sunday, July 2nd, 2028 RAVENHILL - The Shire Conference staged an amazing comeback in the 26th All-Star Game, winning it in 10 innings and claiming a 14-12 lead in the mid-season series over Mordor....

Mordor started the scoring early when Thraryn *Samarkand of Dead Marshes hit a towering homer to straight away center on the first pitch their team saw from Shire starter, Galugol Eliolas of Minas Ithil.

The Shire staged their first rebound when Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard of Old Forest singled home the Titans' Pugnash Humanslurper from third and her teammate, Wart Wolfgobber, who scored from second. Right fielder Brandon Burrus' throw to the plate sailed over the catcher's head, allowing *Hubbard to take second on the play. At that point, the Shire lead was 2-1.

In the bottom of the 6th, the Mordor bats lit up the rain-soaked skies. After a 41 minute rain delay, Dol Guldur's Norman *Xanatos tied the score with a single, scoring Lothlorien's Mark Sheppard from 2B. James *Monkeyslayer of Dunharrow followed up with a single, and after a ground out put *Xanatos and *Monkeyslayer at 2nd and 3rd, Betsie Hilldweller of Dagorlad was intentionally walked to load the bases. That's when Weathertop's Nusin Ditchdigger stepped up and hit a GRAND SLAM to left making the score 6-2 in favor of Mordor. But the inning wasn't done. Sheppard had another opportunity to bat in the inning, and he launched his own 3-run shot to left, making it 9-2 Mordor.

Vrung Smiddlefidget of Isengard drove in another run with an RBI single in the 7th, and it looked like Mordor would cruise to victory on a 10-2 lead.

But the Shire wasn't packing it in just yet. Ufrat Moonkiller of Minas Ithil hit a solo shot in the 8th to cut the lead to 10-3. Then, in the top of the 9th, after Minto Mulhall of Old Forest hit a 1-out pinch single, Pugnash Humanslurper doubled, and Wolfgobber was hit by a pitch. That brought up pinch hitter Brutus *Trollbasher of the Wyrms who parked a GRAND SLAM for the Shire over the right field wall to cut the lead to 10-7.

A walk to Honeysuckle Bridger of Carrock and a single by Moonkiller put the tying run at the plate in the person of Scarlett *III of Bucklebury. She took a 1-0 fastball so far out of the park that they stopped measuring after 472 feet for a game-tying 3-run homer.

In the top of the 10th, Wolfgobber came up with one out and hit a solo homerun for the Shire, making the score 11-10. And teammate Celain Gadrienduil came on to drop the side in order in the bottom of the inning and seal the Shire victory.

The game winner was Moria's Darryl Monkey-shines, and Gadrienduil got the save. Proddo Pieweto of Isengard was tagged with the loss. Nusin Ditchdigger was named Player of the Game.

October 22, 2013

SC Pitcher of the Month Goes to Eliolas

Saturday, July 1st, 2028 A standout performance in June earned Galugol Eliolas the Pitcher of the Month Award in the Shire Conference. When his name was penciled in to start by the Minas Ithil skipper, it meant trouble for opposing...

*Xanatos Takes MC's Best Bat Award

Saturday, July 1st, 2028 Norman *Xanatos let his bat do the talking in June and the Mordor Conference heard him loud and clear. He made plenty of noise as he put together a .374 batting average and was named the...

*Hubbard Wins Best Bat Award in June

Saturday, July 1st, 2028 Nobody was better with the bat in June! Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard caught everyone's attention with some hot hitting and today she came away with the Batter of the Month award. Old Forest's catcher put together a solid...

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Friday, June 30th, 2028 Showcase for the Stars -- The Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game. It's a great game for the fans. The All-Star Classic comes around each year at this time to the delight of every baseball fan. Talented players...

Selected to play for the Shire Conference All-Stars are:

SP Smilman Boroden (RIV) - 8-5, 2.81 ERA
SP Splint Cam (BUC) - 11-4, 3.36 ERA
SP Galugol Eliolas (MI) - 13-3, 2.23 ERA
SP Jesse Faroden (BUC) - 10-4, 3.23 ERA
SP Ragn Gaun (OF) - 11-1, 2.80 ERA
SP Gundabald Headstrong (OF) - 6-1, 2.56 ERA
SP Nalok the Drooler (MRA) - 12-2, 3.92 ERA
SP Legend Trader (MI) - 11-6, 3.18 ERA
MR Ferdinand Fields (LT) - 2-3, 20 SV, 0.90 ERA
MR Odovacar Green (MRA) - 0-2, 21 SV, 1.98 ERA
MR Darryl Monkey-shines (MRA) - 9-6, 3.08 ERA
CL Celain Gadrienduil (OF) - 5-4, 22 SV, 2.11 ERA
C Brutus *Trollbasher (MI) - .372/.441/.565, 18 HR, 46 RBI
C Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard (OF) - .312/.408/.635, 25 HR, 66 RBI
C Scarlett *III (BUC) - .328/.447/.582, 20 HR, 51 RBI
1B Merilmir Knifecrawler (MI) - .335/.427/.566, 13 HR, 48 RBI
1B Nose Gladrierŕ (MRA) - .278/.412/.497, 17 HR, 46 RBI
1B Minto Mulhall (OF) - .294/.356/.514, 16 HR, 48 RBI
2B Pugnash Humanslurper (MT) - .278/.380/.511, 14 HR, 51 RBI
3B Ufrat Moonkiller (MI) - .305/.403/.521, 16 HR, 58 RBI
3B Rusil Beardtwister (OF) - .325/.382/.461, 6 HR, 44 RBI
SS Celaugorn Ironworker (OF) - .279/.386/.545, 15 HR, 45 RBI
LF Wart Wolfgobber (OF) - .367/.423/.625, 14 HR, 53 RBI
CF Diazava Elölindë (MT) - .315/.382/.524, 13 HR, 50 RBI
RF Honeysuckle Bridger (CAR) - .336/.432/.602, 14 HR, 47 RBI
RF Moraigol the Elder (MT) - .324/.438/.573, 13 HR, 43 RBI
RF Elendil *L'pu (BYW) - .341/.396/.664, 21 HR, 70 RBI
RF Hahai Brainthrottler (MI) - .330/.389/.594, 17 HR, 64 RBI


The Mordor Conference All-Stars will have these players on their roster:

SP Snibb *Ninwocket (DAG) - 8-2, 2.30 ERA
SP Sariaron Elŕrŕ (MM) - 9-4, 3.16 ERA
SP Bowman Hilldweller (GH) - 8-6, 3.22 ERA
SP Gleonyc Kendrick (RAV) - 6-4, 2.48 ERA
SP Hyman Klingerberg (RAV) - 7-4, 2.33 ERA
SP Nesil Orebearer (MIN) - 10-5, 2.84 ERA
SP Benji Stron (WT) - 10-2, 3.49 ERA
CL Rowan Hill (MIN) - 1-5, 23 SV, 3.05 ERA
CL Rose Nourdi (DAG) - 6-1, 9 SV, 2.70 ERA
CL Proddo Pieweto (ISE) - 3-4, 22 SV, 2.16 ERA
CL Mak'Vok Ta'Quan (WT) - 2-4, 20 SV, 2.11 ERA
CL Tika Underhill (LOT) - 2-6, 10 SV, 2.74 ERA
C Baztrak the Vague (DM) - .296/.390/.536, 15 HR, 48 RBI
C Norman *Xanatos (DG) - .394/.467/.676, 25 HR, 69 RBI
1B James *Monkeyslayer (DUN) - .254/.396/.469, 15 HR, 37 RBI
2B Vrung Smiddlefidget (ISE) - .289/.342/.570, 14 HR, 66 RBI
2B Hildibrand Dap (DM) - .306/.362/.510, 13 HR, 53 RBI
3B Betsie Hilldweller (DAG) - .297/.390/.490, 13 HR, 45 RBI
3B Ragnar *Stonecutter (ISE) - .318/.460/.572, 18 HR, 49 RBI
3B Tarechorion *Gomdrol (MM) - .304/.441/.599, 17 HR, 54 RBI
SS Nusin Ditchdigger (WT) - .320/.384/.537, 15 HR, 56 RBI
SS Liana Quietleaf (MIN) - .295/.394/.633, 21 HR, 62 RBI
LF Mark Sheppard (LOT) - .289/.391/.553, 15 HR, 50 RBI
LF Gollilmer Armorshaker (RAV) - .333/.393/.619, 20 HR, 59 RBI
LF Issra Earadriethien (GH) - .292/.316/.547, 17 HR, 60 RBI
CF Thraryn *Samarkand (DM) - .322/.439/.445, 11 HR, 44 RBI
CF Polly Fields (GH) - .306/.372/.548, 17 HR, 40 RBI
RF Brandon Burrus (NUM) - .302/.415/.550, 16 HR, 59 RBI

October 17, 2013

Brian Middlebrook Captures MC Award

Monday, June 26th, 2028 Misty Mountain Hops right fielder Brian Middlebrook rose above the controversy surrounding his soon-to-expire contract, thriving under pressure last week and copping the Player of the Week award in the Mordor Conference. Middlebrook put up a...

SC Premier Player Picked

Monday, June 26th, 2028 When it came to hitting the baseball, Elendil *L'pu was in a class by himself in the Shire Conference this past week. Nobody did it better. The outstanding right fielder for Bywater tagged opposing pitchers for...

October 15, 2013

Witch Kings the Drooler Named MC's #1 Player

Monday, June 19th, 2028 At the age of 30, Wonai the Drooler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Weathertop first baseman put up some exceptional...

Minas Ithil First Baseman Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 19th, 2028 Merilmir Knifecrawler, known affectionately as "the old man" by the younger players in the Wyrms clubhouse, showed his teammates how to do it last week -- and in the process the 37-year-old vet beat out all...

October 11, 2013

Great Week for Carrock's Honeysuckle Bridger

Monday, June 12th, 2028 This week's Player of the Week was Honeysuckle Bridger of the Carrock Bears. She bombarded Shire Conference pitching for 10 hits in 19 at-bats, 4 home runs and 8 RBIs while hitting .526 and scoring 8...

Isengard First Baseman Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 12th, 2028 The Mordor Conference has named its Top Player of the Week. The honor went to Eimer Eärüviel, first baseman of the Isengard Raiders. In an extraordinary hitting display, he belted out hits at a .407 pace...

October 07, 2013

Fields Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 5th, 2028 Rowan Fields did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The center...

Shire Conference Names *Trollbasher Best Batter

Monday, June 5th, 2028 One of the league's most exciting young players, Brutus *Trollbasher of the Minas Ithil Wyrms earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

MC's Top Starter is Orebearer

Thursday, June 1st, 2028 Nesil Orebearer's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-2 in May, the 27-year-old Minas Morgul hurler has been named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned...

Shire Conference Announces Best Starter

Thursday, June 1st, 2028 Capping off a whirlwind month in which he went 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA, Ragn Gaun was selected as May's Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month today. Reporters caught up with the elated Old Forest starter...

Earadriethien Crowned Batter of the Month in May

Thursday, June 1st, 2028 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 28-year-old Issra Earadriethien put together a solid offensive month for Grey Havens and was crowned May's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .336 with 11 home runs,...

*Trollbasher Takes SC's Best Bat Trophy

Thursday, June 1st, 2028 Brutus *Trollbasher has been the model of consistency over the past month and has been a tough out, claiming the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy for May. The Minas Ithil catcher hit .461 with...

October 03, 2013

MC Star of the Week Picked

Monday, May 29th, 2028 This week's Player of the Week was Baztrak the Vague of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. His big bat beat up on Mordor Conference pitching for 8 hits in 19 at-bats, 3 home runs and 9 RBIs...

Wolfgobber Red-Hot, SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 29th, 2028 According to the voters, Wart Wolfgobber of the Old Forest Merry Fellows had the best week of all Shire Conference hitters as he was named this week's Player of the Week. The left fielder's accomplishments include...

September 26, 2013

SC's Top Player Named

Monday, May 22nd, 2028 26-year-old Sous Nadrierion sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Nadrierion made the establishment sit...

Earadriethien Nabs MC Weekly Award

Monday, May 22nd, 2028 He was a hard-hitting machine all week long. That's why Issra Earadriethien of the Grey Havens Stars was named the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. For the week the 28-year-old left fielder batted .344 (11-32)...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Tuesday, May 16th, 2028 Scouts have begun to salivate. The list of players for the first-year player draft has been released by the league office and speculation is already beginning about who will end up as the first pick. The...

September 09, 2013

*Ninwocket Best MC Starter in April

Monday, May 1st, 2028 Snibb *Ninwocket's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in April, the 27-year-old Dagorlad hurler has been named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 59...

SC Picks April's Top Pitcher

Monday, May 1st, 2028 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Jesse Faroden still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in April. The 29-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference...

*Xanatos Claims MC Batter of the Month Award

Monday, May 1st, 2028 The top hitter in the Mordor Conference in April was Dol Guldur catcher Norman *Xanatos. He was selected the Batter of the Month after batting .392, hitting 11 home runs, scoring 19 runs and driving in...

Wolfgobber Takes Home SC Top Batter Award

Monday, May 1st, 2028 Wart Wolfgobber battered Shire Conference pitchers all April and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

Tandir Nabs SC Weekly Award

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Arwowyn Tandir, the Old Forest right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

Elvora's Strong Week Earns MC Trophy

At the age of 31, Frillf Elvora might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Numenor second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

September 05, 2013

Livertrembler of Dagorlad Player of the Week

Monday, April 24th, 2028 A hot-hitting week got Muugak Livertrembler the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He really wore out his welcome with league pitchers. The Dagorlad second baseman slammed them for a .526 average, 10 hits in...

SC Honors Old Forest Left Fielder

Monday, April 24th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Wart Wolfgobber, the Old Forest left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

September 02, 2013

*Xanatos Week's Top Player

Monday, April 17th, 2028 Norman *Xanatos demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dol Guldur catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Monday, April 17th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Huugdish Nosejuggler, the Bucklebury left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

August 29, 2013

Garaldur Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, April 10th, 2028 At the age of 31, Oscar Garaldur might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dol Guldur first baseman put up some exceptional...

SC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 10th, 2028 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nunus Oathrender, the Bywater right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

League KO's Dragons-Kings Players with 6-Game Suspensions

Tuesday, April 4th, 2028 The league office advised Dol Guldur and Numenor that they had issued 6-game suspensions to Har Isril and Carl Brandybuck. They were disciplined for being the major antagonists in yesterday's free-for-all at Dol Guldur Stadium....

August 26, 2013

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Saturday, April 1st, 2028 Experts and fans have made their preseason prognostications, so now it is time to play the games for real and see what happens. It is Opening Day in Tolkien Baseball! And these match-ups headline the day's...

Top 100 Prospects List Published

Saturday, April 1st, 2028 The season is about to start, so it's time to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 24-year-old starting pitcher Bulbo Moss of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai is the #1 prospect overall. Here is...

August 22, 2013

2028 Season Predictions

It's time for another round of awesomely inspired predictions from the team that brought you "Oh My God! We're All Gonna Die! (the Musical)" and "That's No Moon..."...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Our annual pick of the Titans to win the Elf Division (a routine that has a .500 batting average, as they have won it 2 of the last 4 years) is not going to stop this season. Despite the miracle Marauders coming from out of nowhere to knock off both Minas Tirith and a strong run by Old Forest, we're still thinking the Titans have what it takes to get back on top...at least in this division. They've got a really good outfield, an excellent closer, and at least two good starters. Lots of weakness in the infield (at least with the bats), and that's why they went out and signed Karin Elv during the offseason. Elv's not exactly a superstar, but he's a veteran with some pop in his bat and an excellent glove. They're also taking a chance on Sikar Daggerdrinker, giving the 27 year old a 4-year contract and a chance to redeem himself after a dismal 7-17 performance with Dagorlad last season. The Titans feel he's better than that, hoping he'll return to the form of his early 20's when he put up 15-win seasons with ERA's below 4.00.

Are we supremely confident in our pick of the Titans to win the Elf Division? Not with Old Forest hanging around. Last year, the Merry Fellows tied Minas Tirith just 2 games out of the division lead. In fact, OOTP has them winning the Elf Division this season by 2 games ahead of the Titans. Old Forest has the latest in the *Hubbard dynasty, Elle-Rhonda, who at 24 already has 4 major league seasons under her belt. She's an All-Star and a key part of the Merry Fellows attack. She's joined by power hitters like Wayne Hawks and Wart Wolfgobber. The pitching staff is anchored by Gundabald Headstrong (17-11, 3.49), and they have a top-notch closer in 'Grunge' Gadrienduil. Their biggest problem is depth. If anyone gets hurt, they don't have a lot to back up the front line stars.

Rivendell remains in third place in our rankings, making some moves in the offseason to pick up some free agent talent like SP Frendian Rards and 1B Celegast Eäräthien. Nothing they did jumps out as giving them the opportunity to overtake Minas Tirith or Old Forest, but they didn't hurt themselves either.

Mirkwood finished last in our predictions last year, but you know how that turned out. OOTP had them just a game out of first place, which was apparently closer to the truth, but this year they're 20 games out in the OOTP poll. In truth, the Marauders look to be rebuilding, but in an odd sort of way. They still have Mablung 'the Venerable' *Véneanár, but the offseason saw a lot of moves by Mirkwood. They signed pitcher Aihal Highdrake,34, probably as a stopgap measure while their plans ripen. They also traded Sariaron the Witch for a pair of minor leaguers, yet turned around and signed a pair of 33-year-olds: catcher Thaivia Elriden and pitcher Eeolbo Celandriendel. And while no one doubts the value of 3B Estella Underhill, she is 31 and was traded to Forgotten Realms for Talla Foriand, 28, and Bleaennyn the Changed Man, 22.

Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
Despite losing the Shire Conference title in the Two Towers Series for the 2nd straight year, the Wyrms just keep getting better and better. When they won their first title of any kind in 2025, they had a good 95-win season. In 2026, they won 106. Last year, they had an amazing 120 victories (2nd only to the 125-win season of the 2023 Fairies). This year, OOTP predicts they'll win 118. I'm not gonna argue.

Erebor keeps trying to climb that hill, but like the rest of the division, they're buried deep in Minas Ithil's shadow for now. They signed a few pitchers this offseason, including Vruudish the Devastator. The once 25-game winner has fallen on hard times the last couple of years, but he's only 28 and the Eagles hope he'll turn things around. Erebor also picked up Bertel Tanod from the SFL to bolster their bullpen.

Lake Town was busy in the offseason and picked up a couple of good pieces. First, they signed free agent catcher, Norman Mailer, to a 4-year contract worth a total of $62,000,000. Mailer's a .311 hitter over 4 seasons in the SFL with the Land of Oz Munchkins. He popped 20+ HR's each year, too. But the free agent catch of the offseason, Crazy Powers, signed a whopping 7-year contract worth a total of $177,800,000 with the Archers. Powers, 29, has patrolled RF for Discworld the past 4 years, hitting .337 with 126 HR and 406 RBI and won the 2024 FL Outstanding Hitter Award.

Bywater is next, and they're looking to make some headway under new manager, Misur Orebender. Orebender saw action from 2003-2005 as a pitcher for Rivendell. He was 11-6 with 26 saves and a 3.30 ERA in the inaugural SGCBL season. The Bounders went out and bought him a closer in Eillf Eregion, who split duties with Thomas Hardy at Mirkwood last year.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
Last year, we predicted--and I quote--"There's still no immovable object that will stand in the way of the irresistable force of the Fairies...It's certainly not going to be their Dwarf Division rivals..." Foolish mortals. As we now, Moria bested the Fairies by 5 games and went on to become League Champions. Yet, we're still not going to back off our statement that Bucklebury is still one of the top 5 teams in the league, and they shouldn't have any trouble sewing up another Dwarf Division title. Still, OOTP shows them finishing 6 games behing Moria...

Once again Bree comes up as the number 2 pick for the division and the Shire Wild Card winner. They even went up a couple notches in our poll without doing anything in the offseason. If history is any judge, they'll get knocked around by injuries and miss the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. But if the fates are kinder, the Cheese should advance to the postseason.

How can we do this to the League Champs? OOTP has them winning the division handily. Yet, we're still picking them third in the Dwarf Division. They are undeniably talented, with Porto Moss (26-5, 2.45) leading a very good starting rotation. They've got Nose Gladrierŕ (.308, 40 HR, 129 RBI) and Gignar Demoneater (.290, 40 HR, 128 RBI) as the twin bash brothers. But there's just a lack of depth behind the superstars. If they get hit by injuries, it's all over for Moria.

Spring training dealt the Carrock Bears the blow of losing their ace, Odessa *Enthugger, for the first two months of the season last year. They're not ready for the big time, yet, but they've got some exciting players like Celillbo Arwiama, 21, who hit .321 last year with 47 SB and can just fly.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bree Cheese

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
There's not much argument that the Hops are the best team in the Orc Division, but OOTP thinks they're the best team in the Mordor Conference. In this case, we have to agree. Only Minas Ithil tops this team in our poll.

Dead Marshes is trying everything they can to climb back up the ladder this season. They've made trades and free agent acquisitions left and right all offseason. Ultimately, the wheeling and dealing has paid off, as they jump 6 places and into the top 10 teams in our power rankings. They invested a ton of money in Gredoc Foemasher (.297, 29 HR, 93 RBI), hoping he'll produce the 35+ HR/120+ RBI type seasons he had with Weathertop.

Dunharrow was dormant over the offseason, waving goodbye to long-time hero, Orgulas 'the Tank' Black, as both he and catcher Romana of Gallifrey retired.

Grey Havens is in a free-fall. They're last on our poll by a huge margin, and OOTP has them losing 112 games.


Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
Ravenhill didn't need to do much in the offseason to stay atop the Goblin Division. Their rivals are pretty weak, but the Darkwings still have a 99-win season on the way according to OOTP.

Weathertop continues to mature, and the Witch Kings may one day take over from Ravenhill. We don't think it's this year, though. They didn't really do anything in the offseason, but relative to other teams, they moved up a couple notches.

Lothlorien is exactly where they were a year ago. Nothing exciting in the offseason. No major retirements. They didn't really lose anyone to free agency. The Lumberjacks are just stuck in the lower tier of teams for the first time in a long time.

Numenor has found themselves in the mire for quite sometime. The Kings have wrestled with rebuilding for a long time, but it appears that few of their prospects have developed into anything approaching stardom.

Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

Troll Division
Minas Morgul is back at the top of the game. They sit where they did in last year's poll as our #2 pick overall. Despite (or because of) getting swept out of the Fellowship Series by Misty Mountain last year, the Slayers should be back to seek revenge on the Hops in this year's playoffs. They've got dominant young hitters in Lilith *Blackbark, Adelena Blackbark and Bets Blizzard and a great pitching staff, led by Nesil Orebearer and anchored in the 'pen by Rowan Hill.

Isengard is up next in our rankings, and the Raiders have been trying to get their house in order all during the offseason. They signed a new manager, Todd Grigol, and picked up free agents like closer Dwain the Centaur from Gallifrey, Bosur Oakenshield and Eimer Eärüviel. At age 34, Ragnar *Stonecutter is getting a little old to be waiting much longer for a RotK ring, but he hopes that his fellow sluggers, Gaman White Hand, Glomli of Erebor and James Miller will join with the new blood to get him to the playoffs.

Dagorlad made a good run at the division title and the Mordor Wild Card last year before falling short. So, they picked up Imcir Imcirion, Betsie Hilldweller and Wuurg Nosehammer to short contracts to try and help them get over the hump this year. Hilldweller and Gollilmer Bloodhelm will join Christine Roper, Myrtai Isyrith and Vabis Githrarith as part of a really good lineup this year. However, the Disaster pitching staff really only has Snibb *Ninwocket going for it.

Dol Guldur got a little better this year, picking up free agent starter, Bilin Brockhouse, and a new manager. Once again, the Dragons have a team that looks good in the batter's box, but falls short on the mound.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Conference Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms

2027 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Minas Morgul Slayers
Misty Mountain Hops
Bucklebury Fairies
Minas Tirith Titans
Ravenhill Darkwings
Isengard Raiders
Bree Cheese
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Moria Miners
Erebor Eagles
Dunharrow Devils
Dagorlad Disaster
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Weathertop Witch-kings
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Rivendell Royals
Mirkwood Marauders
Carrock Bears
Lake Town Archers
Dol Guldur Dragons
Numenor Kings
Bywater Bounders
Grey Havens Stars

OOTP predictions are here: http://solonor.com/ootp/news/html/leagues/league_100_preseason_prediction_report.html

June 29, 2013

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Wednesday, December 1st, 2027 The stroke of midnight signaled the arrival of the often wild and unpredictable free agent filing period. Most general managers across the SGCBL already have an iron or two in the fire. The players, too, are...

June 24, 2013

*Trollbasher Named SC Aragorn MVP

A banner year for Minas Ithil catcher, Brutus *Trollbasher, was capped off with his first Shire Conference MVP award. In a season that saw his team win 120 games, last year's Frodo Rookie Award winner slugged 44 HR and drove...

MC Aragorn MVP Awarded to *Xanatos

Norman 'The Guardian' *Xanatos thrilled Dragons fans all year with his plate heroics, helping lead Dol Guldur to their first playoff appearance in a long time. *Xanatos smacked 204 hits for a .358 batting average with 36 HR and 113...

Mordor Conference Best Pitcher Named

Monday, November 15th, 2027 The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2027 has been presented and the Mordor Conference winner is Joe Graves of Ravenhill. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Graves. "I just hope I can improve...

#1 Pitcher Trophy Won by Miners Moss

Monday, November 15th, 2027 The Moria Miners have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Porto Moss, this year's Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters with...

2027 MC #1 Hitter is Dol Guldur's *Xanatos

Monday, November 15th, 2027 There's something special about a guy who can stride up to the plate and put the ball anywhere -- in the stands, off the wall, into the gap, down the third base line. You name the...

SC Awards Sam Gamgee Batter, *Trollbasher Gets Prize

Monday, November 15th, 2027 Brutus *Trollbasher went on a season-long hitting spree against Shire Conference pitchers and captured the Sam Gamgee Batter for 2027. The Minas Ithil catcher battered the opposition for 205 hits, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 44 home...

MC Best Gloves of 2027 Chosen

Monday, November 15th, 2027 Good defense can be the difference between taking the championship and coming in second. The Mordor Conference announced its top defenders at each position today. Here are the Legolas Fielder Award winners for 2027: Pitcher: Joe...

SC Rewards Top Defenders for 2027

Monday, November 15th, 2027 On the defensive side of the game pitchers always get the glory, but the best pitchers know their success hinges on the gloves behind them. The defensive dream team in the Shire Conference for 2027 has...

MC Top Newcomer Named

Monday, November 15th, 2027 This year's best newcomer has been chosen and the 2027 Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award trophy went to Dead Marshes center fielder Thraryn *Samarkand. It was a season to remember for the 23-year-old Uruk-hai rookie. He...

Carrock Left Fielder Voted Best SC Rookie

Monday, November 15th, 2027 The brightest new star in the Shire Conference has been named. The 2027 Frodo Rookie Award has been handed out to Carrock's left fielder Celillbo Arwiama, who outshined all his first-year peers in the balloting and...

June 20, 2013

The Miners Are Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Champions!

Friday, November 5th, 2027 In a fairytale year the Moria Miners capped a perfect season with the Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association title, defeating the Diagon Alley Wizards 10-3 to take the series 4-0. The Miners manager said he told the...

June 17, 2013

Miners Take Title

Saturday, October 30th, 2027 "It was two outs in the last inning of the 2027 Return of the King Series and my heart is pounding. When the last out was made, a grand feeling came over me. We were the...

June 06, 2013

.362 Average Wins Title for Green

Friday, October 1st, 2027 Crystal Green went to the plate 563 times, collected 204 hits and came away with the 2027 Mordor Conference batting title. H .362 average placed her at the top of the list. The Dead Marshes Uruk-hai...

*Trollbasher Tops SC with .368 Average

Friday, October 1st, 2027 No one hit Shire Conference pitching at a better clip than Minas Ithil's Brutus *Trollbasher in 2027. Playing in 141 games this year's batting champ registered a .368 average with 205 hits, 44 home runs and...

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Friday, October 1st, 2027 From spring training to the last out of the regular season, it has been the goal of every GM, team, manager and player to reach the Tolkien Baseball playoffs. They all aspire to win baseball's Holy...

June 03, 2013

Witch Kings Ditchdigger Named MC's #1 Player

Monday, September 27th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nusin Ditchdigger, the Weathertop second baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC's Star Player Named

Monday, September 27th, 2027 At the age of 26, Diazava Elölindë might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Tirith right fielder put up some exceptional...

May 30, 2013

MC Player of the Week Goes to Burrus of Numenor

Monday, September 20th, 2027 At the age of 30, Brandon Burrus might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Numenor right fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Baigrin Caps Great Week

Monday, September 20th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Eruhai Baigrin, the Minas Tirith first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

May 27, 2013

MC Names Best Player

Monday, September 13th, 2027 A battle-tested Glomli of Erebor declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 37-year-old Isengard left fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award....

Miners Gladrierŕ SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, September 13th, 2027 This week's top performer in the Shire Conference was first baseman Nose Gladrierŕ of the Moria Miners. He lashed out a .478 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week Gladrierŕ...

May 23, 2013

MC Star of the Week Picked

Monday, September 6th, 2027 In the twilight of his career, 37-year-old Glomli of Erebor of Isengard recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing since...

SC Trophy Goes to Smeagol of Lake Town

Monday, September 6th, 2027 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Vrsilok Smeagol was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Lake Town Archers right fielder hit .533 while...

August's Top Starter Named in MC

Wednesday, September 1st, 2027 The Mordor Conference announced the winner of the Pitcher of the Month Award for August. It went to Joe Graves of Ravenhill for his outstanding 5-0 record and 1.23 ERA. Graves also chalked up 6 starts,...

SC Top Pitcher Award for August to Trader

Wednesday, September 1st, 2027 Veteran Legend Trader put together quite a successful stretch in August for the Minas Ithil Wyrms, earning himself the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Trader racked up a 5-0 record in 6 starts, posting...

Vabis Githrarith Selected August's Best Batter

Wednesday, September 1st, 2027 Vabis Githrarith, the Dagorlad left fielder, had a productive month in August. He put up some solid numbers with a .398 batting average (37 for 93), 6 home runs, 27 RBIs and 24 runs scored. That...

*Trollbasher Claims SC Batter of the Month Award

Wednesday, September 1st, 2027 August was a good month for Brutus *Trollbasher. The Minas Ithil catcher had his way with opposing pitchers all month while posting a .423 batting average and was selected as the Shire Conference Batter of the...

May 20, 2013

MC Names Best Player

Monday, August 30th, 2027 It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Vabis Githrarith, the Dagorlad Disaster 25-year-old left fielder, put himself in...

Gollilas Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 30th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ive Gollilas, the Erebor left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

May 16, 2013

SC Honors Minas Ithil Catcher

Monday, August 23rd, 2027 One of the league's most exciting young players, Brutus *Trollbasher of the Minas Ithil Wyrms earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

*Stonecutter Selected Player of the Week

Monday, August 23rd, 2027 At the age of 34, Ragnar *Stonecutter might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard third baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

May 13, 2013

SC Player of the Week Chosen

Monday, August 16th, 2027 At the age of 26, Hahai Brainthrottler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Ithil right fielder put up some exceptional...

Rasreth Takes This Week's Trophy

Monday, August 16th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Shima Rasreth, the Lothlorien third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

May 09, 2013

Green Wins MC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, August 9th, 2027 Crystal Green has been in a real groove lately. The 31-year-old Dead Marshes Uruk-hai first baseman nabbed Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors today after beating up on opposing pitchers all last week. Green's hot...

Player of the Week: the Seer of the Miners

Monday, August 9th, 2027 Suuol the Seer did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The...

May 06, 2013

SC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, August 2nd, 2027 Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old catcher of the Old Forest Merry Fellows had a pretty hot bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days...

MC Player of the Week Awarded

Monday, August 2nd, 2027 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Celillbo Lomambor was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Misty Mountain Hops second baseman hit .414 while...

MC Selects Kendrick July's Best Starter

Sunday, August 1st, 2027 Gleonyc Kendrick hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

Moss Earns SC Top Pitcher Trophy

Sunday, August 1st, 2027 Porto Moss's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in July, the 26-year-old Moria hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 50...

Norman *Xanatos Named Best MC Batter in July

Sunday, August 1st, 2027 July was a good month for Norman *Xanatos. The Dol Guldur catcher had his way with opposing pitchers all month while posting a .360 batting average and was selected as the Mordor Conference Batter of the...

SC's Best Batter Picked

Sunday, August 1st, 2027 Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard really smoked the ball in July on her way to Batter of the Month honors in the Shire Conference. The Old Forest catcher hit .419 with 8 home runs, 22 RBIs and 18 runs...

May 02, 2013

SC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, July 26th, 2027 At the age of 32, Lumdor Moraden might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the...

MC Player of the Week Named

Monday, July 26th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Eimer Eärüviel, the Isengard first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

April 29, 2013

MC Names Stars Dogsbreath Winner

Monday, July 19th, 2027 A hot-hitting week got Glen Dogsbreath the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He really wore out his welcome with league pitchers. The Grey Havens third baseman slammed them for a .455 average, 10 hits...

Moonkiller: Big Hit in the Shire Conference

Monday, July 19th, 2027 Ufrat Moonkiller of the Minas Ithil Wyrms had a big week with the bat and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Shire Conference. For the week Moonkiller batted .423 (11-26) with 4...

April 25, 2013

SC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, July 12th, 2027 Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Old Forest catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

MC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, July 12th, 2027 27-year-old Phaior Ciryatan sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Ciryatan made the establishment sit...

Shire Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, July 5th, 2027 Speak softly and carry a big stick and you could win the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award just like Gilgaril Salad. He really dazzled on the diamond this week with a .563 average to...

Grijalva Sticks it to MC Pitchers

Monday, July 5th, 2027 Lorenzo Grijalva of the Dagorlad Disaster had an award-winning week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. For the week the 24-year-old right fielder batted .615 (8-13) with no home...

April 08, 2013

*the Indefatiguable Joins HOF Legends

Friday, July 2nd, 2027 A huge crowd watched Sarukh *the Indefatiguable become the newest member of the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame today. "I'm a big believer in whatever you want, if you want something out of this game, you've...

Elfplate Joins HOF Immortals

Friday, July 2nd, 2027 Today, one of the legendary kings of the hill received his due recognition. Mundin Elfplate was enshrined into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the most fearsome hurlers to ever take the mound, Elfplate...

Robert *Plant Joins the Hall of Fame

Friday, July 2nd, 2027 What a way to cap a glorious career -- get elected to the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. That's exactly what happened to pitching star, Robert *Plant. The Baseball Writers Association rewarded him for his sensational...

April 04, 2013

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Thursday, July 1st, 2027 It is not an easy task to pick the best players for the annual baseball classic -- the All-Star Game. It is not possible to please everybody. Whether we agree or not, they have been chosen......

For the Shire Conference, the roster includes:

Starters
SP Porto Moss (MRA) - 14-0, 1.93 ERA
C Scarlett *III (BUC) - .340/.465/.585, 18 HR, 46 RBI
1B Nose Gladrierŕ (MRA) - .321/.440/.669, 28 HR, 77 RBI
2B Rusil Beardtwister (OF) - .341/.382/.474, 8 HR, 29 RBI
3B Ufrat Moonkiller (MI) - .311/.393/.485, 8 HR, 54 RBI
SS Celaugorn Ironworker (OF) - .283/.373/.503, 11 HR, 44 RBI
LF Gignar Demoneater (MRA) - .330/.435/.659, 23 HR, 74 RBI
CF Mefur Silverbiter (ERE) - .305/.372/.593, 12 HR, 31 RBI
RF Hahai Brainthrottler (MI) - .303/.351/.574, 24 HR, 82 RBI
Reserves
Bree - CL Milo Centaur
Bucklebury - SP Jesse Faroden, SS Dudo Goodrich
Bywater - SP Ecth Tremblay, 1B Gilgaril Salad, CF Irene Ploughman
Minas Ithil - SP Rebo Muddyfoot, SP Legend Trader, MR Tenten Verbenti, C Brutus *Trollbasher
Mirkwood - LF Biaron Galulinde
Moria - SP Nalok the Drooler, MR Darryl Monkey-shines
Old Forest - SP Gundabald Headstrong, C Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard
Rivendell - SP Smilman Boroden, SP Pruugush Ettincrawler, 1B Sruukor the Stutterer, RF Saravin Boreahil

Playing for the Mordor Conference:

Starters
SP Joe Graves (RAV) - 10-2, 1.80 ERA
C Norman *Xanatos (DG) - .366/.451/.596, 19 HR, 63 RBI
1B Eimer Eärüviel (ISE) - .348/.404/.570, 13 HR, 68 RBI
2B Nusin Ditchdigger (WT) - .256/.311/.532, 22 HR, 66 RBI
3B Ragnar *Stonecutter (ISE) - .322/.429/.525, 15 HR, 52 RBI
SS Liana Quietleaf (MIN) - .286/.353/.585, 17 HR, 47 RBI
LF Vomli Tunnelsplitter (NUM) - .328/.415/.608, 24 HR, 65 RBI
CF Malin Roadapple (RAV) - .352/.379/.614, 16 HR, 51 RBI
RF Daisy Hornblower (WT) - .329/.398/.603, 19 HR, 59 RBI
Reserves
Dead Marshes - 1B Crystal Green, CF Thraryn *Samarkand
Dol Guldur - SP Signar Gorimli, RF Ysabrylla Boffin
Isengard - C James Miller, LF Glomli of Erebor
Lothlorien - CL Elanor Muddyfoot, 3B Shima Rasreth
Minas Morgul - SP Bowman Moss, SP Nesil Orebearer, CL Rowan Hill
Misty Mountain - SP Peregrin Fields, SP Ediberto Whistler
Ravenhill - SP Legeron *Silverspike, SP Gleonyc Kendrick, CL Isengrim Sandyman
Weathertop - CL Mak'Vok Ta'Quan, 1B Gredoc Foemasher, 3B Wonai the Drooler

Mordor Conference Announces #1 Starter

Thursday, July 1st, 2027 Joe Graves was on cloud nine the entire month of June, capping it off with the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. The Ravenhill starter was spectacular in 6 starting assignments with 4 wins and...

Shire Conference Announces Best Starter

Thursday, July 1st, 2027 Porto Moss's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in June, the 26-year-old Moria hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 60...

Norman *Xanatos Selected June's Best Batter

Thursday, July 1st, 2027 Norman *Xanatos mauled enemy pitching all month long as he cruised to the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month title. *Xanatos batted .376 with 6 home runs, 25 RBIs and 21 runs scored. Dol Guldur faithful...

SC Top Batter Trophy Won by Gladrierŕ

Thursday, July 1st, 2027 The Batter of the Month honoree for June in the Shire Conference is Moria Miners first baseman Nose Gladrierŕ. He showed no mercy as he finished the month with a .333 batting average, 9 home runs,...

April 01, 2013

MC Player of the Week Named

Monday, June 28th, 2027 It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Thraryn *Samarkand, the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai 23-year-old center fielder, put himself...

Star of the Week Named in SC

Monday, June 28th, 2027 Mereahil Elarandel went on a week-long batting spree against Shire Conference pitchers and hauled in the Player of the Week trophy. The Minas Tirith left fielder battered the opposition for 10 hits in 21 at-bats, 3...

March 28, 2013

Eärüviel Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 21st, 2027 The #1 hitter in the Mordor Conference was Isengard first baseman Eimer Eärüviel. He was selected the Player of the Week. During the week Eärüviel banged out a .481 batting average (13-27), 3 home runs, 10...

Barrage of Hits Gets Ironworker SC Award

Monday, June 21st, 2027 This week's Player of the Week was Celaugorn Ironworker of the Old Forest Merry Fellows. He battered Shire Conference pitching for 13 hits in 24 at-bats, 2 home runs and 6 RBIs while hitting .542 and...

March 18, 2013

Mordor Conference Names Top Player

Monday, June 7th, 2027 27-year-old Wong the Insane sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, the Insane made the...

Silverbiter Week's Best Player

Monday, June 7th, 2027 When it came to hitting the baseball, Mefur Silverbiter had few peers in the Shire Conference this past week. The talented center fielder for Erebor tagged opposing pitchers for a .500 average and was voted the...

Whistler MC Winner, Top Hurler in May

Tuesday, June 1st, 2027 The premier pitcher this past month in the Mordor Conference was Ediberto Whistler of the Misty Mountain Hops. He was one mighty tough pitcher, finishing May with a sensational 6-0 record and a 1.76 ERA. The...

Moss Snags SC Top Hurler Trophy

Tuesday, June 1st, 2027 Which Shire Conference hurler dominated in the month of May? According to the voters who decide the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award, it was Porto Moss of the Moria Miners. He put together a...

Roadapple Takes Home MC Top Batter Award

Tuesday, June 1st, 2027 Ravenhill Darkwings 26-year-old center fielder Malin Roadapple hit his way to a .412 batting average and the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award in May. He had 10 home runs, 28 RBIs and 21 runs...

Moria's Gladrierŕ Bags SC Batting Award

Tuesday, June 1st, 2027 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 29-year-old Nose Gladrierŕ put together a solid offensive month for Moria and was crowned May's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .373 with 8 home runs, 29...

March 14, 2013

Star of the Week Picked in SC

Monday, May 31st, 2027 One of the league's most exciting young players, Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard of the Old Forest Merry Fellows earned herself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week...

Player of the Week Trophy to Green

Monday, May 31st, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Crystal Green, the Dead Marshes first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

March 11, 2013

Hippogryph Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, May 24th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Xap Hippogryph, the Dunharrow center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC Player of the Week Named

Monday, May 24th, 2027 27-year-old Dalo Gidush sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Gidush made the establishment sit...

Darkwings Scimitar Hits 600th Homer

Sunday, May 23rd, 2027 A big sigh of relief erupted from Rhedry Scimitar after he hit his 600th career homer. The Ravenhill right fielder said, "I'm glad it's over...now I can go back to just playing baseball." It was quite...

March 07, 2013

Rasreth Red-Hot, MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 17th, 2027 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Shima Rasreth was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Lothlorien Lumberjacks third baseman hit .583 while collecting...

Belamir Week's Best Player

Monday, May 17th, 2027 25-year-old Beama Belamir sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Belamir made the establishment sit...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Sunday, May 16th, 2027 For would-be rookies, a list of whom was announced today by the league, the wait to find out whether or not they have been selected is excruciating. It's tough just getting a scout to notice you,...

March 04, 2013

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, May 10th, 2027 The Mordor Conference has selected its Player of the Week. The honor went to Vomli Tunnelsplitter, left fielder of the Numenor Kings. In a standout performance, he lit up the league with a .583 average to...

SC's #1 Player Named

Monday, May 10th, 2027 The Player of the Week has been announced by the Shire Conference. The award went to Phaitai Elendil, center fielder of the Bucklebury Fairies. He dominated league pitchers with a .379 average to win the honor....

March 01, 2013

the Drooler of Weathertop Crowned Best Player

Monday, May 3rd, 2027 It was announced today that Weathertop third baseman Wonai the Drooler snagged the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his outstanding play last week. He posted a .393 batting average as he collected 11...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, May 3rd, 2027 Today the Shire Conference announced its Player of the Week Award winner -- Minas Ithil Wyrms shortstop Olo Bats, who batted .385 (10-26) with 5 home runs, 8 RBIs and 9 runs scored. So far in...

MC Premier Pitcher is Ravenhill's Kendrick

Saturday, May 1st, 2027 Gleonyc Kendrick was on cloud nine the entire month of April, capping it off with the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. The Ravenhill starter was spectacular in 6 starting assignments with 6 wins and...

April's Top Hurler is Moss

Saturday, May 1st, 2027 The Pitcher of the Month Award in April has been selected and the Shire Conference honor went to Moria hurler, Porto Moss. For his excellent performance he has been named the league's top pitcher. During the...

Weathertop's Hornblower Snaps up April Batting Award

Saturday, May 1st, 2027 Daisy Hornblower capped off a fine April by being named the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month today. Weathertop's right fielder hit .375 while collecting 9 home runs, 27 RBIs and scoring 24 runs. She also...

SC's #1 Batter Chosen

Saturday, May 1st, 2027 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 28-year-old Gignar Demoneater put together a solid offensive month for Moria and was crowned April's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .347 with 7 home runs, 20...

February 25, 2013

Hornblower Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, April 26th, 2027 Daisy Hornblower punched, poked and pummeled the baseball last week and today she garnered a majority of the votes for the Mordor Conference Player of the Week award. The Weathertop Witch Kings right fielder slashed out...

Proudfoot Selected Player of the Week

Monday, April 26th, 2027 Olo Proudfoot made quite a splash in the Shire Conference this past week. The Rivendell Royals first baseman drilled opposing pitchers for 11 hits in 20 at-bats to roll up a .550 batting average and the...

February 21, 2013

Miller Selected MC Player of the Week

Monday, April 19th, 2027 James Miller demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Isengard catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last...

SC Names Best Player

Monday, April 19th, 2027 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Meli Eläril, the Bywater catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

February 18, 2013

MC's #1 Player, Quietleaf of Minas Morgul

Monday, April 12th, 2027 23-year-old Liana Quietleaf sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought her the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Quietleaf made the establishment sit...

SC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 12th, 2027 At the age of 26, Diazava Elölindë might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Tirith center fielder put up some exceptional...

February 13, 2013

2027 Predictions

Once again it is time for the excuses and shame to fly through the air, as our team of prediction "experts" figures out why they failed to see Ravenhill come soaring down from the Eyrie to snatch the RotK trophy...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Finally, after picking the Titans to win the Elf Division several years and having them fall short, we got to see Minas Tirith live up to their potential and take the pennant. The fact that they immediately fell to Bucklebury in five games in the Fellowship Series doesn't matter. We were right!

So, once again the chicken bones have come up with Minas Tirith taking the Elf Division, and who are we to question the old witch who leads our prediction team? After the toad incident of 2017, not me. That makes Minas Tirith our pick for taking the division, which falls in line with OOTP's suggestion that it will be the Titans by a nose over the Marauders.

Old Forest comes up second in our poll and moves into the top 10 teams overall. The Merry Fellows saw longtime starter, Frodo Chubb, finally retire for good, leaving the pitching mound to youngsters like Gundabald Headstrong. Along with other young talent like Dagan Geomli and Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard, the Merry Fellows look to put up a good fight.

Rivendell slides into third place in our rankings, having improved themselves with the signings of outfielder Saravin Boreahil and first baseman Olo Proudfoot. The Royals have put together one of the best starting outfields in the league, all 26-years-old, in Boreahil, Elrialob Anuwen and Pimja the Pitiful.

Mirkwood finished last in our predictions (but just a game out of first in the OOTP list), making this potentially one of the toughest divisions in baseball this season. The Marauders still have all the tools--solid pitching and some excellent hitters, including Mablung 'the Venerable' *Véneanár.

Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
Minas Ithil is still the team to beat, despite falling to Bucklebury in last year's Two Towers Series. The Wyrms are tops in our poll overall and OOTP has them finishing 26 games ahead of Bywater in the division. They were fairly quiet this offseason. Without really having any weaknesses, the team chose not to pursue any free agents or big trades.

Our number 2 pick for the division is again Erebor. The Eagles keep climbing the ladder, up 7 spots in our overall poll, and when Minas Ithil falters, Erebor will be there to pounce. They were fairly active in the free agent market, picking up pitchers Voili Orebreaker and Eiamli Legélindë and shortstop Pranak Heartwalker. They also got a new staff, hiring a new manager, pitching coach and bench coach.

Lake Town is up a notch in this year's list. Their biggest move this offseason was to re-sign Gamella Pender to a six-year deal after it looked like she was headed to the free agent market. They also took a chance on starter Vrudish the Devastator, the once promising young arm that won 25 games in 2024 for Grey Havens at the age of 24, but who has seen nothing but hard times in the last couple years, bouncing between teams.

Bywater has fallen on hard times, dropping from a first place finish in 2024 to winding up 37 games out last year. However, we've been down this road before. When the Bounders went from 1st in 2022 to 23 games out in 2023, they bounced back with a 1st place showing in '24. The expected "bound" back in 2026 after finishing 21 games out in '25 didn't happen, but it wouldn't totally surprise us if Bywater came out near the top this year somehow.


Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
Yes, on the one hand we do show Bucklebury slipping in the rankings. On the other hand, it's just from the 3rd best team overall to the 4th. There's still no immovable object that will stand in the way of the irresistable force of the Fairies...unless it is Minas Ithil, Minas Morgul or (this year) Misty Mountain. It's certainly not going to be their Dwarf Division rivals, since only Moria saw any improvement in the rankings. Bucklebury still has the most awesome pitching anywhere with two pitchers that have six Gandalf Awards between them and three in the career top 10 winning percentage list. They also have a lineup that includes 6-time MVP, Scarlett *III.

Despite Moria's improvement and the Cheese's lack thereof, Bree is still the choice to finish up second in the Dwarf Division and just barely our pick for Shire Wild Card over Old Forest. OOTP sees it as a tie, and we can't blame them. The Cheese still have some really good pitchers, like starter Aruden Fistslammer and closer Milo Centaur, and some nice hitters, like Tusil Oathsplitter and Cuthbert *Bookbinder, but they don't have a lot of depth. This is part of the reason why the injury bug seems to hit them so hard each season. Still, if the gods smile down upon the old Cheese factory, the Bree team should be back in the playoffs.

As was stated, Moria was the only team in the Dwarf Division to actually record an improved ranking in our poll. They went from 15th place to 10th on the overall ranking. Most of this seems due to the maturing of a lot of their players into that sweet spot between 27 and 30, plus they signed former Wyrms 2B, Elroborn Nadrieldor, to a long term contract. They also picked up a new CAP, catcher Farmak *the Runner, whose power numbers are already off the charts. With a little luck, the Miners will be right in the thick of the Wild Card race.

Carrock keeps trying to dig themselves out of the basement, but they just keep taking one step forward and two steps back. They made a nice pickup in free agency by grabbing closer Busin of Numenor, who has saved 114 games and won two Gwaihir Awards in the last three seasons, but spring training dealt them the blow of losing their ace, Odessa *Enthugger for the first two months of the season. Still, a lot of their youngsters have some great potential, and it should be a fun team to watch.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bree Cheese

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
The Hops seem to be over their dark days of 2017-2021 and back onto their winning ways. Misty Mountain shows up as the 3rd best team in the League in our poll, even though OOTP has them just barely over .500 with a 1 game advantage over Dead Marshes. We see their hot new SS, Tarechorion *Gomdrol, along with young pitchers like Clarence Proudneck, Haleth Witman and Ediberto Whistler, putting Misty Mountain into the top echelon of teams. But OOTP might be right if these untested players fail to live up to their potential. Only time will tell.

Dunharrow moved up a notch in the polls simply by experience. Last season they went for youngsters, and this season they are one step closer to fulfilling their potential. The Devils have top hitters like Shaia Celenduil and James *Monkeyslayer to go along with top flight starters like Lungwen of Lorien. It's just that no one has heard of them, because they haven't proven themselves yet.

Dead Marshes is under the 2nd year of rule under Dragonmaster Krhog, and they are looking pretty good, as well. They've got a hot new CF in Thraryn *Samarkand and a starter who can sling it up to the plate at 100mph in Leftear Delk. The Uruk-hai are always battling, and OOTP shows them to be within a game of the division title.

Grey Havens is in full rebuilding mode. Thus, they dropped 10 places in our overall poll. However, that's to be expected when you're trying to piece together a team this year that will just get you by while your minors develop.


Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
Of all the predictions last year, this is the only one that we got wrong. We said that no one had yet proven to be able to overtake the Lumberjacks, but Ravenhill not only succeeded in besting their division rivals for the first time since 2015, they went on to win the organization's first Return of the King trophy. The Darkwings made a small trade in the offseason, picking up infielder Borigal Trample from the Hops, but they are essentially the same team that won the SGCBL championship title last year. They're not our #1 pick overall, but they certainly cannot be counted out, as they have amply proven.

Weathertop didn't so much leap ahead of Lothlorien as not drop as far back. The Witch-Kings did pick up some free agent talent in the offseason, including Molin Chiselbane, Inigo Montoya and Gamodoc Tinŕlindë, but they are all over age 30. Still, despite being a little long in the tooth in the pitching department, they've got lots of prime hitters, including Snarly *Zottmeister, Gredoc Foemasher and Daisy Hornblower.

Lothlorien is out of the top 10 for the first time in a while, and it's the first year since about 2011 where they don't appear to be a lock on winning the division (or at least competing). That said, there's still a lot of hits in the Lumberjack bats. Udun *Saruman, Pimpernel Brownlock, Mark Sheppard...they may be getting old, but they're still among the top hitters. It's Lothlorien's pitching that will let them down. Only Tika Underhill is anything like a good starter, though they do have a solid bullpen, anchored by closer Elanor Muddyfoot.

Numenor has found themselves in the mire for quite sometime. The Kings have wrestled with rebuilding for a long time, but it appears that few of their prospects have developed into anything approaching stardom.

Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

Troll Division
Minas Morgul is back at the top of the game. They sit where they did in last year's poll as our #2 pick overall. Despite (or because of) getting swept out of the Fellowship Series by Misty Mountain last year, the Slayers should be back to seek revenge on the Hops in this year's playoffs. They've got dominant young hitters in Lilith *Blackbark, Adelena Blackbark and Bets Blizzard and a great pitching staff, led by Nesil Orebearer and anchored in the 'pen by Rowan Hill.

Isengard is up next in our rankings, and the Raiders have been trying to get their house in order all during the offseason. They signed a new manager, Todd Grigol, and picked up free agents like closer Dwain the Centaur from Gallifrey, Bosur Oakenshield and Eimer Eärüviel. At age 34, Ragnar *Stonecutter is getting a little old to be waiting much longer for a RotK ring, but he hopes that his fellow sluggers, Gaman White Hand, Glomli of Erebor and James Miller will join with the new blood to get him to the playoffs.

Dagorlad made a good run at the division title and the Mordor Wild Card last year before falling short. So, they picked up Imcir Imcirion, Betsie Hilldweller and Wuurg Nosehammer to short contracts to try and help them get over the hump this year. Hilldweller and Gollilmer Bloodhelm will join Christine Roper, Myrtai Isyrith and Vabis Githrarith as part of a really good lineup this year. However, the Disaster pitching staff really only has Snibb *Ninwocket going for it.

Dol Guldur got a little better this year, picking up free agent starter, Bilin Brockhouse, and a new manager. Once again, the Dragons have a team that looks good in the batter's box, but falls short on the mound.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Conference Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms

2027 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Minas Morgul Slayers
Misty Mountain Hops
Bucklebury Fairies
Minas Tirith Titans
Ravenhill Darkwings
Isengard Raiders
Bree Cheese
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Moria Miners
Erebor Eagles
Dunharrow Devils
Dagorlad Disaster
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Weathertop Witch-kings
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Rivendell Royals
Mirkwood Marauders
Carrock Bears
Lake Town Archers
Dol Guldur Dragons
Numenor Kings
Bywater Bounders
Grey Havens Stars

OOTP predictions are HERE.

January 31, 2013

SGCBL News: Spring Training Begins

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2027 Few things are settled in spring training, despite the laid back, carefree atmosphere. Clubs will be confronted with the possibility that some of their younger talent might be ready for the professional ranks, while some of...

December 20, 2012

Graves Wins MC Aragorn Award

Ravenhill's Joe Graves added another trophy to his case this season, winning the MC Aragorn MVP award to go along with his Gandalf. The young star lit up the league after coming over from the SFL in a February trade,...

*Véneanár Named Shire MVP

For the second year in a row, Mablung *Véneanár of Mirkwood was rewarded with the Shire Conference Aragorn MVP award for his outstanding season. *Véneanár hit .345 with 48 HR and 132 RBI, finishing 1st in batting average, homers, slugging...

Mordor Conference Crowns Ravenhill's Graves

The Ravenhill clubhouse staff referred to him as "the kid" this season. Next year Joe Graves will have to have a new nickname. He earned it after winning the 2026 Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. Graves made 32 starts this...

Great Year Gets Rego MC Sam Gamgee Batter

There was nobody hotter in the Mordor Conference this season as Hob Rego attacked enemy pitching with a vengeance and came away with the Sam Gamgee Batter for 2026. The 26-year-old left fielder hit .329 while collecting 196 hits, 35...

2026 SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Named

The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2026 has been presented and the Shire Conference winner is Splint Cam of Bucklebury. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Cam. "I just hope I can improve on my performance next...

*Véneanár Rewarded with 2026 SC Sam Gamgee Batter

Thursday, November 12th, 2026 What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2026 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Shire Conference. It had already been a very special season for Mirkwood's Mablung *Véneanár, but today's announcement...

MC Honors Outstanding Fielders

Thursday, November 12th, 2026 "Ball hawk" is a good name for the members of the defensive elite, the players who make leather shine. The fielders who crashed the wall, leaped in the air, and dived in the hole better than...

MC Frodo Rookie Award Announced

Thursday, November 12th, 2026 Ediberto Whistler's age didn't show very often in his first year. He performed more like a veteran on the hill for the Misty Mountain Hops and today he walked away with the 2026 Mordor Conference Frodo...

SC Legolas Fielder Award Winners Announced

Thursday, November 12th, 2026 It's been said that the best offense is a good defense. That's why contending teams are always looking to improve on the defensive side of the game. Keeping runs from scoring is just as good as...

Minas Ithil Catcher Chosen Best Rookie

Thursday, November 12th, 2026 This year's outstanding newcomer has been selected and the honor goes to the Minas Ithil rookie Brutus *Trollbasher -- the recipient of the 2026 Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award. The talented Wyrms catcher took the trophy...

First Baseman Installed in Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2026 The baseball legends today welcomed to their exclusive club a new first baseman by the name of Buffy *Balrog Slayer. Her induction ceremony was held today at the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. "I remember thinking...

Hall of Fame Welcomes Back Starting Pitcher

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2026 The Baseball Writers Association put the crowning touch on Frodo Chubb's outstanding baseball career back in 2020. They put the great mound superstar in the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame that day, but he wasn't finished....

Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Crown To Ravenhill, Beats Wizards

Sunday, November 1st, 2026 It was a storybook year for the Ravenhill Darkwings as they closed out a 4-0 series win over the Diagon Alley Wizards to claim the Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Championship. They wrapped it up with a...

December 13, 2012

Darkwings Win 2026 Return of the King Series

Monday, October 26th, 2026 Nobody played better baseball this season than the Tolkien Baseball champions, the Ravenhill Darkwings. They defeated the Bucklebury Fairies 3-1 today at The Ballpark at Helms Deep and hauled in the Return of the King Series...

December 03, 2012

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Wednesday, September 30th, 2026 A playoff baseball game has a surreal atmosphere. Fans become one, roaring in unison at a great play and sharing the grief at blown opportunity. Victory and defeat play out in a rainbow of colors, sounds,...

Trample Selected Top Player

Monday, September 28th, 2026 At the age of 27, Borigal Trample might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Misty Mountain shortstop put up some exceptional numbers...

Shire Conference Winner is Sandslinger

Monday, September 28th, 2026 Lor Sandslinger is respected by most Erebor Eagles fans for his no-frills style of play. The 25-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

November 29, 2012

Week's Top Player: Rivendell's Gilmathien

Monday, September 21st, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Floria Gilmathien, the Rivendell third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her...

Toothkicker Selected Top Performer in MC

Monday, September 21st, 2026 Lagush Toothkicker has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old center fielder of the Minas Morgul Slayers had a pretty hot bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days...

November 26, 2012

Bywater's *L'pu Gets SC Player of the Week

Monday, September 14th, 2026 At the age of 28, Elendil *L'pu might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater right fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Tunnelbender Red-Hot, MC Player of the Week

Monday, September 14th, 2026 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Halildur Tunnelbender was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dead Marshes Uruk-hai first baseman hit .520 while...

November 19, 2012

Player of the Week Trophy to Rego

Monday, September 7th, 2026 This week's Player of the Week was Hob Rego of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. He battered Mordor Conference pitching for 11 hits in 27 at-bats, 5 home runs and 9 RBIs while hitting .407 and scoring...

Star of the Week Selected in SC

Monday, September 7th, 2026 A red-hot bat made Talla Föriand the obvious choice for this week's Shire Conference Player of the Week. The Mirkwood shortstop laid down some numbers that no one else could match, including a .522 average, 12...

Fields Grabs MC Top Pitcher Trophy

Tuesday, September 1st, 2026 Peregrin Fields has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 5-0 record. No pitcher in the Mordor Conference threw better in August, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

SC Pick for Top Pitcher in August is Heartmasher

Tuesday, September 1st, 2026 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Duudak Heartmasher still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in August. The 27-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference...

Gredoc Foemasher is August's #1 Hitter in MC

Tuesday, September 1st, 2026 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 26-year-old Gredoc Foemasher put together a solid offensive month for Weathertop and was crowned August's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .432 with 10 home runs, 35...

Hawks Grabs SC Best Batter Award for August

Tuesday, September 1st, 2026 Hot-hitting designated hitter Wayne Hawks of the Old Forest Merry Fellows really pounded opposing pitchers in August and collected Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors. He hit .336 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs...

November 15, 2012

Shire Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, August 31st, 2026 27-year-old Mereahil Elarandel sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Elarandel made the establishment sit...

Hornblower Wins MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 31st, 2026 This week's Mordor Conference Player of the Week is Daisy Hornblower of the Weathertop Witch Kings. She ambushed MC pitching for 13 hits in 21 at-bats, 1 home run and 5 RBIs, while hitting .619 and...

November 12, 2012

Tusil Oathsplitter Captures SC Award

Monday, August 24th, 2026 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Tusil Oathsplitter was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bree Cheese first baseman hit .500 while collecting...

MC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, August 24th, 2026 His lightning swing and solid bat took the Mordor Conference by storm. All week Gredoc Foemasher of the Weathertop Witch Kings shocked opponents with an electrifying performance to capture the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

November 08, 2012

MC Player of the Week, *Xanatos of Dol Guldur

Monday, August 17th, 2026 It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Mordor Conference, but last week Norman *Xanatos of the Dol Guldur Dragons reminded everyone just why he's...

This Week's Star Player is Elölindë

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Throatscarer Gives Up, Suffers Setback and Retires

Tuesday, August 11th, 2026 Tough news out of Moria for Guukar Throatscarer, 25-year-old reliever for the Miners. According to a team spokesman, "Throatscarer suffered a potential career-ending injury during a workout yesterday." It was another devastating setback for Throatscarer, who...

November 05, 2012

Ringworker Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 10th, 2026 All week long nobody could get Tognar Ringworker out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason he was voted the Player of the Week. The Minas Morgul catcher took home the trophy by...

SC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, August 10th, 2026 Mablung *Véneanár is respected by most Mirkwood Marauders fans for his no-frills style of play. The 33-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

November 01, 2012

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, August 3rd, 2026 His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but 38-year-old Rhedry Scimitar of the Ravenhill Darkwings is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The veteran...

SC Names Fairies Moraden Winner

Monday, August 3rd, 2026 It was a sweet day for Lumdor Moraden of the Bucklebury Fairies, who found out he has been named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. The Fairies shortstop put up a solid .588 average and...

Graves Picked as July's Pitcher of the Month

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Cam Cops #1 Pitcher Award in July

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July's Best MC Hitter is Ragnar *Stonecutter

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*Hubbard Captures SC Batter of Month Award

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October 29, 2012

Lothlorien First Baseman Picked MC Player of the Week

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*Hubbard's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

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October 25, 2012

Rego Sticks it to MC Pitchers

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SC Star of the Week Chosen

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October 22, 2012

*Stonecutter Takes This Week's Trophy

Monday, July 13th, 2026 Veteran Ragnar *Stonecutter had a great week at the plate for the Raiders to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Isengard shortstop built a .625 average...

Great Week for Erebor's Ive Gollilas

Monday, July 13th, 2026 24-year-old Ive Gollilas sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Gollilas made the establishment sit...

Yvestil Ala'Niel Enters Hall Of Fame

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October 18, 2012

Mordor Squad Evens Up All-Star Series

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October 15, 2012

MC Premier Pitcher is Ravenhill's Graves

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SC's Top Pitcher in June Is Tunnelsplitter

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Rockdelver Cops MC Batter of the Month Honors

Wednesday, July 1st, 2026 When it came to hitting the baseball, Hisin Rockdelver had few Mordor Conference peers in June. The third baseman for Dol Guldur mauled opposing pitchers for a .330 batting average and was voted the league's best...

Mirkwood's *Véneanár Bags SC Batting Award

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SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, June 29th, 2026 The All-Star Classic is here again! -- the 2026 Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game! This is a game for the fans. They choose the players that are the best at their positions. Then these fan favorites take...

The Shire Conference All-Stars have these fine performers on their roster:

Starters
SP Galugol 'Cool Papa' Eliolas (Minas Ithil) - 10-2, 2.68 ERA
C Brutus 'The Guardian' *Trollbasher (Minas Ithil) - .325, 18 HR, 46 RBI
1B Mablung 'The Venerable' *Véneanár (Mirkwood) - .382, 29 HR, 70 RBI
2B Bafur Rocktearer (Eerbor) - .296, 10 HR, 38 RBI
3B Ufrat 'Even-Mind' Moonkiller (Minas Ithil) - .273, 11 HR, 43 RBI
SS Dudo Goodrich (Bucklebury) - .255, 12 HR, 35 RBI, 24 SB
LF Rose 'Bring the Gas' Mulhall (Moria) - .274, 13 HR, 37 RBI, 29 SB
CF Mefur Silverbiter (Erebor) - .338, 8 HR, 36 RBI
RF Hahai 'Witch-Breaker' Brainthrottler (Minas Ithil) - .326, 15 HR, 64 RBI
Reserves
Bree: 1B T. Oathsplitter, SP A. Fistslammer
Bucklebury: SP S. Cam
Bywater: CF I. Ploughman
Carrock: RF H. Bridger, CL A. Highdrake
Erebpr: SP L. Armordelver
Lake Town: RF V. Smeagol
Minas Ithil: 1B M. Knifecrawler, LF I. Bauwyn, SS O. Bats, SP L. Trader, SP C. James
Minas Tirith: CF M. Elarandel, SP S. Tunnelsplitter, SP B. of Numenor
Mirkwood: CL T. Hardy, CL E. Eregion
Moria: 1B N. Gladrierŕ
Old Forest: SP G. Headstrong
Rivendell: C F. *Goodbody

While the Mordor Conference All-Stars will be represented by these talented players:

Starters
SP Joe 'the Shooter' Graves (Ravenhill) - 13-1, 2.03 ERA
C Arghren Glimmerhand (Misty Mountain) - .321, 10 HR, 33 RBI
1B Udun *Saruman (Lothlorien) - .319, 10 HR, 35 RBI
2B Muugak Livertrembler (Dagorlad) - .310, 21 HR, 58 RBI
3B Hisin 'Terror of the East-Men' Rockdelver (Dol Guldur) - .323, 18 HR, 62 RBI
SS Prorbag Spleensmasher (Ravenhill) - .295, 4 HR, 25 RBI
LF Vomli Tunnelsplitter (Numenor) - .309, 18 HR, 39 RBI
CF Xap Hippogryph (Dunharrow) - .281, 12 HR, 40 RBI
RF Daisy Hornblower (Weathertop) - .312, 13 HR, 51 RBI
Reserves
Dagorlad: SP S. *Ninwocket, CL R. Nourdi
Dead Marshes: LF H. Rego
Dunharrow: CL A. Elondir
Grey Havens: 3B G. Dogsbreath
Isengard: 1B E. Eärüviel
Lothlorien: 3B S. Rasreth, LF P. Brownlock, SP T. Underhill
Minas Morgul: C T. Ringworker
Misty Mtn: 2B C. Lomambor, SP E. Whistler, CL M. Orcsmith
Numenor: RF B. Burrus, SP G. the Goblin Killer
Ravenhill: CF M. Roadapple, SP L. *Silverspike, SP G. Kendrick
Weathertop: 3B W. the Drooler, CL M. Ta'Quan, SP B. Stron

Minas Morgul Left Fielder Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 29th, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Gaman Lómebrin, the Minas Morgul left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Marauders *Véneanár SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, June 29th, 2026 A battle-tested Mablung *Véneanár declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Mirkwood first baseman collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He...

October 11, 2012

Livertrembler Week's #1 Player

Monday, June 22nd, 2026 Muugak Livertrembler stepped up to the plate in a big way last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The Dagorlad second baseman ripped opposing pitchers for 10 hits...

SC Player of the Week Goes to Aner of Bucklebury

Monday, June 22nd, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Donethirion Aner, the Bucklebury first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

October 08, 2012

SGCBL News: First-Year Player Draft

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*Stonecutter Collects Player of the Week Award

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Knifecrawler's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, June 15th, 2026 Merilmir Knifecrawler had a week for the ages as he romped to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 35-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

October 04, 2012

MC Player of the Week, *Saruman of Lothlorien

Monday, June 8th, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Udun *Saruman, the Lothlorien first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Elarandel's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, June 8th, 2026 27-year-old Mereahil Elarandel sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Elarandel made the establishment sit...

October 01, 2012

May's Best MC Hurler is Graves

June 1, 2026 - When Joe Graves took the hill in May, he was in charge. The Ravenhill starter never let the Mordor Conference batters get a foothold against him. For his peerless performance, he came away with an impressive...

Shire Conference #1 Hurler is Trader

June 1, 2026 - Veteran Legend Trader put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Minas Ithil Wyrms, earning himself the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Trader racked up a 6-0 record in 6 starts, posting...

Eärüviel Takes Best Bat Trophy in May

June 1, 2026 - The vote is in and Eimer Eärüviel, the 26-year-old first baseman for Isengard, is the winner. Today he was honored with the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award. In May, Eärüviel wowed voters with a...

SC's Best Batter Picked

June 1, 2026 - When guys like Mirkwood's Mablung *Véneanár win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a productive May, the longtime Shire Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers all month long, collecting 40...

Ravenhill's Armorshaker Snaps Up Player of the Week

June 1, 2026 - Ravenhill sports fans can't stop singing the praises of , who has been selected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. was in a comfort zone all week, finishing with a .615 average (8-13), 9 RBIs...

Ploughman on Fire, Named Player of the Week

June 1, 2026 - Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Irene Ploughman was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bywater Bounders center fielder hit .550 while collecting...

September 27, 2012

the Drooler Wins MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 25th, 2026 Weathertop fans have something to crow about today as Weathertop third baseman Wonai the Drooler nabbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there are...

Samwise Boyle Captures SC Award

Monday, May 25th, 2026 25-year-old Samwise Boyle sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Boyle made the establishment sit...

September 24, 2012

MC Star of the Week Honored

Monday, May 18th, 2026 His teammates, fans, peers and even the BNN sportswriters all agreed that Shima Rasreth was worthy of the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. During the week the Lothlorien third baseman compiled a .423 batting...

Bauwyn Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, May 18th, 2026 This week's Player of the Week was Isumbras Bauwyn of the Minas Ithil Wyrms. His big bat beat up on Shire Conference pitching for 12 hits in 28 at-bats, 4 home runs and 8 RBIs while...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Saturday, May 16th, 2026 Tolkien Baseball has dealt the cards out on the table, announcing the list of players looking to draw a glimpse of success in the 2026 first-year player draft. Management and scouting veterans from all teams will...

September 20, 2012

Dead Marshes Left Fielder Nets MC Award

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Goodrich Selected Top Performer in SC

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September 17, 2012

MC's #1 Player, Scimitar of Ravenhill

Monday, May 4th, 2026 Rhedry Scimitar had a week for the ages as he romped to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 38-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

Nose Gladrierŕ Captures SC Award

Monday, May 4th, 2026 28-year-old first baseman Nose Gladrierŕ of the Moria Miners is the talk of the Shire Conference for putting on a torrid hitting display last week and claiming the Player of the Week Award. Gladrierŕ rapped out...

Moss April's Best Hurler in MC

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April's Top Starter is Elreoma

Friday, May 1st, 2026 Ulmina Elreoma's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in April, the 31-year-old Bree hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 35...

Red-Hot April Lands Burrus Batting Prize in MC

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SC's #1 Batter Chosen

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August 16, 2012

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

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SC Names Best Player

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August 13, 2012

Great Week for Weathertop's Daisy Hornblower

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Shire Conference Announces #1 Player

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August 09, 2012

Mordor Conference Names Isril Best Batter

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Week's Best Player: Moria's Muddyfoot

Monday, April 13th, 2026 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Bingo Muddyfoot was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Moria Miners left fielder hit .455 while collecting...

August 06, 2012

Week's #1 Player: Misty Mountain's Glimmerhand

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Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

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August 04, 2012

2026 Season Predictions

It's time once again for that feature of futility...the pre-season picks from your prognosticating pundit. Last season, we did pretty well, only missing out on the Elf Division winner and the Dwarf Division top two. So, what do we do...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Once again we picked the Titans to take the Elf Division last year, and once again we were disappointed. So, what does our crack staff of researchers and pundits do this year? That's right. Minas Tirith is our choice to win their division. The Titans didn't make a lot of moves during the offseason, but they did sign infielder Edward Buskirk to slot in at 3B, keeping Pugnash Humanslurper focused on 2B, where he has been splitting time between 2nd and 3rd. OOTP has the Titans winning by 8 games over Mirkwood.

Old Forest improved their already strong bullpen by signing Alan "Dean" Foster from the SFL. Foster (27 saves in 29 chances) joins last year's Gwaihir Award winner, Celain Gadrienduil, in a the pen along with Samwise Ploughman and (possibly) a 43-year-old Frodo Chubb.

Mirkwood comes in next in our predictions, despite doing quite well in the OOTP poll. The Marauders signed Thomas "Tess" Hardy from the SFL to join Eillf Eregion in the bullpen, and they still have last year's MVP, Mablung Véneanár.

Rivendell tried to improve their pitching lot in life by signing a trio of hurlers during the offseason. Pruugush Ettincrawler, Farauron Glaldur and Lenwe Earorfiwyn are not exactly stellar names, but compared to last year's crew, this cannot help but make things better for the Royals.

Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
In two short years, Minas Ithil has gone from the depths of obscurity, being one of only two teams never to have made the playoffs, to become the defending Shire Conference champions. This year, after the maturing of some of the younger Wyrms and the replacement of Akorahil *the Priest with catcher Brutus *Trollbasher, Minas Ithil is our #1 pick for the league. At the very least, they far outpace the rest of the Hobbit Division in talent. OOTP has them finishing 32 games ahead of Erebor, and we're not sure they're wrong.

Our number 2 pick for the division is also Erebor. The Eagles have been steadily improving over the last few seasons, and despite falling in our league power rankings, Erebor's acquisitions during the offseason, while not earth-shattering, will help them stay ahead of Lake Town and Bywater for the first time since 2020.

If recent history held true, this would be Bywater's year. The Bounders have made a habit of "bounding" back-and-forth over the standings. Since 2018, they have alternated between winning the division and...not...every other year. In fact, the last couple of transitions have seen them finish 1st in 2022, 23 games back in 2023, 1st in 2024, and 21 games out last year. But while the patterns indicate that 2026 should be their year, we just don't see it. They continue to get old, and a pair of their long-time pitchers, Makk the Knife and Glodunter Bromburg, retired.

With all the free agent signings the Lake Town Archers did over the break, you would think they would rate higher in our standings. They signed Gandeodoc Welk to a 6-year $40 million contract, and picked up Drigrin Overturf, Marroc Knotwise and Glegnar Ta. But all of them were cast-offs from other clubs. Welk, while once a star with Moria, had fallen to hit just .255 with 8 HR last year, Overturf has only seen backup work the last 2 seasons, and Knotwise is 32 and has never been much of a hitter. Only Ta, from the SFL, has anything like good numbers.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
Bucklebury, Bucklebury, Bucklebury. Will there ever come a time when the Fairies will not be the pick for the Dwarf Division? Does anyone even remember back to 2018--the last time Bucklebury finished below .500 and didn't make the playoffs? Well, this is not the year to start going against tradition. Bucklebury has not only maintained their position, they have improved it somewhat. Yes, they did trade away their 300-save closer, Isengrim Sandyman, to the Darkwings, but they've got pitchers galore to fill the spots and went out and signed the former Mirkwood reliever, Ginar Irontwister, for insurance. OOTP has them finishing 18 games over Bree, and we're not sure they're wrong.

Bree got a pick last year from us as the division winner and wound up in 3rd place. A lot of that was due to injuries, but the Cheese haven't made any moves during the offseason for a while. They kept their roster intact, but no one new is coming aboard the Cheese train. Still, with one of the best pitching staffs and some of the best hitters in the game, it's not a stretch to put Bree in as the Shire Wild Card.

Moria keeps trying to break that glass ceiling and get ahead of the Fairies. Last year, they at least topped the Cheese and got themselves into the playoffs for the first time since 2018. The Miners didn't make any big moves during the offseason and lost Welk and Isiclya Belurion to free agency.

Carrock looks like a team trying to get ready for the future, but the present keeps smacking them in the face. They did make a nice trade with the Forgotten Realms Kobolds to pick up hurler Charlie Seaward, but the Bears were unable to make much else happen this offseason.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bree Cheese

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Misty Mountain proved to be another prediction come true for us in 2025, as the Hops knocked off Dunharrow by 2 games in the fall. While they didn't do anything this past offseason, the team was pretty well set to begin with, and management chose not to mess with a good thing.

Meanwhile, Dunharrow tried to bridge the gap by going young. The Devils lost Yvestil Ala'Niel to retirement, but that just made more room for their youngsters.

Grey Havens took the same route, letting some aging stars go the way of free agency and promoting some younger talent.

Dead Marshes is now under the firm hand of Dragonmaster Krhog, who guided Dol Guldur in their rebuilding the last couple of seasons. The Uruk-hai have always been in the thick of this close Orc Division, and with the infusion of new leadership, they might surprise everyone. OOTP thinks so and has them just 1 game behind Misty Mountain in the end.

Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
While Lothlorien is slipping back to the pack, the pack seems to be moving forward to catch them. But no one has yet proven able to overtake the Lumberjacks. They have won the Goblin Division every year but one since 2013. We are not convinced that anyone has the ability to dethrone them this year, either. However, OOTP is not so sure. They have Ravenhill winning by 8 games. We are not inclined to agree. Yes, they made some questionable moves in the offseason, signing 2B Bosur Oakenshield to a 4-year $36 million contract despite his injury that will keep him out of action until 2027 and picking up a 23-year-old Soderman Mujardin in the Rule 5 draft despite his only experience being at the single-A level, but when you've got talent to spare, like Lothlorien, those "mistakes" become "experiments" and just might bear future fruit.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Ravenhill team is pushing hard to knock the Lumberjacks off their perch. In November, they traded Wendell Bugbearchoker and a minor leaguer for a future Hall-of-Fame closer, Isengrim Sandyman. And in February, they traded with the Intergalactic Hitchhikers to get their ace starter, Joe Graves. Graves joins a staff that includes Legeron "The Promise" *Silverspike and Gleonyc Kendrick.

The Witch Kings aren't just sitting around waiting for someone else to fall. Weathertop made a swap for Mos Eisley's Gudur Sar, who had a 0.91 ERA in 19 games for the Wookies, and picked up SS Rocco Cain in the deal. They signed outfielder Gamodoc Tinalinde in January and pitcher Aremer Gandillas in February and with a healthy Mak'Vok Ta'Quan they are set to take on the rest of the Goblin Division with a renewed passion.

Numenor didn't do much this offseason, but they did pick up starter Isiclya Belurion and signed a new hitting coach, Marcelino Monzo.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
Minas Morgul's return to dominance is complete, having won the last 3 Mordor Conference championships and becoming the defending SGCBL champs. The Slayers didn't need to do much this offseason, and they didn't, spending most of their treasure on extending the contracts of stars like Fareand Megilion. OOTP shows the Slayers as division winners by 4 games over a resurgent Dol Guldur.

Isengard has been trying to crack the code and get back to the playoffs for the first time since their 4-year run from 2018-2021 produced 2 League titles. The Raiders signed pitcher Lol Iggette, outfielder Gamialbo Galawyn, closer Glosin Elfhand, and reliever Rebo Boffin to try and boost their chances. While OOTP shows them trailing the Dragons, we see them as fighting the Slayers for a playoff spot.

Dol Guldur has come a long way since losing 103 games in 2023. Each year since, they have gotten a little bit better. So much so that OOTP picks them to finish 2nd in the division this season. We aren't going that far, but with new GM, Kyle Kappe, at the helm, the Dragons are a team to watch.

Dagorlad should not be counted out in this division, either. They picked up Isiawyn "Flamethrower" Throatpoker for their bullpen and made a trade with the Diagon Alley Wizards to nab pitcher Rose Nourdi and infielder Grikak Toothdrinker. The Disaster have great pitching with Ciccone and *Ninwocket. If they can just stay healthy, they have a shot at the Wild Card.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Conference Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

League Champions: Minas Morgul Slayers

2026 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Minas Morgul Slayers
Bucklebury Fairies
Misty Mountain Hops
Isengard Raiders
Bree Cheese
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Ravenhill Darkwings
Minas Tirith Titans
Weathertop Witch Kings
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Mirkwood Marauders
Dunharrow Devils
Grey Havens Stars
Moria Miners
Carrock Bears
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Erebor Eagles
Dagorlad Disaster
Bywater Bounders
Rivendell Royals
Lake Town Archers
Numenor Kings
Dol Guldur Dragons

August 02, 2012

Top 100 Prospects List Published

Wednesday, April 1st, 2026 The season is about to start, so it's time to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old catcher Brutus *Trollbasher of the Minas Ithil Wyrms is the #1 prospect overall. Here is the...

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Wednesday, April 1st, 2026 Experts and fans have made their preseason prognostications, so now it is time to play the games for real and see what happens. It is Opening Day in Tolkien Baseball! And these match-ups headline the day's...

June 07, 2012

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Monday, November 17th, 2025: As midnight approached last night, would-be free agents across Tolkien Baseball lined up to formally file their papers, officially putting themselves on the open market. General managers across the league enter the fray today with different...

June 04, 2012

*Blackbark Wins MVP in MC

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: In a hotly contested race, Lilith *Blackbark won the Mordor Conference MVP award and will take home the 2025 Aragorn. *Blackbark, the Minas Morgul 2nd baseman, won the Sam Gamgee Batter award for her .346 batting...

Mablung *Véneanár Named MVP

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: The overwhelming choice for ther Aragorn Most Valuable Player in the Shire Conference went to Mablung *Véneanár. The Mirkwood powerhouse hit .371 for the 11th best single season average in league history. Not content with mere...

Moss Grabs MC Gandalf Pitcher Award

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: The Minas Morgul Slayers have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Bowman Moss, this year's Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters...

#1 Batter Named by Mordor Conference

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: It's been a year of triumph for veteran Lilith *Blackbark of the Minas Morgul Slayers as she hit her way to the 2025 Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. The 23-year-old veteran compiled a .346 average and...

SC's Best Pitcher is Cam

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2025 has been presented and the Shire Conference winner is Splint Cam of Bucklebury. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Cam. "I just hope I can improve...

2025 Top Batter Selected In SC

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: Mablung *Véneanár has been around Tolkien Baseball enough to know a good hot streak when he sees one -- and he got to see one firsthand all year. For his standout run through the 2025 season,...

MC Rewards Top Defenders for 2025

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: The Legolas Fielder Award winners don't get the recognition of the home run hitters, but they are very much appreciated by managers, their teammates and by the fans, who know the value of defensive excellence. Great...

*Xanatos Captures 2025 Frodo Rookie Award

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: Norman *Xanatos put together some impressive numbers for Dol Guldur to garner enough votes for the Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award. The Dragons catcher took the honor by hitting .333 in 141 games this season and...

Best Defenders Announced by SC

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: Good defense can be the difference between taking the championship and coming in second. The Shire Conference announced its top defenders at each position today. Here are the Legolas Fielder Award winners for 2025: Pitcher: Frodo...

Tinonduil Rakes in Frodo Rookie Award

Sunday, November 2nd, 2025: The Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award has been given to Elol Tinonduil of the Old Forest Merry Fellows. In the 2025 season the 26-year-old center fielder played in 85 games, recording a .359 batting average with...

May 31, 2012

Glodunter Bromburg Enters Hall Of Fame

Friday, October 24th, 2025: After all these years Glodunter Bromburg has finally reached his limit -- the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers Association voted him in and he was inducted today. During his induction speech Bromburg acknowledged...

May 28, 2012

How Sweep it Is! Minas Morgul Wins Return of the King Series

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2025: Minas Morgul gathered in its 2nd Return of the King Series championship today and made it look easy. They swept the Minas Ithil Wyrms in straight games, winning the series 4-0. The Slayers disposed of Minas...

May 17, 2012

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Wednesday, October 1st, 2025: The regular season has given way to heightened anxiety around the clubhouse as teams with championship aspirations prepare for the final sprint to the finish line. It's time for the great players to step up and...

Merauman Sticks it to SC Pitchers

Monday, September 29th, 2025: So far in his young career, Boralob Merauman has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Shire Conference in a big...

the Vague Wins MC Honor

Monday, September 29th, 2025: Baztrak the Vague is respected by most Dead Marshes Uruk-hai fans for his no-frills style of play. The 23-year-old catcher went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the...

May 14, 2012

Week's Premier Player: Minas Ithil's Elesserio

Monday, September 22nd, 2025: So far in his young career, Cedrick Elesserio has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Shire Conference in a big...

MC Player of the Week Named

Monday, September 22nd, 2025: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Halildur Tunnelbender, the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai 25-year-old first baseman, put himself...

May 10, 2012

MC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, September 15th, 2025: All week long Frillf Elvora was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason he was voted the Player of the Week. The Numenor shortstop rapped out 10 hits in 18...

Tinonduil Week's Top Player

Monday, September 15th, 2025: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Elol Tinonduil, the Old Forest center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

May 07, 2012

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, September 8th, 2025: 21-year-old Norman *Xanatos sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, *Xanatos made the establishment sit...

SC Votes Titans Sandyman Top Player

Monday, September 8th, 2025: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Rowan Sandyman, the Minas Tirith Titans 24-year-old second baseman, put himself...

May 03, 2012

Minas Morgul Starter August's Best Pitcher

Monday, September 1st, 2025: This month the Mordor Conference spotlight fell on pitcher Nesil Orebearer of the Minas Morgul Slayers. What a August he had! A fine 5-1 won-lost record, 2.53 ERA, 7 starts, 46.1 innings pitched and 46 strikeouts...

Cam Earns August's Best Pitcher Honor

Monday, September 1st, 2025: The Bucklebury Fairies felt very secure when they sent Splint Cam out to the hill last month. The 28-year-old starter went after Shire Conference hitters with a vengeance and earned August's Pitcher of the Month award....

MC Honors Rego, Best Hitter in August

Monday, September 1st, 2025: When Hob Rego stepped up to the plate in August, he did it with confidence and today he was honored with the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award. The young Dead Marshes left fielder posted...

Moria's Gladrierŕ Winner, SC Best Hitter in August

Monday, September 1st, 2025: August was a good month for Nose Gladrierŕ. The Moria first baseman had his way with opposing pitchers all month while posting a .356 batting average and was selected as the Shire Conference Batter of the...

Player of the Week: Rego of the Uruk-hai

Monday, September 1st, 2025: Hob Rego demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dead Marshes left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

SC Star of the Week Honored

At the age of 28, Justin Bats might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

April 30, 2012

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, August 25th, 2025: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Hisin Rockdelver, the Dol Guldur third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Red-Hot *Véneanár SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 25th, 2025: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Mablung *Véneanár was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Mirkwood Marauders first baseman hit .393 while collecting...

April 26, 2012

MC Star of the Week Chosen

Monday, August 18th, 2025: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Malin Roadapple, the Ravenhill Darkwings 25-year-old center fielder, put himself in...

Great Week for Bucklebury's Gorbadoc Bracegirdle

Monday, August 18th, 2025: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Gorbadoc Bracegirdle, the Bucklebury designated hitter, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

April 23, 2012

Week's Top Performer Honored by MC

Monday, August 11th, 2025: One of the league's most exciting young players, Vomli Tunnelsplitter of the Numenor Kings earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

Muddyfoot Selected Top Performer in SC

Monday, August 11th, 2025: 27-year-old Bingo Muddyfoot sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Muddyfoot made the establishment sit...

April 12, 2012

Star of the Week Picked in MC

Monday, August 4th, 2025: His teammates, fans, peers and even the BNN sportswriters all agreed that Sanai the Sly was worthy of the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. During the week the Misty Mountain center fielder compiled a...

Bridger Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, August 4th, 2025: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Honeysuckle Bridger, the Carrock right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her...

Minas Morgul Starter Named MC's Top Pitcher

Friday, August 1st, 2025: Bowman Moss of the Minas Morgul Slayers was on top of his game the entire month of July, capping it off with the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. He was outstanding in 7 starts...

SC's Best Starter is Hubb

Friday, August 1st, 2025: This month the Shire Conference spotlight fell on pitcher Simon Hubb of the Bree Cheese. What a July he had! A fine 5-0 won-lost record, 3.40 ERA, 5 starts, 39.2 innings pitched and 50 strikeouts --...

Humancrawler Takes MC's Best Bat Award

Friday, August 1st, 2025: One of the more consistent batters in July, Weathertop catcher Farag Humancrawler grabbed Mordor Conference Batter of the Month honors by hitting .351 with 33 hits in 94 at-bats. He racked up 8 home runs and...

*Véneanár Snags SC Batting Honor in July

Friday, August 1st, 2025: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 32-year-old Mablung *Véneanár put together a solid offensive month for Mirkwood and was crowned July's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .538 with 10 home runs, 24...

April 09, 2012

Humancrawler Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, July 28th, 2025: One of the league's most exciting young players, Farag Humancrawler of the Weathertop Witch Kings earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

Week's #1 Player: Moria's Demoneater

Monday, July 28th, 2025: Gignar Demoneater is respected by most Moria Miners fans for his no-frills style of play. The 27-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

April 06, 2012

Gamgee Among Greats in SGCBL HOF

Monday, July 21st, 2025: Petunia Gamgee, a standout shortstop throughout her Tolkien Baseball career, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. During the induction ceremony, she credited the coaches, who taught her to play the game and the teammates,...

April 05, 2012

Barrage of Hits Gets *Véneanár SC Award

Monday, July 21st, 2025: This week's Player of the Week was Mablung *Véneanár of the Mirkwood Marauders. His big bat waylaid Shire Conference pitching for 20 hits in 29 at-bats, 6 home runs and 15 RBIs while hitting .690 and...

Star of the Week Selected in MC

Monday, July 21st, 2025: Crystal Green swung a blistering bat last week for Dead Marshes, rapping out 13 hits in 23 at-bats against Uruk-hai opponents to propel herself to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. Whenever the first...

April 02, 2012

MC Premier Player Picked

Monday, July 14th, 2025: The marquee name in the Mordor Conference this week is Mark Sheppard of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. The hot-hitting 29-year-old left fielder put up a .417 average and .500 on-base percentage, piling up 10 hits in 24...

*Goodbody Earns SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 14th, 2025: It was announced today by the Shire Conference that Rivendell catcher Foundling *Goodbody had received the Player of the Week Trophy for his superlative play last week. During his week-long batting binge he reeled off a...

MC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, July 7th, 2025: At the age of 27, Elanor Fields might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dunharrow left fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Shire Conference Names Top Player

Monday, July 7th, 2025: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Mablung *Véneanár was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Mirkwood Marauders first baseman hit .563 while collecting...

March 29, 2012

Shire Conference takes lead in All-Star Series

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2025: It wasn't the most exciting of games, but the Shire Conference took a 12-11 lead in the mid-summer series with a 4-2 win. 44,843 fans showed up for the 23rd All-Star Game held at Weathertop's Amon-Sul...

March 26, 2012

Ciccone Is June's Best MC Hurler

Tuesday, July 1st, 2025: Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Andrew Ciccone still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in June. The 32-year-old starter for Dagorlad was named Mordor Conference...

Old Forest Relief Star Selected Best Pitcher

Tuesday, July 1st, 2025: It doesn't happen often, but it did in June. A reliever, Celain Gadrienduil, is the recipient of the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. The Merry Fellows bullpen ace starred with 7 saves in 12...

Lilith *Blackbark Selected June's Best Batter

Tuesday, July 1st, 2025: Lilith *Blackbark battered Mordor Conference pitchers all June and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

SC Choice for Batter of the Month is Gladrierŕ

Tuesday, July 1st, 2025: The premier hitter in the Shire Conference in June was Moria first baseman Nose Gladrierŕ. For his standout play, he was voted the Batter of the Month. Gladrierŕ was selected after batting .340, hitting 11 home...

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps MC Reward

Monday, June 30th, 2025: 25-year-old Daisy Hornblower sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought her the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Hornblower made the establishment sit...

Bree's Oathsplitter SC Star of the Week

Monday, June 30th, 2025: Tusil Oathsplitter demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bree first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

March 22, 2012

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, June 23rd, 2025: It is not an easy task to pick the best players for the annual baseball classic -- the All-Star Game. It is not possible to please everybody. Whether we agree or not, they have been chosen......

*First time All-Star

For the Shire Conference, the roster includes:
Starters
SP Legend 'Goll' Trader*, Minas Ithil - 10-3, 2.41 ERA
C Scarlett 'Mawaan' III, Bucklebury - .357, 18 HR, 44 RBI
1B Nose 'The Schnozz' Gladrierŕ, Moria - .310, 16 HR, 57 RBI
2B Mablung 'the Venerable' Véneanár, Mirkwood - .350, 15 HR, 51 RBI
3B Pugnash 'Flat-Stone' Humanslurper*, Minas Tirith - .290, 4 HR, 41 RBI
SS Rowan Sandyman, Minas Tirith - .282, 9 HR, 44 RBI
LF Rose 'Bring the Gas' Mulhall, Moria - .291, 16 HR, 48 RBI
CF Shaia Sáwen*, Old Forest - .301, 22 HR, 63 RBI
RF Wart Wolfgobber, Old Forest - .315, 16 HR, 47 RBI
Reserves
Bree: 1B T. Oathsplitter, CL M. Centaur*, MR A. Fistslammer*
Bucklebury: SP D. Heartmasher, SP S. Cam
Bywater: RF E. L'pu, MR M. Ringrender*
Carrock: 1B B. Hilldweller, SP O. Enthugger*, CL A. Highdrake*
Erebor: CF M. Silverbiter*, SP T. Treegirl*
Lake Town: 1B T. Proudneck*
Minas Ithil: LF C. Elesserio*
Mirkwood: 1B S. the Witch*, CL E. Eregion
Old Forest: 3B C. Ironworker, SP G. Headstrong*, CL C. Gadrienduil
Rivendell: C F. Goodbody

For the Mordor Conference these players have been selected:
Starters
SP Nesil 'Raptor' Orebearer, Minas Morgul - 11-4, 2.53 ERA
C Norman 'The Guardian' Xanatos*, Dol Guldur - .340, 18 HR, 54 RBI
1B Gredoc Foemasher, Weathertop - .335, 23 HR, 69 RBI
2B Lilith Blackbark, Minas Morgul - .335, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 36 SB
3B Udun Saruman, Lothlorien - .337, 20 HR, 65 RBI
SS Prorbag Spleensmasher*, Ravenhill - .300, 4 HR, 41 RBI
LF Polly Fields*, Grey Havens - .292, 14 HR, 53 RBI
CF Xap Hippogryph, Dunharrow - .320, 8 HR, 26 RBI
RF Rhedry 'Bloodstained' Scimitar, Ravenhill - .290, 19 HR, 52 RBI
Reserves
Dagorlad: 2B M. Livertrembler, SP S. Daggerdrinker*, SP S. Ninwocket, MR V. Bilas
Dead Marshes: LF S. the Indefatiguable, SP S. No-Tooth*
Dol Guldur: 3B H. Rockdelver*
Dunharrow: 1B J. Monkeyslayer*, SP B. Brockhouse, CL A. Elondir
Grey Havens: MR S. Gyll*
Isengard: SS I. Green*
Lothlorien: LF M. Sheppard*, CL E. Muddyfoot
Minas Morgul: SP B. Moss*, CL R. Hill*, SP C. Bender*
Misty Mtn: C A. Glimmerhand
Numenor: LF V. Tunnelsplitter
Weathertop: 2B N. Ditchdigger*

Fields Pounds MC Pitchers This Week

Monday, June 23rd, 2025: Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Polly Fields was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Grey Havens Stars left fielder hit .423 while...

SC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, June 23rd, 2025: Old Forest Merry Fellows fans are celebrating Giol the Horrible's selection as Shire Conference Player of the Week. the Horrible put up some serious numbers over the past seven days as he cracked 7 hits in...

March 19, 2012

Vomli Tunnelsplitter Captures MC Award

Monday, June 16th, 2025: Vomli Tunnelsplitter is respected by most Numenor Kings fans for his no-frills style of play. The 24-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC Awards Best Batter Prize to Gladrierŕ

Monday, June 16th, 2025: At the age of 27, Nose Gladrierŕ might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

March 15, 2012

*Blackbark Red-Hot, MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 9th, 2025: Lilith *Blackbark has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 22-year-old second baseman of the Minas Morgul Slayers had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days...

Star of the Week Named in SC

Monday, June 9th, 2025: One of the league's most exciting young players, Tusil Oathsplitter of the Bree Cheese earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

March 12, 2012

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, June 2nd, 2025: The votes have been tallied and the winner of the Mordor Conference Player of the Week has been named. It was awarded earlier today to Udun *Saruman for his great week at the plate. The Lothlorien...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, June 2nd, 2025: Boredriel Eäradrieldur finds himself in the Shire Conference spotlight today after his impossible-to-ignore performance last week. He carried the Erebor Eagles on his shoulders, earning Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The 26-year-old hit .500...

Daggerdrinker Picked as May's Pitcher of the Month

Sunday, June 1st, 2025: This month when the Dagorlad manager wrote the name "Daggerdrinker" on the lineup card, he was pretty confident that he would get a good start out of him. Outing after outing in May Sikar Daggerdrinker took...

SC Selects *Enthugger May's Top Starter

Sunday, June 1st, 2025: The hottest hurler in the Shire Conference last month was Odessa *Enthugger of the Carrock Bears. She caught the attention of everybody in the league with some eye-catching stats, good enough to win the SC Pitcher...

MC's Best Batter Picked

Sunday, June 1st, 2025: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 32-year-old Udun *Saruman put together a solid offensive month for Lothlorien and was crowned May's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .394 with 6 home runs, 25...

SC Best Hitter Trophy Goes to *Véneanár

Sunday, June 1st, 2025: Mablung *Véneanár battered Shire Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

March 01, 2012

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Monday, May 26th, 2025: The premier performer in the Shire Conference this week was Betsie Hilldweller of the Carrock Bears. The hot-hitting 26-year-old first baseman put up a .464 average and .545 on-base percentage, piling up 13 hits in 28...

*Saruman Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 26th, 2025: The top batter in the Mordor Conference last week was Udun *Saruman, who batted .577 and towered above everybody with a 7-game hitting barrage. During the week *Saruman banged out a .577 batting average (15-26), 3...

February 27, 2012

MC Player of the Week Goes to Sheppard of Lothlorien

Monday, May 19th, 2025: Mark Sheppard of the Lumberjacks relied on a sharp eye and a quick bat to outpace all other Mordor Conference hitters last week and collect the Player of the Week Award. He hit .462 with 12...

This Week's Star Player is Orebiter

Monday, May 19th, 2025: This week's Player of the Week was Mefur Orebiter of the Bucklebury Fairies. His big bat belted and blasted Shire Conference pitching for 10 hits in 25 at-bats, 2 home runs and 8 RBIs while hitting...

February 23, 2012

*Xanatos of Dol Guldur Crowned Best Player

Monday, May 12th, 2025: Norman *Xanatos has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 21-year-old catcher of the Dol Guldur Dragons had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

Player of the Week: Mirkwood's *Véneanár

Monday, May 12th, 2025: At the age of 32, Mablung *Véneanár might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

February 16, 2012

MC's Best Player Named

Monday, May 5th, 2025: 24-year-old Mimsh Moonpoker sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Moonpoker made the establishment sit...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, May 5th, 2025: Gorbadoc Bracegirdle must have thought he was in seventh heaven this week. First he went on a sensational hitting spree, belting the ball at a .545 pace, then the Bucklebury designated hitter finds outs he has...

MC Selects Moss April's #1 Pitcher

Thursday, May 1st, 2025: A standout performance in April earned Bowman Moss the Pitcher of the Month Award in the Mordor Conference. When his name was penciled in to start by the Minas Morgul skipper, it meant trouble for opposing...

Moss Named Top SC Hurler

Thursday, May 1st, 2025: The Pitcher of the Month has been picked and the Shire Conference trophy went to Moria hurler Porto Moss for his strong performance in April. During the month, Moss was impressive with a 1.61 ERA and...

Foemasher Claims MC Batter of the Month Award

Thursday, May 1st, 2025: The top hitter in the Mordor Conference in April was Weathertop first baseman Gredoc Foemasher. He was selected the Batter of the Month after batting .400, hitting 9 home runs, scoring 20 runs and driving in...

SC Best Hitter Award to Old Forest's Shaia Sáwen

Thursday, May 1st, 2025: April's Batter of the Month has been chosen by the Shire Conference. This month's trophy was awarded to the Old Forest designated hitter, Shaia Sáwen. He starred by hitting .426 with a .518 on-base percentage, totaled...

February 13, 2012

MC Player of the Week Named

Monday, April 28th, 2025: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Gredoc Foemasher, the Weathertop Witch Kings 25-year-old first baseman, put himself...

Sáwen Week's #1 Player

Monday, April 28th, 2025: 27-year-old Shaia Sáwen sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Sáwen made the establishment sit...

February 09, 2012

Minas Morgul's Orebearer Crowned MC Top Player

Monday, April 21st, 2025: Nesil Orebearer is capable of a great game every time he takes the hill and last week the Minas Morgul Slayers hurler proved that point with gusto to become the newest Mordor Conference Player of the...

Week's Best Player: Bucklebury's Aner

Monday, April 21st, 2025: Donethirion Aner of the Bucklebury Fairies cruised to Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after putting together one of the finest stretches in his career last week. The first baseman batted .387 (12-31) with 4...

February 07, 2012

Foemasher Week's #1 Player

Monday, April 14th, 2025: Gredoc Foemasher demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Weathertop first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Monday, April 14th, 2025: Diazava Lomithien is respected by most Minas Tirith Titans fans for his no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old center fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

February 02, 2012

Super Week for Dunharrow's *Monkeyslayer!

Monday, April 7th, 2025: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. James *Monkeyslayer, the Dunharrow Devils 25-year-old first baseman, put himself in...

SC Votes Merry Fellows Wolfgobber Top Player

Monday, April 7th, 2025: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Wart Wolfgobber was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Old Forest Merry Fellows left fielder hit .450...

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Tuesday, April 1st, 2025: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old catcher Norman *Xanatos of the Dol Guldur Dragons is the #1 prospect overall....

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Tuesday, April 1st, 2025: Spring Training is over. Practice is over. It's time for real baseball action! The 2025 season starts today with these games on the schedule in the SGCBL: Mirkwood Marauders @ Lake Town Archers Old Forest Merry...

January 23, 2012

2025 Predictions

As with each season since 2003, the Middle Earth Sports Network brings you their prediction for the winners and losers of the upcoming season. The difference this year is that there are a variety of soothsayers from which to choose....

Shire Conference
Elf Division
While Old Forest has done an amazing job of improving the Merry Fellows, they are still too weak to finish off Minas Tirith this season...especially with the uncertainty hanging around mound ace, Frodo Chubb. Chubb is 42 now and that makes him the 2nd oldest active player in the league. Just how long can the already-elected Hall of Famer keep going?

Meanwhile, the Titans also improved a little bit, possessing one of the strongest pitching squads in the Shire Conference. Makk Areolas, Lanai No-Tooth, and Thoren *Oakenshield Jr. make a strong rotation to hand the ball to last year's Gwaihir Reliever of the Year, Busin of Numenor.

Mirkwood keeps sliding into the abyss of obscurity. The Marauders have serious pitching problems, and there aren't too many bats to accompany Mablung *Veneanar, Aud Stron, and Andrack Hardbottle.

The Royals have literally no one who can throw at the major league level other than Dinodas Banks, leaving them at the bottom of the Elf Division barrel.

StatsLab picked Minas Tirith to finish 17 games ahead of Old Forest. OOTP has the Titans winning by 5.

Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
The Minas Ithil Wyrms have worked hard to pull themselves up from the bottom. In fact, in our power rankings the team has gone from nearly last to the #6 team in the entire league. Pitching acquisitions from the SFL, like Legend Trader, C.L.R. James and Jelan Tinovorsh, have been put together with homegrown stock and savvy trades to make the Wyrms a contender for the division.

Bywater will not go quietly, however. The Bounders grabbed Irene Ploughman off the free agent market immediately, and they haven't lost much in the way of talent. The big question mark for Bywater is age. The average age of the top 25 players is 29, and that includes fading stars like Glodunter Bromburg, 39, and Celoeodur Spikemangler, 38.

Lake Town's unexpected failure to live up to expectations gives us pause, but our calculations show the Archers once again as a team that should not be ignored in the Hobbit Division race. Lake Town still has a really good starting rotation and some decent, if not great, hitting.

Erebor continues to improve, and one day soon they'll compete. That day is not today.

StatsLab has Bywater winning the division by 9 games over Minas Ithil. OOTP shows a 3 game margin. We're confident in picking Minas Ithil.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
It's been nothing but Bucklebury for so long, it has become routine to simply hand the title to the Fairies and move on to the next prediction. Not this year. The Bree Cheese are a young, talented team that (if they stay healthy) should extend their first half dominance from last year to a little bit more this season.
That's not to say that the Fairies have lost much, if anything, in talent. However, both Bree and Moria have stepped up their game to compete in this tough division.

Moria has a great set of bats, especially with Nose Gladriera, Rose Mulhall and Gandeodoc Welk. Their pitching is solid, if unspectacular, and if they can keep away from the injury bug, the Miners will have a shot at the division title.

Carrock continues to rebuild and to show improvement. The Bears are simply not ready to compete with the cream of the league.

StatsLab has Bucklebury winning the division by 10 games over Bree. OOTP shows the Fairies beating Moria by 7 games. We're going to go with the Cheese.

Division Winner: Bree Cheese
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bucklebury Fairies

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
The wild and wooley Orc Division looks to be set for another topsy-turvy season. Misty Mountain is our pick for the #2 team in the league, but the rest of the division is right behind them.

The Hops lead with their bats, especially the one wielded by Buffy *Balrog Slayer, but it is their pitching that the division should note. Vrsorbat the Wretched and David Dap lead a pretty good staff that should keep those bats within striking distance of any game.

Dead Marshes has a great mix of pitching and hitting that should put them right into contention for the division flag. The Uruk-hai are really only missing a pair of great middle infielders in order to be complete.

Grey Havens made some interesting moves in the offseason that netted them a couple of SFL players and some others. The stregth of the Stars team is in the pitching staff, with only Flambard Roper being any great threat in the batter's box.

Dunharrow has tumbled quite a few notches in the overal power ranking, but we have learned never to count out the Devils. They still have Xap Hippogryph and Romana of Gallifrey from last year's SFL buying spree, and a newcomer, James *Monkeyslayer, should provide some spark.

StatsLab shows Grey Havens winning the division by 2 games over Misty Mountain. OOTP has Dead Marshes winning by 9 games over both the Hops and Dunharrow. Our prediction leaves no doubt that Misty Mountain will win.

Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
As usual, Lothlorien is in the driver's seat for this division. Thus it has been for all but one of the last 12 years. We really don't see anything changing that this year. However, the Weathertop acquisition of some new players puts the Witch King team a lot closer than it was last season.

The Lumberjacks don't have much to worry about with their ace pitching, top flight closer and crack hitting. Weathertop has a pretty good mix of the same, but it's still not up to par with Lothlorien.

Meanwhile, Ravenhill has been doing more building, as well, and they are right there with Weathertop. The Darkwings picked up SS Prorbag Spleensmasher and pitcher Hyman Klingerberg to go along with their other pieces, and Ravenhill has a team that could go toe-to-toe with the rest of the division.

Numenor is not really moving up or down. The Kings are pretty much where they were last year...which means they could come out of the shadows to take the division at any time.

StatsLab says Lothlorien will beat Weathertop by 21 games. OOTP says 6 games over Ravenhill. We're sticking with the Lumberjacks.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Mordor Conference Wild Card: Weathertop Witch Kings

Troll Division
Last year, Minas Morgul came back to the dominance the Slayers once had over this division, and we don't see any reason for it to be different this year. Minas Morgul goes from strength to strength in all facets of the game.

Isengard may have done enough to keep in the race this year, but it might not be quite enough to win the division. The Raiders have some superstar pitchers and hitters, like Proddo Pieweto and Glomli of Erebor, but not much on the bench.

Dagorlad made a couple of moves in the offseason, but not enough to challenge Minas Morgul The Disaster will give it a good run, though.

Dol Guldur is rebuilding and doesn't expect to compete this year. Next year though...?

StatsLabe shows Minas Morgul winning by 16 games over Isengard. OOTP has it as a bloody 34 game win. We are also picking the Slayers to repeat.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

While OOTP did not pick through the playoffs, StatsLab did. They picked Bucklebury and Minas Morgul to take repeat trips to the Return of the King Series, with the Slayers winnin in 5 games.

Shire Conference Winner: Bree Cheese
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

League Champions: Minas Morgul Slayers

2025 Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Misty Mountain Hops
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Bree Cheese
Bucklebury Fairies
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Lake Town Archers
Isengard Raiders
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Minas Tirith Titans
Weathertop Witch Kings
Bywater Bounders
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Moria Miners
Erebor Eagles
Grey Havens Stars
Dagorlad Disaster
Carrock Bears
Mirkwood Marauders
Dunharrow Devils
Ravenhill Darkwings
Rivendell Royals
Dol Guldur Dragons
Numenor Kings

January 16, 2012

SGCBL News: Spring Training Begins

Sunday, March 2nd, 2025: Baseball is back! Today, Spring training begins for Tolkien Baseball teams, as players get themselves in shape for the regular season; executives decide which players make the active roster and which make the trip back to...

November 28, 2011

Five-in-a-Row! Scarlett *III Named Shire MVP

In one of the tightest races ever, Scarlett 'Mawaan' *III won her fifth straight Shire Aragorn MVP award. The Bucklebury catcher hit .360 with 36 HR and 101 RBI and added her third Legolas Fielder award for her efforts behind...

*Saruman Wins 2024 MC MVP

In a first for Lothlorien, their star infielder, Udun *Saruman, won this year's Aragorn MVP award for the Mordor Conference. The Lumberjack's unofficial captain was named 1st on five ballots to outpace Minas Morgul's Nesil Orebearer for the honor. *Saruman...

Muddyfoot wins Mordor Gwaihir Award

Lothlorien closer, Elanor Muddyfoot, scored her first Gwaihir Reliever award by posting 43 Saves with a 9-5 record and 7 blown. She outpaced Isengard's Proddo Pieweto and Mak'Vok Ta'Quan, both imported from the SFL, to win the trophy....

Busin of Numenor wins Gwaihir Reliever award

With a record 52 saves, Busin of Numenor put his mark on this baseball season. The Minas Tirith reliever went 5-7 with 7 blown saves to far outpace his nearest competitors in this year's race. The Titans put the 24-year-old...

This Year's Best Gloves Chosen by MC

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: Good glovemen take pride in their defensive skills. They know they make a difference in baseball. Even on days when they don't get a hit, they feel they can make a difference in the field --...

Tunnelsplitter Top Rookie in 2024

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: Vomli Tunnelsplitter, left fielder for the Numenor Kings, had a good freshman year, highlighted today by his selection for the Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award for 2024. The standout Kings left fielder took the honor by...

Gandalf Pitcher Award Winner Announced

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: The Minas Morgul clubhouse staff referred to him as "the kid" this season. Next year Nesil Orebearer will have to have a new nickname. He earned it after winning the 2024 Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award....

Standout Season For *Saruman, Wins MC Sam Gamgee Batter

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: Lothlorien's Udun *Saruman put the wraps on a fine campaign today by winning the 2024 Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. The 31-year-old veteran scorched the opposition with a .369 average, picking up 215 hits, 37 doubles,...

SC Announces Best Glovemen for 2024

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: Who are the Legolas Fielder Award winners? They are the guys that steal outs. They make spectacular plays, but they also consistently make the routine plays. This year in the Shire Conference these defensive stalwarts made...

Footkicker Is SC's #1 Rookie

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: The Shire Conference's Frodo Rookie Award winner for 2024 is Gakak Footkicker, the 23-year-old first baseman for the Minas Ithil Wyrms. He won the award by hitting .302 and collecting 179 hits, 27 home runs, 98...

2024 SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Announced

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: The Bucklebury Fairies have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Splint Cam, this year's Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters with...

Welk SC's Top Hitter for 2024

Wednesday, November 6th, 2024: Gandeodoc Welk of the Moria Miners proved that you can step out of the shadows and onto the stage if you've got the talent and the drive to hone your skills. Hard work, long hours and...

November 21, 2011

Bucklebury Tops Minas Morgul

Sunday, October 27th, 2024: "Anticipatin' celebratin'" was the Bucklebury clubhouse slogan for the Return of the King Series this year -- and celebrate they did, when they beat the Minas Morgul Slayers 4-1 in the series. The Fairies won the...

November 17, 2011

Another Fairie Repeat, Bucklebury Wins Towers

BUCKLEBURY - The Bucklebury Fairies have taken one more step toward becoming the league's first repeat champions since the Mirkwood three-peat of 2005-2007. The Fairies finished off the Bree Cheese in 6 games to take their 4th Shire Conference championship...

Slayers Win Mordor Crown

LOTHLORIEN - The Minas Morgul Slayers have won the Mordor Conference championship for the 2nd year in a row. They defeated the Lumberjacks in 5 games to take their 4th conference title. Minas Morgul, the defending Mordor Conference champs, took...

November 16, 2011

Bucklebury defeats Bywater in epic Game 7

BUCKLEBURY - The Bucklebury Fairies took their first round playoff series against the Bywater Bounders in dramatic fashion, as Scarlett *III hit a massive, 501-foot, 2-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning of Game 7 to win the...

Third time's a charm! Lumberjacks defeat Stars in playoffs

GREY HAVENS - The Lothlorien Lumberjacks defeated the Grey Havens Stars in 5 games in this year's Fellowship Series to advance to the Mordor Conference Championships for the first time since 2019. Lothlorien continued their dominance of the Goblin Division,...

Bree wins Fellowship Series

BREE - For the first time since their league championship year of 2015, the Bree Cheese advanced out of the first round of playoffs by defeating the Minas Tirith Titans in 5 games. This was the first trip to the...

Slayers sweep series, move on to Conference Championships

DUNHARROW - The Minas Morgul Slayers took their first round of playoff games by sweeping Dunharrow in the Fellowship Series. This is the second year in a row that reigning Mordor Conference champs, Minas Morgul, have advanced to the Two...

November 14, 2011

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024: "Baseball is a marathon," or so the saying goes. But once the Tolkien Baseball playoffs start today, it's a sprint to the finish. One false move, one errant miscue, one pressure-packed flub will end your team's...

November 07, 2011

Player of the Week: Armorarm of the Uruk-hai

Monday, September 23rd, 2024: 26-year-old Gignar Armorarm sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Armorarm made the establishment sit...

SC Player of the Week Goes to Goodbody of Carrock

Monday, September 23rd, 2024: It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Shire Conference, but last week Anson Goodbody of the Carrock Bears reminded everyone just why he's here...

November 03, 2011

Grey Havens's Roper Snaps Up Player of the Week

Monday, September 16th, 2024: At the age of 26, Flambard Roper might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Grey Havens first baseman put up some exceptional...

Player of the Week: Minas Ithil's Bauwyn

Monday, September 16th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Isumbras Bauwyn, the Minas Ithil left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

October 31, 2011

Elvora Wins MC Best Player Award

Monday, September 9th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Frillf Elvora, the Numenor first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, September 9th, 2024: 26-year-old Nulin Facedragger sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Facedragger made the establishment sit...

October 27, 2011

Mordor Conference Announces #1 Player

Monday, September 2nd, 2024: At the age of 34, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard left fielder put up some exceptional...

Red-Hot Welk SC Player of the Week

Monday, September 2nd, 2024: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Gandeodoc Welk was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Moria Miners center fielder hit .448 while collecting...

Slayers Orebearer August's Top Hurler

Sunday, September 1st, 2024: Nesil Orebearer has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 6-0 record. No pitcher in the Mordor Conference threw better in August, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

Best Starter Chosen by Shire Conference

Sunday, September 1st, 2024: Odessa *Enthugger took a much-deserved turn in the spotlight earlier today as she accepted the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award for August. The 18-year-old Bears starter is a relative newcomer to the league, but...

August's Premier Batter Announced

Sunday, September 1st, 2024: On the heels of a very productive August, Glomli of Erebor received Mordor Conference Batter of the Month recognition today. The battle-tested left fielder hit .360 for the Isengard Raiders and racked up 12 home runs,...

Carrock's Hilldweller Snags August Batting Title

Sunday, September 1st, 2024: Hot-hitting first baseman Betsie Hilldweller of the Carrock Bears really pounded opposing pitchers in August and collected Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors. She hit .396 with 13 home runs and 25 RBIs and scored...

October 24, 2011

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, August 26th, 2024: Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Flormina Celim was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dead Marshes Uruk-hai second baseman hit .409 while...

Gladrierŕ Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 26th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nose Gladrierŕ, the Moria first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

October 20, 2011

MC Premier Player Picked

Monday, August 19th, 2024: At the age of 26, Flambard Roper might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Grey Havens first baseman put up some exceptional...

Hilldweller Honored by Shire Conference

Monday, August 19th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Betsie Hilldweller, the Carrock first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her...

October 17, 2011

*Saruman Mordor Conference's Hottest Hitter

Monday, August 12th, 2024: This week's standout performer in the Mordor Conference was third baseman Udun *Saruman of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. He belted out a .560 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week *Saruman...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Monday, August 12th, 2024: At the age of 27, Wart Wolfgobber might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Old Forest right fielder put up some exceptional...

October 13, 2011

Green: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, August 5th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Crystal Green, the Dead Marshes first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, August 5th, 2024: Tuor Boreborn demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bucklebury second baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

*Véneanár Makes 300 Mark

Thursday, August 1st, 2024: Mirkwood's 22-5 victory over Old Forest was highlighted by Mablung *Véneanár's 300th career home run. His teammates congratulated him at home plate after he circled the bases. "I didn't see all of them out there," *Véneanár...

MC Selects Orebearer July's #1 Pitcher

Thursday, August 1st, 2024: In July Minas Morgul starter Nesil Orebearer mystified Mordor Conference hitters and carried off the Pitcher of the Month honors by chalking up a 5-0 record in 6 starts. The 23-year-old Orebearer added 61 strikeouts in...

SC #1 Pitcher in July is Lake Town's Earalinde

Thursday, August 1st, 2024: Arwauden Earalinde's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in July, the 27-year-old Lake Town hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned...

of Erebor Wins Best Bat Award in July

Thursday, August 1st, 2024: Though his face is weathered and his hands are calloused, Glomli of Erebor can still get it done in Tolkien Baseball. In fact, the 33-year-old left fielder for Isengard was named the Mordor Conference Batter of...

*III Captures SC Batter of Month Award

Thursday, August 1st, 2024: Scarlett *III battered Shire Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

October 10, 2011

Black Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, July 29th, 2024: Orgulas Black of the Dunharrow Devils might have lost a step over the years, but the 36-year-old shortstop can still get it done. He beat out several other worthy Mordor Conference hitters over this past week...

Great Week for Old Forest's Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard

Monday, July 29th, 2024: One of the league's most exciting young players, Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard of the Old Forest Merry Fellows earned herself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week...

October 07, 2011

MC Awards Best Batter Prize to *Saruman

Monday, July 22nd, 2024: According to the voters, Udun *Saruman of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks had the best week of all Mordor Conference hitters as he was named this week's Player of the Week. The third baseman's accomplishments include 15 hits...

Eagles Silverbiter SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, July 22nd, 2024: One of the league's most exciting young players, Mefur Silverbiter of the Erebor Eagles earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

October 05, 2011

the Nasty Now Hall of Famer

Monday, July 15th, 2024: All-time he played in 2457 games, batted .294 with 455 home runs, 2775 base hits, 1537 RBIs and 1611 runs scored -- stats great enough to be acclaimed a baseball immortal. Firbal the Nasty was officially...

October 03, 2011

MC Awards Best Batter Prize to Rego

Monday, July 15th, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Hob Rego, the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai 24-year-old left fielder, put himself...

Mulhall: Big Hit in the Shire Conference

Monday, July 15th, 2024: Rose Mulhall has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old right fielder of the Moria Miners had a pretty fair bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days and...

MC's #1 Player Named

Monday, July 8th, 2024: According to the voters, Muugak Livertrembler of the Dagorlad Disaster had the best week of all Mordor Conference hitters as he was named this week's Player of the Week. The second baseman's accomplishments include 9 hits...

SC Player of the Week Goes to Moraden of Bucklebury

Monday, July 8th, 2024: Lumdor Moraden made quite a splash in the Shire Conference this past week. The Bucklebury Fairies shortstop drilled opposing pitchers for 9 hits in 14 at-bats to roll up a .643 batting average and the Shire...

September 30, 2011

Mordor Evens All Star Series

The Mordor Conference tied up the All Star Series at 11 games apiece with a 6-4 victory at the Water Park in Bywater. After the Shire jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on...

September 26, 2011

the Devastator Garners MC #1 Pitcher Award

Monday, July 1st, 2024: The Mordor Conference announced today that Vruudish the Devastator has been chosen the league's Pitcher of the Month. The Grey Havens starter had everything working for him last month as he glided to a 5-1 record....

Chubb Wins Best SC Pitcher

Monday, July 1st, 2024: As Frodo Chubb hoisted up the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month trophy for June, rumors have already begun to swirl about whether he will leave Old Forest once his contract is up at the end...

Hippogryph Snags MC Batting Honor in June

Monday, July 1st, 2024: One of the more consistent batters in June, Dunharrow center fielder Xap Hippogryph grabbed Mordor Conference Batter of the Month honors by hitting .330 with 34 hits in 103 at-bats. He racked up 6 home runs...

Welk Takes SC's Best Bat Trophy

Monday, July 1st, 2024: Snap, crackle and pop! In June, Gandeodoc Welk snapped up the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy by cracking 40 hits and popping 9 home runs. For the month he hit a solid .331 with...

Humancrawler Wins MC Honor

Monday, July 1st, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Farag Humancrawler, the Weathertop Witch Kings 24-year-old catcher, put himself in...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, July 1st, 2024: Fuli Green is respected by most Erebor Eagles fans for his no-frills style of play. The 31-year-old third baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, June 24th, 2024: Nothing is for certain about the 2024 Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game. It might be dominated by top-notch pitching performances. Or it could turn into a home run derby. Who knows? Pitch by pitch, inning by inning,...

September 19, 2011

Devils Elanor Fields Swings Hot Bat, MC Winner

Monday, June 24th, 2024: Elanor Fields is respected by most Dunharrow Devils fans for her no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old left fielder went about her business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Great Week for Moria's Suuol the Seer

Monday, June 24th, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Suuol the Seer, the Moria Miners 25-year-old first baseman, put himself...

September 15, 2011

Puńal on the Attack, Player of the Week

Monday, June 17th, 2024: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Glafur Puńal was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dol Guldur Dragons left fielder hit .500 while...

SC Player of the Week, Elölindë of Minas Tirith

Monday, June 17th, 2024: One of the league's most exciting young players, Diazava Elölindë of the Minas Tirith Titans earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

September 12, 2011

Burrus Wins MC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, June 10th, 2024: Brandon Burrus went on a hitting spree last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and today copped the Player of the Week Award. The Numenor Kings right fielder peppered the opposition with 11 hits in 26 at-bats,...

SC Player of the Week Chosen

Monday, June 10th, 2024: At the age of 26, Nose Gladrierŕ might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

September 08, 2011

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, June 3rd, 2024: Har Isril captured all the headlines last week and today he added to his booty with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. The Weathertop Witch Kings right fielder hammered league hurlers for 11 hits...

SC's Top Player Named

Monday, June 3rd, 2024: Holir Singer demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Lake Town catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Minas Morgul's Orebearer Top Pitcher in May

Saturday, June 1st, 2024: Nesil Orebearer really tore up the Mordor Conference this past month. He went 5-2 in May and won the Pitcher of the Month award. In 7 starts he struck out 63 in 47.2 innings with a...

Cam Snags SC Top Hurler Trophy

Saturday, June 1st, 2024: Splint Cam has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 5-0 record. No pitcher in the Shire Conference threw better in May, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

MC's Best Batter Picked

Saturday, June 1st, 2024: Udun *Saruman battered Mordor Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

Gandeodoc Welk Winner in May

Saturday, June 1st, 2024: The most recent Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy was awarded to center fielder Gandeodoc Welk of the Moria Miners. In May he stood head and shoulders above all other batters by hitting .440 with...

September 05, 2011

Misty Mountain's Orcsmith Gets MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 27th, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Puuggek Orcsmith, the Misty Mountain Hops 24-year-old third baseman, put himself...

Wolfgobber of Old Forest Crowned Best Player

Monday, May 27th, 2024: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Wart Wolfgobber was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Old Forest Merry Fellows right fielder hit .423...

September 01, 2011

SC Premier Player Picked

Monday, May 20th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Lumdor Moraden, the Bucklebury shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

MC's #1 Player, Roper of Grey Havens

Monday, May 20th, 2024: No single hit brought Flambard Roper Player of the Week honors -- the Grey Havens Stars first baseman corralled the award with a consistent approach in every at-bat. "Hitting is all about discipline," said Roper. "When...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Thursday, May 16th, 2024: One of the few things certain about the 2024 first-year player draft is that it will be held 30 days from now. Today the SGCBL announced its list of players filing for the event, though little...

August 29, 2011

Rego's Strong Week Earns MC Trophy

Monday, May 13th, 2024: Hob Rego demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dead Marshes center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

Tunnelsnapper Earns SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 13th, 2024: At the age of 28, Hoisil Tunnelsnapper might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Lake Town left fielder put up some exceptional...

August 25, 2011

*Balrog Slayer Takes This Week's Trophy

Monday, May 6th, 2024: A battle-tested Buffy *Balrog Slayer declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran she is. Today the 37-year-old Misty Mountain first baseman collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC's Star Player Named

Monday, May 6th, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Tusil Oathsplitter, the Bree Cheese 24-year-old first baseman, put himself in...

Orebearer Picks up MC Monthly Pitching Honor

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024: Nesil Orebearer of Minas Morgul had an award-winning April as he took home the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. "He told me once people used to make fun of the way he pitches," Orebearer's...

Shire Conference Announces Top Starter

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024: Question: Who was the #1 pitcher in the Shire Conference in April? Answer: That would be Simon Hubb of the Bree Cheese. He excelled with a 5-0 mark and a 1.44 ERA in 6 starts, tossed...

April's Premier Batter Announced

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024: When guys like Misty Mountain's Arghren Glimmerhand win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a productive April, the longtime Mordor Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers all month long, collecting...

Mulhall Takes Best Bat Trophy in April

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024: One of the more consistent batters in April, Moria right fielder Rose Mulhall grabbed Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors by hitting .404 with 42 hits in 104 at-bats. She racked up 12 home runs...

August 22, 2011

Lothlorien Left Fielder Nets MC Award

Monday, April 29th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Mark Sheppard, the Lothlorien left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Welk Caps Great Week

Monday, April 29th, 2024: At the age of 27, Gandeodoc Welk might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

August 18, 2011

MC's #1 Player, Glimmerhand of Misty Mountain

Monday, April 22nd, 2024: At the age of 32, Arghren Glimmerhand might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Misty Mountain catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

Bywater's *L'pu Gets SC Player of the Week

Monday, April 22nd, 2024: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 25-year-old right fielder, put himself in...

August 15, 2011

Player of the Week Trophy to Rego

Monday, April 15th, 2024: One of the league's most exciting young players, Hob Rego of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

SC Player of the Week Goes to Goblinarm of Rivendell

Monday, April 15th, 2024: Few players his age are still in the league, but Fufur Goblinarm of the Rivendell Royals clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 35-year-old first baseman hit...

August 11, 2011

Week's Best Player: Isengard's Calafalas

Monday, April 8th, 2024: Idril Calafalas is respected by most Isengard Raiders fans for her no-frills style of play. The 36-year-old left fielder went about her business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Moria First Baseman Nets SC Award

Monday, April 8th, 2024: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nose Gladrierŕ, the Moria first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

August 08, 2011

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Monday, April 1st, 2024: The baseball season is here! After months of offseason maneuvering, the SGCBL is set to kickoff the 2024 campaign with a host of competitive match-ups, including: Rivendell Royals @ Bywater Bounders Old Forest Merry Fellows @...

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Monday, April 1st, 2024: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 20-year-old catcher Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard of the Old Forest Merry Fellows is the #1 prospect...

August 07, 2011

2024 Predictions

It's time once again for the Middle Earth Sports Network's attempt at predicting the future! For the first time in several seasons, last year's staff has not been treated to a horrible execution due to their shoddy prognostication. In fact,...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Mirkwood bounced back from two straight seasons of falling into the playoffs with a losing record by putting up the team's 7th 100-win year. The Marauders made it all the way to the Two Towers Series before being swept away by the juggernaut that was the '23 Fairies.

This season Mirkwood has some competition from a vastly improved Minas Tirith. In fact, the Titans are one of the most improved teams in the league. That's not to say they are one of the best. Minas Tirith still has a ton of problems in the hitting department. They are depending on a 36-year old Imcir Imcirion as their only option at catcher. Their closer, Drogo Tunnelkiller, is 35. And a lot of their young talent needs to step up. However, their starting rotation, led by Makk Areolas and a pair of youngsters, Thoren *Oakenshield Jr and Busin of Numenor, looks solid.

Mirkwood still has their nuclear weapon in Mablung Véneanár. The Venerable one hit .324 with 42 HR and 114 RBI last year while playing all over the field for the Marauders. But after him, there are question marks in the batting order. Aud Stron hit well over his career average last year, and Andrack Hardbottle, though coming back strong after a 5-year absence, is starting to slip. And despite having an awesome young closer in the 23-year old Eillf Eregion, the rest of the pitching staff is just plain bad.

Old Forest still keeps cruising along, always nipping at the heels of their division rivals and always a threat to return to the playoffs in search of their 6th Shire and 4th League championship. It doesn't look like they'll make it back this season, though, as their main weapon continues to be Frodo Chubb. At 41, he looks as good as ever, but the end is coming for the already-inducted Hall of Famer. Behind him, the Merry Fellows are pretty much empty in the starting pitching department. For bats, they have new catcher, Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard, who takes the place of her cousin, L. Rhond, and Wart Wolfgobber.

Rivendell's management woes continue, as last year's owner moved on to greener pastures. Glorfindel Greenleaf is the new GM, and the young elf has his work cut out for him. The Royals' big acquisition last season, Merilmir Knifecrawler, spent most of it on the DL. But even if he comes back strong and joins catcher Foundling *Goodbody and the 35-year old Fufur Goblinarm, there's not much in the hitting department for Rivendell. And as for pitching, they have 39-year old closer, Hofur Goldcutter, as their best hurler.

Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
Lake Town cruised into the playoffs last season, their return to routine winning seemingly complete. The Archers have taken the division 2 of the last 3 years, and they're just as strong as ever. The team is pitching rich, with four young arms in Lol Iggette, Farauron Gläldur, Glosin Elfhand and Arwauden Earalinde, that should give them plenty of solid starts. The biggest question mark comes in the hitting department, as their main slugger, Gamella Pender, is already down for the season this spring, and first baseman Kuuggek Eowiowyn is going to miss at least the first couple of months.

Despite picking up pitcher Ecth Tremblay from the SFL, the Bounders just haven't yet gotten the torch passed from their older stars, like Celeodur Spikemangler and Glodunter Bromburg, to some of the youngsters, like Gabzog Ettincutter, Noshnak Wolfgobber, Othbert Cotton and Teril Fowen. Fowen in particular should be stepping up as a front line starter, but it's still not certain when he will make that leap.

Erebor still doesn't have the stuff to compete with Lake Town and Bywater, but they are improving. The Eagles jumped up 6 places in the overall Power Rankings, matching Minas Tirith's climb. The team acquired SFL free agent hurler Gregorius of Gallifrey in the off season, which should help the bullpen, but their ace starter is a 36-year old Terra Treegirl, and they don't have much beyond that. Meanwhile, the lineup should pack a bit of punch with Rowan Fields, Vruugak Fareomer, Mefur Silverbiter and Moimli Grubb.

While the Minas Ithil pitching staff looks as good as it has in years, the Wyrms are still depending on a pair of 36-year old arms in Charles Theriot and Tagnash Lomadriendir. Akorahil *the Priest is in his prime, however, and if Theriot, Celomer Melwasul and Tika Tunnelly can come through, Migan Toothbelly will be there to help out Lomadriendir in the bullpen. But bats are a problem for the Wyrms. They don't have any...yet. Isumbras Sandybanks, Ufrat Moonkiller, Mumsh Toothkicker, Elroborn Nadrieldor, Nirbag Fingertorturer and Arwuma Earadrieldur are on a lengthy list of Minas Ithil youngsters that we'll see carrying the team in the future.

Division Winner: Lake Town Archers

Dwarf Division
What an amazing season for the 2023 Bucklebury Fairies. They shattered the record for wins with 125. They scored a record 1172 runs and hit a record 305 HR. Their record 30-game winning streak included winning every game they played in the month of May. They lost a couple of pitchers to free agency over the winter, but this is essentially the same team as last year with three of the best hitters in the game in Scarlett *III, Gorbadoc Bracegirdle and Huugdish Nosejuggler, a starting rotation of Duudak Heartmasher, Jesse Faroden, Splint Cam and Clarence Buckland, and Isengrim Sandyman as their closer. Picking them to win another Shire Conference championship is a no-brainer. (But it's not so easy to choose them as returning League Champs, as we will see.)

Moria had their best finish in 5 years, but they still managed to come up short of the playoffs. While the Miners have a roster full of great hitters, including Nose Gladrierŕ, Splinter *Jack, Rose Mulhall and Gignar Demoneater, their pitching is shaky. The starting rotation has Nalok the Drooler and a 36-year old Isiclya Belurion and not much else. Most of the burden falls on the bullpen, anchored by closer Aruma Elváril. If the hitters don't come through, then Moria may be looking at Bree's backside again.

Bree hung in and won the Shire Wild Card last year on the strength of some fine young pitchers in Simon Hubb, Rabur Bolger and Ulmina Elreoma and the development of Ponto Bramble into a star hitter. Adding closer Milo Centaur from the SFL only strengthens this young Cheese team. If a 35-year old Ivette Gravedigger can hang on another year and former SFL hitter Squeaky the Sneaky can make an impact in the lineup, Bree has a shot at a repeat playoff trip.

Carrock has a new GM, and they made some significant free agent pickups from the SFL, including closer Aihal Highdrake and relief pitcher Ruwon of Romulus. Additionally, the retirement of Hall of Famer Trik *Rider opened the door for 18-year old starter Odessa *Enthugger to join the team. The Bears are rebuilding, but they have a ton of potential.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dead Marshes is a team that has quietly rebuilt itself over the past few seasons. After losing 100 games in 2019 and 2020, the Uruk-hai have improved every year since. This may be their break out season, as Grey Havens and Dunharrow have fallen in the Power Rankings. The team is still led by the amazing Sarukh *the Indefatiguable. At 29, he is already knocking on the door of 400 HR and last year batted .321 and drove in 137 runs. Isumbras Bauwyn and Hob Rego complete a pretty powerful outfield. But as with most teams they do have their pitching weaknesses. The starting rotation only boasts an overachieving Wilo Trull and some youngsters that aren't quite ready. It will be up to their top-notch bullpen arms, including Palin Trollworker, Fingolfin Numenesse, Posco Roper and closer Kim Bromburg to keep the Uruk-hai in the game long enough to give their bats a chance to overpower their opponents.

Misty Mountain was among the bidders for SFL closer Mak'Vok Ta'Quan, but they failed to acquire him. Hops fans may actually see that as a good thing in the long run, as Ta'Quan's ultimate salary would have put a burden on the re-signing of their extremely popular catcher, Arghren Glimmerhand. Glimmerhand and the eternally amazing Buffy *Balrog Slayer, along with youngsters Mungo Hedgeworth and Brian Middlebrook, should provide the run support needed to help a shaky pitching staff. Other than Vrsorbag the Wretched, the Hops don't really have a ton of superstar talent in the rotation or the bullpen. Their second best pitcher, Arweowyn Eläthien, is on the DL with a torn rotator cuff (though she may be back in a few months).

Dunharrow picked up a good bat and catcher in the SFL's Romana of Gallifrey, and their lineup may have some pop. Elanor Fields, Orgulas Black, Freodriel Eärémbor, Elanor Buckland, Huurg the Atrocious and Jiminy *Monkeybone are all fine hitters. But the pitching rotation is down to a 38-year old Yvestil Ala'Niel, who spent most of last year on the DL, and Bilin Brockhouse. Ardaseen Elondir has proven to be a workhorse out of the bullpen, but there's not much else out there.

The biggest tumble in the rankings comes in the form of the Grey Havens Stars. Despite being the top Orc Division team the last three seasons, our estimates show them as dropping 12 places in the Power Rankings. But it's not really due to any fundamental change in the Stars' lineup. They still have three top-notch starters in Fareand Elraralinde, Vruudish the Devastator and Gelealbo Elvawen (though the latter is 41). They still have the same hitters as last year, including Flambard Roper, Saravin Boreahil, Thurlla Norŕ, Mosin Bunce and Gibur Rockrender. The problem is that while other teams were improving, Grey Havens was simply aging. Norŕ, Bunc and Rockrender are all in their late 30's, as is 2nd baseman Bror Brickfist.

Division Winner: Dead Marshes Uruk-hai

Goblin Division
As usual, Lothlorien is the top contender for the Goblin pennant. Despite losing Stanley Walczak to retirement, the Lumberjacks have a great rotation, including Tika Underhill, Wooley Badgerbadger and Vralak Footpoker, a top-notch reliever in Minta Proudneck, and one of the league's best closers, Elanor Muddyfoot. By picking up SFL outfielders Mark Sheppard and Ahoshta Gale, they have bolstered an already good lineup that includes Udun *Saruman and Pimpernel Brownlock.

Ravenhill tried to improve its lot with returning GM, Papa Bear, going after a few SFL free agents, acquiring outfielder Xap Hippogryph. Their hitting lineup is pretty good, including Tom *Dill, Rhedry Scimitar and Satina Isauron. And their starting rotation boasts three potential stars: Fragar No-Tooth, Chukky Bats and Losur Beardsmith. 36-year old Glonar Arwima will have to hold down the fort in the bullpen until Colg Axesnapper and Rignar Orcmasher develop.

Weathertop made headlines with their huge contract offer for what could, perhaps, be the best closer (if not the best pitcher) in the league, Mak'Vok Ta'Quan. But Ta'Quan will be alone in the Witch King pitching arsenal if 37-year old Robert *Plant starts to show his age. Meanwhile, the young hitters have started to develop, with Irene Ploughman, Farag Humancrawler, Gredoc Foemasher, Gruugor Goblincutter and Har Isril coming into their own.

Numenor is really hurting for pitchers. Other than Gollim Augcatus and Shilgrin Goro, there's nothing in the tank for the Kings. Frillf Elvora, Brandon Burrus, Vomli Tunnelsplitter and an aging Gollomer Gauthor will provide what little offense Numenor has to offer.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
Last year we said the Slayers had the the fastest rising set of stars, and they really have come into their own. Tognar Ringworker and Lilith *Blackbark lead a hitting lineup that includes Friagorn Denihil and Chukky Kendrick. And the Minas Morgul pitching staff is well-stocked with the likes of Nesil Orebearer, Bowman Moss and Kedera Nightflower being joined in the starting rotation by SFL pick-ups Coilette Bender and Mary Bumblestitch. The bullpen boasts Hallalonn Gandilas, Goli Trollsnapper and Moimli Cavernmover amongst its young stars. Minas Morgul is deep in talent and favored to win it all this year.

Isengard still has the distinction of being the oldest team in the league on-average, but Ragnar *Stonecutter and Glomli of Erebor are still at the top of their game. An old starting rotation of Tubur Trollsnapper, Asteroid Blaster 2000, Inigo Montoya and Vinar Ringsmith, and free agent closer Proddo Pieweto just need to keep the Raiders in the game for the "bash brothers" to do their thing.

Dagorlad has one of the best pitchers in the league in Snibb *Ninwocket, but he spent almost the entire year on the DL and still may not be ready for Opening Day. Beyond *Ninwocket and Sikar Daggerdrinker, the Disaster starting rotation isn't great and the bullpen is a big question mark. Combined with a lineup that really doesn't have a superstar, Dagorlad will have a long road this year. Fortunately for Disaster fans, there is a ton of young talent in the minor league system.

Dol Guldur's lone hitting star is 22-year old Glafur Puńal. Even crowd favorite Herman *Slobberknocker has fallen on hard times. The Dragons have a few young arms that may develop, but overall their outlook is dim.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

SGCBL League Champion: Minas Morgul Slayers

2024 Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Bucklebury Fairies
Isengard Raiders
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Moria Miners
Lake Town Archers
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Bree Cheese
Misty Mountain Hops
Dunharrow Devils
Bywater Bounders
Carrock Bears
Minas Tirith Titans
Ravenhill Darkwings
Mirkwood Marauders
Grey Havens Stars
Weathertop Witch Kings
Erebor Eagles
Numenor Kings
Dagorlad Disaster
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dol Guldur Dragons
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Rivendell Royals

July 28, 2011

SGCBL News: Spring Training Begins

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024: Tolkien Baseball enters spring training today. Teams are taking shape. This is a time for the rookie to begin the fulfillment of his dream, for the veteran to see if he can coax one more season...

July 25, 2011

More Teams Jump Into The Fray

Saturday, February 10th, 2024: With Spring Training just around the corner, more teams have shown interest in the free agents coming from the SFL. Word today is that Bree, Erebor, and Weathertop have joined the hunt for foreign talent....

July 21, 2011

More Names Added to SFL Free Agent Negotiation Rumors

Sunday, February 4th, 2024: With Spring Training still a month away, focus has turned to the news out of foreign lands. The hot stove league is warm with news of more names being added to the list of SFL players...

July 18, 2011

Talks With Foreign Free Agents Start Buzz

Thursday, February 1st, 2024: Rumors have been flying around Middle Earth all winter that some team owners are talking to players from a foreign league, the SciFi and Fantasy League (SFL)...and that a few players are in serious negotiations for...

July 15, 2011

Ruano Latest HOF Legend

Monday, January 1st, 2024: During his tenure in the Tolkien Baseball Boris Ruano was nothing but class, on the field and off the field. Now he is part of the Hall of Fame class of 2024. Lifetime Ruano hit for...

July 14, 2011

Trik *Rider Enters Hall Of Fame

Sunday, December 10th, 2023: Trik *Rider played baseball a long time and he played it well. Then at the age of 38, he called it a career. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, *Rider has been voted into the Hall...

July 01, 2011

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Monday, November 20th, 2023: The stroke of midnight signaled the arrival of the often wild and unpredictable free agent filing period. Most general managers across the SGCBL already have an iron or two in the fire. The players, too, are...

June 27, 2011

Buffy *Balrog Slayer named Mordor MVP

Saturday, November 4th, 2023: Buffy *Balrog Slayer has been a consistent force for the Misty Mountain Hops for many years, but it has been a while since she won any batting trophies. That was remedied this season, as the slugger...

Scarlett *III Wins Fourth Straight MVP

Saturday, November 4th, 2023: Bucklebury's Scarlett *III capped off another great year with her fifth Aragon MVP Award. This is the fourth season in a row that the coveted trophy has been handed to the hard-hitting catcher. Scarlett picked up...

Hedgeworth Captures 2023 Frodo Rookie Award

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: Mungo Hedgeworth, left fielder for the Misty Mountain Hops, has been honored with the Frodo Rookie Award in the Mordor Conference. He batted .330 for the Misty Mountain Hops and racked up 115 hits, 20 home...

MC Announces Gandalf Pitcher Award

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2023 has been presented and the Mordor Conference winner is Fareand Elraralindë of Grey Havens. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Elraralindë. "I just hope I can...

2023 MC Best Batter, Misty Mountain's *Balrog Slayer

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2023 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Mordor Conference. It had already been a very special season for Misty Mountain's Buffy *Balrog Slayer, but...

Shire Conference Selects Premier Rookie

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: This year's outstanding newcomer has been selected and the honor goes to the Bree rookie Tusil Oathsplitter -- the recipient of the 2023 Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award. The talented Cheese first baseman took the trophy...

Gandalf Pitcher Award Announced, Winner is Cam

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: The Bucklebury Fairies have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Splint Cam, this year's Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters with...

2023 SC Top Hitter Trophy Given to *III

Friday, November 3rd, 2023: Bucklebury's Scarlett *III put the wraps on a fine campaign today by winning the 2023 Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. The 28-year-old veteran scorched the opposition with a .350 average, picking up 178 hits, 19 doubles,...

Brilhirion Joins HOF Legends

Friday, October 27th, 2023: Hallalonn Brilhirion was a happy-go-lucky hurler that didn't seem to take baseball too seriously. But Brilhirion was good enough to chalked up 261 victories. Much to the dismay of his managers, the gifted pitcher was fond...

Deneadur Among Greats in SGCBL HOF

Friday, October 27th, 2023: For quite a few seasons Denaumir Deneadur unnerved batters as one of the best pitchers around. Yesterday it was his day for the jitters. The talented twirler became a baseball immortal as he was enshrined into...

Samwise Peatfingers Latest SGCBL HOF Inductee

Friday, October 27th, 2023: "From the first time I saw him play, I knew he had the potential to be one of the best," Samwise Peatfingers's first manager said, "and the more I saw him play, the more certain I...

June 08, 2011

Fairies Triumph in 2023 Return of the King Series

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023: The Fairies are the class of the Tolkien Baseball this year. They proved it with a 5-1 elimination win over Minas Morgul today at The Fairie Dome. That victory gave Bucklebury the 2023 Return of the...

June 02, 2011

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Sunday, October 1st, 2023: The quest for the Tolkien Baseball Return of the King Series championship gets underway today. The regular season is now over and the so-called "second season" begins. For fan and player alike this is the sweetest...

May 30, 2011

Week's Top Player: Dead Marshes's Belulinde

Monday, September 25th, 2023: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Kingsfriend Belulinde was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dead Marshes Uruk-hai third baseman hit .533 while...

Star of the Week Awarded in SC

Monday, September 25th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Andrack Hardbottle, the Mirkwood third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

May 26, 2011

Samwise Millstone Wins MC Trophy

Monday, September 18th, 2023: Samwise Millstone demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Minas Morgul left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, September 18th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nose Gladrierŕ, the Moria first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

League Punishes Pair for Fighting

Sunday, September 17th, 2023: After an intense confrontation, both the Raiders Eimer Eärüviel and the Darkwings Glonar Arwima were handed their punishments today. The league commissioner's office issued suspensions for an on-the-field conflict that occurred at a recent Isengard-Ravenhill game....

May 23, 2011

Big Bat Pays Off, Foemasher Player of the Week

Monday, September 11th, 2023: Gredoc Foemasher demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Weathertop first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Great Week for Bucklebury's Huugdish Nosejuggler

Monday, September 11th, 2023: Huugdish Nosejuggler is respected by most Bucklebury Fairies fans for his no-frills style of play. The 30-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

May 19, 2011

Ravenhill's *Dill MC's Best

Monday, September 4th, 2023: Tom *Dill has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old catcher of the Ravenhill Darkwings had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and won...

Spleenwhomper Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, September 4th, 2023: At the age of 32, Grikak Spleenwhomper might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree catcher put up some exceptional numbers the...

Moss Cops #1 Pitcher Award in August

Friday, September 1st, 2023: Bowman Moss hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

Cam Best SC Starter

Friday, September 1st, 2023: Splint Cam has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 6-0 record. No pitcher in the Shire Conference threw better in August, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

*Balrog Slayer Cops MC Batter of the Month Honors

Friday, September 1st, 2023: On the heels of a very productive August, Buffy *Balrog Slayer received Mordor Conference Batter of the Month recognition today. The battle-tested first baseman hit .426 for the Misty Mountain Hops and racked up 15 home...

Bracegirdle Wins Best Bat Award in August

Friday, September 1st, 2023: August's Hitter of the Month has been selected by the Shire Conference. This month's trophy was presented to the Bucklebury designated hitter, Gorbadoc Bracegirdle. He starred by hitting .296 with a .442 on-base percentage, totaled 32...

May 16, 2011

Barrage of Hits Gets Brownlock MC Award

Monday, August 28th, 2023: Pimpernel Brownlock demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Lothlorien left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Aner on Fire, Named Player of the Week

Monday, August 28th, 2023: 23-year-old Donethirion Aner sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Aner made the establishment sit...

May 12, 2011

Isengard Shortstop Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 21st, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Star of the Week Selected in SC

Monday, August 21st, 2023: At the age of 28, Lumdor Moraden might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the...

May 05, 2011

*Balrog Slayer MC's Best of the Week

Monday, August 14th, 2023: In the twilight of her career, 36-year-old Buffy *Balrog Slayer of Misty Mountain recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing...

Week's Best Player: Old Forest's Wolfgobber

Monday, August 14th, 2023: Wart Wolfgobber is respected by most Old Forest Merry Fellows fans for his no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of...

April 29, 2011

Star of the Week Honored in MC

Monday, August 7th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Glomli of Erebor, the Isengard center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Shire Conference Announces #1 Player

Monday, August 7th, 2023: Gloisil Orebreaker is respected by most Bucklebury Fairies fans for his no-frills style of play. The 23-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

Lumberjacks Hurler Named July's Top Starter

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023: July's top-rated pitcher was Tika Underhill of Lothlorien Lumberjacks. She demoralized Mordor Conference hitters in posting a 3-0 record and captured the Pitcher of the Month award. In 6 starts, Underhill limited opposing batters to a...

July's Best Starter Named in SC

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023: Akorahil *the Priest's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-1 in July, the 27-year-old Minas Ithil hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He...

Roper Snags MC Batting Honor in July

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023: In July, Flambard Roper let his bat do the talking for him. The Grey Havens first baseman smacked the ball at a .366 average as he laid claim to the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month...

SC's Best Batter Picked

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 28-year-old Scarlett *III put together a solid offensive month for Bucklebury and was crowned July's top batter in the Shire Conference. She batted .333 with 7 home runs, 20...

April 25, 2011

Denihil Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, July 31st, 2023: At the age of 28, Friagorn Denihil might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

Shire Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, July 31st, 2023: One of the league's most exciting young players, Cele Lumsden of the Old Forest Merry Fellows earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week...

April 21, 2011

Great Week for Dagorlad's Muugak Livertrembler

Monday, July 24th, 2023: At the age of 26, Muugak Livertrembler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dagorlad second baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

SC Trophy Goes to Flashheart of Rivendell

Monday, July 24th, 2023: There's no arguing that 35-year-old Fulgor Flashheart has paid his dues and this this week he collected. The Rivendell Royals shortstop had one of the best weeks of his career and captured the Shire Conference Player...

April 18, 2011

MC Trophy Goes to Glimmerhand of Misty Mountain

Monday, July 17th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Arghren Glimmerhand, the Misty Mountain catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Big Bat Pays Off, *L'pu Player of the Week

Monday, July 17th, 2023: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 25-year-old right fielder, put himself in...

April 14, 2011

Denihil: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, July 10th, 2023: At the age of 28, Friagorn Denihil might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

Merry Fellows Gil-Gawen Wins SC Award

Monday, July 10th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Legailf Gil-Gawen, the Old Forest designated hitter, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Shire breaks All-Star deadlock, wins 7-2

Sunday, July 9th, 2023: DAGORLAD - The Shire Conference took an 11-10 lead in the All-Star series by handily defeating the Mordor squad, 7-2, at a packed Dagorlad Memorial Stadium. Despite the lopsided score, for the most part the game...

April 07, 2011

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, July 3rd, 2023: What's the best league? The Shire Conference or the Mordor Conference? The answer will be found in the Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game. All the votes have been counted and tabulated, all the players have been selected,...

Scheduled to play for the Shire Conference All-Stars are:
(*1st time; +named to start but injured)

Starters
SP Andrack Antslammer (Lake Town), 11-5, 2.65 ERA
C Scarlett 'Mawaan' III (Bucklebury), .384, 37 HR, 89 RBI
1B Mablung 'the Venerable' Véneanár (Mirkwood), .346, 26 HR, 80 RBI
2B Elroborn Nadrieldor* (Minas Ithil), .294, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 24 SB
3B Drigrin Overturf* (Bucklebury), .299, 13 HR, 59 RBI
SS Lumdor 'Lumpy' Moraden* (Bucklebury), .320, 17 HR, 62 RBI
LF Huugdish Nosejuggler (Bucklebury), .295, 24 HR, 77 RBI
CF Aud Stron* (Mirkwood), .283, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 23 SB
RF Wart Wolfgobber (Old Forest), .301, 18 HR, 62 RBI
Reserves
Bree: SP I. Gravedigger*
Bucklebury: SP J. Faroden+, RF G. Orebreaker+*, SP D. Heartmasher, SP S. Cam*, CL I. Sandyman
Bywater: RF E. L'pu, CL C. Spikemangler
Carrock: 1B B. Hilldweller*, 1B F. Gilmathien
Erebor: C H. Hammermaker*
Minas Ithil: SP A. the Priest
Minas Tirith: 2B R. Sandyman*
Mirkwood: SP G. Eärindel
Moria: CF R. Mulhall+*, C S. Jack, 1B N. Gladrierŕ*, SP N. the Drooler, CL A. Elváril
Old Forest: SS C. Ironworker
Rivendell: CL H. Goldcutter*

The Mordor Conference All-Stars will feature these players:
(*1st time; +named to start but injured)

Starters
SP Nesil 'Raptor' Orebearer* (Minas Morgul), 12-2, 2.14 ERA, 152 K
C Farag Humancrawler* (Weathertop), .353, 13 HR, 60 RBI
1B Buffy 'the' Balrog Slayer (Misty Mountain), .328, 21 HR, 62 RBI
2B Lilith Blackbark (Minas Morgul), .370, 21 HR, 95 RBI, 38 SB
3B Orgulas 'The Tank' Black (Dunharrow), .285, 22 HR, 48 RBI
SS Fareand Megilion* (Minas Morgul), .324, 1 HR, 31 RBI
LF Pimpernel Brownlock (Lothlorien, .315, 17 HR, 59 RBI
CF Sarukh the Indefatiguable (Dead Marshes), .345, 29 HR, 77 RBI
RF Irene Ploughman (Weathertop), .343, 23 HR, 64 RBI
Reserves
Dagorlad: 2B M. Livertrembler
Dead Marshes: SP W. Trull*
Dol Guldur: C I. Imcirion
Dunharrow: LF M. Roadapple*, SP B. Brockhouse*, CL M. Moleman, MR A. Elondir*
Grey Havens: 3B M. Bunce+*, CF T. Norŕ, SP F. Elraralindë, SP G. Elvŕwen
Isengard: 3B E. Merilgol*
Lothlorien: SP W. Badgerbadger
Minas Morgul: 1B T. Ringworker, CL H. Gandillas, MR M. Cavernmover*, SP K. Nightflower
Misty Mountain: RF B. Middlebrook*
Numenor: SS F. Elvora, SP G. Augcatus*
Ravenhill: C T. Dill
Weathertop: RF H. Isril*

MC Star of the Week Named

Monday, July 3rd, 2023: Gredoc Foemasher has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old first baseman of the Weathertop Witch Kings had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days...

Gladrierŕ Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, July 3rd, 2023: One of the league's most exciting young players, Nose Gladrierŕ of the Moria Miners earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

Lothlorien Starter Selected Best Pitcher

Saturday, July 1st, 2023: Veteran Wooley Badgerbadger put together quite a successful stretch in June for the Lothlorien Lumberjacks, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Badgerbadger racked up a 5-0 record in 7 starts, posting a...

Chubb Top SC Starter in June

Saturday, July 1st, 2023: Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Frodo Chubb still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in June. The 40-year-old starter for Old Forest was named Shire...

Foemasher Cops MC Batter of the Month Honors

Saturday, July 1st, 2023: It was a successful month for Gredoc Foemasher of Weathertop. He won the Mordor Conference Best Batter Trophy for June. Foemasher batted .400 average, hit 11 home runs, drove in 24 runs, scored 23 times and...

SC Announces Best Batter Award

Saturday, July 1st, 2023: Scarlett *III battered Shire Conference pitchers all June and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

April 04, 2011

Star of the Week Named in MC

Monday, June 26th, 2023: Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Irene Ploughman was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Weathertop Witch Kings center fielder hit .471 while...

*Jack Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 26th, 2023: A battle-tested Splinter *Jack declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Moria catcher collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped...

*Balrog Slayer Makes 600 Mark

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023: She has done it! Buffy *Balrog Slayer has become the first player to reach the 600 home run mark. She did it today, but the Misty Mountain Hops still dropped the game to the Grey Havens...

April 01, 2011

MC Names Top Player of the Week

Monday, June 19th, 2023: It was announced today that Dead Marshes left fielder Sarukh *the Indefatiguable had received the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his impressive play last week. All week long he was terrific at the...

This Week's Star Player is Welk

Monday, June 19th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Gandeodoc Welk, the Moria center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

March 31, 2011

SGCBL News: First-Year Player Draft

Thursday, June 15th, 2023: The 2023 Tolkien Baseball amateur draft will be conducted today. The cream of the crop in amateur baseball circles will be plucked by the baseball hierarchy. Diamond journalists and experts say these ten names are at...

March 29, 2011

Voters Fail to Agree on Hall Selection

There will be no more players added to the Hall of Fame this year. For the first time in nine years, all of the players on the ballot came up short in their bid to be inducted into the baseball...

March 28, 2011

MC Star of the Week Picked

Monday, June 12th, 2023: The premier performer in the Mordor Conference this week was Duane Elylith of the Minas Morgul Slayers. The hot-hitting 27-year-old third baseman put up a .571 average and .625 on-base percentage, piling up 12 hits in...

*III Shire Conference's Hottest Hitter

Monday, June 12th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team,...

March 24, 2011

Bodriel Selected Player of the Week

Monday, June 5th, 2023: The Player of the Week has been announced by the Mordor Conference. The award went to Irklib Bodriel, left fielder of the Isengard Raiders. He dominated league pitchers with a .500 average to win the honor....

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps SC Reward

Monday, June 5th, 2023: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Mablung *Véneanár was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Mirkwood Marauders first baseman hit .476 while collecting...

Stars End Bucklebury Winning Streak

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023: It took 31 games and the entire month of May, but someone finally put a halt to the Bucklebury winning streak. The Grey Havens Stars defeated the Fairies, 8-2, behind the complete game effort of Vruudish...

Elraralindë Garners MC #1 Pitcher Award

Thursday, June 1st, 2023: Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Fareand Elraralindë still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 28-year-old starter for Grey Havens was named Mordor...

Shire Conference Premier Pitcher is Faroden

Thursday, June 1st, 2023: May's premier pitcher was Jesse Faroden of Bucklebury Fairies. He pulverized Shire Conference hitters all month long and picked up the Pitcher of the Month award. The Fairies star hurler fashioned a 5-0 en route to...

*Stonecutter of Isengard MC Batter of the Month

Thursday, June 1st, 2023: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 30-year-old Ragnar *Stonecutter put together a solid offensive month for Isengard and was crowned May's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .406 with 11 home runs, 27...

SC's Top Hitter Announced

Thursday, June 1st, 2023: Huugdish Nosejuggler battered Shire Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

March 21, 2011

Hedgeworth Wins MC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, May 29th, 2023: Mungo Hedgeworth is respected by most Misty Mountain Hops fans for his no-frills style of play. The 22-year-old third baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the...

Hilldweller Caps Great Week

Monday, May 29th, 2023: Betsie Hilldweller demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Carrock first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

March 17, 2011

Star of the Week Honored in MC

Monday, May 22nd, 2023: At the age of 27, Irene Ploughman might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Weathertop center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Week's Best Player: Bucklebury's Bracegirdle

Monday, May 22nd, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Gorbadoc Bracegirdle, the Bucklebury designated hitter, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

March 14, 2011

*Balrog Slayer Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 15th, 2023: A battle-tested Buffy *Balrog Slayer declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran she is. Today the 36-year-old Misty Mountain first baseman collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Rowan Fields Wins SC Trophy

Monday, May 15th, 2023: At the age of 27, Rowan Fields might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Erebor left fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

March 10, 2011

Ragnar *Stonecutter Wins MC Trophy

Monday, May 8th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Mirkwood's *Véneanár SC Star of the Week

Monday, May 8th, 2023: At the age of 30, Mablung *Véneanár might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

March 07, 2011

Orebearer April's Best Hurler in MC

Monday, May 1st, 2023: The #1 pitcher this past month in the Mordor Conference was Nesil Orebearer of the Minas Morgul Slayers. He worked the hitters over real good, finishing April with a superb 5-0 record and a 1.47 ERA....

Antslammer Grabs SC Top Pitcher Trophy

Monday, May 1st, 2023: Andrack Antslammer took home the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month honors in April. After all these years playing ball, the 40-year-old veteran still enjoys the game as though he'd just broken camp for the first...

*the Indefatiguable Wins Best Bat Trophy in April

Monday, May 1st, 2023: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 29-year-old Sarukh *the Indefatiguable put together a solid offensive month for Dead Marshes and was crowned April's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .346 with 12 home...

*III SC Outstanding Batter of the Month

Monday, May 1st, 2023: Scarlett *III battered Shire Conference pitchers all April and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

MC's Best Player, *Stonecutter of Isengard

Monday, May 1st, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Red-Hot Proudfoot SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 1st, 2023: Olo Proudfoot of the Old Forest Merry Fellows had a super week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Shire Conference. The 25-year-old second baseman put up a .481 average with a...

March 03, 2011

MC Premier Player Picked

Monday, April 24th, 2023: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Tom *Dill was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Ravenhill Darkwings catcher hit .435 while collecting 10...

SC's Top Player Named

Monday, April 24th, 2023: At the age of 27, Scarlett *III might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury catcher put up some exceptional numbers the...

February 28, 2011

MC Votes Dragons Nosehammer Top Player

Monday, April 17th, 2023: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rigor Nosehammer, the Dol Guldur second baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

SC Player of the Week, Pender of Lake Town

Monday, April 17th, 2023: Gamella Pender demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Lake Town left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing...

February 17, 2011

Player of the Week: Dunharrow's Buckland

Monday, April 10th, 2023: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what she's got. Elanor Buckland, the Dunharrow Devils 25-year-old third baseman, put herself in...

Gladrierŕ Selected Player of the Week

Monday, April 10th, 2023: One of the league's most exciting young players, Nose Gladrierŕ of the Moria Miners earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

February 14, 2011

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Saturday, April 1st, 2023: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old catcher Baztrak the Vague of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai is the #1 prospect...

2023 Predictions

It's time once again to play everyone's favorite game: "He predicted what???" The 2023 season is upon us, and soon it will be time for the first pitch of spring. With the rosters fairly set, we at MESN feel confident...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
2022 was another year of sub-.500 baseball for the Elf Division with Mirkwood winning the pennant only after a 1-game playoff with Old Forest.

This season, Mirkwood looks to extend their streak of four division pennants with more of the same. While the team was required to shed a ton of payroll, they managed to do so without significant damage. Borg Ditchdigger was traded to Misty Mountain for Sim Brandybuck, and veteran catcher Boinar Clubwalker was released, but both of them were aging and in the last year of their contracts. If anything, this made room for some of the younger Marauders to step up.

Minas Tirith is pitching rich (for this division) and hitting poor. Still Makk Areolas, who was the Titans' 5th pick in 2013, seems to be ready to join the major league staff. But without anyone to swing the bat other than an aging Teun Mulder, the team will probably come up short in chasing Mirkwood.

Old Forest hasn't really done much to improve the team this year, and with the loss of Denaumir Deneadur, the Merry Fellows will need the arms of their younger players to begin to come through.

Rivendell has a new owner this year, but it may take him a while to get the Royals on track. The moves started with the acquisition of Merilmir Knifecrawler from Grey Havens and the signing of free agents Fulgor Flashheart and Firin Oathmaker. Foundling *Goodbody was moved from the outfield to catching duties. If Rivendell can get some decent pitching to go along with their bats, they might be in this race.

Division Winner: Mirkwood Marauders

Hobbit Division
Lake Town fell just short of last year's prediction, losing out to Bywater by a few games. This year, the Archers are just as strong and have added starting pitchers Istvan the Archer and Andrack Antslammer to the mix.

It's the same old (and we do mean old) Bywater team set to defend their division title. Somehow, the Bounders managed to capture yet another pennant with the same group of guys. This year, though, might be their last chance before a younger group takes over.

Minas Ithil hasn't got the stuff to compete with Lake Town and Bywater. The Wyrms made no moves in the offseason--no free agent pick ups, no trades. If there is any hope for Minas Ithil it's that the Archers and Bounders fall to injury.

Erebor is still struggling to get its act together. They managed to pick up Gosin Goldtearer via free agency, but little else happened in the Eagles camp over the winter.

Division Winner: Lake Town Archers

Dwarf Division
What more can be said about the juggernaut that is the Bucklebury Fairies? They've got two starters destined for the Hall of Fame, both just age 24, a left-handed closer that is among the best in the league, and the amazing catcher Scarlett *III who wins batting titles to go along with her prowess behind the plate. They didn't have to do anything to stay at the top of their game.

Moria finished above .500, but it was a disappointing season for the Miners. Injuries crippled the team early, and they never recovered. Without making any big moves in the offseason, Moria hopes to do in 2023 what they intended for 2022.

Bree is still betting on youngsters to carry the team, which they did to everyone's amazement last season, upsetting the Fairies and taking the Dwarf Division title. But in spite of some really fine young talent, the Cheese just don't seem to have the stuff to compete with Bucklebury and Moria...at least on paper.

Carrock's new owner has been quietly trying to pick up the pieces of the long-neglected Bears franchise. He didn't make many moves in the offseason (at least in the free agency or trade channels), but the Bears have a solid young foundation, and they finished above .500 last season for the first time since 2008, and they were only 15 games out of the race, which is the closest they have been since finishing 9 games back in 2005.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
The hurricane in the form of a new owner that struck the Grey Havens team has resulted in a house-cleaning and a lot of new faces. The Stars signed the most sought-after free agent, Fareand Elraralinde, along with others including Gibur Rockrender, Mosin Bunce, Bror Brickfist, Rowan Moss, and Denaumir Deneadur. They shed their star first baseman, Merilmir Knifecrawler, in favor of rookie slugger Flambard Roper. The Stars have the pitching and perhaps the hitting to go all the way.

Dunharrow will be in the thick of the Orc Division race as usual, despite having a disappointing 2022. The Devils were quite active in the offseason, but their activity seems to have been to gamble on veteran talent. They picked up a pair of 38-year-old pitchers, Niara Smoothflower and Quinn Ladygrass, in a trade with Rivendell, then signed 40-year-old Hamson Muddyfoot and 34-year-olds, Mungo Goldmaster and Durin Brickfoot, followed by 38-year-old Boris Ruano. Time will tell if these aging stars can give Dunharrow fans more than just a nostalgia fix.

Dead Marshes was fairly quiet in the offseason, only signing free agent closer Kim Bromburg and making a trade with Mirkwood for a young first baseman. The Uruk-hai have a solid foundation. It's up to the vagaries of the season to shape them into a winner or just another also-ran.

Misty Mountain defied prediction and won everything last year. The Hops made a few offseason moves, including getting Ditchdigger in trade, but they have not changed fundamentally from the team they were last season. Unless they make another stunning upset, we don't see Misty Mountain winning another title this year.

Division Winner: Grey Havens Stars

Goblin Division
Once again, Lothlorien is the team to beat in the Goblin Division...despite narrowly winning it last year in a 1-game playoff with Numenor. The Lumberjacks did not rest this offseason, shelling out big bucks to free agent pitcher, Wooley Badgerbadger, and acquiring a number of other players to go along with rising young stars like Pruudak the Plunderer and Pimpernel Brownlock.

Ravenhill didn't do much to improve its lot this offseason, but the Darkwings have a good shot at unseating the Lumberjeacks if they stay healthy.

Numenor came oh-so-close to regaining its glory last season, losing a 1-game playoff to Lothlorien. But the Kings hope to get back in the hunt this season and topple their rival.

Weathertop made a few moves in the offseason to improve the lot of the Witch Kings, but they are still expected to dwell in the Goblin Division cellar.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
The toughest division in baseball is still the toughest division in baseball to predict. On paper, Isengard and Minas Morgul are tied for the top spot in our poll, and Dagorlad is right behind them.

The Slayers are the youngest team in the league (average age 25.72, just a fraction younger than Bucklebury). They are also the fastest rising set of stars. Lilith *Blackbark, Tognar Ringworker, Friagorn Denihil, Chukky Kendrick, Hallalonn Gandillas, Goli Trollsnapper, Nesil Orebearer, Kedera Nightflower and Fareand Megilion are all 27 or younger.

Meanwhile, Isengard is the oldest team in the league (average age 30). But the Raiders have the dynamic duo of Ragnar *Stonecutter and Glomli of Erebor to go along with a fine pitching staff. Assuming they stay healthy, it's going to be another dogfight in the division.

Dagorlad shocked the world with their last minute upset of the Raiders in a 1-game playoff for the division last year. The Disaster's big move this season was to replace the retiring Tinelieth *Cutpurse with Snibb "The Pocket Rocket" *Ninwocket. *Ninwocket takes over as a leading arm in the starting rotation for Dagorlad.

Dol Guldur is not to be counted out. They made some free agent signings in the offseason and hope to stick around for a late season push. The Dragons have not finished above .500 in a while, however.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

SGCBL League Champion: Bucklebury Fairies

2023 Power Rankings
Bucklebury Fairies
Moria Miners
Minas Morgul Slayers
Grey Havens Stars
Isengard Raiders
Lake Town Archers
Dunharrow Devils
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Bywater Bounders
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Bree Cheese
Misty Mountain Hops
Ravenhill Darkwings
Carrock Bears
Dagorlad Disaster
Numenor Kings
Mirkwood Marauders
Dol Guldur Dragons
Minas Tirith Titans
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Weathertop Witch Kings
Rivendell Royals
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Erebor Eagles

January 31, 2011

SGCBL News: Spring Training Begins

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023: Spring training has arrived and the SGCBL is abuzz with championship possibilities. The quest for a world title begins now with teams making critical organizational choices. It's a time to assess depth, formulate preliminary scouting searches,...

January 23, 2011

Gamaiborn Gets Call From Hall

Sunday, January 1st, 2023: The Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame just added a fine first baseman and hitter to its number. The newest member of baseball's most elite group is Gandaugrin Gamaiborn, who recently retired at the age of 40....

Prilak Hammershaker Enters Hall Of Fame

Sunday, January 1st, 2023: For quite a few seasons Prilak Hammershaker unnerved batters as one of the best pitchers around. Yesterday it was his day for the jitters. The talented twirler became a baseball immortal as he was enshrined into...

December 17, 2010

Isengard's Glomli of Erebor Wins MC MVP

Friday, November 11th, 2022: Isengard center fielder, Glomli of Erebor, was named the Mordor MVP today in a fairly close vote over Buffy *Balrog Slayer and Udun *Saruman. Glomli, winner of this year's Sam Gamgee Batter, hit .348 with 51...

Scarlett *III Wins Third Straight MVP

Friday, November 11th, 2022: Today Bucklebury catcher, Scarlett *III, was voted the Shire Conference winner of the Aragorn Most Valuable Player Award for the third year in a row. It is her 4th overall in her 6-years as a major...

Brownlock Is MC's Rookie of the Year

Friday, November 11th, 2022: The brightest new star in the Mordor Conference has been named. The 2022 Frodo Rookie Award has been handed out to Lothlorien's left fielder Pimpernel Brownlock, who outshined all his first-year peers in the balloting and...

#1 Pitcher Picked for 2022

Friday, November 11th, 2022: An old hand in this game, Robert *Plant of the Weathertop Witch Kings silenced critics as well as he silenced the opposition this year by winning the Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. The 36-year-old starter threw...

Great Year Gets Glomli of Erebor MC Sam Gamgee Batter

Friday, November 11th, 2022: Isengard's Glomli of Erebor put the wraps on a fine campaign today by winning the 2022 Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. The 32-year-old veteran scorched the opposition with a .348 average, picking up 186 hits, 13...

Shire Conference Picks Best Rookie

Friday, November 11th, 2022: Rookies are supposed to be seen, but not heard. At least, that's how most veterans feel. But that's not the case with Bywater's Gameoden Celadriendel. He spoke up loudly and often this season on his way...

SC's Best Pitcher is Heartmasher

Friday, November 11th, 2022: The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2022 has been presented and the Shire Conference winner is Duudak Heartmasher of Bucklebury. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Heartmasher. "I just hope I can improve...

Shire Conference Top Batsman Is *III

Friday, November 11th, 2022: What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2022 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Shire Conference. It had already been a very special season for Bucklebury's Scarlett *III, but today's announcement...

December 16, 2010

Sjors Cheeseslicer Inducted into Hall Of Fame

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022: Sjors Cheeseslicer was the King of the Hill for many seasons in the Tolkien Baseball, retiring from baseball at age 40. Today the splendid hurler is standing even taller. Today he was inducted into the Hall...

Gimli Cloudskin Latest SGCBL HOF Inductee

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022: Today was a historic day that Gimli Cloudskin will never forget. The superb pitcher was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame alongside the great baseball immortals of the past. He was introduced by one...

Fyrith Gets Call From Hall

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022: The way Gollilmer Fyrith played baseball made the word "superstar" seem inadequate. He played the game at an even higher level and that's why he is now one of the immortals in the Tolkien Baseball Hall...

December 13, 2010

Hops Triumph in 2022 Return of the King Series

Monday, October 31st, 2022: How does it feel to win the Return of the King Series? "It's strange. Weird," is the way the Misty Mountain manager put it. "Like it was supposed to happen. Whenever something did happen, it didn't...

December 02, 2010

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022: The Tolkien Baseball playoffs begin today with the Fellowship Series. For one lucky team, destiny is not far away. Soon one of the playoff teams will win the Return of the King Series and be honored...

*Saruman Is MC Batting Champ

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022: For Udun *Saruman of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks, 2022 was a very good year. *Saruman nabbed the Mordor Conference batting championship with a .369 average. On the season, the 29-year-old third baseman registered 184 hits, 98 runs,...

Fairies Star Earns SC Bat Title

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022: Nobody in the Shire Conference outhit Scarlett *III this season. It became official today with the close of the regular season that the talented Bucklebury catcher was the best in the league. Her .365 average put...

November 29, 2010

Week's #1 Player Honored by MC

Monday, September 26th, 2022: Thurlla Norŕ had a week for the ages as he romped to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 38-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

This Week's Star Player is Lumsden

Monday, September 26th, 2022: 23-year-old Cele Lumsden sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Lumsden made the establishment sit...

November 18, 2010

Oakenshield of Carrock Crowned Best Player

Monday, September 19th, 2022: One of the league's most exciting young players, Bosur Oakenshield of the Carrock Bears earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

Barrage of Hits Gets Brownlock MC Award

Monday, September 19th, 2022: 25-year-old Pimpernel Brownlock sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Brownlock made the establishment sit...

November 15, 2010

MC's Top Player Named

Monday, September 12th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Shire Conference Winner is Eäradrieldur

Monday, September 12th, 2022: It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Shire Conference, but last week Boredriel Eäradrieldur of the Rivendell Royals reminded everyone just why he's here...

November 12, 2010

Starslobberer: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, September 5th, 2022: Pruudak Starslobberer of the Dol Guldur Dragons had an outstanding week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. For the week the 25-year-old right fielder batted .444 (12-27) with 5...

Proudfoot Week's Best Player

Monday, September 5th, 2022: So far in his young career, Olo Proudfoot has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Shire Conference in a big...

November 11, 2010

Kings Reliever Cops Pitching Award

Thursday, September 1st, 2022: Fosco Sandybanks has been around the league long enough to know that relievers are often overlooked. That has never stopped him from doing what he does best -- and he did it extremely well in August...

Heartmasher Picked as August's Pitcher of the Month

Thursday, September 1st, 2022: Duudak Heartmasher hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

Mordor Conference Picks August's Best Batter

Thursday, September 1st, 2022: Glomli of Erebor battered Mordor Conference pitchers all August and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day...

SC's #1 Batter Chosen

Thursday, September 1st, 2022: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 27-year-old Scarlett *III put together a solid offensive month for Bucklebury and was crowned August's top batter in the Shire Conference. She batted .398 with 9 home runs, 25...

November 08, 2010

MC Player of the Week Awarded

Monday, August 29th, 2022: At the age of 27, Friagorn Denihil might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul first baseman put up some exceptional...

Erebor's Silverbiter Gets SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 29th, 2022: Mefur Silverbiter demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Erebor center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

November 04, 2010

Player of the Week: Dunharrow's Buckland

Monday, August 22nd, 2022: Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Elanor Buckland was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dunharrow Devils third baseman hit .433 while collecting...

the Seer Selected SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 22nd, 2022: Suuol the Seer demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Moria first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing...

November 01, 2010

MC Player of the Week Named

Monday, August 15th, 2022: Arghren Glimmerhand is respected by most Misty Mountain Hops fans for his no-frills style of play. The 30-year-old catcher went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC's #1 Player, *Dogsbody of Bree

Monday, August 15th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Biggles *Dogsbody, the Bree third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

October 28, 2010

*Stonecutter Selected Player of the Week

Monday, August 8th, 2022: At the age of 29, Ragnar *Stonecutter might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the...

Shire Conference Announces #1 Player

Monday, August 8th, 2022: Teun Mulder, known affectionately as "the old man" by the younger players in the Titans clubhouse, showed his teammates how to do it last week -- and in the process the 37-year-old vet beat out all...

October 26, 2010

July's #1 Starter Named in MC

Monday, August 1st, 2022: Vralak Footpoker's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 6-0 in July, the 32-year-old Lothlorien hurler has been named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 42...

Gläldur Tabbed as July's Starter of the Month

Monday, August 1st, 2022: July's best hurler was Farauron Gläldur of Lake Town. He overwhelmed SC hitters all month long and captured the Pitcher of the Month award as he collected a 5-1 record in 6 starts. The 23-year-old Gläldur...

MC's Premier Batter Picked

Monday, August 1st, 2022: Buffy *Balrog Slayer battered Mordor Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day...

SC's #1 Batter Chosen

Monday, August 1st, 2022: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 27-year-old Scarlett *III put together a solid offensive month for Bucklebury and was crowned July's top batter in the Shire Conference. She batted .404 with 12 home runs, 36...

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, August 1st, 2022: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Glafur Puńal, the Dol Guldur Dragons 21-year-old right fielder, put himself...

Star of the Week Honored in SC

Monday, August 1st, 2022: One of the league's most exciting young players, Wart Wolfgobber of the Old Forest Merry Fellows earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week...

October 21, 2010

Star of the Week Selected in MC

Monday, July 25th, 2022: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Gorbadoc Overturf, the Isengard Raiders 24-year-old second baseman, put himself in...

Shire Conference Names Top Player

Monday, July 25th, 2022: Gloisil Orebreaker is respected by most Bucklebury Fairies fans for his no-frills style of play. The 21-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

October 18, 2010

Player of the Week: *Balrog Slayer of the Hops

Monday, July 18th, 2022: After all of Buffy *Balrog Slayer's years in baseball, some have suggested -- albeit very delicately -- that she should think about calling it quits. But the "mature adult," as she calls herself, showed last week...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Monday, July 18th, 2022: According to the voters, Rowan Fields of the Erebor Eagles had the best week of all Shire Conference hitters as he was named this week's Player of the Week. The center fielder's accomplishments include 11 hits...

MC Names Dragons Nosehammer Winner

Monday, July 11th, 2022: At the age of 26, Rigor Nosehammer might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dol Guldur third baseman put up some exceptional...

Super Week for Bucklebury's *III!

Monday, July 11th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team,...

October 14, 2010

Shire Evens All-Star Series With Blowout Win

LAKE TOWN - A packed house of 60,445 mostly Shire fans had plenty to cheer for in the 20th All-Star Game, as the Shire Conference blew away the Mordor squad with a 10-2 victory to even the number of wins...

Hall of Fame Inducts Rockbinder

Monday, July 4th, 2022: The baseball legends today welcomed to their exclusive club a new left fielder by the name of Ralin Rockbinder. His induction ceremony was held today at the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. "I remember thinking to...

Hall of Fame Inducts Starting Pitcher

Monday, July 4th, 2022: What a way to cap a glorious career -- get elected to the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. That's exactly what happened to pitching star, Sorrel Amblestar. The Baseball Writers Association rewarded him for his sensational...

October 11, 2010

MC's Star Player Named

Monday, July 4th, 2022: One of the league's most exciting young players, Frillf Elvora of the Numenor Kings earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

Oakenshield Week's #1 Player

Monday, July 4th, 2022: Bosur Oakenshield demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Carrock third baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

MC Selects Gwaimir June's Best Starter

Friday, July 1st, 2022: Veteran Voilin Gwaimir put together quite a successful stretch in June for the Dunharrow Devils, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Gwaimir racked up a 5-0 record in 7 starts, posting a...

SC #1 Pitcher in June is Bucklebury's Heartmasher

Friday, July 1st, 2022: Duudak Heartmasher hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

G. of Erebor Takes Best Bat Award in June

Friday, July 1st, 2022: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 31-year-old Glomli of Erebor put together a solid offensive month for Isengard and was crowned June's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .379 with 10 home runs,...

Demoneater Garners SC Batter of the Month Award

Friday, July 1st, 2022: When Gignar Demoneater stepped up to the plate in June, he did it with confidence and today he was honored with the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. The young Moria left fielder posted a...

September 30, 2010

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, June 27th, 2022: It is not an easy task to pick the best players for the annual baseball classic -- the All-Star Game. It is not possible to please everybody. Whether we agree or not, they have been chosen......

For the Shire Conference, the roster includes (* = 1st time All-Star):
Starters
SP Duudak 'Jugs' Heartmasher (BUC) - 11-4, 1.88 ERA, 161 K
C Scarlett 'Mawaan' *III (BUC) - .352, 17 HR, 57 RBI
1B Mablung 'the Venerable' Véneanár (MIR) - .367, 24 HR, 76 RBI
2B Trik Rider (CAR) - .326, 2 HR, 42 RBI
3B L. Rhond 'Rhondy' Hubbard (OF) - .337, 12 HR, 44 RBI
SS Celaugorn 'Funky' Ironworker (OF) - .237, 12 HR, 35 RBI
LF Huugdish Nosejuggler (BUC) - .289, 18 HR, 46 RBI
CF Vruugak 'Shaggy-Cheeked' Fareomer (MRA) - .249, 15 HR, 44 RBI
RF Ponto Bramble (BRE)* - .295, 22 HR, 70 RBI
Reserves
Bree: SP R. Bolger*, SP M. Eemli*
Bucklebury: SP J. Faroden*, CL I. Sandyman
Bywater: 1B G. Celadriendel*, SP D. Iceywater, MR C. Spikemangler
Carrock: 1B F. Gilmathien*
Erebor: SP W. Badgerbadger
Lake Town: LF G. Tinŕlindë*, SP P. Ettincrawler*, CL E. Noriand*
Minas Ithil: LF G. Wolfgobber*
Minas Tirith: SP S. the Crazy*
Moria: C S. Jack, 1B S. the Seer*, LF G. Demoneater*, SP N. the Drooler*, CL A. Elváril
Old Forest: CL K. Bromburg
Rivendell: 1B F. Goblinarm, F. Goodbody

For the Mordor Conference these players have been selected (* = 1st time All-Star):
Starters
SP Robert Plant (WT) - 9-1, 1.92 ERA
C Arghren Glimmerhand (MM) - .327, 11 HR, 56 RBI
1B Buffy 'the' Balrog Slayer (MM) - .381, 26 HR, 59 RBI
2B Gollomer Gauthor (WT) - .315, 16 HR, 49 RBI
3B Udun Saruman (LOT) - .354, 13 HR, 47 RBI
SS Tinielith Cutpurse (DAG) - .322, 9 HR, 58 RBI
LF Brandon 'Smash' Burrus (NUM)* - .308, 27 HR, 73 RBI
CF Glomli of Erebor (ISE) - .351, 28 HR, 63 RBI
RF Rhedry 'Bloodstained' Scimitar (RAV) - .306, 17 HR, 57 RBI
Reserves
Dead Marshes: LF S. the Indefatiguable, CL P. Mugworts*
Dol Guldur: SP F. Elraralindë, CL M. Moleman
Dunharrow: SS O. Black, SP V. Gwaimir*
Grey Havens: SP V. the Devastator*, CL A. Villa
Lothlorien: LF P. Brownlock*, SP V. Footpoker*, SP V. Rogers, SP T. Underhill*, CL E. Muddyfoot
Minas Morgul: C T. Ringworker*, 2B L. Blackbark, SP K. Nightflower
Misty Mountain: CL V. Forgedelver*
Ravenhill: LF S. Isauron*, 1B K. Elreodriel, SP B. Long Cleve
Weathertop: LF I. Ploughman, 3B G. Foemasher*

The SC manager conceded that not every deserving player is rewarded with a spot on the roster. "Every year," he said, "someone is disappointed to be left out. This year's no different -- too many good players, not enough roster spots."

Scimitar Wins MC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, June 27th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rhedry Scimitar, the Ravenhill right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Week's Best Player: Erebor's *Hammerfell

Monday, June 27th, 2022: It was a sweet day for Thovin *Hammerfell of the Erebor Eagles, who found out he has been named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. The Eagles center fielder put up a solid .550 average...

September 27, 2010

Black on Fire, Named Player of the Week

Monday, June 20th, 2022: Veteran Orgulas Black had a great week at the plate for the Devils to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 34-year-old Dunharrow second baseman built a .400...

SC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, June 20th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Sim Mulhall, the Carrock left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

September 23, 2010

Barrage of Hits Gets Glimmerhand MC Award

Monday, June 13th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Arghren Glimmerhand, the Misty Mountain catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Monday, June 13th, 2022: At the age of 26, Gamodoc Tinŕlindë might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Lake Town left fielder put up some exceptional...

September 20, 2010

MC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, June 6th, 2022: At the age of 31, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard center fielder put up some exceptional...

SC Awards Best Batter Prize to *III

Monday, June 6th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team,...

Underhill #1 MC Pitcher in May

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022: Lothlorien starter Tika Underhill really put the chill on opposing teams in May and today was acclaimed the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. She excelled with a 5-0 mark and 1.58 ERA in 6 starts....

Best Starter Chosen by Shire Conference

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022: In May, Jesse Faroden tore through the Shire Conference like a seasoned veteran -- quite impressive for a player only 23 years old. The young Bucklebury starter posted a 6-0 mark and an ERA of 2.18...

Misty Mountain's *Balrog Slayer Top MC Batter in May

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022: Buffy *Balrog Slayer battered Mordor Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day...

SC's Best Batter Selected

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 29-year-old Mablung *Véneanár put together a solid offensive month for Mirkwood and was crowned May's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .376 with 10 home runs, 26...

September 13, 2010

Week's Top Performer Honored by MC

Monday, May 30th, 2022: A battle-tested Buffy *Balrog Slayer declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran she is. Today the 35-year-old Misty Mountain first baseman collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Gŕndir Picked Best Player

Monday, May 30th, 2022: At the age of 32, Phaiar Gŕndir might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

September 09, 2010

MC's #1 Player Named

Monday, May 23rd, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

SC Premier Player Picked

Monday, May 23rd, 2022: At the age of 28, Huugdish Nosejuggler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury left fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

September 07, 2010

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Monday, May 16th, 2022: One of the few things certain about the 2022 first-year player draft is that it will be held 30 days from now. Today the SGCBL announced its list of players filing for the event, though little...

Silkpetal Honored by Mordor Conference

Monday, May 16th, 2022: At the age of 29, Sakura Silkpetal might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul right fielder put up some exceptional...

Player of the Week: Minas Tirith's Cotton

Monday, May 16th, 2022: Todo Cotton is respected by most Minas Tirith Titans fans for his no-frills style of play. The 25-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

September 02, 2010

Week's Premier Player: Dead Marshes's Gamgee

Monday, May 9th, 2022: In the twilight of her career, 36-year-old Petunia Gamgee of Dead Marshes recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing since...

Week's #1 Player Honored by SC

Monday, May 9th, 2022: One of the league's most exciting young players, Floria Gilmathien of the Carrock Bears earned herself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 24-year-old...

August 30, 2010

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, May 2nd, 2022: One of the league's most exciting young players, Muugak Livertrembler of the Dagorlad Disaster earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Monday, May 2nd, 2022: Suuol the Seer has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old first baseman of the Moria Miners had a pretty fair bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days...

Long Cleve Picked as April's Pitcher of the Month

Sunday, May 1st, 2022: It was a very good month for Born Long Cleve in April. The 38-year-old veteran starter for the Ravenhill Darkwings outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month...

April's #1 Hurler Announced: Bolger

Sunday, May 1st, 2022: Rabur Bolger's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in April, the 31-year-old Bree hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 60...

MC's Top Hitter Named

Sunday, May 1st, 2022: The most recent Mordor Conference Batter of the Month trophy was awarded to left fielder Brandon Burrus of the Numenor Kings. In April he stood head and shoulders above all other batters by hitting .353 with...

Moria First Baseman SC's Best Batter in April

Sunday, May 1st, 2022: The Batter of the Month honoree for April in the Shire Conference is Moria Miners first baseman Suuol the Seer. He showed no mercy as he finished the month with a .337 batting average, 13 home...

August 26, 2010

Isyrith Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, April 25th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Myrtai Isyrith, the Dagorlad left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps SC Reward

Monday, April 25th, 2022: It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Shire Conference, but last week Ponto Bramble of the Bree Cheese reminded everyone just why he's here...

August 23, 2010

Mordor Conference Names Top Player

Monday, April 18th, 2022: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Gorbadoc Overturf, the Isengard Raiders 24-year-old second baseman, put himself in...

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps SC Reward

Monday, April 18th, 2022: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team,...

August 19, 2010

Burrus Mordor Conference's Hottest Hitter

Monday, April 11th, 2022: Brandon Burrus demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Numenor left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

the Nasty Collects Player of the Week Award

Monday, April 11th, 2022: The 37-year-old Minas Ithil Wyrms first baseman might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Firbal the Nasty has been a reliable ballplayer,...

August 16, 2010

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Friday, April 1st, 2022: Opening Day! The day that fans and players have long been waiting to see has now arrived. Tolkien Baseball ushers in its 2022 season today and excitement across the league is high. These contests are set...

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Friday, April 1st, 2022: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old left fielder Isumbras Sandybanks of the Minas Ithil Wyrms is the #1 prospect...

August 14, 2010

2022 Predictions

With the Spring Training festivities winding down, it's time for another season of "Are you smarter than a 5th grade psychic?" We've put everything into an expensive, highly sophisticated algorithm and produced, frankly, the same kind of crap that we...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
It was an ugly year for the Elf Division last season, as Mirkwood limped into the playoffs as the first Shire Conference team ever to win a division with a losing record. The Marauders were two games under .500, but they were seven games ahead of Rivendell and a dismal division.

This season, Mirkwood hopes to extend their streak of three division pennants with a little more winning. While the team didn't make any moves during the off season, new hitting coach, Gamaund Gaimli, looks to put some life into their bats beyond Mablung *Véneanár. The relatively young pitching staff will be led by veteran Rundin Bloodytooth, Dosil Sandybanks (16-11 last year), and Ga Eärindel, who at age 23 is already a 5-year vet and 2-time All-Star.

Old Forest has improved their game somewhat since last season, even though their only real offseason moves were to pick up aging vets, Denaumir Deneadur and Haleodur Grilgol for the pitching staff and hire the newly retired Cinquefoil Boartooth as a bench coach. Still, there is quite a bit of talent coming up behind stars like Deneadur, Frodo Chubb, and Sjors Cheeseslicer. They just need some bats to go along with L. Rhond *Hubbard's.

Minas Tirith helped their cause tremdously by picking up free agents Foisil Belol, Skaiuk the Crazy and Drogo Tunnelkiller for their pitching staff, but 37-year old Teun Mulder is really their only hitting star.

Rivendell, a team that is supposedly rebuilding, made some curious moves during the offseason, purchasing free agents Hofur Goldcutter, Niara Smoothflower and Quinn Ladygrass...all 37-year old pitchers. Considering that their aces, Estagrel Bladeslinger and Mundin Elfplate are 38 and 39 respectively, there isn't much youth on the Royals' staff.

Division Winner: Mirkwood Marauders

Hobbit Division
Lake Town's rebuilding efforts paid off handsomely last season as the Archers went from worst to first and captured the division title, beating Bywater by a game. If anything, the team is even better positioned to win this year than last, as young stars like Farauron Gläldur, Lol Iggette, Gamodoc Tinŕlindë, Muskrat *Ramble, Gamella Pender, Arwauden Earalinde and Kuuggek Eowiowyn are joined by free agent pickups, Elrialob Noriand, Floror Anándel and veterans Tubur Trollsnapper and Shaglakh the Devastator, acquired in trades.

There's no doubt about it, Bywater is old. The Bounders are still the equal of Lake Town, but this might be the last hurrah for the team unless they get a shot of new talent. The old familiar stars will be there, though, as Bromburg, *L'pu, and company vie for the division title.

Minas Ithil doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and the tragic career-ending injury to Balin Bloodspear this spring seems to have cast a dark shadow over the Wyrms.

Erebor keeps trying to get on track, picking up some vets during the offseason, including Terra Treegirl. A nice trade with Dunharrow saw the pick-up of hot, young prospect, Duudak Throatprodder, so the future for the Eagles is looking brighter.

Division Winner: Lake Town Archers

Dwarf Division
After their amazing run last season, the Bucklebury Fairies didn't have to do much. However, they added closer Isengrim Sandyman to an already terrific pitching staff in a trade with Dagorlad. Heartmasher, Minthrandir and friends will keep Shire Conference batters guessing all year, and Scarlett *III should continue her dominance at the plate.

Moria continues to improve, despite losing Shaglakh the Devastator to free agency. The Miners made a huge signing with a contract for Isiclya Belurion to lead their rotation. Look for youngster, Arwuma Elváril, to shine this year.

Bree is still putting the pieces together for a return to glory. The Cheese are building from within the organization, and they're looking stronger each year. The only question will be whether their older vets, like Spleenwhomper and *Dogsbody, will still be around when the youngsters mature.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
The traditionally close Orc Division has been dominated by Dunharrow the past, and the Devils still have an amazing lineup of talent, including Yvestil Ala'Niel, Freodriel Eärémbor, Orgulas Black, Elanor Buckland, Imcir Imcirion, Jiminy *Monkeybone, Mimosa Goodrich and the newly acquired Voilin Gwaimir. This doesn't look like the year when things get a little tighter in the division.

Grey Havens has signed a bevy of free agents, including Cristian Estrella, Wilibald Oathsnapper and Galealbo Elvŕwen. The problem is that Elvŕwen, 40, is hurt and won't pitch for the first part of the season. The Stars still have Merilmir Knifecrawler, Aragon *the Chaste, Ariel Villa and others, but for a rebuilding team, it's still very old.

Dead Marshes is still a mix of old and new talent. The Uruk-hai picked up a new pitching coach, but not much else has changed.

Misty Mountain is still putting the pieces together for a run at the top. They picked up free agent shortstop Thaithor Lómithien, but mostly it's been all about growing new players down on the farm.

Division Winner: Dunharrow Devils

Goblin Division
Lothlorien is still the team to beat, but the rapidly aging Lumberjacks only significant moves over the winter were to grab Agnes Fernia and Vralak Footpoker out of the free agent pool.

Meanwhile, Ravenhill was busy even before getting their new GM. They signed some veterans like Born Long Cleve and Hudash Elfprodder to go along with the bats of Tom *Dill and Rhedry Scimitar in the hopes of unseating Lothlorien as division champs.

Numenor's big signing this offseason was for future Hall of Fame pitcher, Hallalonn Brilhirion. However, the Kings still have a long way to go before they gain regain their dominance.

Weathertop is still in transition, but they are a much younger team than any of their division rivals. In a season or two (or if the older teams break down with injuries), the Witch Kings could upset the apple cart.

Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

Troll Division
This was the division with the most competition last year, as all four teams battled for the top spot. The young Minas Morgul Slayers had a good run at the division title, finishing just three games out, but they made it all the way to the Two Towers Series as the Wild Card. The Slayers are primed to take the division this season, as young stars like Lilith *Blackbarck, Friagorn Denihil, Tonar Ringworker and Sakura Silkpetal mature into great players.

Isengard is still a divisional powerhouse with the likes of Ragnar *Stonecutter, Glomli of Erebor, Frohil Anebrildur, Gorbadoc Overturf, Inigo Montoya, Sim Banks, Renato Morales, Deallyra Undomiel, Michale Fimir and Vinar Ringsmith. But the Raiders are starting to look a little old, and they desperately need more pitching to go along with their explosive bats.

Dol Guldur is one of the oldest teams in the league. The Dragons boast some Hall of Fame type stars, like Gollilmer Fyrith, Herman *Slobberknocker, Sortai Guril, Samwise Peatfingers, Tanta Chubb, Gragar Drowslobberer and Dejatok Belebrildur, but none of them (other than *Slobberknocker) is under the age of 35.

Dagorlad is looking toward the future. The most significant sign of that was the trade that sent their closer, Isengrim Sandyman, to Bucklebury for young Muugak Livertrembler. They also made a big deal with Carrock for 23-year old catcher Haran the Insane that won't pay dividends until a year or two down the road. Still, the Disaster will be in the hunt as a younger team, like Minas Morgul, trying to move forward.

Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Wild Card: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers

SGCBL League Champion: Bucklebury Fairies

2022 Power Rankings
Bucklebury Fairies
Minas Morgul Slayers
Moria Miners
Isengard Raiders
Lake Town Archers
Bywater Bounders
Mirkwood Marauders
Ravenhill Darkwings
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Dunharrow Devils
Grey Havens Stars
Bree Cheese
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Dol Guldur Dragons
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Carrock Bears
Misty Mountain Hops
Dagorlad Disaster
Numenor Kings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Minas Tirith Titans
Rivendell Royals
Weathertop Witch Kings
Erebor Eagles

July 01, 2010

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Sunday, November 21st, 2021: Free agency is upon us. Teams, players and pundits who follow Tolkien Baseball will be thrust headlong into a whirlpool of intrigue and uncertainty. The free agent signing period will continue throughout the off-season as some...

June 25, 2010

Elrond Managers Named

League officials today announced the winners of this year's Elrond Manager of the Year awards in both Conferences. For the Shire, Lake Town's skipper, Papa Bear, took home the trophy for guiding the Archers to a 97-66 record, improving over...

June 24, 2010

Isengard's Ragnar *Stonecutter Named MVP

Friday, November 5th, 2021: Ragnar *Stonecutter took home the Mordor Aragorn MVP award today, putting a cap on his amazing season. The Isengard outfielder hit .412, becoming the third player in league history to top .400 and setting the record...

Scarlett *III Wins Shire MVP Again!

Friday, November 5th, 2021: For the second year in a row, Bucklebury catcher Scarlett *III has won the Shire Conference Aragorn MVP trophy after once again being named the Sam Gamgee Batter winner for her .396 batting average, 43 HR...

Dunharrow Wins MC Gandalf Pitcher Award

Friday, November 5th, 2021: With speculation about her retirement gaining steam last offseason, Devils ace Yvestil Ala'Niel had something to prove. She proved it in award-winning style as she accepted the Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award today. The veteran Dunharrow...

Ragnar *Stonecutter Picked MC's Best Hitter

Friday, November 5th, 2021: What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2021 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Mordor Conference. It had already been a very special season for Isengard's Ragnar *Stonecutter, but today's announcement...

Heartmasher Named SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Winner

Friday, November 5th, 2021: The Bucklebury clubhouse staff referred to him as "the kid" this season. Next year Duudak Heartmasher will have to have a new nickname. He earned it after winning the 2021 Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. Heartmasher...

Scarlett *III Chosen SC's Best Hitter

Friday, November 5th, 2021: Scarlett *III has been around Tolkien Baseball enough to know a good hot streak when she sees one -- and she got to see one firsthand all year. For her standout run through the 2021 season,...

June 17, 2010

Raiders Top Fairies

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021: They did it! The Isengard Raiders are the best team in the Tolkien Baseball! They did it by knocking off the Bucklebury Fairies 5-4 today at The Fairie Dome to win the Return of the King...

June 07, 2010

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Thursday, September 30th, 2021: The teams who survived the hard battles of the regular season now begin their new campaign -- the postseason! The playoffs begin today in Tolkien Baseball as the Fellowship Series commences with these match-ups of clubs...

Scarlett *III Is SC Swing King

Thursday, September 30th, 2021: Scarlett *III of the Bucklebury Fairies was named Shire Conference batting champion yesterday. The 26-year-old catcher hit .396 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs during the 2021 campaign, collecting 218 hits in 551 at-bats, while...

Heartmasher Gets SC Triple Crown

Thursday, September 30th, 2021: If Duudak Heartmasher doesn't win the Gandalf Pitcher Award this year, someone's going to call for a recount! Duudak wrapped up one of the rarest feats in baseball -- the pitching triple crown! He topped all...

Raiders *Stonecutter Hits .412

Thursday, September 30th, 2021: Ragnar *Stonecutter put up some astounding numbers in 2021. When the smoke cleared, he had put up a scorching .412 average for the season. *Stonecutter, 28, racked up 230 hits, including 11 doubles, 1 triples and...

June 03, 2010

Minas Morgul's Denihil MC's Best

Monday, September 27th, 2021: At the age of 26, Friagorn Denihil might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

Brandewyn of Rohan Player of the Week

Monday, September 27th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Brandewyn of Rohan, the Moria third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

May 31, 2010

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, September 20th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Myrtai Isyrith, the Dagorlad right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

*L'pu Honored by Shire Conference

Monday, September 20th, 2021: Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods Capture Triple A Championships

Thursday, September 16th, 2021: Taur e-Ndaedelos did well in regular season play, but they did even better in the postseason -- they won the whole shebang, finishing off the Cirdan Stars in the Triple A Championships 4-1 to claim the...

May 27, 2010

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps MC Reward

Monday, September 13th, 2021: Bror Brickfist showed showed his stuff this past week as the veteran rode a hot streak all the way to Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The 35-year-old Stars third baseman compiled a .429 average...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, September 13th, 2021: Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

May 24, 2010

Kendrick Week's Top Player

Monday, September 6th, 2021: So far in his young career, Chukky Kendrick has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Mordor Conference in a big...

Nosejuggler Wins SC Best Player Award

Monday, September 6th, 2021: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Huugdish Nosejuggler was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bucklebury Fairies left fielder hit .485 while collecting...

Snowthorns Triumph in 2021 Single A Championships

Saturday, September 4th, 2021: The celebrations have begun. The streets are alive with people and the confetti is flying. The Southfarthing Snowthorns have done it -- they won the 2021 Single A Championships. The Snowthorns defeated the Ettenmoors Eruption 6-3...

Withywindle Weirdos Win Double A Championships

September 4th, 2021: You could hear the cheering all over Withywindle as the Weirdos secured the final out of a 6-3 win over the Gorgoroth Ghosts to capture the 2021 SGCBL Double A Double A Championships 4-1. It was the...

Footpoker Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021: As Vralak Footpoker hoisted up the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month trophy for August, rumors have already begun to swirl about whether he will leave Dol Guldur once his contract is up at the end...

Heartmasher Acclaimed Top Pitcher in August

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021: Duudak Heartmasher hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

*Stonecutter Wins MC Prize, Named Best Hitter in August

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021: Ragnar *Stonecutter battered Mordor Conference pitchers all August and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

SC's #1 Batter Chosen

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021: When Gorbadoc Bracegirdle stepped up to the plate in August, he did it with confidence and today he was honored with the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. The young Bucklebury designated hitter posted a...

May 20, 2010

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, August 30th, 2021: One of the league's most exciting young players, Isumbras Bauwyn of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

Gilmathien Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 30th, 2021: So far in her young career, Floria Gilmathien has kept a low profile, but after her performance at the plate last week, she attracted the notice of the rest of the Shire Conference in a big...

May 17, 2010

*Stonecutter: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, August 23rd, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Merry Fellows Cele "Trapper" Lumsden Wins SC Award

Monday, August 23rd, 2021: So far in his young career, Cele Lumsden has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Shire Conference in a big...

May 13, 2010

MC Names Darkwings Scimitar Winner

Monday, August 16th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rhedry Scimitar, the Ravenhill right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Scarlett *III Caps Great Week

Monday, August 16th, 2021: At the age of 26, Scarlett *III might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury catcher put up some exceptional numbers the...

May 10, 2010

Mordor Conference Announces #1 Player

Monday, August 9th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rhodric Grothor, the Dagorlad shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

*Goodbody of Rivendell Player of the Week

Monday, August 9th, 2021: One of the league's most exciting young players, Foundling *Goodbody of the Rivendell Royals earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 24-year-old...

April 29, 2010

Week's Top Performer Honored by MC

Monday, August 2nd, 2021: At the age of 26, Friagorn Denihil might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

Blacktooth Honored by Shire Conference

Monday, August 2nd, 2021: Ugbag Blacktooth had a week for the ages as he romped to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 38-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

*Plant Nabs MC #1 Pitcher Award

Sunday, August 1st, 2021: It was a very good month for Robert *Plant in July. The 35-year-old veteran starter for the Weathertop Witch Kings outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Best Starter Chosen by Shire Conference

Sunday, August 1st, 2021: In July, Duudak Heartmasher tore through the Shire Conference like a seasoned veteran -- quite impressive for a player only 22 years old. The young Bucklebury starter posted a 4-0 mark and an ERA of 2.52...

Misty Mountain's *Balrog Slayer Top MC Batter in July

Sunday, August 1st, 2021: Though her face is weathered and her hands are calloused, Buffy *Balrog Slayer can still get it done in Tolkien Baseball. In fact, the 34-year-old first baseman for Misty Mountain was named the Mordor Conference Batter...

SC Announces Outstanding Batter Award

Sunday, August 1st, 2021: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 26-year-old Scarlett *III put together a solid offensive month for Bucklebury and was crowned July's top batter in the Shire Conference. She batted .433 with 9 home runs, 27...

April 26, 2010

Week's #1 Player: Misty Mountain's Calafalas

Monday, July 26th, 2021: Veteran Idril Calafalas had a great week at the plate for the Hops to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Misty Mountain right fielder built a...

Week's Best Player: Bucklebury's *III

Monday, July 26th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team,...

April 22, 2010

Boreahil Selected Top Player

Monday, July 19th, 2021: Saravin Boreahil burst onto the Mordor Conference stage in a big way last week. This promising rookie right fielder for Grey Havens garnered everyone's respect by putting up some remarkable numbers and picking up the Player...

Super Week for Bucklebury's Moraden!

Monday, July 19th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Lumdor Moraden, the Bucklebury first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

April 20, 2010

Boreahil of Grey Havens Player of the Week

Monday, July 12th, 2021: One of the league's most exciting young players, Saravin Boreahil of the Grey Havens Stars earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the...

Mablung *Véneanár Wins SC Trophy

Monday, July 12th, 2021: Mablung *Véneanár is respected by most Mirkwood Marauders fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week...

Another Big All-Star Win for the Shire

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021: After last year's 11-3 victory, the Shire Conference was looking for more, and they got it, pounding out 16 hits and a 6-run 7th inning to defeat the Mordor squad, 10-5. The Mordor team started off...

April 19, 2010

Drogo Boffin Joins the Hall of Fame

Monday, July 5th, 2021: Someone once said, "There's no crying in baseball." But the tears were flowing in abundance today at the Hall of Fame induction of baseball great Drogo Boffin. They were tears of joy. The superstar hurler got...

April 15, 2010

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, July 5th, 2021: Veteran Fulgor Flashheart had a great week at the plate for the Lumberjacks to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Lothlorien shortstop built a .458 average...

Player of the Week Trophy to *III

Monday, July 5th, 2021: At the age of 26, Scarlett *III might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bucklebury catcher put up some exceptional numbers the...

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Sunday, July 4th, 2021: It's that time of the season again, when the best of the best battle it out for Tolkien Baseball bragging rights. Yes, its time for the annual All-Star game! The Shire Conference All-Stars will take on...

Leading the way for the Shire Conference All-Stars will be (* 1st time All-Star):

Starters
SP Duudak 'Juggs' Heartmasher (BUC) - 16-2, 1.69 ERA, 177 K
C Scarlett 'Mawaan' III (BUC) - .378, 27 HR, 62 RBI
1B Mablung 'the Venerable' Véneanár (MIR) - .317, 21 HR, 72 RBI
2B Muugak Livertrembler (BUC)* - .303, 16 HR, 60 RBI
3B L. Rhond 'Rhondy' Hubbard (OF)* - .351, 25 HR, 73 RBI
SS Celaugorn 'Funky' Ironworker (OF)* - .302, 11 HR, 47 RBI
LF Huugdish Nosejuggler (BUC) - .298, 26 HR, 53 RBI
CF Phaiar Gŕndir (MIR) - .309, 32 HR, 89 RBI
RF Foundling Goodbody (RIV) - .301, 20 HR, 68 RBI

Reserves
Bree: MR G. Fionduil
Bucklebury: SP B. Long Cleve, CL D. Tunnelkiller
Bywater: LF B. Stoneteeth*, SP D. Iceywater, MR C. Spikemangler*
Carrock: 2B T. Rider
Erebor: CF R. Fields*, SP W. Badgerbadger*
Lake Town: 3B M. Ramble*, CL G. Elfhand*
Minas Ithil: SP D. Earunduil*, CL T. Lomadriendir*
Moria: 3B B. of Rohan, CF V. Fareomer, C S. Jack
Old Forest: LF W. Wolfgobber, SP F. Chubb
Rivendell: CL P. Gonzales*

While the Mordor Conference will feature these star players (* 1st time All-Star):

Starters
SP Yvestil Ala'Niel (DUN) - 9-5, 2.15 ERA, 123 K
C Friagorn Denihil (MIN)* - .331, 14 HR, 75 RBI
1B Lilith Blackbark (MIN)* - .343, 2 HR, 32 RBI, 33 SB
2B Herman 'The Hammer' Slobberknocker (DG) - .303, 19 HR, 59 RBI
3B Udun Saruman (LOT) - .398, 23 HR, 63 RBI
SS Ragnar 'Mini Me' Stonecutter (ISE) - .463, 17 HR, 62 RBI
LF Sarukh the Indefatiguable (DM) - .380, 25 HR, 60 RBI
CF Glomli of Erebor (ISE) - .311, 25 HR, 67 RBI
RF Freodriel Eärémbor (DUN) - .368, 13 HR, 78 RBI

Reserves
Dagorlad: RF M. Isyrith, CL I. Sandyman
Dead Marshes: SP A. Antslammer*
Dol Guldur: 1B G. Fyrith, SP F. Elraralindë
Dunharrow: C I. Imcirion, SP F. Belol
Grey Havens: CL A. Villa*
Isengard: 2B G. Overturf*, RF M. Fimir, MR F. Anebrildur*
Lothlorien: SP V. Rogers, SP S. Walczak, MR E. Muddyfoot*
Minas Morgul: SP B. Cavernmasher*, MR H. Gandillas*
Numenor: 3B F. Elvora
Ravenhill: RF R. Scimitar, 1B K. Elreodriel*

Rogers Wins Best MC Pitcher

Thursday, July 1st, 2021: Veteran Vincent Rogers put together quite a successful stretch in June for the Lothlorien Lumberjacks, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Rogers racked up a 6-0 record in 6 starts, posting a...

Bucklebury's Starter Receives SC Pitching Award

Thursday, July 1st, 2021: When Duudak Heartmasher takes the hill, there's a good chance for a Bucklebury victory. At least that's the way it was in May. He excelled with a 5-0 mark and a 1.47 ERA in 7 starts,...

*Stonecutter Snags MC Batting Honor in June

Thursday, July 1st, 2021: Ragnar *Stonecutter battered Mordor Conference pitchers all June and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

June's SC Batter of Month Award Announced

Thursday, July 1st, 2021: Hot-hitting left fielder Wart Wolfgobber of the Old Forest Merry Fellows really pounded opposing pitchers in June and collected Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors. He hit .383 with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs...

April 12, 2010

Mordor Conference Names Top Player

Monday, June 28th, 2021: Freodriel Eärémbor is respected by most Dunharrow Devils fans for his no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC Trophy Goes to Stoneteeth of Bywater

Monday, June 28th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Boli Stoneteeth, the Bywater left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

April 09, 2010

Stonesmith Selected Top Player

Monday, June 21st, 2021: Veteran Dravid Stonesmith had a great week at the plate for the Lumberjacks to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Lothlorien center fielder built a .636...

Week's Premier Player: Bucklebury's *III

Monday, June 21st, 2021: One of the league's most exciting young players, Scarlett *III of the Bucklebury Fairies earned herself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old...

April 08, 2010

SGCBL News: First-Year Player Draft

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021: The scouting reports are in. Baseball officials have spent endless hours, days and weeks debating and agonizing over which first-year players should be drafted. Some guys do it scientifically, while the grizzled old pros go by...

April 05, 2010

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Monday, June 14th, 2021: At the age of 32, Brandewyn of Rohan might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria third baseman put up some exceptional...

*Dill Picked Best Player

Monday, June 14th, 2021: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Tom *Dill, the Ravenhill Darkwings 21-year-old catcher, put himself in the...

April 01, 2010

MC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, June 7th, 2021: At the age of 27, Sarukh *the Indefatiguable might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dead Marshes left fielder put up some...

Great Week for Mirkwood's Boinar Clubwalker

Monday, June 7th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Boinar Clubwalker, the Mirkwood catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

Ala'Niel Snags MC Top Hurler Trophy

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021: Veteran Yvestil Ala'Niel put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Dunharrow Devils, earning herself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Ala'Niel racked up a 4-2 record in 7 starts, posting a...

Fairies Hurler Named May's #1 Starter

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021: Duudak Heartmasher hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some...

Dunharrow's Eärémbor Acclaimed Best MC Hitter

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021: It's official. BNN writers have voted Freodriel Eärémbor of the Dunharrow Devils the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award for May. During the month he recorded a .377 average with 7 home runs, 29 RBIs...

*III Grabs SC Best Batter Award for May

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021: Scarlett *III battered Shire Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

March 29, 2010

Great Week for Dead Marshes's Sarukh *the Indefatiguable

Monday, May 31st, 2021: At the age of 27, Sarukh *the Indefatiguable might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dead Marshes left fielder put up some...

SC Names Top Player of the Week

Monday, May 31st, 2021: Drigrin Lightningfoot demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bree first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

March 26, 2010

Great Week for Numenor's Frillf Elvora

Monday, May 24th, 2021: Frillf Elvora has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old third baseman of the Numenor Kings had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, May 24th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Huugdish Nosejuggler, the Bucklebury left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

March 22, 2010

*Saruman Pounds MC Pitchers This Week

Monday, May 17th, 2021: Udun *Saruman kept his eye on the ball last week and now all eyes are on him. The Lothlorien Lumberjacks third baseman easily swung his way to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award with...

Rivendell First Baseman Nets SC Award

Monday, May 17th, 2021: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rulg the Rude, the Rivendell first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Sunday, May 16th, 2021: Tolkien Baseball announced the 2021 amateur draft pool today, a scant 30 days in advance of the actual draft. For scouts, it is the toughest challenge of the season, trying to come up with an educated...

9-Game Suspensions for Tunnelly-Gandillas Fight

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021: In an announcement today, the league informed Olo Tunnelly of Minas Morgul and Aremer Gandillas of Dagorlad that they both had been suspended 9 games for fighting in a recent game. The league president told them,...

March 18, 2010

MC's Top Player Named

Monday, May 10th, 2021: His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but 36-year-old Boris Ruano of the Numenor Kings is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The veteran...

SC Trophy Goes to *III of Bucklebury

Monday, May 10th, 2021: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what she's got. Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury Fairies 25-year-old catcher, put herself in the...

March 15, 2010

Irene Captures MC Award

Monday, May 3rd, 2021: Irene Ploughman demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Weathertop left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Week's #1 Player: Lake Town's Oakenslayer

Monday, May 3rd, 2021: A battle-tested Palin Oakenslayer declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Lake Town shortstop collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He...

MC Selects Rookie Star of the Month

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: Gorbadoc Overturf is still a bit shy, but then, who could blame the newest Mordor Conference Rookie of the Month honoree? He hasn't been around the league long enough to fully know the ropes yet, despite...

Shire Conference Names Rookie of Month

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: Boredriel Eäradrieldur earned April's Rookie of the Month honors in the Shire Conference for last month's performance. The boyish Rivendell second baseman might be wet behind the ears, but he's proving that he has what it...

MC Honors April's #1 Pitcher

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: Whether Foisil Belol stays in Dunharrow beyond this season remains to be seen, but while he's here he's making the most of it. In April the 31-year-old certainly pulled out all the stops by winning the...

April's Top Starter is Heartmasher

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: In April Bucklebury starter, Duudak Heartmasher really put the strong arm on the other Shire Conference teams and hauled in the Pitcher of the Month trophy. He did it with an impressive 5 wins and 2...

Fimir Wins MC Prize, Named Best Hitter in April

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: Michale Fimir of the Isengard Raiders stood out in April with a .356 batting average against Mordor Conference pitchers to land him the Batter of the Month award. The 30-year-old right fielder totaled 11 home runs,...

*Hubbard Crowned Top SC Hitter in April

Saturday, May 1st, 2021: L. Rhond *Hubbard of the Old Forest Merry Fellows had a field day with Shire Conference pitchers last month and was crowned the Batter of the Month as a result. During April he compiled a .369...

March 11, 2010

MC Star of the Week Chosen

Monday, April 26th, 2021: At the age of 30, Michale Fimir might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard right fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

SC Player of the Week, *Hubbard of Old Forest

Monday, April 26th, 2021: L. Rhond *Hubbard demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Old Forest third baseman wreaked havoc on...

March 08, 2010

Player of the Week: Dol Guldur's Fyrith

Monday, April 19th, 2021: In the twilight of his career, 36-year-old Gollilmer Fyrith of Dol Guldur recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing since...

SC's Best Player Named

Monday, April 19th, 2021: There's no arguing that 37-year-old Thaithor Lómithien has paid his dues and this this week he collected. The Minas Tirith Titans shortstop had one of the best weeks of his career and captured the Shire Conference...

March 04, 2010

MC Names Stars Brickfist Winner

Monday, April 12th, 2021: Bror Brickfist, known affectionately as "the old man" by the younger players in the Stars clubhouse, showed his teammates how to do it last week -- and in the process the 35-year-old vet beat out all...

*Jack Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, April 12th, 2021: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Splinter *Jack was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Moria Miners catcher hit .500 while collecting 11...

March 01, 2010

2021 Predictions

Another year, another set of the most amazing predictions this side of Kreskin... In 2019, we only got one pick right in the Shire Conference, but last year proved us wrong on all counts in the Shire. We did pick...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Despite losing a couple of veterans and only picking up two major free agents in the offseason (Grimag the Insane and Fosco Bramble), the Marauders are even younger and stronger than they were last season. The vets they got in free agency give them a bullpen lefty that saved more games for Rivendell than their own closer did last year and an experienced third baseman whose power, while waning, is still not gone. They still have a killer lineup that features Mablung *Véneanár (.328, 41 HR, 144 RBI, 29 SB) and Phaiar Gŕndir (.325, 39 HR, 115 RBI) and the still dominant Rundin Bloodytooth (16-6, 2.58 ERA).

At the top, the Royals are pretty much the same team as last year (minus Grimag the Insane), but they have slowly improved the bench, giving them a bit more depth than they have had. Still, the 22-year-old Foundling *Goodbody is the only fresh face in a sea of aging veterans. As long as they last, Elfplate, Deneadur, Bladeslinger and Goblinarm will give Rivendell their all, but look for the team to start unloading the old guys soon.

Old Forest is another team that is full of players seeing their last days in uniform. In fact, they even managed to coax Hall of Famer Frodo Chubb out of retirement for one more year. Young L. Rhond *Hubbard, 22, is all alone in the kiddie section of the retirement home.

Finally, for Minas Tirith it is definitely a rebuilding year. They picked up a couple of geezers in catcher Minta Sandyman and outfielder Teun Mulder, but those are just to give the fans something to talk about while the youngsters develop.

Division winner: Mirkwood Marauders

Hobbit Division
Bywater went through the offseason without making a significant signing, yet they are poised to be one of the best teams in the league. Through careful switch outs of old players for new, the average age of the Bounders hasn't changed a bit. And they still have the pitching and hitting stars--like Glodunter Bromburg, Dilir Iceywater, Elendil *L'pu and Boli Stoneteeth--to keep themselves far ahead of the competition.

Erebor is about where they were last season in terms of overall ratings. The Wild Card team for the Shire still has the same set of players, just another year older and wiser.

Minas Ithil, on the other hand, has gotten quite a bit better, and they will be on the heels of the Eagles in the division race. The Wyrms picked up Balin Bloodspear and closer Tagnash Lomadriendir in the offseason to give them more in the lineup and in the 'pen.

Lake Town is rebuilding, and they are significantly better (and significantly younger) than they have been in a long time. They are still a ways off from contention, but Papa Bear has the Archers on the road to recovery.

Division Winner: Bywater Bounders

Dwarf Division
There is no doubt about it. If they stay healthy, the Fairies will blow everyone away. Bucklebury is pure talent from top to bottom, an amazing mix of young talent and crafty veterans. Led by Scarlett *III (.386, 46 HR, 127 RBI), the team has 6 players who had 20+ HR last season. The rotation is topped by Gandalf Award winner, Elladan Mithrandir (23-8, 2.64 ERA) and Duudak Heartmasher (21-5, 2.31 ERA).

Moria is essentially the same team as last year, but their years of slowly building is starting to pay dividends. Look for youngsters like 22-year-old pitcher Arwuma Elváril to blossom this year. If Bucklebury slips, the Miners are there to jump into the gap.

Bree is actually at the lowest point we've seen in one of these surveys since the start of the league. The Cheese are rebuilding, and while some vets hang on to keep them in the game, it's really all about the developing talent in the minors.

Carrock is still Carrock. The Bears are a little bit younger this year, but not much. They still have 10 players over 30 in their top 25, and 5 of them are 35+.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dunharrow hasn't really changed much this year...which means they are still the most powerful team in their division. The average age of the Devils went down a little bit, but basically they are the same squad that dominates with pitching from the likes of Yvestil Ala'Niel, Foisil Belol, and Isiclya Belurion, and with hitting stars like Jiminy *Monkeybone and Freodriel Earembor. They did, however, lose their closer, Tigan Trollhead, to free agency. So, there is a gap in the bullpen that needs to be filled.

Grey Havens is almost exactly where they were at the start of last season...same age range, same overall ratings...but the Stars picked up one of the top hitters in the league in Merilmir Knifecrawler (.316, 24 HR, 73 RBI). It will be interesting to see if Knifecrawler can carry the team on his back, especially in this always tough division.

Coming up in a hurry is Dead Marshes. The Uruk-hai went on a spending spree this winter, acquiring pitchers Palin Trollworker, Tigan Trollhead, Adrian Rodrigues, Andrack Antslammer, and Warren Holton, outfielder Isumbras Bauwyn, and infielders Petunia Gamgee and Mim Marblerage. They didn't exactly buy a title, but they certainly made a downpayment on one. We don't see them as a serious threat for the Devils, yet, but if Dunharrow has injuries and/or don't fill that closer gap, anything can happen.

Misty Mountain has slipped a bit in power, but their GM realizes that they need to get some fresh blood in there. The team's average age has gone down a bit, and the Hops can definitely be seen to be a rebuilding team this year.

Division Winner: Dunharrow Devils

Goblin Division
Lothlorien has gotten a little better this year, basically from the bench. Their core of top players remains the same as it has been for a few years. Will age catch up with the Lumberjacks? Well, we've been waiting for that to happen for a couple of seasons now, yet they keep on trucking.

Numenor has made quite a few improvements in their quest to topple Lothlorien. Look for young infielder, Frillf Elvora, to come into his own this year.

Ravenhill hasn't really done much besides get older and lose stars like Rhedry Scimitar and Ishwush the Basher. Tom *Dill is the only bright spot for the Darkwings.

Weathertop looks significantly worse on paper this year compared to last, but they also have a pretty good mix of young players. The Witch Kings keep rebuilding.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
The toughest division to call is the Troll Division. Isengard is still the dominant force, despite losing Knifecrawler to free agency. However, Dol Guldur, Dagorlad and a resurging Minas Morgul will give them fits all year.

The average age of the Raiders has gone down a bit from the start of last season. They're still one of the oldest teams, top to bottom, but they're also among the most talented. Glomli of Erebor (.380, 49 HR, 146 RBI) and Ragnar *Stonecutter (.358, 39 HR, 127 RBI) will make up for the loss of Knifecrawler, and Sim Banks and Vinar Ringsmith should join Renato Morales in making up for the loss of Adrian Rodrigues.

Dol Guldur shelled out the bucks to keep Gollilmer Fyrith around, and they're hoping that a powerful bench and bullpen will keep them near the top all season.

Minas Morgul has invested heavily in youth for a few seasons, and the Slayers are starting to see some of the benefits. Look for an extremely young Minas Morgul roster (average age 26) led by 18-year-old Lilith *Blackbark, Sakrua Silkpetal and Friagorn Denihil to put some Slayer fans back in the seats.

Don't count out Dagorlad, either. The Disaster are younger and more talented than they were last season. It's going to be an exciting race in the Troll Division, and a lot of it will come down to who has the deeper bench.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders
Mordor Wild Card Winner: Dol Guldur Dragons

Shire Conference Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Mordor Conference Winner: Isengard Raiders

SGCBL League Champion: Bucklebury Fairies

2021 Power Rankings
Bucklebury Fairies
Bywater Bounders
Isengard Raiders
Dunharrow Devils
Dol Guldur Dragons
Mirkwood Marauders
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Moria Miners
Grey Havens Stars
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Erebor Eagles
Minas Morgul Slayers
Numenor Kings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dagorlad Disaster
Misty Mountain Hops
Rivendell Royals
Bree Cheese
Lake Town Archers
Ravenhill Darkwings
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Minas Tirith Titans
Carrock Bears
Weathertop Witch Kings

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Thursday, April 1st, 2021: Fans are lining up at the turnstiles and getting ready for another great year. Welcome to another exciting baseball season. Everyone is ready to sit back, munch on a hotdog and get this thing started! The...

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Thursday, April 1st, 2021: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 20-year-old left fielder Isumbras Sandybanks of the Minas Ithil Wyrms is the #1 prospect...

January 07, 2010

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Monday, November 23rd, 2020: Today, players who are eligible can file for free agency in Tolkien Baseball. Teams have the entire offseason to negotiate contracts with the players and sign them. This year's top free agents, courtesy of BNN, are:...

January 04, 2010

Glomli of Erebor is MC Aragorn MVP

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: Isengard's Glomli of Erebor was named the 2020 Aragorn MVP in the Mordor Conference today, adding to his list of accomplishments. In his 8-year career, the 29-year-old outfielder has seen a lot of praise for his...

Scarlett *III Wins the MVP

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: With her Sam Gamgee Batter award tucked under her arm, Scarlett *III stopped by to pick up her 2nd Aragorn MVP award. The Bucklebury catcher was voted the most valuable player in the Shire Conference for...

Mordor Conference Announces Legolas Fielder Award Winners

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: Legolas Fielder Awards are the symbol for defensive excellence, a recognition of the best of the best in defense. The Mordor Conference Legolas Fielder Award trophies for 2020 have been awarded to these outstanding fielders: Pitcher:...

Elreodriel Is MC's Premier Rookie

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: The Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner for 2020 is Kimmina Elreodriel of the Ravenhill Darkwings. This season the 24-year-old first baseman played in 153 games, recording a .269 batting average with 26 home runs, 95...

Top Pitcher Trophy Won by Disaster Sandyman

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: The Mordor Conference announced today that its 2020 Gandalf Pitcher Award has been given to Dagorlad Disaster relief specialist Isengrim Sandyman. He had a superlative season, making 68 relief appearances and getting 38 saves. Sandyman ran...

Glomli of Erebor Chosen MC's Top Batter

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2020 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Mordor Conference. It had already been a very special season for Isengard's Glomli of Erebor, but today's...

2020 Best Gloves Picked by SC

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: It's been said that the best offense is a good defense. That's why contending teams are always looking to improve on the defensive side of the game. Keeping runs from scoring is just as good as...

Shire Conference Best Rookie Named

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: This year's best newcomer has been chosen and the 2020 Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award trophy went to Rivendell center fielder Foundling *Goodbody. It was a season to remember for the 23-year-old Royals rookie. He wrapped...

SC's #1 Pitcher is Mithrandir

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: This year there was no one better on the mound than Elladan Mithrandir. Posting 23 wins and a 2.64 ERA was only part of the story for the Bucklebury superstar. For his outstanding performance in 2020...

2020 #1 Batter Picked

Sunday, November 8th, 2020: Scarlett *III has been around Tolkien Baseball enough to know a good hot streak when she sees one -- and she got to see one firsthand all year. For her standout run through the 2020 season,...

January 02, 2010

Elrond Managers Awarded

The league announced the winners of the 2020 Elrond Manager of the Year awards for both conferences today. In the Shire, Bucklebury GM and manager, Lord Xade, was given the title. Xade led the Fairies to a 101-61 record and...

Gwaihir Relievers Announced

The league officially announced the winners of the 2020 Gwaihir Reliever awards in a press release today. The Gwaihir goes to the best relief pitcher based on a formula that awards points for Saves and Wins and subtracts points for...

January 01, 2010

Chubb Latest HOF Legend

Friday, October 30th, 2020: What does it take to make the baseball Hall of Fame? Well, whatever it is, Frodo Chubb has it. He was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame today. Retiring at age 38, Chubb had...

Gwelf Goriborn Makes SGCBL Hall Of Fame

Friday, October 30th, 2020: Gwelf Goriborn has just become immortal -- the star pitcher has just been selected to the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. What a fabulous career he has had. Goriborn's career record shows a 263-137 won-lost mark...

Hall of Fame Inducts Gandulbo

Friday, October 30th, 2020: On a bright, windy afternoon, Golligast Gandulbo, the superb first baseman, stood outside the doors to the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. He collected his thoughts and tried to contain his emotions before entering the shrine...

Hall of Fame Honors Todo Sandybanks

Friday, October 30th, 2020: Today was a historic day that Todo Sandybanks will never forget. The superb pitcher was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame alongside the great baseball immortals of the past. He was introduced by one...

Miller in Tolkien Baseball HOF

Friday, October 30th, 2020: The Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame honors those players who are the best at their position, those special individuals whose skills make them unforgettable in the eyes of baseball fans everywhere. Another such player was recognized...

Hammermaker Takes Place Among Greats

Friday, October 30th, 2020: All-time he played in 2648 games, batted .306 with 195 home runs, 3006 base hits, 1105 RBIs and 1786 runs scored -- stats great enough to be acclaimed a baseball immortal. Kobur Hammermaker was officially inducted...

December 29, 2009

Marauders Top Raiders in Return of the King Series

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020: How does it feel to win the Return of the King Series? "It's strange. Weird," is the way the Mirkwood manager put it. "Like it was supposed to happen. Whenever something did happen, it didn't surprise...

December 17, 2009

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020: The teams who survived the hard battles of the regular season now begin their new campaign -- the postseason! The playoffs begin today in Tolkien Baseball as the Fellowship Series commences with these match-ups of clubs...

Barrage of Hits Gets of Glomli of Erebor MC Award

Monday, September 28th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Glomli of Erebor, the Isengard center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

SC Player of the Week Named

Monday, September 28th, 2020: At the age of 27, Biggles *Dogsbody might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree third baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

Number 3000 for Hammermaker

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020: It was a day of mixed emotions for Minas Morgul shortstop Kobur Hammermaker, who collected his 3000th hit in the club's 3-1 loss to Isengard. Slayers and Raiders fans alike cheered Hammermaker as he reached base...

December 11, 2009

Devils *Monkeybone Named MC's #1 Player

Monday, September 21st, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Jiminy *Monkeybone, the Dunharrow center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Great Week for Bywater's *L'pu

Monday, September 21st, 2020: One of the league's most exciting young players, Elendil *L'pu of the Bywater Bounders earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 22-year-old...

December 07, 2009

MC Premier Player Picked

Monday, September 14th, 2020: At the age of 26, Tinelieth *Cutpurse might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dagorlad shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the...

Marauders Gŕndir SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, September 14th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Phaiar Gŕndir, the Mirkwood center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Anduin 2020 League Championship Series Champions

Sunday, September 13th, 2020: It was a storybook year for the Anduin Angels as they closed out a 4-2 series win over the Fangorn Ents to claim the 2020 League Championship Series. They wrapped it up with a 12-2 victory...

Blackroot Tops Mount Doom

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020: The 2020 League Championship Series is history and SGCBL Double A has added another champion to its record book. Blackroot prevailed over Mount Doom today with a 10-2 victory at Field of the Blondes. It was...

December 03, 2009

*Monkeybone on the Attack, Player of the Week

Monday, September 7th, 2020: At the age of 26, Jiminy *Monkeybone might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dunharrow center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Player of the Week: Gŕndir of the Marauders

Monday, September 7th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Phaiar Gŕndir, the Mirkwood center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Langflood Lightning Win League Championship Series

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020: The 2020 League Championship Series is history and SGCBL Single A has added another champion to its record book. Langflood prevailed over Prairie Hill today with a 11-4 victory at Ballpark of Prairie Hill. It was...

Galadrienduil Earns MC's Best Pitcher Honor

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020: The premier pitcher this past month in the Mordor Conference was Gamilmir Galadrienduil of the Numenor Kings. He was one mighty tough pitcher, finishing August with a sensational 6-0 record and a 1.91 ERA. The Kings...

Fairies Starter Wins SC Pitching Award

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020: Duudak Heartmasher has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 6-0 record. No pitcher in the Shire Conference threw better in August, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

*Balrog Slayer Cops MC Batter of the Month Honors

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020: On the heels of a very productive August, Buffy *Balrog Slayer received Mordor Conference Batter of the Month recognition today. The battle-tested first baseman hit .404 for the Misty Mountain Hops and racked up 17 home...

*Jack Takes SC's Best Bat Trophy

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020: Splinter *Jack battered Shire Conference pitchers all August and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

November 30, 2009

Bunce Week's Best Player

Monday, August 31st, 2020: Veteran Mosin Bunce had a great week at the plate for the Stars to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Grey Havens third baseman built a...

Took Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 31st, 2020: Peregrin Took is respected by most Lake Town Archers fans for his no-frills style of play. The 20-year-old second baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

November 26, 2009

Star of the Week Awarded in MC

Monday, August 24th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Nalin Shieldmaster, the Dagorlad right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

Shire Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, August 24th, 2020: At the age of 29, Grikak Spleenwhomper might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree catcher put up some exceptional numbers the...

November 23, 2009

Player of the Week: Elriden of the Bounders

Monday, August 17th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Thaivia Elriden, the Bywater catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

MC's Top Player Named

Monday, August 17th, 2020: Isumbras Bauwyn has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old left fielder of the Isengard Raiders had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

November 19, 2009

Red-Hot Calafalas MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 10th, 2020: At the age of 32, Idril Calafalas might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Misty Mountain right fielder put up some exceptional...

Shire Conference Picks Top Performer

Monday, August 10th, 2020: His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Splinter *Jack was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Moria Miners catcher hit .526 while collecting 10...

November 16, 2009

Isril's Strong Week Earns MC Trophy

Monday, August 3rd, 2020: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Har Isril, the Weathertop Witch Kings 25-year-old left fielder, put himself...

Axebeater Sticks it to SC Pitchers

Monday, August 3rd, 2020: At the age of 28, Gollilmer Axebeater might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Old Forest catcher put up some exceptional numbers...

July's Best MC Hurler is Belurion

Saturday, August 1st, 2020: Veteran Isiclya Belurion put together quite a successful stretch in July for the Dunharrow Devils, earning herself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Belurion racked up a 4-0 record in 6 starts, posting a...

Iceywater Garners SC #1 Pitcher Award

Saturday, August 1st, 2020: It was a very good month for Lerin Iceywater in July. The 38-year-old veteran starter for the Minas Tirith Titans outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Glomli of Erebor Wins MC's Best Bat Award

Saturday, August 1st, 2020: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 29-year-old Glomli of Erebor put together a solid offensive month for Isengard and was crowned July's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .471 with 9 home runs,...

Bree's *Dogsbody Snags July Batting Title

Saturday, August 1st, 2020: Biggles *Dogsbody battered Shire Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

November 12, 2009

MC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, July 27th, 2020: So far in his young career, Nuurt Forgehead has kept a low profile, but after his performance at the plate last week, he attracted the notice of the rest of the Mordor Conference in a big...

*Dogsbody Picked Best Player

Monday, July 27th, 2020: At the age of 27, Biggles *Dogsbody might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree third baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

November 09, 2009

Falathion of Misty Mountain Player of the Week

Monday, July 20th, 2020: Sarkthor Falathion has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old right fielder of the Misty Mountain Hops had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days...

Red-Hot the Seer SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 20th, 2020: Suuol the Seer demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Moria first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing...

Star of the Week Honored in MC

Monday, July 13th, 2020: At the age of 29, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard center fielder put up some exceptional...

Clubwalker Selected Top Performer in SC

Monday, July 13th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Boinar Clubwalker, the Mirkwood catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

November 05, 2009

Shire Assaults Mordor in 11-3 All-Star Game Win

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020: With the Mordor squad riding a 4-game winning streak, Ragnar *Stonecutter's 2-run HR in the top of the first put fear into the hearts of the mostly Shire-loving crowd at The Eyrie in Erebor that this...

November 02, 2009

*Squishmasher in Tolkien Baseball HOF

Monday, July 6th, 2020: The baseball legends today welcomed to their exclusive club a new shortstop by the name of Loopy *Squishmasher. His induction ceremony was held today at the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. "I remember thinking to myself...

Ruano on the Attack, Player of the Week

Monday, July 6th, 2020: Boris Ruano had a week for the ages as he romped to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 35-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

Fields Earns SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 6th, 2020: One of the league's most exciting young players, Rowan Fields of the Erebor Eagles earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 24-year-old...

Ala'Niel Acclaimed Top Pitcher in June

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: Yvestil Ala'Niel's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor she received today. After going 4-0 in June, the 34-year-old Dunharrow hurler has been named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. She fanned 53...

Royals Oathmaker June's #1 Pitcher

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: Rasin Oathmaker has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 3-1 record. No pitcher in the Shire Conference threw better in June, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

*Balrog Slayer Claims MC Batter of the Month Award

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 33-year-old Buffy *Balrog Slayer put together a solid offensive month for Misty Mountain and was crowned June's top batter in the Mordor Conference. She batted .330 with 12 home...

Shire Conference Selects June's Best Batter

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: Tonak Nosethrower battered Shire Conference pitchers all June and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

October 29, 2009

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Monday, June 29th, 2020: It's All-Star Game time -- time for the superstars to shine! Every year the Tolkien Baseball takes a break in the schedule to play the annual All-Star Game. It's a battle of the superstars -- the...

Glomli of Erebor Wins MC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, June 29th, 2020: At the age of 29, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard center fielder put up some exceptional...

Carrock Second Baseman Nets SC Award

Monday, June 29th, 2020: After all of Trik *Rider's years in baseball, some have suggested -- albeit very delicately -- that he should think about calling it quits. But the "mature adult," as he calls himself, showed last week that...

October 26, 2009

Big Bat Pays Off, Eläril Player of the Week

Monday, June 22nd, 2020: It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Meli Eläril, the Weathertop Witch Kings 25-year-old catcher, put himself in...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, June 22nd, 2020: At the age of 30, Phaiar Gŕndir might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

October 19, 2009

Elylith Sticks it to MC Pitchers

Monday, June 15th, 2020: Duane Elylith has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old third baseman of the Minas Morgul Slayers had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days...

SC Names Best Player

Monday, June 15th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Mablung *Véneanár, the Mirkwood first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

October 15, 2009

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, June 8th, 2020: At the age of 26, Sarukh *the Indefatiguable might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dead Marshes left fielder put up some...

Bill Pelham Captures SC Award

Monday, June 8th, 2020: After all of Bill Pelham's years in baseball, some have suggested -- albeit very delicately -- that he should think about calling it quits. But the "mature adult," as he calls himself, showed last week that...

October 12, 2009

Dunharrow Starter Named MC's Premier Pitcher

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Veteran Yvestil Ala'Niel put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Dunharrow Devils, earning herself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Ala'Niel racked up a 5-1 record in 7 starts, posting a...

Heartmasher Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

Monday, June 1st, 2020: In May Bucklebury starter, Duudak Heartmasher really put the strong arm on the other Shire Conference teams and hauled in the Pitcher of the Month trophy. He did it with an impressive 4 wins and 1...

May's Best MC Hitter is Ragnar *Stonecutter

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Ragnar *Stonecutter battered Mordor Conference pitchers all May and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

*Véneanár Wins Best Bat Award in May

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Mirkwood first baseman Mablung *Véneanár certainly turned heads in May with some impressive numbers. He batted .385 for the month and was voted the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. He banged 9 home runs,...

Star of the Week Picked in MC

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Kimmina Elreodriel has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old first baseman of the Ravenhill Darkwings had a pretty fair bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

Bywater Center Fielder Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Velomiel Throatslobber demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

October 08, 2009

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, May 25th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Jiminy *Monkeybone, the Dunharrow center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC Announces Player of the Week

Monday, May 25th, 2020: The 35-year-old Carrock Bears second baseman might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Trik *Rider has been a reliable ballplayer, one who...

October 05, 2009

Star of the Week Selected in MC

Monday, May 18th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Ragnar *Stonecutter, the Isengard shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team,...

SC Votes Wyrms the Nasty Top Player

Monday, May 18th, 2020: Veteran Firbal the Nasty had a great week at the plate for the Wyrms to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 35-year-old Minas Ithil first baseman built...

October 01, 2009

MC Announces Player of the Week

Monday, May 11th, 2020: Fay Goodrich demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Lothlorien catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Red-Hot *Véneanár SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 11th, 2020: At the age of 27, Mablung *Véneanár might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

Gamaiborn Tags Number 500

Saturday, May 9th, 2020: Carrock's outstanding first baseman Gandaugrin Gamaiborn joined the 500 home run club today at The Water Park with a booming blast in the Bears win over the Bounders. They topped Bywater 2-1. On his milestone...

September 28, 2009

MC's Best Player, Isengard's Glomli of Erebor

Monday, May 4th, 2020: There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Glomli of Erebor, the Isengard center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

SC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, May 4th, 2020: At the age of 27, Pimpernel Oreslayer might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater second baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

Ruzag MC Winner, Top Hurler in April

Friday, May 1st, 2020: Kar Ruzag took home the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors in April. After all these years playing ball, the 39-year-old veteran still enjoys the game as though he'd just broken camp for the first...

Eagles Hurler Named April's Top Starter

Friday, May 1st, 2020: Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Hallalonn Brilhirion still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in April. The 36-year-old starter for Erebor was named Shire Conference...

Red-Hot April Lands Raider Batting Prize in MC

Friday, May 1st, 2020: Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 29-year-old Glomli of Erebor put together a solid offensive month for Isengard and was crowned April's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .375 with 7 home runs,...

*III Grabs SC Best Batter Award for April

Friday, May 1st, 2020: Scarlett *III battered Shire Conference pitchers all April and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in...

September 24, 2009

MC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 27th, 2020: 24-year-old Syo-go Beagol sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Beagol made the establishment sit...

Bucklebury's *III SC Star of the Week

Monday, April 27th, 2020: Scarlett *III demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bucklebury catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last...

September 21, 2009

MC's Best Player Named

Monday, April 20th, 2020: His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but 35-year-old Parin Elfhand of the Weathertop Witch Kings is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The...

Super Week for Minas Tirith's Gamgee!

Monday, April 20th, 2020: Veteran Petunia Gamgee had a great week at the plate for the Titans to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 34-year-old Minas Tirith second baseman built a...

September 17, 2009

MC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, April 13th, 2020: Irene Ploughman is respected by most Weathertop Witch Kings fans for her no-frills style of play. The 24-year-old left fielder went about her business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the...

SC Awards Best Batter Prize to *Véneanár

Monday, April 13th, 2020: At the age of 27, Mablung *Véneanár might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

September 14, 2009

Ruano Wins MC Player of the Week Prize

Monday, April 6th, 2020: Boris Ruano had a week for the ages as he romped to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 35-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The...

SC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, April 6th, 2020: L. Rhond *Hubbard demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Old Forest third baseman wreaked havoc on...

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020: The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old third baseman L. Rhond *Hubbard of the Old Forest Merry Fellows is the...

September 09, 2009

2020 Predictions

Middle Earth Sports Network has had our eyes examined, and we're seeing 2020! Welcome to the latest installment of "Who's Lines Is Them Anyway?" as we try to pick the winners for the upcoming season. Last season's record wasn't exactly...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
There's just something about those Marauders. They can't be held back, no matter how much neglect they suffer. Traditionally a great pitching club, Mirkwood is a little shaky in that regard this year. Perennial star, Gwelf Goriborn, is on what may be his last season, and most expect him to be used in the bullpen. Their starting rotation only contains one superstar (Rundin Bloodytooth), and their pen isn't as solid as it should be. However, they compensate with a fiery offense that includes Mablung *Véneanár, Boinar Clubwalker, Phaiar Gŕndir, Tonak Nosethrower and Alberto Guillen. Barring injury, Mirkwood should be at the top of the heap come playoff time.

The thing is, Mirkwood has plenty of competition from the current league champs: Old Forest. The Merry Fellows still boast a pair of future Hall-of-Famers in Frodo Chubb and Sjors Cheeseslicer with Kim Bromburg closing it out. Newly acquired Charles Theriot should boost the confidence in their mound presence. Meanwhile, L. Rhond *Hubbard should tear up the basepaths in his first full season. He's a likely contender for the Frodo Rookie award.

After years of frustration, Minas Tirith has lost several of its stars to free agency, including Gŕndir and Rhedry Scimitar. The Titans will look to rebuild behind great pitching from Thoren *Oakenshield, Lerin Iceywater, Glignar Ironsplitter and closer, Migan Toothbelly. If they make some trade moves to get a bat or two, they could be back in the hunt.

Finally, Rivendell is falling back and thinking about the future. The Royals were forced to cut payroll to stay under the salary cap, and so they parted with Petunia Gamgee and Bugrin Spinner this spring. Gamgee still has over $40 million left on her contract, and Spinner, at $9 million/yr, just wasn't getting the job done. The team is still loaded with talent, but most of the gang is getting up there in years. Mundin Elfplate, Denaumir Deneadur, Estagrel Bladeslinger, Grimag the Insane, and Elegrina Peremral are all 36 or older.

Division winner: Old Forest Merry Fellows

Hobbit Division
Erebor is fresh off a victorious season, and they don't look to slow down. The Eagles are led by a great pitching rotation that includes Hallalonn Brilhirion, Wooley Badgerbadger, and Todo Sandybanks. In the bullpen, they have Nusin Orehead as their closer. Pitching is their strong suit, for sure. However, look for 24-year-old Rowan Fields to make a splash in his 3rd season in the bigs. The outfielder has homerun power to spare, and big things are expected of him.

Bywater will be fighting for the top spot all the way. They've got their ace, Glodunter Bromburg, back on the mound and hopefully will see more playing time out of Elendil *L'pu this season.

Minas Ithil has a hot pair of starters in Akorahil *the Priest and Tika Tunnelly. The pickups of Firbal the Nasty, Ciurk Badgerpoker, Balin Bloodspear and Thuus Serith certainly help their batting order. But the Wyrms don't have much on the bench. If any of these guys go down, there's not much there to back them up.

Lake Town is a mess. The Archers don't have much of anything that looks like a contending team. Strictly rebuilding this year.

Division Winner: Erebor Eagles

Dwarf Division
Bree and Bucklebury should be locked in a titanic battle for supremacy in the Dwarf Division. The Cheese have superstar hitters like Biggles *Dogsbody and Grikak Spleenwhomper. They also have the best closer in history, Gollaiborn Fionduil (384 career saves). Up and down the lineup, Bree has someone with experience and/or talent.

The Fairies counter with their own stable of stars. Scarlett *III is a hitting machine, and she'll only have to rely on her teammates to help her score a few runs with the likes of Elladan Mithrandir, Born Long Cleve, Drogo Tunnelkiller, Scott Buxton, Andrack Antslammer, Duudak Heartmasher, Elrialob Noriand, Fingolfin Numenesse, Gorbadoc Bracegirdle and Sancho Peatfingers on the hill.

You might be tempted to count out the Moria Miners in this equation, but you would be wrong. Moria has their own pool of talent to draw from, including Splinter *Jack, Brandewyn of Rohan, Sarkla Elril-gambor, Vruugak Fareomer, Katie Bell, Galealbo Elvŕwen, and Shaglakh the Devastator. Their problem is the lack of support off the bench.

Sadly, Carrock remains Carrock. The Bears have seen the return of an old friend at GM, but they still have a lot of work to do to become competitive.

Division Winner: Bree Cheese

Shire Wild Card Winner: Bucklebury Fairies

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
It's a razor-thin margin between Misty Mountain and Dunharrow by our estimation, and that's just where they were last season. At the end of the year, they had to play a single game to decide the division winner, with the Devils coming out on top. This season, we're giving our nod to the Hops by a nose. Misty Mountain has Sorrel Amblestar, Arghren Glimmerhand, Quinn Ladygrass, Buffy *Balrog Slayer, Vrsorbag the Wretched, Leopoldo Grillo, Higor Bugbearshaker, Clarence Pender, and Buugush Badgerdicer to lead the way.

Meanwhile, the Devils call on Yvestil Ala'Niel, Jiminy *Monkeybone, Orgulas Black, Imcir Imcirion, Foisil Belol, Freodriel Eärémbor, Isiclya Belurion, Tigan Trollhead, Elanor Buckland, Boremir Boreagrin, Mim Marblerage, Ander Easyheart, Lolindir Ciryatan and Rulina Veslay to take them all the way.

Grey Havens has been struggling to reform itself, but the Stars may have aligned this year, and we might see them contend with Dunharrow and Misty Mountain. Bror Brickfist, Mosin Bunce, Aragon *the Chaste, Narnose Filthsludgefad, Relin Rockmaster, Gibur Rockrender, Sosur Shieldcutter, Ariel Villa, Thurlla Norŕ, Hildibrand Bridger and Istvan the Archer line up to battle for the division crown.

Dead Marshes is d.o.a. Other than Sarukh *the Indefatiguable and the 38-year-old Raymond Miller, the Uruk-hai will have to do some serious rebuilding this year.

Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
Lothlorien is the front-runner in the Goblin Division, but the rest of the pack is bunched up right behind the Lumberjacks. Lothlorien has an advantage in pitching, with Vincent Rogers, Gwilmir Boffin, Garadorn Evermind, Gimli Cloudskin, Gragar Drowslobberer and Stanley Walczak on the hill. And young Udun *Saruman will keep the hits coming. The problem is that most of these guys are getting old. There may be some opportunity (i.e., injury) that will open the door for someone else.

With Weathertop under new management, the Witch-Kings just need to get some hitting to go along with the pitching of Robert *Plant, Niara Smoothflower, Fabur Beardcutter, Molin Chiselbane and Fariaborn Farauma. Their pair of catchers, Meli Eläril and Minya Hisiel, are the only real hitting stars they have.

Ravenhill is stocked with talent, but other than Tom *Dill, it's all old guys. Rhedry Scimitar, Ishwush the Basher, Isembard Ploughman, Glonar Arwima, and Elramli Elimir are all getting up there in years. Still, they've got the names. They just need backup.

Finally, Numenor is in the same boat. They've got big names like Boris Ruano, Minto Foxburr, Sylvania Arborna, Elendil Melwasul, Fosco Sandybanks, Merimac Snowmouth, Thudor Nadrierion, and Prilak Hammershaker, but they are mainly past their prime.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
Isengard is the cream of the crop in the league, and they should have no problem leading this division. With stars like Glomli of Erebor, Ragnar *Stonecutter, Merilmir Knifecrawler, Renato Morales, Isumbras Bauwyn, Adrian Rodrigues and Michale Fimir, they put fear into their opponents. But even at the lowest level, the Raiders can field a superp set of bench players.

Dagorlad and Dol Guldur will fight it out for second place and a possible Wild Card berth. The Disaster sport twin closers, Verin Bilas and Isengrim Sandyman, and a really balanced offense and defense. Their problem is the same as a lot of teams, though. They lack depth off the bench.

The Dragons have some amazing hitters, like Herman *Slobberknocker, Gollilmer Fyrith, Samwise Peatfingers and Tanta Chubb. They also have some pretty good pitching. But their bench isn't anything to write home about, either.

The rebuilding Slayers will give Minas Morgul fans a chance to see their team spoil some bids for other contenders, even if they don't get into the hunt themselves.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders

Mordor Wild Card Winner: Dunharrow Devils

Shire Conference Winner: Bree Cheese
Mordor Conference Winner: Isengard Raiders

SGCBL League Champion: Isengard Raiders

2020 Power Rankings
Isengard Raiders
Misty Mountain Hops
Bree Cheese
Dunharrow Devils
Erebor Eagles
Bucklebury Fairies
Mirkwood Marauders
Grey Havens Stars
Bywater Bounders
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Dagorlad Disaster
Moria Miners
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Weathertop Witch Kings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dol Guldur Dragons
Ravenhill Darkwings
Carrock Bears
Numenor Kings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Minas Tirith Titans
Rivendell Royals
Lake Town Archers
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai

August 31, 2009

Milestone Watch

While the focus this spring is on getting ready for the new season and trying out all the young players, a few older stars are showing up on the radar as they approach career milestones. Kobur Hammermaker, 40, is just...

August 19, 2009

The Young and the Restless

Going into the 18th season, some of the league's long-time stars find themselves potentially sitting on the sidelines this year. Meanwhile, a surge of young talent is pushing their way to the forefront of the sports pages. Ralin Rockbinder, who...

July 27, 2009

Free Agents File

Today is the first day of the free agency period. With the arrival of free agency comes the opportunity for each club across Tolkien Baseball to propel themselves into the playoffs simply by making a few shrewd, well-calculated signings. General...

July 25, 2009

Isengard First Baseman Wins MVP

Add another piece of hardware to his trophy case. Merilmir Knifecrawler has won the 2019 MC Aragorn MVP award! Knifecrawler, a 3-time All-Star, won the Sam Gamgee Batter award, hitting .379 with 31 HR and 119 RBI, and he also...

*Dogsbody wins MVP

Not only did Biggles *Dogsbody's .362 average win him the batting title and help earn his first Sam Gamgee Batter award, but his fine season got him plenty of votes to pick up the Shire Conference Aragorn MVP. With 224...

Gandalf Pitcher Award Presented to Dunharrow Star

In 2019, the premier pitcher in the Mordor Conference was Isiclya Belurion. The Dunharrow starter is this year's recipient of the Gandalf Pitcher Award. She went 20-7 in 34 starts with 195 strikeouts in 243.1 innings and an impressive 2.52...

#1 Pitcher Trophy Won by Merry Fellows Chubb

Frodo Chubb of the Old Forest Merry Fellows might be an old man, but he can still pitch with the best of them. Today the 37-year-old hurler snagged the Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award honors for his outstanding 2019 performance....

MC Frodo Rookie Award Goes to Falathion

Today the Mordor Conference announced the winner of the 2019 Frodo Rookie Award. The top-ranked rookie was the talented Misty Mountain right fielder Sarkthor Falathion. The 22-year-old Hops newcomer took the trophy by hitting .278 in 128 games this season...

Shire Conference Picks #1 Rookie

For several weeks the rumor mill had it that the 2019 Frodo Rookie Award winner was a foregone conclusion and the trophy would go to Bree first baseman, Drigrin Lightningfoot. It is no longer a rumor -- the Shire Conference...

MC's Best Hitter for 2019 Named

What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2019 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Mordor Conference. It had already been a very special season for Isengard's Merilmir Knifecrawler, but today's announcement really put the icing...

Bree's *Dogsbody Takes 2019 Sam Gamgee Batter

Bree's Biggles *Dogsbody put the wraps on a fine campaign today by winning the 2019 Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. He scorched the opposition with a .362 average, picking up 224 hits, 39 doubles, 8 triples, 24 home runs and...

July 19, 2009

Boffin and Grilgol Named Gwaihir Relief Aces

Today Lothlorien's Gwilmir Boffin and Bywater's Haleodur Grilgol were presented with their trophies as the 2019 Gwaihir Reliever Award winners. Boffin led all relievers in the league with 45 saves, and when his 10-5 won-loss record and 4 blown saves...

July 18, 2009

Bagdreg the Hated Joins HOF Legends

The hallowed halls of baseball have been enlarged. Today a great pitcher was added to its list of legends as perennial all-star Bagdreg the Hated was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. He was famous for his quirky...

July 17, 2009

Old Forest Defeats Dunharrow

Today the Old Forest Merry Fellows won the 2019 Return of the King Series with a 10-5 victory over the Dunharrow Devils at Shire Greens Stadium. They won the series 4-3 and it was 3rd time the victors have won...

Devils Crowned Champions in Mordor

The Dunharrow Devils slugged it out with Lothlorien in a 7-game showdown and came out as the new Mordor Conference champion. Former Lumberjack, Hamson Muddyfoot came back to haunt Lothlorien, as he went 3-for-3 with 2 HR and 5 RBI...

Merry Fellows Win Shire Conference Title

For the fifth time, the Old Forest Merry Fellows have won the right to call themselves the Shire Conference champs. They won it using the same weapon that have always brought the team success: pitching. Specifically, starter Frodo 'Bubbha' Chubb...

June 25, 2009

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

The Tolkien Baseball playoffs begin with the Fellowship Series. For one lucky team, destiny is not far away. Soon one of the playoff teams will win the Return of the King Series and be honored as the best of the...

MC Star of the Week Honored

One of the league's most exciting young players, Sarukh *the Indefatiguable of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old left fielder...

SC Names Top Player of the Week

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Moimli Grubb was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Erebor Eagles first baseman hit .409 while collecting 9 hits in 22...

June 22, 2009

Brickfist of Grey Havens Player of the Week

Veteran Bror Brickfist had a great week at the plate for the Stars to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Grey Havens shortstop built a .524 average on the strength...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Once you hit 35, it's hard to say how much time you've got left in baseball. Grunthos the Flatulent has been fortunate as his numbers for the past week bear out. The 37-year-old right fielder, a favorite in the Mirkwood...

Hoarwell Hookers Win League Championship Series

At Hookers Ballpark today Hoarwell outclassed the Eldalonde Nobles 2-1 and won the SGCBL Triple A League Championship Series for the 2nd time in its club history. The Hookers rounded out the 2019 season with a 94-36 mark and wound...

June 18, 2009

Great Week for Bree's Shortstop

Veteran Bill Pelham had a great week at the plate for the Cheese to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 34-year-old Bree shortstop built a .469 average on the strength of...

Bauwyn Week's Top Player

Isumbras Bauwyn demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Isengard left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

June 15, 2009

MC Star of the Week Picked

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Arghren Glimmerhand was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Misty Mountain Hops catcher hit .556 while collecting 10 hits in 18...

Darkbrother Wins SC Player of the Week Trophy

A battle-tested Saravin Darkbrother declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Erebor center fielder collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the week...

Lumberjacks Win Goblin Division

Earliest division title in league history With almost a month left to go in the season, the Lothlorien Lumberjacks clinched a trip to the playoffs and their 6th Goblin Division title on September 8. In so doing, they become the...

Ghosts Win League Championship Series

There is great joy in Gorgoroth today after the Ghosts thumped Lithlad 5-1 to cop the 2019 SGCBL Double A League Championship Series. They defeated the Lambas 4-1 to take the series. This was the 3rd time Gorgoroth has garnered...

Lithlad Lizards Capture League Championship Series

Nobody played better baseball this season than the SGCBL Single A champions, the Lithlad Lizards. They defeated the Hobbiton Howlers 3-2 today at Ballpark of Lithlad and hauled in the League Championship Series trophy for the 4th time in their...

June 11, 2009

MC Names Best Player

Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Sakura Silkpetal was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Minas Morgul Slayers left fielder hit .483 while collecting 14 hits in...

SC Trophy Goes to Shute of Rivendell

At the age of 31, Dean Shute might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Mordor Conference Announces #1 Starter

Veteran Yvestil Ala'Niel put together quite a successful stretch in August for the Dunharrow Devils, earning herself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Ala'Niel racked up a 6-0 record in 6 starts, posting a 1.15 ERA over 47...

Erebor Starter Named SC's Best Pitcher

Hallalonn Brilhirion's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in August, the 35-year-old Erebor hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 53 in 47.1 innings, logged...

MC Top Batter Trophy Won by Silkpetal

In August, Sakura Silkpetal was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason she was voted the Batter of the Month. The Minas Morgul left fielder rapped out 34 hits in 87 at-bats for a...

SC Announces Best Batter Award

Brandewyn of Rohan battered Shire Conference pitchers all August and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out...

June 08, 2009

Player of the Week: Elefontthrower of the Slayers

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Eian Elefontthrower, the Minas Morgul first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

SC Player of the Week Chosen

Veteran Teun Mulder had a great week at the plate for the Cheese to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 34-year-old Bree left fielder built a .500 average on the strength...

June 04, 2009

Great Week for Isengard's Ragnar *Stonecutter

At the age of 26, Ragnar *Stonecutter might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days collecting...

Star of the Week Honored in SC

Rowan Fields demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Erebor left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

June 01, 2009

Silkpetal Sticks it to MC Pitchers

Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Sakura Silkpetal was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Minas Morgul Slayers left fielder hit .556 while collecting 10 hits in...

SC Player of the Week Goes to Bramble of Old Forest

Fosco Bramble had a week for the ages as he romped to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 35-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The Old Forest Merry Fellows...

May 28, 2009

Lothlorien Right Fielder Nabs MC Weekly Award

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Gredoc Arwauron, the Lothlorien Lumberjacks 23-year-old right fielder, put himself in the spotlight last week...

*Debuugger Punishes SC Pitchers This Week

At the age of 27, Sinsy *Debuugger might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Lake Town right fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

Veteran Ayo Signs with Bounders

Bounders fans were divided today as Bywater confirmed that the front office has signed Kenton Ayo to a 2-year extension at a rate of $3,000,000 per year. While many were enthusiastically behind the signing, others worried about Ayo's age. So...

Darkwings Thunderarrow Named MC's Best Pitcher

Moisil Thunderarrow took a much-deserved turn in the spotlight earlier today as he accepted the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award for July. The 25-year-old Darkwings starter is a relative newcomer to the league, but nonetheless racked up an...

July's #1 Hurler Announced - Boffin Winner

It was a very good month for Drogo Boffin in July. The 37-year-old veteran starter for the Bucklebury Fairies outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award earlier today. Boffin ran...

G. of Erebor Awarded July's MC Top Bat Prize

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 28-year-old Glomli of Erebor put together a solid offensive month for Isengard and was crowned July's top batter in the Mordor Conference. He batted .449 with 7 home runs, 33 RBIs and 25...

SC Honors *Jack, Best Hitter in July

Splinter *Jack battered Shire Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out to...

May 25, 2009

Week's Top Performer Honored by MC

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Gilly Hill was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Numenor Kings first baseman hit .387 while collecting 12 hits in 31...

Livertrembler Selected Player of the Week

Muugak Livertrembler has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old second baseman of the Bucklebury Fairies had a pretty fair bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days and won the Player of...

May 21, 2009

G. of Erebor: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

At the age of 28, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard center fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

Shire Conference's Best Batter Named

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Splinter *Jack, the Moria catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick up...

May 11, 2009

Week's #1 Player: Misty Mountain's Calafalas

Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Idril Calafalas was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Misty Mountain Hops right fielder hit .400 while collecting 12 hits in...

SC Player of the Week Goes to the Devastator of Moria

The 36-year-old Moria Miners right fielder might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Shaglakh the Devastator has been a reliable ballplayer, one who has worked hard...

Week's Best Player Honored by MC

His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but 35-year-old Relin Rockmaster of the Grey Havens Stars is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The veteran second baseman had...

SC's Top Player Named

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Biggles *Dogsbody, the Bree first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

May 07, 2009

Mordor makes it 4 in a row with 9-3 win!

The Mordor Conference All-Stars won their 4th straight All-Star Game, defeating the Shire squad 9-3. Before a packed house at Grey Havens Field, the Mordor batters pounded out 14 hits. It looked like things were going to be close for...

May 04, 2009

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

How would you like to manage a team with more star players than you can play? It wouldn't be an easy chore. That's the dilemma facing the two managers at the annual Tolkien Baseball All-Star classic -- how to get...

Trollsnapper - June's Best MC Hurler

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Tubur Trollsnapper still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in June. The 34-year-old starter for Dol Guldur was named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the...

Best Starter Chosen by Shire Conference

It was a very good month for Frodo Chubb in June. The 36-year-old veteran starter for the Old Forest Merry Fellows outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award earlier today....

MC Choice for Batter of the Month is *Saruman

In June, Udun *Saruman beat the baseball like a drum the entire month and netted the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award. In 25 games the Lothlorien third baseman hit .374 with 9 home runs, 28 RBIs and 24...

SC's Best Batter Picked

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 26-year-old Carl Granitehammer put together a solid offensive month for Minas Tirith and was crowned June's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .354 with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs and 17...

Mordor Conference Winner is Knifecrawler

At the age of 28, Merilmir Knifecrawler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

April 30, 2009

Shire Conference Picks Top Player

Girith Axecutter is respected by most Minas Ithil Wyrms fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. He compiled...

MC's Top Player Named

Glomli of Erebor did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The center fielder hit .478...

MC Star of the Week Honored

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Merilmir Knifecrawler, the Isengard first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Veteran Firbal the Nasty had a great week at the plate for the Titans to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 34-year-old Minas Tirith first baseman built a .500 average on...

April 27, 2009

SGCBL News: First-Year Player Draft

Clubs are readying for today's Tolkien Baseball amateur draft with a tenacious belief that their picks will determine the future of the organization. In a way, they're right. A few will strike instant gold, picking the "can't miss" superstar, who...

April 23, 2009

Toughest Out of the Week Wins MC Award

One of the league's most exciting young players, Sarukh *the Indefatiguable of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old left fielder...

Big Bat Bags SC Best Player Award

Rulg the Rude demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Rivendell first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding...

Elected to the HoF: Nobody!

For the second time since the Hall of Fame opened its doors, no player garnered the minimum votes required to gain entry. From a ballot of 27 candidates, only one player earned more than 50-percent of the votes...far below the...

April 20, 2009

Glomli of Erebor Picked MC Player of the Week

Isengard Raiders center fielder Glomli of Erebor rose above the controversy surrounding his soon-to-expire contract, thriving under pressure last week and copping the Player of the Week award in the Mordor Conference. of Erebor put up a .692 batting average...

Big Bat Bags SC Best Player Award

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Phaiar Gŕndir, the Mirkwood center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

Trollsnapper #1 MC Pitcher in May

Veteran Tubur Trollsnapper put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Dol Guldur Dragons, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Trollsnapper racked up a 5-0 record in 7 starts, posting a 1.79 ERA over...

Marblerage Named SC Batter of the Month

Though his face is weathered and his hands are calloused, Mim Marblerage can still get it done in Tolkien Baseball. In fact, the 34-year-old second baseman for Old Forest was named the Shire Conference Batter of the Month today after...

May's #1 Hurler Announced - Deneadur Winner

Whether Denaumir Deneadur stays in Rivendell beyond this season remains to be seen, but while he's here he's making the most of it. In May the 37-year-old certainly pulled out all the stops by winning the Shire Conference Pitcher of...

*Monkeybone May's Best Bat Choice

The hard-hitting center fielder from Dunharrow, Jiminy *Monkeybone, wielded a big bat in May and was hailed as the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. He hit a healthy .392 with 7 home runs, 24 RBIs and 28 runs scored....

April 16, 2009

*Balrog Slayer Picked MC Player of the Week

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Buffy *Balrog Slayer, the Misty Mountain first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team, but...

Barrage of Hits Gets Stoneteeth SC Award

At the age of 27, Boli Stoneteeth might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater left fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

April 13, 2009

Mordor Conference Hitter of the Week

Few players his age are still in the league, but Hudash Elfprodder of the Dunharrow Devils clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 35-year-old left fielder hit the ball with the...

Livertrembler on Fire, Named Player of the Week

Muugak Livertrembler demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bucklebury second baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

April 09, 2009

Big Bat Bags MC Best Player Award

A battle-tested Samwise Peatfingers declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 35-year-old Dol Guldur first baseman collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the...

Star of the Week Awarded in SC

At the age of 34, Mim Marblerage might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Old Forest second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

April 06, 2009

Mordor Conference Names #1 Player

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Imcir Imcirion, the Dunharrow catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick up...

Red-Hot *Squishmasher SC Player of the Week

In the twilight of his career, 37-year-old Loopy *Squishmasher of Rivendell recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing since I was a kid," *Squishmasher...

MC Selects Cloudskin April's Top Starter

Gimli Cloudskin nailed down April's Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award today, adding pressure on Lothlorien to get a deal done before the 37-year-old becomes a free agent. Cloudskin seems unfazed by the talk. "We get a deal done...

Bloodytooth Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Rundin Bloodytooth still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in April. The 31-year-old starter for Mirkwood was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

April's Premier Batter Announced

On the heels of a very productive April, Buffy *Balrog Slayer received Mordor Conference Batter of the Month recognition today. The battle-tested first baseman hit .375 for the Misty Mountain Hops and racked up 13 home runs, 32 RBIs and...

*Hubbard Brings Home SC Batter of Month Honor

Old Forest right fielder El-Rond *Hubbard took home the Shire Conference Batter of the Month Trophy for April. He put up some solid numbers, including a .429 batting average and .496 on-base percentage with 45 hits, 9 home runs, 27...

April 02, 2009

MC Player of the Week Awarded

Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Elanor Buckland was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Dunharrow Devils second baseman hit .520 while collecting 13 hits in 25...

SC's Best Player Named

A battle-tested Firbal the Nasty declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Minas Tirith first baseman collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up...

March 30, 2009

MC Player of the Week Awarded

This week's Player of the Week was Fulgor Flashheart of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. His big bat belted and blasted Mordor Conference pitching for 13 hits in 25 at-bats, 2 home runs and 13 RBIs while hitting .520 and scoring 8...

*Dogsbody Sticks it to SC Pitchers

At the age of 26, Biggles *Dogsbody might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

#400 for *Balrog Slayer

It was an historic day in the life of Buffy *Balrog Slayer. The 31-year-old Misty Mountain first baseman recorded the 400th homer of her career in the Hops 7-3 triumph over the Ravenhill Darkwings on April 20. In the clubhouse...

March 26, 2009

MC Trophy Goes to *Stonecutter of Isengard

At the age of 26, Ragnar *Stonecutter might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard shortstop put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days collecting...

Week's Top Player: Old Forest's *Hubbard

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing El-Rond *Hubbard was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Old Forest Merry Fellows right fielder hit .542 while collecting 13 hits...

March 23, 2009

*Balrog Slayer: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

At the age of 31, Buffy *Balrog Slayer might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Misty Mountain first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past...

Hard to Handle Hitter Wins SC Honor

Scarlett *III has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 23-year-old catcher of the Bucklebury Fairies had a pretty fair bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days and won the Player of the...

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Tolkien Baseball fans have been pining for Opening Day ever since the league published its 2019 schedule several months ago. It is finally here! The slate for the first day of the new season includes: Ravenhill Darkwings @ Numenor Kings...

March 21, 2009

2019 Predictions

Middle Earth Sports Network has had our analysts working hard in the MESN dungeon to bring you this year's set of prognostications. The tea leaves have been read, and the stars have been consulted. This is the 2019 Prediction Spectacular!...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
We keep making bets on Minas Tirith, but the Titans have yet to prove worthy of our faith. That's not going to stop us from picking them as this year's Elf Division winner. They picked up free agent closer, Tigan Trollhead, after losing Lignar Oathback in the offseason. They got last year's Gandalf Award winner, Lerin Iceywater, to go with front line starters, Elladan Mithrandir and Thoren *Oakenshield Jr, who, at 19, is just starting to come into his own. We expect big things in his third season. This year, the Titans may finally have the pitching to go along with their dominant hitting.

Surprisingly, Mirkwood, after a rough couple of seasons, may be back in the hunt. Their bats, including SS Mablung *Véneanár, Phaiar Gŕndir and Boinar Clubwalker, should give them enough offense. The big problem is in pitching. The Marauders retained the services of future Hall of Famer, Gwelf Goriborn, but he's 37 this year, leaving Rundin Bloodytooth and the bullpen to shoulder a lot of the burden.

Last year's pick, Old Forest, is getting a little old to keep up. After a trade with the Devils, the famed starting duo of Frodo Chubb and Sjors Cheeseslicer were joined by Todo Sandybanks in the middle of last year. But they are all 36 years old. The only thing that keeps Merry Fellows fans from regretting that trade is the fact that Yvestil Ala'Niel is going to miss the first 2 or 3 months of the season over at Dunharrow.

Rivendell, despite winning the Shire Conference trophy last year, is going to have a tough time competing in 2019. The best starters are almost all 34 or older, and that includes superstar, Loopy *Squishmasher, who is 37. The pitching looks decent, despite the age of the staff, but there is no hitting beyond the aging *Squishmasher and Pet Gamgee.

Division winner: Minas Tirith Titans

Hobbit Division
The wheeling and dealing may have paid off for Erebor, as they look to unseat the perennial champion Bywater Bounders. The Eagles have a lot going for them, including a great pitching staff (Hallalonn Brilhirion, Deallyra Undomiel, Wooley Badgerbadger) and some hot hitters (Husil Hammermaker, Celeborn *Silverspike, Moimli Grubb).

Meanwhile, Bywater won't be taking the challenge lightly. They still have their impressive pitching staff, led by Glodunter Bromburg, and their superstar hitter, Elendil *L'pu. Plus, other than the aging Bagdreg the Hated, 38, they're not as old overall as many of the other teams.

Lake Town and Minas Ithil don't figure into the pennant calculations at all. Both teams are still trying to find the magic formula to rebuild their clubs.

Division Winner: Erebor Eagles

Dwarf Division
As usual, Bree keeps rolling along, and this doesn't look like the year when they finally stop their playoff visits. The Cheese are deep with talent, and it's just a matter of seeing whether Bucklebury or Moria can claim the Wild Card.

Bucklebury is much improved this year, with a good mix of young talent and veterans. The biggest question mark is how soon will the young pitchers have to take over for the aging stars like Drogo Boffin, Sancho Peatfingers and Andrack Antslammer.

Moria has all kinds of hitting prowess, but their pitching is a little weak. Other than starter, Sarkla Elril-gambor, and closer, Grudrak Goblinmaker, the Miners don't have much in the way of a rotation or bullpen.

Carrock is...well, Carrock. The Bears are rudderless and are currently the retirement home of the league.

Division Winner: Bree Cheese

Shire Wild Card Winner: Bywater Bounders

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dunharrow is our pick to win this division. The Devils have tons of things going for them, and if Yvestil Ala'Niel comes back healthy in the 2nd half, it could be enough to push them past all competition.

The Hops and Stars will be fighting for 2nd place, and maybe one (or both) of them will give Dunharrow a run for its money. Grey Havens is pretty old, though, and Misty Mountain has already been beset by the injury bug, losing Tran Clawfoot for the season and Nazbog Toothchewer for 3 months.

Division Winner: Dunharrow Devils

Goblin Division
Numenor was the surprise winner in the Goblin Division last season, and they've made a couple of moves that will keep them near the top. The Kings' pitching staff is pretty good, if the can just get some run production out of the aging Sortai Guril and Elendil Melwasul to go with Minto Foxburr's bat.

Lothlorien will be right there with Numenor this year. Barring injury, the Lumberjacks have an extremely talented pitching staff that includes Gwilmir Boffin and Vincent Rogers. Gimli Cloudskin, 37, is still a quality pitcher, though not the #1 starter he used to be.

Ravenhill and Weathertop have enough talent to keep things interesting in this division. The Darkwings pick-up of Ishwush the Basher gives them an excellent ace, and Weathertop's acquisition of Niara Smoothflower puts a star closer in the 'pen for the Witch Kings.

Division Winner: Numenor Kings

Troll Division
Last year's league champion, Isengard, looks to be unstoppable this season. They're stacked top-to-bottom with talent. Led by Ragnar *Stonecutter and Glomli of Erebor, the Raider bats will back up a pitching staff that includes Renato Morales and Adrian Rodrigues. As icing on the cake, they picked up closer Lignar Oathback in the offseason.

Dol Guldur will have a hard time keeping up with Isengard this season, but the Dragons have their own weapons. Herman 'the Hammer' *Slobbeknocker, Gollilmer Fyrith and Samwise Peatfingers return to give Dol Guldur fans some nightly fireworks.

Dagorlad is the sleeper in this division. They don't appear to have the kind of superstar talent of their rivals, but the Disaster have youth and some big arms out of the bullpen.

It's another rebuilding year for Minas Morgul, as the Slayers are loaded with young talent. Once it devleops, they should be back in the hunt.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders

Mordor Wild Card Winner: Dol Guldur Dragons

Shire Conference Winner: Bree Cheese
Mordor Conference Winner: Isengard Raiders

SGCBL League Champion: Isengard Raiders

2019 Power Rankings
Isengard Raiders
Bree Cheese
Erebor Eagles
Minas Tirith Titans
Dol Guldur Dragons
Bywater Bounders
Numenor Kings
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Mirkwood Marauders
Dunharrow Devils
Bucklebury Fairies
Dagorlad Disaster
Ravenhill Darkwings
Misty Mountain Hops
Grey Havens Stars
Moria Miners
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Rivendell Royals
Weathertop Witch Kings
Lake Town Archers
Carrock Bears
Minas Morgul Slayers
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai

February 05, 2009

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Free agency is upon us. Teams, players and pundits who follow Tolkien Baseball will be thrust headlong into a whirlpool of intrigue and uncertainty. The free agent signing period will continue throughout the off-season as some clubs will go a...

February 02, 2009

*Stonecutter wins 2nd MVP

Isengard's Ragnar 'Mini Me' *Stonecutter has won his 2nd Aragorn MVP award for his fine performance this past season. *Stonecutter finished with a .363 batting average to lead the Mordor Conference. He also led in on-base percentage (.466) and slugging...

Triple Crown Winner Named MVP

There wasn't much doubt as to who would win this year's Shire Conference Aragorn MVP award. Bucklebury's Scarlett *III easily took the prize based on her triple crown season. Scarlett led the League with a .379 batting average, and she...

Best Defenders Announced by MC

Great glovemen can range far and wide to make a backhand stop or an over-the-shoulder catch -- and the best usually make it look easy. Today the winners of the Mordor Conference Legolas Fielder Award for 2018 were announced. These...

*Saruman Best Rookie in 2018

The Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner for 2018 is Udun *Saruman of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. This season the 25-year-old third baseman played in 159 games, recording a .307 batting average with 12 home runs, 67 RBIs and 98 runs...

MC Gandalf Pitcher Award Winner Announced

The Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award winner has been chosen and the trophy goes to Isengard hurler Renato Morales for his outstanding season in 2018. Morales was quite impressive with a 29- 2 record and a 2.79 ERA. In 36...

Ragnar *Stonecutter Captures Best Bat Trophy

Isengard's Ragnar *Stonecutter put the wraps on a fine campaign today by winning the 2018 Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. He scorched the opposition with a .363 average, picking up 185 hits, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 39 home runs and...

SC Legolas Fielder Award Winners Named

"Ball hawk" is a good name for the members of the defensive elite, the players who make leather shine. The fielders who crashed the wall, leaped in the air, and dived in the hole better than any others during 2018...

Badgermangler This Year's Premier Rookie

Bucklebury third baseman Gorilf Badgermangler set the tone for rookies across the Shire Conference in 2018 and today was tabbed for the league's Frodo Rookie Award. He hit .296 in 158 games while collecting 192 hits, 27 home runs, 133...

SC Gives #1 Pitcher Award

An old hand in this game, Elegrina Peremral of the Rivendell Royals silenced critics as well as she silenced the opposition this year by winning the Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. The 35-year-old starter threw 280.1 innings, notched 157 strikeouts...

*III Selected SC's #1 Batter

The top votegetter in this year's Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter balloting was Scarlett *III, the outstanding Bucklebury catcher. She finished the season with a .379 average and a .430 on-base percentage. Scarlett *III also registered 233 hits, 15 doubles,...

Legends Welcome Ballscarer to HOF

All-time he played in 1860 games, batted .326 with 66 home runs, 2368 base hits, 962 RBIs and 994 runs scored -- stats great enough to be acclaimed a baseball immortal. Curt Ballscarer was officially inducted into the Tolkien Baseball...

January 27, 2009

Panda and Harshbeard named Elrond Managers

Both the Rivendell Royals and the Numenor Kings had big turnarounds this year, thanks in great part to their managers. Both the Royals' Panda and the Kings' Harshbeard were recognized with their respective conference's Elrond Manager of the Year award....

January 26, 2009

Return of the King Series to Raiders

It was Isengard and Rivendell challenging one other in the 2018 Tolkien Baseball Return of the King Series this season. On paper, there wasn't much difference between the two strong ballclubs, but on the field, the verdict went to the...

January 22, 2009

Isengard is Mordor Champ!

Despite a shocking start, which saw Dol Guldur's Lerin Iceywater toss the first playoff no-hitter in league history, the Isengard Raiders went on to win their first Mordor Conference championship in 6 games. Iceywater's historic performance in Game 1 had...

Royals Crowned Shire Champs

In their first Two Towers Series, the Rivendell Royals defeated the defending league champion Bywater Bounders in 5 games. They did it with a combination of timely hitting and excellent pitching, which has been the hallmark of the resurgent Royals...

Isengard Goes Hitless Against Iceywater

Excitement reigned at the ballyard today as Dol Guldur hurler Lerin Iceywater tossed a baseball rarity -- a no-hitter, the first in playoff history! After defeating the Isengard Raiders at Dol Guldur Stadium 5-0 she was swamped by reporters in...

January 21, 2009

Bywater wins third straight Fellowship Series

Despite a Bree comeback that made Bounders fans reach for their antacids, the defending League Champion Bywater Bounders are headed back to the Shire Conference Two Towers Series. Things looked easy for Bywater through the first 3 games. They won...

Dol Guldur wins series

The defending Mordor Conference champion Dragons will get a shot at keeping their title, as Dol Guldur defeated Numenor in 5 games in the Fellowship Series. The Kings didn't make it easy on them. In Game 1, a fine pitching...

Royals advance to next round

The Rivendell Royals are headed to their first Shire Conference Championships after besting the Miners in 5 games. After getting shut out by Moria's Quinn Ladygrass in Game 1, Rivendell stepped up to win the next 4 games. A big...

Isengard sweeps Grey Havens in Fellowship Series

It was fitting that Isengard pitcher Vogush Spearripper was the guy to strike out the final Grey Havens batter to seal the Raiders' sweep. Spearripper, 35, who was a 25 year old rookie the last time the team made the...

January 19, 2009

2018 Fellowship Series Preview

The playoffs are here! And Middle Earth Sports Network (MESN) has the scoop. In the Shire Conference, it's Bywater vs. Bree and Moria vs. Rivendell. Bywater is the defending SGCBL champ, and they come into the postseason winning their 5th...

January 12, 2009

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

For the true baseball fan, playoff baseball is the ultimate experience. The once-in-a-lifetime chance of winning the Return of the King Series. Every player is under intense pressure now. Players might come through in the clutch or fail to rise...

Bucklebury C Takes Triple Crown

Scarlett *III is sitting on top of the world tonight. She got herself a Triple Crown this year -- the 1st player in SGCBL history to ever accomplish this feat. The Bucklebury Fairies catcher outpaced the rest of the Shire...

*Stonecutter Takes Home MC Batting Title

The Mordor Conference announced today that Ragnar *Stonecutter of Isengard was the league's top hitter in 2018. He recorded a .363 batting average to win the honor. The Raiders shortstop had 185 hits with 16 doubles, 1 triple and 39...

January 08, 2009

Spleenwhomper Red-Hot, SC Player of the Week

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Grikak Spleenwhomper, the Bree catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick up...

Star of the Week Selected in MC

At the age of 31, Mosin Bunce might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Ravenhill second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Morales sets new record for victories

Isengard hurler Renato Morales won't likely forget this day, as he tossed his 27th win of the season for the Raiders and set a new league record. Morales, 32, pitched just 5.1 innings in the 9-0 triumph over the Ravenhill...

January 05, 2009

Grubb Chosen #1 Player

Veteran Rowan Grubb had a great week at the plate for the Disaster to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Dagorlad catcher built a .462 average on the strength of...

Minas Tirith's Granitehammer SC Star of the Week

One of the league's most exciting young players, Carl Granitehammer of the Minas Tirith Titans earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old second baseman had...

Hookers Crowned AAA Champions

"It was two outs in the last inning of the 2018 League Championship Series and my heart is pounding. When the last out was made, a grand feeling came over me. We were the champs for today and forever. We...

December 18, 2008

Player of the Week Trophy to Glomli of Erebor

At the age of 28, Glomli of Erebor might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard center fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

SC's #1 Player, *III of Bucklebury

One of the league's most exciting young players, Scarlett *III of the Bucklebury Fairies earned herself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 23-year-old catcher had a lofty...

Lithlad 2018 League Championship Series Champions

Lithlad did well in regular season play, but they did even better in the postseason -- they won the whole shebang, finishing off the Tuna Casseroles in the League Championship Series 4-3 to claim the crown for the 3rd time....

Entwash Beats Withywindle in League Championship Series

It was Entwash and Withywindle challenging one other in the 2018 SGCBL Double A League Championship Series this season. On paper, there wasn't much difference between the two strong ballclubs, but on the field, the verdict went to the Goblins....

December 11, 2008

Brickfist Collects Player of the Week Award

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career - - and playing like it. Just ask Bror Brickfist, the Grey Havens shortstop, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

Shire Conference Selects Best Performer

At the age of 29, Beleg Roth might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bywater second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

*Balrog Slayer Snares MC Top Batter Award in August

Buffy *Balrog Slayer battered Mordor Conference pitchers all August and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out...

MC Starter of the Month Goes to Amblestar

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Sorrel Amblestar still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in August. The 35-year-old starter for Misty Mountain was named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the...

SC Selects Chubb August's Best Pitcher

Veteran Frodo Chubb put together quite a successful stretch in August for the Old Forest Merry Fellows, earning himself the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Chubb racked up a 5-0 record in 6 starts, posting a 1.36 ERA...

Vruugak Fareomer Winner in Shire Conference

When Vruugak Fareomer stepped up to the plate in August, he did it with confidence and today he was honored with the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. The young Moria left fielder posted a .343 batting average with...

December 08, 2008

MC Player of the Week Named

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Ugbag Blacktooth was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Grey Havens Stars catcher hit .600 while collecting 9 hits in 15...

SC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

Moimli Grubb is respected by most Erebor Eagles fans for his no-frills style of play. The 27-year-old first baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. He compiled a...

December 04, 2008

MC's Top Player Named

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Herman *Slobberknocker, the Dol Guldur second baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

Player of the Week: Bree Left Fielder

Veteran Teun Mulder had a great week at the plate for the Cheese to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 33-year-old Bree left fielder built a .500 average on the strength...

December 01, 2008

Stoneteeth Selected Top Player

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Boli Stoneteeth, the Dunharrow left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

Rockmaster Selected SC Player of the Week

At the age of 34, Relin Rockmaster might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

November 28, 2008

*Balrog Slayer's Strong Week Earns MC Trophy

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Buffy *Balrog Slayer, the Misty Mountain first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her team, but...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Vruugak Fareomer demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Moria left fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

Iceywater Premier Pitcher in July

It was a very good month for Lerin Iceywater in July. The 36-year-old veteran starter for the Dol Guldur Dragons outpitched everybody -- young and old -- to claim the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award earlier today. Iceywater...

Rivendell Starter Wins July's Pitcher Award

Despite the number of years she's been in the league, Elegrina Peremral still gets excited when she puts together a quality stretch like she had in July. The 34-year-old starter for Rivendell was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Dol Guldur's Fyrith MC #1 Batter in July

Though his face is weathered and his hands are calloused, Gollilmer Fyrith can still get it done in Tolkien Baseball. In fact, the 34-year-old right fielder for Dol Guldur was named the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month today after...

Biggles *Dogsbody Winner in Shire Conference

Biggles *Dogsbody, the Bree third baseman, certainly made a name for himself this past month. He banged out a .385 batting average with 37 hits, 8 home runs, 25 RBIs and scored 23 times. That kind of hitting earned him...

November 24, 2008

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

At the age of 31, Nalin Shieldmaster might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Dagorlad right fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Shire Conference Names #1 Player

His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Gorilf Badgermangler was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bucklebury Fairies third baseman hit .552 while collecting 16 hits in 29...

November 20, 2008

Player of the Week Trophy to Ruano

A battle-tested Boris Ruano declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Minas Morgul left fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the...

SC Player of the Week Named

20-year-old Pruudak Starslobberer made a few Rivendell headlines during this past week as the rookie right fielder proved he could compete at the plate with his high-school idols. He captured the attention of fans, journalists and Shire Conference officials last...

November 17, 2008

MC Star of the Week Picked

At the age of 34, Smama Shauma might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Weathertop third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Shire Conference Awards Best Batter Prize

One of the league's most exciting young players, Husil Hammermaker of the Erebor Eagles earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old catcher had a lofty...

*Cutpurse Selected MC Player of the Week

Tinelieth *Cutpurse demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Dagorlad shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them for...

SC Awards Player of the Week

24-year-old Sancho Loreboot sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Loreboot made the establishment sit up and take notice,...

November 13, 2008

Mordor Conference stars defeat the Shire, 7-2

The Mordor Conference All-Stars won their third straight mid-season classic, defeating the Shire squad 7-2 at Moria's Khazad-dum Stadium before 50,000-plus fans. It wasn't really a big blowout, as the score suggests. Instead, the Mordor team chipped away at the...

November 11, 2008

Hall of Fame Inducts Shortstop

The way Mohair *Catsquisher played baseball made the word "superstar" seem inadequate. He played the game at an even higher level and that's why he is now one of the immortals in the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. *Catsquisher played...

November 10, 2008

Minas Morgul's Marblerage Gets MC Player of the Week

At the age of 33, Mim Marblerage might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Morgul third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

Goblinarm Honored by Shire Conference

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Fufur Goblinarm, the Erebor first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

June's Pitcher of the Month Goes to Deneadur

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Denaumir Deneadur still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in June. The 37-year-old starter for Minas Morgul was named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the...

Merry Fellows Starter Wins SC Pitching Award

Sjors Cheeseslicer took home the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month honors in June. After all these years playing ball, the 36-year-old veteran still enjoys the game as though he'd just broken camp for the first time a month ago....

*Stonecutter Snags MC Batting Honor in June

Hot-hitting shortstop Ragnar *Stonecutter of the Isengard Raiders really pounded opposing pitchers in June and collected Mordor Conference Batter of the Month honors. He hit .359 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs and scored 28 runs. Thus far this...

*III Grabs SC Best Batter Award for June

Scarlett *III has made a definite impact on the baseball world by snatching Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors for June. In 24 games the Bucklebury batter hit .423 with 10 home runs, 33 RBIs and 25 runs scored....

SGCBL News: The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

Once again it is time to honor the elite players in the Tolkien Baseball. The league office today announced the names of the players selected to play in the annual league All-Star classic....

Representing the Shire Conference (*1st timer):

Starters
SP Sjors 'Truly' Cheeseslicer (OF) - 14-2, 2.21 ERA, 96 K
C Scarlett 'Mawaan' III (BUC) - .366, 23 HR, 71 RBI
1B Gwogast Gorund (BUC) - .354, 9 HR, 52 RBI
2B Carl Granitehammer (MT) - .268, 13 HR, 49 RBI
3B Brandewyn of Rohan (MRA) - .282, 12 HR, 62 RBI
SS Petunia 'Pet' Gamgee (RIV) - .288, 22 HR, 62 RBI
LF El-Rond 'Battlefield Middle Earth' Hubbard (OF) - .342, 20 HR, 58 RBI
CF Ciurk Badgerpoker (LT) - .293, 25 HR, 65 RBI
RF Elendil 'Pepe' L'pu (BYW) - .401, 20 HR, 61 RBI (cannot play due to injury)

Reserves
Bree - SP D. Boffin, CL G. Fionduil, C G. Spleenwhomper, SS K. Hammermaker
Bucklebury - 3B G. Badgermangler*
Bywater - SP G. Bromburg, CF P. Moraman*
Carrock - RF F. Man-nose*, LF D. Brickfoot
Erebor - SP H. Brilhirion, 1B F. Goblinarm
Lake Town - MR R. Oathrender*
Minas Ithil - SS S. Beladrielith*
Minas Tirith - CL L. Oathback, 2B T. Lómithien*, RF R. Scimitar
Mirkwood - SP R. Bloodytooth*
Moria - SP T. Trollsnapper*, CL T. Trollhead, C S. Jack
Old Forest - CL B. Boreagrin
Rivendell - SP M. Elfplate, CL D. Undomiel, 1B D. Shute*

Participating for the Mordor Conference (*1st timer):

Starters
SP Fareand 'Bud' Elraralindë (DG)* - 8-2, 2.50 ERA, 117 K
C Arghren Glimmerhand (MM) - .339, 11 HR, 47 RBI
1B Buffy 'the' Balrog Slayer (MM) - .363, 27 HR, 62 RBI
2B Herman 'The Hammer' Slobberknocker (DG) - .339, 14 HR, 46 RBI
3B Udun Saruman (LOT)* - .331, 6 HR, 42 RBI
SS Ragnar 'Mini Me' Stonecutter (ISE) - .388, 29 HR, 95 RBI
LF Sarukh the Indefatiguable (DM) - .346, 24 HR, 57 RBI
RF Richard Funderburg (DG) - .285, 13 HR, 45 RBI
RF Gollilmer 'The Bird' Fyrith (DG) - .298, 13 HR, 50 RBI

Reserves
Dagorlad - CL I. Sandyman, SS T. Cutpurse, 3B O. Black
Dol Guldur - CL R. Husband, SP L. Iceywater*
Dunharrow - SP T. Sandybanks, SP F. Belol
Grey Havens - CL N. Filthsludgefad*
Isengard - SP R. Morales, SP V. Ringsmith*, 1B M. Knifecrawler, C M. Gamwich*, LF I. Bauwyn*
Lothlorien - SP V. Rogers, CL G. Boffin, 2B H. Muddyfoot
Minas Morgul - SP D. Deneadur, CL N. Smoothflower, CF P. Gŕndir, RF S. Silkpetal*
Numenor - MR F. Sandybanks*
Ravenhill - MR H. Caverncutter*
Weathertop - 1B P. Elfhand

November 06, 2008

MC Trophy Goes to Gŕndir of Minas Morgul

This week Phaiar Gŕndir, center fielder for the Minas Morgul Slayers, hit his way to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. Gŕndir put on a hitting clinic with a .433 average as he belted and battered MC pitchers...

Player of the Week: Bywater Center Fielder

Today the Shire Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Bywater's talented center fielder Peromer Moraman. When he steps into the batter's box, it's usually a bad omen for pitchers. For the week Moraman batted...

Marblerage Reaches 300 Mark

Mim Marblerage hit a historic home run on June 18 -- career blast number 300. "I am happy to be in such elite company. It has been quite a ride so far," Marblerage said after the game. The Slayers third...

Knifecrawler Wins MC Player of the Week Prize

At the age of 27, Merilmir Knifecrawler might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Isengard first baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Toughest Out of the Week Wins SC Award

Scarlett *III demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week and today she took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bucklebury catcher wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them for...

October 23, 2008

*Stonecutter Selected Top Player

Ragnar *Stonecutter demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Isengard shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them for...

Player of the Week Trophy to *III

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what she's got. Scarlett *III, the Bucklebury Fairies 22-year-old catcher, put herself in the spotlight last week making...

October 20, 2008

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Veteran Tanta Chubb had a great week at the plate for the Devils to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 34-year-old Dunharrow shortstop built a .370 average on the strength of...

Shire Conference Announces #1 Player

One of the league's most exciting young players, Gorilf Badgermangler of the Bucklebury Fairies earned himself Shire Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old third baseman had a...

Morales Collects MC Pitching Award

Veteran Renato Morales put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Isengard Raiders, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Morales racked up a 6-1 record in 7 starts, posting a 3.45 ERA over 47...

May's Top Hurler is Cheeseslicer

Sjors Cheeseslicer's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 6-1 in May, the 36-year-old Old Forest hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 41 in 49.1 innings,...

May's #1 Batter Announced

The hard-hitting shortstop from Isengard, Ragnar *Stonecutter, wielded a big bat in May and was hailed as the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. He hit a healthy .402 with 6 home runs, 32 RBIs and 28 runs scored. This...

*Hubbard Gets SC Batter of the Month Trophy

Old Forest's El-Rond *Hubbard had a productive May and topped it off by winning the Batter of the Month citation from the Shire Conference. The 22-year-old left fielder stood out at the plate with a .343 batting average, 6 home...

October 16, 2008

MC Player of the Week Goes to Miller of Dead Marshes

Few players his age are still in the league, but Raymond Miller of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 36-year-old third baseman hit the ball with...

SC Star of the Week Honored

Scarlett *III has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 22-year-old catcher of the Bucklebury Fairies had a pretty fair bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days and won the Player of the...

Makk the Knife Hurls No-No Against Mirkwood

MIRKWOOD - In a seldom seen sight, Makk the Knife threw a no-hitter as the Bywater Bounders beat the Mirkwood Marauders 1-0 on May 25. In a dominating performance at Woodland Field he struck out 5 and walked 2 while...

October 13, 2008

This Week's Star Player is Muddyfoot

Hamson Muddyfoot of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks might have lost a step over the years, but the 35-year-old second baseman can still get it done. He beat out several other worthy Mordor Conference hitters over this past week to claim the...

Hammermaker Collects Player of the Week Award

Few players his age are still in the league, but Kobur Hammermaker of the Bree Cheese clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 38-year-old shortstop hit the ball with the consistency...

October 09, 2008

Knifecrawler Selected Top Performer in MC

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Merilmir Knifecrawler, the Isengard first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

Mirkwood Second Baseman Picked SC Player of the Week

At the age of 27, Borg Ditchdigger might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

October 07, 2008

Star of the Week Awarded in MC

Buffy *Balrog Slayer of the Misty Mountain Hops culminated a sensational week of play by being named the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. She rocked the opposition with a .433 batting average, 13 hits in 30 at-bats, 4 home...

SC Star of the Week Honored

At the age of 26, Santos Filmaldur might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Lake Town second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

Stars Starter Wins MC Pitching Award

Born Long Cleve nailed down April's Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award today, adding pressure on Grey Havens to get a deal done before the 34-year-old becomes a free agent. Long Cleve seems unfazed by the talk. "We get...

SC Premier Pitcher is Bywater's Bromburg

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Glodunter Bromburg still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in April. The 32-year-old starter for Bywater was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Isengard's *Stonecutter MC #1 Batter in April

Today Ragnar *Stonecutter was voted Mordor Conference Batter of the Month for May. During the month he compiled a .419 batting average. Most importantly for Isengard though, he also posted 13 home runs, 33 RBIs and 25 runs scored....

*L'pu Wins Best Bat Trophy in April

Only one person can take home the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy for April and that person is Elendil *L'pu. During the month the Bywater right fielder collected 46 hits in 115 at-bats. *L'pu put up a .400...

October 02, 2008

*Stonecutter Week's #1 Player

One of the league's most exciting young players, Ragnar *Stonecutter of the Isengard Raiders earned himself Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in last week's games. For the week the 25-year-old shortstop had a lofty...

Week's Top Player: Bywater's *L'pu

Elendil *L'pu demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Bywater right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

September 29, 2008

Fyrith Week's #1 Player

Veteran Gollilmer Fyrith had a great week at the plate for the Dragons to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old Dol Guldur right fielder built a .480 average on the...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

At the age of 31, Rentarou Kei might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

September 25, 2008

Week's Best Player Honored by MC

Udun *Saruman demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Lothlorien third baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

Player of the Week: Bywater's *L'pu

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Elendil *L'pu, the Bywater Bounders 19-year-old right fielder, put himself in the spotlight last week...

September 22, 2008

MC Announces Player of the Week

Palin Oakenslayer did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The shortstop hit .833 for the...

SC Star of the Week Named

At the age of 32, Petunia Gamgee might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

September 18, 2008

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List Published

The season is about to start, so it's time for Baseball America to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year old designated hitter Gorbadoc Bracegirdle of the Bucklebury Fairies is the #1 prospect overall. Here is the...

September 07, 2008

2018 Predictions

MESN is back with their annual take on the league and their best bets for playoff contention. Though the track record is spotty (especially concerning the wild cards), the crack staff at network HQ are giving it another go. One...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Old Forest squeaked out a 2-game margin over Minas Tirith last season despite an aging Merry Fellows pitching staff and the powerful bats of the Titans, especially that of Shire MVP Rhedry Scimitar. This year, the Titans are looking better than ever. Their pitching staff from '17 remains intact with 18-year old rising star, Thoren *Oakenshield Jr., ready to break out. They still have Scimitar, Carl Granitehammer and Balin Bloodspear, and the newly acquired veteran, Rognash Kidneyslammer.

Old Forest still has spark left with a rotation that includes Frodo Chubb, Sjors Cheeseslicer and Yvestil Ala'Niel and the added Bugrin Spinner. All of them are in their mid-thirties, but Merry Fellows management is banking on their experience to pull the team through. And Old Forest still has powerful bats in El-Rond *Hubbard, Thor Wingnutt, Cinquefoil Boartooth and Beleg Roth.

But wait. Left for dead the last couple of seasons, Rivendell is under new leadership and is promising to make this a 3-way race. Mundin Elfplate is the exception to the rule for the Royals pitching staff. While Elfplate racked up 321 K's last season, don't expect the rest of the Rivendell hurlers to match him. The rest of the gang, including newly signed Elegrina Peremral are more crafty than powerful. Meanwhile, Loopy *Squishmasher, Petunia Gamgee, Relin Rockmaster and the newest Royal, Hudash Elfprodder, should keep the run production up.

Barring injury, though, Old Forest should once again barely edge out Minas Tirith for the Elf Division pennant, with the Royals placing third.

Division winner: Old Forest Merry Fellows

Hobbit Division
The Bounders have pretty much had the stage to themselves since 2014. Other than a 1-game margin over Minas Ithil in 2016, the rest of the pack has been well behind Bywater for years. The return of PapaBear to the Eagles changes things. Erebor has been making deals this off-season, and their bats are ready to take on the vaunted Bounder pitching staff. With the acquisition of Firbal the Nasty, the Eagles have bats lined up to give the division nightmares, including Celeborn *Silverspike, Tanta Chubb, Saravin Darkbrother and Moimli Grubb. If anything stops them, it will be their relatively weak pitching.

Pitching is not a Bywater weakness. The Bounders have Glodunter Bromburg, Bagdreg the Hated and Dilir Iceywater, with Haleodur Grilgol in the bullpen. Last year's top rookie, Elendil *L'pu, and Pimpernel Oreslayer lead a relatively weak lineup when compared to Erebor's.

Bywater is going to have a rough time containing Erebor, but the Bounders should remain on top for at least one more year.

Division Winner: Bywater Bounders

Dwarf Division
Moria's meteoric rise from the shadow of the Cheese that took place 2 seasons ago doesn't look to be stopping this year. Sam Gamgee Batter, Splinter *Jack, leads an all-star cast of hitters into battle that includes Brandewyn of Rohan, Vruugak Fareomer, Shaglakh the Devastator and Gibur Rockrender. Quinn Ladygrass, Tubur Trollsnapper and Theodorus Tumbletoe, with help from relievers Tigan Trollhead and Katie Bell, will try to match Bree pitch-for-pitch.

But Bree hasn't won less than 90 games since their inaugural season. Biggles *Dogsbody, Grikak Spleenwhomper, Bill Pelham, Kobur Hammermaker and Teun Mulder lead the attack, while the arms of starters Drogo Boffin and Vrsol Swordbasher and relievers Gollaiborn Fionduil, Rebo Roadapple, Hofur Goldcutter, and Elladan Entwhisperer keep the other guy's bats in check.

The Cheese should return to the top of the Dwarf Division this year, but it will be a long, hard struggle against the Miners.

Division Winner: Bree Cheese

Shire Wild Card Winner: Moria Miners

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dunharrow ran away with the division last year after 4 seasons of Misty Mountain dominance. The Devils still have the great hitting of Jiminy *Monkeybone, Fufur Goblinarm and Fuli Green, also picking up Imcir Imcirion, but their pitching staff falls short. After Hallalonn Brilhirion, Todo Sandybanks and Fosil Belol leave the mound, there's not much in the bullpen.

Meanwhile, the Hops are under a new GM, and they've got Buffy *Balrog Slayer, Arghren Glimmerhand, Tran Clawfoot and Tathor Legaldor in their lineup, with Sorrel Amblestar facing down opponents on the hill.

Grey Havens and Dead Marshes could hang in with the Hops and Devils, but it's not because they are great teams. It's because this is a poor division.

Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
Lothlorien kept their divisional winning streak alive last year, but it was a lot tougher than usual. Besides finishing with a sub-.500 record, Weathertop, Ravenhill and Numenor all made runs at the division flag. Look for more of the same this year, but the Lumberjacks pitching staff looks better this season with the signing of Vincent Rogers. Rogers joins Gimli Cloudskin, Gragar Drowslobberer and Stanley Walczak in the starting rotation, with Gwilmir Boffin set to close games.

Ravenhill has made some off season moves, including signing starting pitcher Ishwush the Basher. Darkle Elivande and Rabur Axecutter join the Basher in the rotation. Darkwings bats might tell the story this year, with Tom *Dill, Isembard Ploughman and Mosin Bunce set to fire up the lineup.

Former Lumberjack, Gollomer Gauthor leads the Weathertop attack, joined by Minya Hisiel and Smama Shauma. The Witch Kings still have Robert *Plant in their arsenal of hurlers. He's joined by Glonar Arwima and Fabur Beardcutter.

Finally, the Numenor Kings have been trying to get back into it for years. Their high profile signing of Minto Foxburr should liven things up around Capital One Stadium. Foxburr joins Sortai Guril, Gilly Hill and Thudor Nadrierion as the punch, while Hildibrand Bridger, Sylvania Arborna and Prilak Hammershaker lead from the mound.

Lothlorien should win by a wider margin this season, but the rest of the pack will not make that easy.

Division Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
This is the fun one, folks. For 8 years, the Minas Morgul Slayers were untouchable in this division, but all that changed last season. The Troll Division became, and remains, a real dog fight between all 4 participants.

Isengard has a dominating lineup with stars like Ragnar *Stonecutter, Glomli of Erebor, Merilmir Knifecrawler, Michale Fimir and the young Isumbras Bauwyn. Where they are weak is in pitching. After Renato Morales, the Raiders don't really have a big game starter.

Dagorlad, fresh off last year's Wild Card turn, is looking to come back with a more pitching centered roster. Steven Villegas and Vim Rinlyg lead the starting rotation, but a hot bullpen that includes Bungo Moss, Verin Bilas, Pedro Gonzalez, Rowan Moss and lights-out closer, Isengrim Sandyman will keep things close for the Disaster hitters, Orgulas Black, Tinilieth *Cutpurse and Nalin Shieldmaster.

Dol Guldur won it all last year, and other than losing Rogers to free agency, they're still a potent force. The pitching rotation includes Lerin Iceywater and Dejatok Belebrildur, and they have last year's Gwaihir Reliever, Ronald Husband, but it's the Dragons hitters that put them in the hunt. Herman *Slobberknocker, Gollilmer Fyrith, Samwise Peatfingers, Palin Oakenslayer and Amadis Xiquena are a potent force to be reckoned with.

Finally, the Slayers, despite going into a rebuilding mode, cannot be counted out. Phaiar Gandir, Boinar Clubwalker, Boris Ruano, Sakura Silkpetal and Mim Marblerage all look to keep the run production up. Meanwhile, a devastating pitching staff includes Denaumir Deneadur, Mathilda the Sling, Scott Buxton and Niara Smoothflower.

Isengard is our toss-up favorite, but it's going to be close. Really close.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders

Mordor Wild Card Winner: Dagorlad Disaster

Shire Conference Winner: Bree Cheese
Mordor Conference Winner: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

SGCBL League Champion: Bree Cheese

August 29, 2008

Veterans still looking for a home

While most of the top stars in the free agent market have already signed contracts, there are still a few names hanging around the week before Spring Training. True, many of them are over 30 and risky choices as starting...

Some of the players still on the hunt for a team include:

LF Ralin Rockbinder, 37. The first SGCBL player ever, 'Kid' has long since turned into an ironic nickname. Yet, Rockbinder continues to produce. Last year he hit .280 with 19 HR and 65 RBI and stole 35 bases, raising his career SB total to 717 (3rd all-time). The future Hall of Famer now has career totals of 400 HR (9th), 1335 RBI (5th), 1380 Runs (2nd), 2076 Hits (11th), 104 Triples (3rd) and 1095 Walks (6th).

C Ugbag Blacktooth, 33. One of the league's best backstops for 11 years, Blackie has a .283 lifetime average and hit .300 last year for the League Champion Bywater Bounders.

SP Andrack Antslammer, 34. 11-6 last season with Moria (119-90 lifetime), Antslammer isn't quite Hall of Fame material, and his no-hitter came 9 years ago, but he hasn't really lost much (if any) stuff over the years. A solid 3rd or 4th starter.

SP Donnie Ling, 33. The former Dagorlad hurler made his presence felt during the playoffs, starting 4 games for the Disaster, going 2-2 with a 2.05 ERA. Ling has seen action in the bullpen as well as the starting rotation. He was Dagorlad's closer in 2013, going 7-3 with 36 Saves and a 1.88 ERA.

MR Uinen the Cruel, 34. A fireballing pitcher, Uinen has pretty clearly made the case over the past 9 seasons that he is not a quality starter. However, when Dunharrow put him back in the bullpen for the first time since 2011, he really shined, going 4-1 with a save and a 2.86 ERA in 33 appearances.

3B Perauman Merumli, 37. No spring chicken, the Legolas Fielder winner still hit .264 last year for Isengard while playing at 1B, 2B, 3B and even 2 games in CF.

3B Rognash Kidneyslammer, 35. 'The Rog' has been a solid infielder since being tapped as the first member of the Old Forest Merry Fellows in 2003. He might have lost a step or two, but he still stole 16 bases last year to raise his career total to 375.

LF Vorzava Tinond, 36. With a .224 career average, Tinond has never been known as a master batsman. However, his is not so much the art of stringing together a bunch of singles as knocking the tar out of the ball. He has 443 career HR (4th all-time) and 1398 RBI (3rd all-time). On top of that, he has stolen 429 bases (16th all-time). His terrible season last year might be the mark of the end of his career, but it was the first time he hit less that 20 HR ever, including his rookie season.

August 17, 2008

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Today marks the start of the SGCBL free agency period. Clubhouses across Tolkien Baseball were already abuzz with rumors as players began filing at midnight. They will be able to negotiate deals with any club in the league. Once the...

August 14, 2008

Brilhirion Wins 2nd MVP

Hallalonn 'Bring It' Brilhirion of the Dunharrow Devils has won the 2017 Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP Award, and in the process he becomes the first pitcher to win it in both conferences. In 2012, Brilhirion was the first pitcher to...

Scimitar Named MVP in Close Tally

In one of the closest races in recent memory, Rhedry 'Bloodstained' Scimitar of the Minas Tirith Titans edged out Moria's Splinter *Jack to become this year's Aragorn MVP for the Shire Conference. Scimitar, who tied the 13 year old season...

Ala'Niel Grabs SC Gandalf Pitcher Award

There's less room in Yvestil Ala'Niel's trophy case today after she brought home the 2017 Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. The talented Old Forest Merry Fellows star finished the year 22-6 with a 2.27 ERA. She struck out 275 in...

Top Rookie Crowned by Mordor Conference

The Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award honoree has been picked for 2017 and the winner is Dunharrow center fielder Jiminy *Monkeybone. The talented Devils center fielder took the trophy by hitting .330 in 144 games this season and finishing with...

Best MC Hurler Chosen for 2017

This past season was very special for Hallalonn Brilhirion of the Dunharrow Devils. He picked up 23 wins against only 6 losses and was chosen the winner of the 2017 Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. The 33-year-old Devils ace fashioned...

Dunharrow's *Monkeybone Wins MC Sam Gamgee Batter

2017 was a special season for Dunharrow center fielder Jiminy *Monkeybone and it was capped off today with the announcement that he was named the winner of the Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. *Monkeybone compiled a .330 batting average and...

Shire Conference Picks #1 Rookie

For several weeks the rumor mill had it that the 2017 Frodo Rookie Award winner was a foregone conclusion and the trophy would go to Bywater right fielder, Elendil *L'pu. It is no longer a rumor -- the Shire Conference...

SC Announces #1 Batter Award

Splinter *Jack of the Moria Miners proved that you can step out of the shadows and onto the stage if you've got the talent and the drive to hone your skills. Hard work, long hours and a tireless resolve paid...

August 13, 2008

2017 Elrond Managers of the Year

MIDDLE EARTH - Today the league announced its selections for the 2017 Elrond Manager of the Year trophy in both the Shire and Mordor Conferences. In the Shire, Bywater's GM, Sir Kenneth Iggette, took home the award after having improved...

August 12, 2008

Husband and Grilgol Named Gwaihir Relievers

Ronald Husband of the Dol Guldur Dragons and Haleodur Grilgol were officially named the Mordor and Shire Conference Gwaihir Relievers of the Year today. A press release from league headquarters confirmed the numbers and made it official. Husband, 30, wins...

August 11, 2008

Bounders Triumph in 2017 Return of the King Series

DOL GULDUR - Bywater topped Dol Guldur 8-0 today at Dol Guldur Stadium to win the Tolkien Baseball Return of the King Series. The Bounders took the series 4-3. He didn't put a spell on them. It wasn't black magic,...

July 31, 2008

*Stonecutter Crowned MC Bat King

The 2017 Mordor Conference batting champion is Ragnar *Stonecutter of the Isengard Raiders. He just closed out an impressive season with a .360 average. His consistency at the plate was a prime reason the 24-year-old shortstop beat out the competition....

Shaglakh the Devastator Wins 2017 SC Batting Title

The Shire Conference batting race ended with Moria's Shaglakh the Devastator on top with a .366 average. The Miners right fielder was officially named the winner today. For the season he totaled 222 hits, 17 home runs with 68 RBIs...

July 28, 2008

Star of the Week Picked in MC

When it came to hitting the baseball, Samwise Peatfingers was in a class by himself in the Mordor Conference this past week. Nobody did it better. The outstanding first baseman for Dol Guldur tagged opposing pitchers for a .381 average...

Big Bat Bags SC Best Player Award

What's in a number? In baseball, just about everything. The numbers that Minas Ithil's Tina Legŕl stacked up last week were the envy of the league, as Legŕl came away with Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. She belted...

July 24, 2008

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

This week's top performer in the Mordor Conference was left fielder Borulf Diamondlegs of the Dagorlad Disaster. He pounded out a .727 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week Diamondlegs connected for 16 hits...

SC Player of the Week, *III of Bucklebury

Scarlett *III went on a week-long hitting spree against Shire Conference pitchers and captured the Player of the Week honors. The Bucklebury catcher battered the opposition for 15 hits, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs and scored 7 runs. She hit...

July 21, 2008

Lothlorien Third Baseman Week's Best in MC

The premier performer in the Mordor Conference this week was Fesil Goldkiller of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. The hot-hitting 24-year-old third baseman put up a .417 average and .462 on-base percentage, piling up 10 hits in 24 at-bats, 4 home runs,...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Ralin Rockbinder had a week for the ages as he romped to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The happy-go-lucky 37-year-old still plays ball like a kid, mashing and slashing as he goes. The Bywater Bounders left fielder...

Snowthorns Win 2017 League Championship Series

The 2017 League Championship Series is history and the SGCBL Single A has added another champion to its record book. Southfarthing prevailed over Hithlum today and wrote their names in it with a 12-2 victory at Southfarthing Grounds. It was...

Herders KO's Manglers

The Mittalmar Herders concluded the season in grand fashion -- they won the SGCBL Double A League Championship Series. They nailed it down at Herders Ballpark by whipping the Methedras Manglers 11-4 to win it all. They took the series...

July 17, 2008

MC Player of the Week Awarded

The Mordor Conference has named its Top Player of the Week. The honor went to Buffy *Balrog Slayer, first baseman of the Misty Mountain Hops. In an extraordinary hitting display, she belted out hits at a .382 pace to win...

Moria Shortstop Nabs SC Weekly Award

Gibur Rockrender more than did his part for the Moria Miners over the last seven days and earned Shire Conference Player of the Week honors in the process. The club's shortstop logged an impressive .480 average, drove in 7 runs,...

Devils Starter Named August's Premier Pitcher

When Hallalonn Brilhirion takes the hill, there's a good chance for a Dunharrow victory. At least that's the way it was in May. He excelled with a 6-0 mark and a 1.09 ERA in 6 starts, tossed 49.1 innings, fanned...

Old Forest Starter Named SC's #1 Pitcher

This month the Shire Conference spotlight fell on pitcher Sjors Cheeseslicer of the Old Forest Merry Fellows. What a August he had! A fine 4-0 won-lost record, 0.61 ERA, 6 starts, 44.1 innings pitched and 41 strikeouts -- good enough...

Jiminy *Monkeybone Selected August's Best Batter

Dunharrow's Jiminy *Monkeybone had a productive August and topped it off by winning the Batter of the Month citation from the Mordor Conference. The 23-year-old center fielder stood out at the plate with a .440 batting average, 7 home runs,...

August's Best Batter Announced

Today Erebor's Celeborn *Silverspike was named the Shire Conference Batter of the Month for August. He punished SC hurlers hard all month long, collecting 37 hits in 99 at-bats. With a .374 batting average, 6 home runs, 22 RBIs and...

July 14, 2008

MC's Best Player, *Dill of Ravenhill

This week's outstanding performer in the Mordor Conference was catcher Tom *Dill of the Ravenhill Darkwings. He racked up a .474 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week *Dill plastered 9 hits in 19...

Hot Hitter Wins SC Award

Hudash Elfprodder of the Minas Ithil Wyrms has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. That fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Elfprodder logged a .409 batting average...

July 10, 2008

Grubb Wins SC Player of the Week

Moimli Grubb of the Erebor Eagles put the finishing touch on an exceptional week of play by being named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. He rocked the opposition with a .375 batting average, 9 hits in 24 at-bats,...

Star of the Week Selected in MC

Jiminy *Monkeybone must have thought he was in seventh heaven this week. First he went on a sensational hitting spree, belting the ball at a .519 pace, then the Dunharrow center fielder finds outs he has been selected the top...

July 07, 2008

Fyrith Collects Player of the Week Award

Gollilmer Fyrith made quite a splash in the Mordor Conference this past week. The Dol Guldur Dragons right fielder drilled opposing pitchers for 10 hits in 25 at-bats to roll up a .400 batting average and the Mordor Conference Player...

Lake Town First Baseman Nets SC Award

With some great hand-eye coordination and a sweet, compact swing, Lake Town Archers first baseman Imredoc Gwildur took the Shire Conference by storm this past week to take the latest Player of the Week honors. "The ball was looking like...

July 03, 2008

Brandewyn of Rohan Sticks It to SC Pitchers

At the age of 28, Brandewyn of Rohan might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Moria third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven...

MC Player of the Week Chosen

This week he let his bat do the talking. That's why Glomli of Erebor of the Isengard Raiders was named the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. For the week the 26-year-old center fielder batted .619 (13-21) with 1 home...

July's #1 Hurler Announced - Villegas Winner

Steven Villegas nailed down July's Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award today, adding pressure on Dagorlad to get a deal done before the 33-year-old becomes a free agent. Villegas seems unfazed by the talk. "We get a deal done...

July's Premier Pitcher Announced By SC

Gomli Forgedelver of the Lake Town Archers strung a bunch of high quality starts together in July to earn the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month trophy. For the month he finished with a superlative 5 wins and no losses...

Mordor Conference Picks July's Best Batter

It was a successful month for Herman *Slobberknocker of Dol Guldur. He won the Mordor Conference Best Batter Trophy for July. *Slobberknocker batted .438 average, hit 6 home runs, drove in 16 runs, scored 26 times and compiled a .519...

*Véneanár Brings Home SC Batter of Month Honor

Mirkwood's Mablung *Véneanár wowed sportswriters in July with an award-winning performance. For his standout play he was voted the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. He rang up a .394 batting average with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs and 25...

June 30, 2008

SC's Best Player Named

MINAS TIRITH - All week long Phaiar Gŕndir made the highlight reels and made headlines -- his name and face were everywhere. So it was no surprise to anyone when he was chosen the Shire Conference's Player of the Week...

Super Week for Dol Guldur's Peatfingers!

Mordor Conference pitchers tried and tried all week long to stop Samwise Peatfingers, but to no avail. His eyes would light up when he came to the plate and he hit everything in sight, batting .462 for the week to...

June 26, 2008

Hard to Handle Hitter Wins MC Honor

Today the Mordor Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Dol Guldur right fielder Gollilmer Fyrith. When he steps into the batter's box, it's usually bad news for pitchers. For the week he batted .360...

Best Player Award Caps Great Week

32-year-old third baseman Mim Marblerage of the Bucklebury Fairies is the talk of the Shire Conference for putting on a torrid hitting display last week and claiming the Player of the Week Award. Marblerage rapped out a sensational .545 batting...

June 23, 2008

*Slobberknocker Selected Top Performer in MC

This week's best performer in the Mordor Conference was second baseman Herman *Slobberknocker of the Dol Guldur Dragons. He slashed out a .538 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week *Slobberknocker stroked 14 hits...

SC Honors Mirkwood Shortstop

The Shire Conference today announced Mablung *Véneanár as its most recent Player of the Week. The Mirkwood shortstop was truly in a zone as he hit .538 (14-26) with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. In 2017 *Véneanár has hit...

June 19, 2008

Dunharrow Shortstop Nets MC Award

His face might be sun-baked after all the years he's invested in this game, but Odovacar Underhill of the Dunharrow Devils is still playing a kid's game -- and getting paid for it. The veteran shortstop had a tremendous last...

SC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Carl Granitehammer demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Minas Tirith second baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding...

June 17, 2008

Hall of Fame Inducts Starting Pitcher

Today was a historic day that Gwomer Grailas will never forget. Today the superb pitcher was installed into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame alongside the great baseball immortals of the past. He was introduced by one of his former...

Mordor Squad Crushes Shire in All-Star Game

The Mordor Conference All-Stars brought their big bats to the game, and in front of a friendly crowd at Dol Guldur Stadium, they humiliated the Shire with a 14-3 rout. After 4 innings of what looked to be a pitching-dominated...

June 12, 2008

2017 All-Star Game Rosters Announced

Showcase for the Stars -- The Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game It's a great game for the fans. The midsummer classic comes around each year at this time to the delight of every baseball fan. All of the gifted and talented...

Scimitar SC's Best of the Week

Minas Tirith fans have something to crow about today as Minas Tirith right fielder Rhedry Scimitar nabbed the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there are times when it's...

Dol Guldur's Fyrith Gets MC Player of the Week

This week's Player of the Week was Gollilmer Fyrith of the Dol Guldur Dragons. He ambushed Mordor Conference pitching for 13 hits in 25 at-bats, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs, while hitting .520 and scoring 6 runs. In 2017...

Mordor Conference Selects #1 Starter in June

The Mordor Conference announced today that Kosil Hammershaker has been chosen the league's Pitcher of the Month. The Dagorlad starter had everything working for him last month as he glided to a 5-1 record. In June Hammershaker chalked up a...

Ladygrass Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

There's no doubt that Miners starter Quinn Ladygrass earned her Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. She left absolutely no room for doubt as she mowed her way through the opposition in June. During the month Ladygrass was 5-0...

MC's Premier Batter Picked

Michale Fimir feasted on Mordor Conference pitching in June and today he walked off with the Batter of the Month award. The Isengard right fielder rapped out a .359 batting average while collecting 37 hits, 10 home runs, 26 RBIs...

Super Month Nets Gŕndir #1 Batter Prize in SC

The Shire Conference has selected its Hitter of the Month for June and the honor went to Phaiar Gŕndir, Minas Tirith's fine center fielder. Gŕndir was selected after batting .375, hitting 10 home runs, scoring 24 runs and driving in...

June 09, 2008

Week's Best Player - Rivendell's *Squishmasher

The Shire Conference has selected its Player of the Week and the honor went to Loopy *Squishmasher, Rivendell's fine shortstop. For the week the he batted .476 (10-21) with 3 home runs, 6 runs and 8 RBIs. *Squishmasher is hitting...

MC Names Best Player

Buffy *Balrog Slayer finds herself in the Mordor Conference spotlight today after his impossible-to-ignore performance last week. She carried the Misty Mountain Hops on her shoulders, earning Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The 30-year-old hit .524 (11-21) with...

June 06, 2008

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

All week long Fulgor Flashheart was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason he was voted the Player of the Week. The Lothlorien shortstop rapped out 11 hits in 23 at-bats for a .478...

Bywater Left Fielder Nets SC Award

This week Ralin Rockbinder, left fielder for the Bywater Bounders, slashed, mashed and bashed his way to the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. Rockbinder put up a .517 average as he pounded out 15 hits, no home runs,...

June 02, 2008

SC Star of the Week Honored

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Phaiar Gŕndir, the Minas Tirith center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

Clawslinger Pounds MC Pitchers This Week

A battle-tested Bombur Clawslinger declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Misty Mountain right fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the...

May 29, 2008

SC Presents Player of the Week Trophy

It was announced today that Old Forest shortstop Beleg Roth snagged the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his outstanding play last week. He posted a .345 batting average as he collected 10 hits, 4 home runs and...

MC's #1 Player Named

Dead Marshes fans had a lot to cheer about this week as right fielder Wenceslao Silva brought home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. During his week-long batting binge he reeled off a .500 batting average, 15 hits...

MC Top Pitcher in May - Brilhirion

Hallalonn Brilhirion of the Dunharrow Devils is the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month. In May he sparkled and shined on the mound with 5 wins and 1 loss in 6 starts. Brilhirion checked opposing batters on 30 base hits...

May's Top Starter Named in SC

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Glodunter Bromburg still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 31-year-old starter for Bywater was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Great May Gets Peatfingers MC Best Hitter Award

Samwise Peatfingers of the Dol Guldur Dragons had a field day with Mordor Conference pitchers last month and was crowned the Batter of the Month as a result. During May he compiled a .327 batting average, drove in 32 runs...

Bree's Pelham Acclaimed Best SC Hitter

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, Bill Pelham put together a solid offensive month for Bree and was crowned May's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .340 with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs and 29 runs scored....

May 26, 2008

Gŕndir Selected Player of the Week

What's in a number? In baseball, just about everything. The numbers that Minas Tirith's Phaiar Gŕndir stacked up last week were the envy of the league, as Gŕndir came away with Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. He belted...

Great Week for Isengard's Center Fielder

The Mordor Conference made it official today: Glomli of Erebor is the Player of the Week. He really sparkled on the diamond this week with a .435 average to take home the trophy. The Isengard center fielder went 10-23, drove...

May 22, 2008

Great Week for Mirkwood's Shortstop

Mirkwood Marauders shortstop Mablung *Véneanár walked away with the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award today after putting up some impressive numbers over the past seven days. "The Marauders fans are really behind me right now," said the 24-year-old....

Week's Best Player Honored by MC

Amadis Xiquena went on a hitting rampage last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and collected the Player of the Week Award. The Dol Guldur catcher connected for 10 hits in 18 at-bats and 2 home runs. For the week he...

May 19, 2008

Gamgee SC's Best of the Week

The Shire Conference has selected its Player of the Week. The honor went to Petunia Gamgee, third baseman of the Rivendell Royals. In a standout performance, she lit up the league with a .524 average to win the award. Gamgee...

Shauma Picked Best Player

According to the voters, Smama Shauma of the Weathertop Witch Kings had the best week of all Mordor Conference hitters as he was named this week's Player of the Week. The third baseman's accomplishments include 13 hits in 28 at-bats,...

May 15, 2008

Hard to Handle Hitter Wins SC Honor

It was announced today that Minas Tirith first baseman Sugnus Strongbow snagged the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his outstanding play last week. He posted a .542 batting average as he collected 13 hits, 1 home run...

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Named

Dagorlad fans had a lot to cheer about this week as right fielder Nalin Shieldmaster brought home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. During his week-long batting binge he reeled off a .522 batting average, 12 hits and...

May 12, 2008

Mordor Conference Announces April's Top Pitcher

April was a magical month for Sorrel Amblestar of Misty Mountain. He held the Mordor Conference hitters spellbound, conjuring up a 6-0 mark and a 1.74 ERA. Amblestar also chalked up 8 starts, 57 innings and 56 strikeouts. For this...

*the Priest - April's Pitcher of the Month

April was a very good month for Akorahil *the Priest of the Minas Ithil Wyrms. He held opposing hitters for a .200 average and took home the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award. In 6 starts he claimed a...

MC's Top Hitter Named

Misty Mountain's Buffy *Balrog Slayer wowed sportswriters in April with an award-winning performance. For her standout play she was voted the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. She rang up a .325 batting average with 13 home runs, 32 RBIs...

*Hubbard Snags SC Batting Honor in April

It was a good month for Old Forest Merry Fellows left fielder El-Rond *Hubbard, April's Shire Conference Batter of the Month. *Hubbard starred by hitting .396 with a .454 on-base percentage. He totaled 42 hits in 106 at-bats, 12 home...

MC Star of the Week Named

Rowan Grubb did nothing to hurt his value as an upcoming free agent last week, making contact with the ball at every opportunity and reeling in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The catcher hit .684 for the...

SC Announces Player of the Week

A red-hot bat made Biggles *Dogsbody the obvious choice for this week's Shire Conference Player of the Week. The Bree third baseman laid down some numbers that no one else could match, including a .577 average, 15 hits in 26...

May 08, 2008

MC Awards Player of the Week

Grumpus *the Grumpest of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks had a super week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 32-year-old center fielder put up a .406 average with a .424 on-base percentage, racking up...

Shire Conference Winner is Brickfoot

Carrock fans had a lot to cheer about this week as left fielder Durin Brickfoot brought home the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. During his week-long batting binge he reeled off a .500 batting average, 14 hits and...

May 05, 2008

Great Week for Old Forest's Left Fielder

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike, when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. El-Rond *Hubbard, the Old Forest Merry Fellows 21-year-old left fielder, put himself in the spotlight...

Week's Top Player - Dagorlad's Black

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Orgulas Black, the Dagorlad third baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also pick...

May 02, 2008

Carrock's Faromli Snaps Up Player of the Week

The 35-year-old Carrock Bears first baseman might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Galaigast Faromli has been a reliable ballplayer, one who has worked hard to...

MC Star of the Week Announced

A hot-hitting week got Buffy *Balrog Slayer the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. She really wore out her welcome with league pitchers. The Misty Mountain first baseman slammed them for a .333 average, 11 hits in 33 at-bats,...

March 30, 2008

*Balrog Slayer Wins Third MVP Trophy

For the third time in the last 4 years, Buffy *Balrog Slayer of Misty Mountain has won the Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP award. This year she did it by narrowly defeating teammate, Sorrel Amblestar. Both were named 1st on the...

Buffy *Balrog Slayer Picks Up Third MVP Trophy

For the third time in the last 4 years, Buffy *Balrog Slayer of Misty Mountain has won the Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP award. This year she did it by narrowly defeating teammate, Sorrel Amblestar. Both were named 1st on the...

Fyrith Named Shire MVP

When Bree's Gollilmer Fyrith stepped up to the plate this year, opposing pitchers trembled. Fyrith dominated the skies above league ballparks with towering shots. In the end, he racked up 55 HR and 157 RBI, finishing just 2 shy of...

Mordor Conference Top Rookie Announced

Today the Middle Earth baseball writers announced the winner of the Frodo Rookie Award. The top-rated rookie in the Mordor Conference was the talented Dagorlad shortstop Tinelieth *Cutpurse. 2016 was quite a year for him. He finished out the regular...

2016 MC Gandalf Pitcher Award Chosen

Sorrel Amblestar of the Misty Mountain Hops had an excellent year and has been rewarded with the 2016 Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award. He regularly dished out misery to other ballclubs, capping the season with a fine 26-10 won-lost mark....

the Nasty Nabs MC Sam Gamgee Batter

The Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter has been selected for 2016 and the award went to the standout Minas Morgul first baseman Firbal the Nasty. He starred this season with a .337 batting average, 205 hits, 39 home runs, 110...

Top SC Rookie Trophy Taken by *Hubbard

The Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award honoree has been picked for 2016 and the winner was Old Forest designated hitter El-Rond *Hubbard. The talented Merry Fellows designated hitter took the trophy by hitting .310 in 156 games this season and...

Gandalf Pitcher Award Winner Announced

When Sjors Cheeseslicer takes the hill, there's a good chance for a Old Forest victory. At least that's the way it was this past season. He excelled with a 22-7 mark and 2.03 ERA in 34 starts, tossed 265.2 innings,...

Minas Tirith's Black Takes 2016 Sam Gamgee Batter

Orgulas Black, Minas Tirith's outstanding third baseman, took home the Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter for 2016. This season he put up some strong stats, including a .325 batting average and .403 on-base percentage. In 144 games he piled up...

March 24, 2008

2016 Elrond Managers of the Year

MIDDLE EARTH - Today the league announced its selections for the 2016 Elrond Manager of the Year trophy in both the Shire and Mordor Conferences. In the Shire, Moria's GM, Sir Jools, took home the award after having improved his...

March 10, 2008

*Dogsbody Tops SC with .336 Average

Biggles *Dogsbody of the Bree Cheese capped a fine season by winning the Shire Conference batting crown. He outpaced all others with his .336 average. For the season, the Cheese first baseman played in 156 games, collected 204 hits, 21...

Raiders Knifecrawler Takes MC Batting Crown

The Mordor Conference season came to a close with Merilmir Knifecrawler on top with a league-leading .348 batting average. The Isengard first baseman swung the bat well the entire season. He concluded the year with 189 hits, 38 doubles, 8...

March 06, 2008

SC's Best Player, Clubwalker of Minas Tirith

It was announced today that Minas Tirith catcher Boinar Clubwalker has been acclaimed by the Shire Conference as the Player of the Week for his outstanding play last week. Clubwalker posted a .609 batting average as he collected 14 hits...

MC Player of the Week Named

All week long Buffy *Balrog Slayer was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason she was voted the Player of the Week. The Misty Mountain first baseman rapped out 11 hits in 30 at-bats...

March 03, 2008

Big Bat Bags MC Best Player Award

A red-hot bat made Vorzava Tinond the obvious choice for this week's Mordor Conference Player of the Week. The Dol Guldur center fielder laid down some numbers that no one else could match, including a .600 average, 12 hits in...

Star of the Week Picked in SC

This week's top performer in the Shire Conference was designated hitter Gollilmer Fyrith of the Bree Cheese. He lashed out a .323 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week Fyrith tagged 10 hits in...

Giants Triumph in 2016 AAA League Championship Series

GREENLEAVES - How does it feel to win the League Championship Series? "It's strange. Weird," is the way the Greenleaves manager put it. "Like it was supposed to happen. Whenever something did happen, it didn't surprise us. We truly believed...

February 28, 2008

Great Week for Moria's Bifur Thunderarrow

When it came to hitting the baseball, Bifur Thunderarrow had few peers in the Shire Conference this past week. The talented first baseman for Moria tagged opposing pitchers for a .440 average and was voted the Player of the Week...

MC Star of the Week Chosen

Herman *Slobberknocker of the Dol Guldur Dragons put the wraps on a fantastic week of play by being named the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. The hot-hitting second baseman was a bonafide batting machine as he racked up 11...

February 25, 2008

SC's #1 Player, *Hubbard of Old Forest

El-Rond *Hubbard finds himself in the Shire Conference spotlight today after his impossible-to-ignore performance last week. He carried the Old Forest Merry Fellows on his shoulders, earning Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The 20-year-old hit .393 (11-28) with...

Silkpetal Selected Top Player

It was an extraordinary week for Sakura Silkpetal of the Minas Morgul Slayers. First she goes on a hot hitting streak, batting .500, then she is voted the Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. Last week Silkpetal went...

Southfarthing Wins 2016 A League Championship Series!

The season came to a crashing halt for the Lithlad Lizards when the Southfarthing Snowthorns beat them 2-0 today at Southfarthing Grounds to sweep the single-A League Championship Series 4-0. Fans in Southfarthing have already begun the celebration and officials...

Eryn Lasgalen Beats Mittalmar in AA League Championship Series

Another page has been added to the SGCBL Double A record book. The Eryn Lasgalen Old Forests of the Mirkwood organization have won their 1st league championship with a 10-4 win against the Mittalmar Herders. They swept the League Championship...

Sandybanks #1 MC Pitcher in August

Question: Who was the #1 pitcher in the Mordor Conference in August? Answer: He's the guy who has stymied the most MC hitters during the last month. That would be Todo Sandybanks of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. He excelled with...

*Hubbard Picked SC's Premier Rookie

One of the Shire Conference's brightest newcomers, El-Rond *Hubbard was at the head of his class in August as he picked up the Rookie of the Month honors. The 20-year-old Old Forest designated hitter batted .315 with 9 home runs...

MC Best Newcomer Trophy Awarded

The premier first-year player in the Mordor Conference last month was Tinelieth *Cutpurse. Dagorlad's shortstop put up some big-time numbers in August to haul in the Rookie of the Month Award. *Cutpurse hit at a .324 clip while collecting 3...

Bagdreg the Hated Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

The Shire Conference announced the winner of the Pitcher of the Month Award for August. It went to Bagdreg the Hated of Bywater for his outstanding 5-1 record and 1.44 ERA. the Hated also chalked up 6 starts, 43.2 innings...

MC Best Hitter Award to Dol Guldur's Palin Oakenslayer

Palin Oakenslayer is on a tear! After posting a .376 average in August, the Dol Guldur shortstop took home the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award handed out earlier today. He cracked 38 hits with 4 home runs and...

Orgulas Black Selected August's Best Batter

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, Orgulas Black put together a solid offensive month for Minas Tirith and was crowned August's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .390 with 9 home runs, 25 RBIs and 30 runs...

February 21, 2008

Black: Big Hit in the Shire Conference!

This week's Player of the Week was Orgulas Black of the Minas Tirith Titans. His big bat waylaid Shire Conference pitching for 13 hits in 27 at-bats, 4 home runs, and 11 RBIs while hitting .481 and scoring 11 runs....

MC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Bolger swung a blistering bat last week for the Dunharrow Devils, rapping out 11 hits in 23 at-bats against Dunharrow opponents to propel himself to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. Whenever the center fielder hit the ball,...

February 18, 2008

Hard to Handle Hitter Wins MC Honor

The Mordor Conference made it official today: Merilmir Knifecrawler is the Player of the Week. He really sparkled on the diamond this week with a .545 average to take home the trophy. The Isengard first baseman went 12-22, drove in...

Moria's *Jack Snaps Up Player of the Week

This week's Player of the Week was Splinter *Jack of the Moria Miners. His big bat belted and blasted Shire Conference pitching for 9 hits in 16 at-bats, 4 home runs, and 8 RBIs while hitting .563 and scoring 6...

February 14, 2008

Mordor Conference Hitter of the Week

Minas Morgul Slayers right fielder Boli Stoneteeth, at the top of his game all last week, was a consensus choice today for Mordor Conference Player of the Week. He victimized opposing pitchers for a .435 batting average on 10 hits...

Big Stick Wins SC Trophy

Samwise Peatfingers went on a week-long tirade against the Shire Conference pitchers and was acclaimed the Player of the Week. The Rivendell left fielder was hot as a firecracker, exploding with a .524 average, 3 home runs and 10 RBIs....

February 11, 2008

Thunderarrow Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Bifur Thunderarrow punched, poked and pummeled the baseball last week and today he garnered a majority of the votes for the Shire Conference Player of the Week award. The Moria Miners first baseman slashed out a .407 average with 11...

*the Indefatiguable Wins MC Player of the Week

Sarukh *the Indefatiguable of the Uruk-hai relied on a sharp eye and a quick bat to outpace all other Mordor Conference hitters last week and collect the Player of the Week Award. He hit .440 with 11 hits in 25...

February 07, 2008

Deneadur - MC's Pitcher of the Month

There's no doubt that Slayers starter Denaumir Deneadur earned his Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. He left absolutely no room for doubt as he mowed his way through the opposition in July. During the month Deneadur was 4-1...

Merry Fellows Hurler Named July's Top Starter

In July Old Forest starter Sjors Cheeseslicer mystified Shire Conference hitters and carried off the Pitcher of the Month honors by chalking up a 5-0 record in 5 starts. The 34-year-old Cheeseslicer added 43 strikeouts in 40.1 innings and 9...

Firbal the Nasty Selected July's Best Batter

July's outstanding offensive player in the Mordor Conference has been picked and the honor goes to the Minas Morgul first baseman Firbal the Nasty. He won the award by batting .406, hitting 8 home runs, knocking in 15 runs and...

SC's Best Batter Announced

Carl Granitehammer has made a definite impact on the baseball world by snatching Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors for July. In 25 games the Minas Tirith batter hit .337 with 6 home runs, 14 RBIs and 23 runs...

MC's Star Player Named

Today the Mordor Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Minas Morgul second baseman Tanta Chubb. When she steps into the batter's box, it's usually bad news for pitchers. For the week she batted .400...

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Pimpernel Oreslayer burst onto the Shire Conference stage in a big way last week. This promising rookie second baseman for Bywater garnered everyone's respect by putting up some remarkable numbers and picking up the Player of the Week trophy. The...

February 04, 2008

MC Star of the Week Announced

The top batter in the Mordor Conference last week was Buffy *Balrog Slayer, who batted .522 and towered above everybody with a 6-game hitting barrage. During the week *Balrog Slayer banged out a .522 batting average (12-23), 4 home runs,...

Bloodspear Selected Top Performer in SC

Balin Bloodspear of Minas Tirith was a smashing success this week, winning the Player of the Week Award in the Shire Conference. He hit everything the pitchers threw at him, hammering them for a .559 batting average, going 19 for...

January 31, 2008

Hot Bat Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Ralin Rockbinder of the Bywater Bounders has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. That fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Rockbinder logged a .450 batting average for...

Funderburg on the Attack, Player of the Week

This week Mordor Conference pitching was a feast fit for a king and Richard Funderburg really made the most of it -- ripping them royally. The talented Dol Guldur hitting machine produced a sizzling .476 batting average, 2 home runs,...

January 28, 2008

Ciryatan of Rivendell Player of the Week

A battle-tested Lolindir Ciryatan declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Rivendell first baseman collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the week...

*Stonecutter Week's Top Player

The Mordor Conference made it official today: Ragnar *Stonecutter is the Player of the Week. He really sparkled on the diamond this week with a .636 average to take home the trophy. The Isengard shortstop went 7-11, drove in 3...

January 24, 2008

Mordor ties All-Star series at 7 each

LOTHLORIEN - It was all about the pitching for the Mordor Conference in the 14th annual All-Star Game as a series of hurlers held the Shire team hitless until the 9th. Minas Morgul's Firbal the Nasty led off the game...

January 21, 2008

Hall of Fame Inducts All-Time Saves Leader

Good relievers can often go unappreciated and unnoticed. That was not the case today when Dejath Belarŕ was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. He will go down in history as one of the more dominant relievers of...

As for the rest of the players on the ballot, the most disappointed is Geadriel Gamialf. The long-time hurler for Mirkwood and Lake Town fell just 1 vote shy of induction, garnering 6 votes on the 9 ballots cast and finishing with 67% of the vote.

Dolok Bonemangler, Silas *Debuugger, Gwomer Grailas, and Thuralia Nilad each received 5 votes. Grimli Goramir, Imrohil Haleogast and Theo *Nering got 4 votes apiece. And the final qualifiers for next year's ballot, receiving 33% of the votes, were Fruron Elvand, Gandaudur Eowoldor, Gandogast Fadrier, Olorin *Orithil and Posco *Sackville.

The record holder for most HR in a season, Gamilas Eowil-Galad, has fallen off the ballot after his 2nd try for the Hall. He received just 2 votes, putting him at 22%, just shy of the minimum required.

Others who failed to make the cut were: Boran Armormasher, Rocco Dwarftosser, Tavalia Legariand, Meroman Legeolbo, Rafur Rockback, Wong Trollraper, Binus Anvilworker, Dogush Bonedragger, Fikak Daggerprodder, Gorema Gollailob and Bofur Stoneteeth.

Carrock's Faromli Gets SC Player of the Week

Galaigast Faromli of Carrock was a smashing success this week, winning the Player of the Week Award in the Shire Conference. He hit everything the pitchers threw at him, hammering them for a .440 batting average, going 11 for 25...

Misty Mountain Shortstop Picked MC Player of the Week

Misty Mountain Hops shortstop Moli Willowbottom had a great time at the plate last week, running up some sensational numbers that no one else could match. Few people were surprised today when the Mordor Conference named him Player of the...

Misty Mountain Starter Wins June's Pitcher Award

The Pitcher of the Month has been chosen and the Mordor Conference trophy went to Misty Mountain hurler, Sorrel Amblestar. During the month, Amblestar was impressive with a 2.66 ERA and 4 wins and 1 loss. In 47.1 innings he...

Shire Conference Names #1 Pitcher in June

Ishwush the Basher of the Archers pretty much bewildered opposing batters in June and was honored as the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month earlier today. The Lake Town starter sparkled last month with a 5-0 record and 2.44 ERA....

Glomli of Erebor Wins Best Bat Award in June

Glomli of Erebor of the Isengard Raiders spoke softly and carried a big stick in June and was justifiably proclaimed the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. The Raiders center fielder rapped out a .414 batting average with 41 hits...

SC's Best Batter Selected

Gollilmer Fyrith battered Shire Conference pitchers all June and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out to...

January 17, 2008

2016 All-Star Game Rosters Announced

The votes are tallied and the players have been chosen -- all that's left is to "Play Ball"! It's time once again for the mid-year classic where the league's premier performers come together to show their skill and talent. The...

The roster for the Shire Conference is (*first timer):

Starters
SP Sjors 'Truly' Cheeseslicer (OF) - 11-2, 1.68 ERA, 137 K
C Boinar 'Lucky' Clubwalker (MT) - .342, 13 HR, 40 RBI
1B Biggles 'Death to Flying Things' Dogsbody (BRE) - .348, 12 HR, 48 RBI
2B Relin 'The Rock' Rockmaster (RIV) - .330, 13 HR, 33 RBI
3B Orgulas 'The Tank' Black (MT) - .304, 23 HR, 55 RBI
SS Loopy Squishmasher (RIV) - .330, 13 HR, 57 RBI
LF Durin Brickfoot (CAR) - .304, 13 HR, 35 RBI
CF Phaiar Gŕndir (MT) - .309, 16 HR, 58 RBI
RF Sinsy Debuugger (LT)* - .314, 23 HR, 57 RBI

Reserves
Bree: CL G. Fionduil, DH G. Fyrith
Bucklebury: RF G. Gorund*
Bywater: CL H. Grilgol
Erebor: CL P. Halflingslobbr
Lake Town: SP G. Forgedelver, CF C. Badgerpoker
Minas Ithil: SP J. Rector*
Minas Tirith: SP R. Elfheim, CL L. Oathback, RF R. Scimitar
Mirkwood: CL I. Throatpoker, C C. Ballscarer
Moria: CL T. Trollhead, 1B B. Thunderarrow, 3B B. of Rohan*
Old Forest: SP Y. Ala'Niel, SP F. Chubb, 1B C. Boartooth*
Rivendell: SP M. Elfplate*, LF S. Peatfingers

The roster for the Mordor Conference is (*first timer):

Starters
SP Amaris 'Luna' Moonblossom (MIN)* - 9-1, 2.17 ERA, 160 K
C Arghren Glimmerhand (MM) - .345, 15 HR, 48 RBI
1B Firbal the Nasty (MIN) - .342, 21 HR, 62 RBI
2B Tanta Chubb (MIN) - .285, 22 HR, 59 RBI
3B Minto 'Booker' Foxburr (MIN) - .276, 13 HR, 44 RBI
SS Ragnar 'Mini Me' Stonecutter (ISE) - .305, 13 HR, 37 RBI
LF Isszava Eliondel (GH) - .312, 13 HR, 42 RBI
CF Glomli of Erebor (ISE) - .383, 11 HR, 35 RBI
RF Saravin 'The Reaper' Darkbrother (MM)* - .284, 15 HR, 36 RBI

Reserves
Dagorlad: SP V. Rinlyg*, SS T. Cutpurse*, RF N. Shieldmaster
Dead Marshes: CL D. Tunnelkiller*, C I. Imcirion
Dol Guldur: SP V. Rogers*, CL R. Husband
Dunharrow: 3B F. Green*
Grey Havens: CL D. Muddyfoot
Isengard: SP R. Morales, 1B M. Knifecrawler*
Lothlorien: LF A. Valen
Minas Morgul: SP D. Deneadur, CL N. Smoothflower, CF B. Ruano
Misty Mountain: SP S. Amblestar, CL R. Elesserios*, 1B B. Balrog Slayer
Numenor: 1B A. Guillen*
Ravenhill: CL D. Larrabee*
Weathertop: SP R. Plant

MC Awards Player of the Week

The votes have been cast and counted and the winner of the Mordor Conference Player of the Week has been chosen. It was presented earlier today to Fesil Goldkiller for his red-hot week of hitting. The Lothlorien third baseman took...

Star of the Week Named in SC

The Rivendell Royals received word today that third baseman Petunia Gamgee was selected Shire Conference Player of the Week for her stellar performance in last week's games. Gamgee took full advantage of all 22 plate appearances last week as she...

January 14, 2008

MC Star of the Week Announced

Merilmir Knifecrawler of the Isengard Raiders was locked in all week as he bullied the Mordor Conference pitchers he faced. Knifecrawler put up some great numbers and hauled in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He hit .522...

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps SC Reward

What's in a number? In baseball, just about everything. The numbers that Minas Tirith's Phaiar Gŕndir stacked up last week were the envy of the league, as Gŕndir came away with Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. He belted...

January 10, 2008

MC Honors Isengard Center Fielder

It was announced today by the Mordor Conference that Isengard center fielder Glomli of Erebor had received the Player of the Week Trophy for his superlative play last week. The Isengard center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers, pounding them...

Mulder Sticks It to SC Pitchers

Not every ball that came off Teun Mulder's bat last week was a line drive or a towering shot -- it just seemed that way to the teams that played the Bree Cheese. For his exploits, Mulder was named this...

January 07, 2008

Mordor Conference Hitter of the Week

Minas Morgul sports fans can't stop singing the praises of Boris Ruano, who has been selected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. Ruano was in a comfort zone all week, finishing with a .545 average (6-11), 6 RBIs and...

Super Swinger Snags SC Player of the Week

At the age of 31, Teun Mulder might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Bree left fielder put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

MC Pitcher of the Month Goes to Amblestar

May was a magical month for Sorrel Amblestar of Misty Mountain. He held the Mordor Conference hitters spellbound, conjuring up a 5-2 mark and a 2.15 ERA. Amblestar also chalked up 8 starts, 62.2 innings and 43 strikeouts. For this...

Forgedelver Selected SC's Best Pitcher

It was a monstrous May for the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award winner, Gomli Forgedelver of the Lake Town Archers. He put up some mighty scary numbers. Forgedelver recorded 5 wins and no losses in 6 starts. Throwing...

*Balrog Slayer Takes MC's Best Bat Award

Buffy *Balrog Slayer of the Misty Mountain Hops had a field day with Mordor Conference pitchers last month and was crowned the Batter of the Month as a result. During May she compiled a .348 batting average, drove in 27...

Lake Town's Badgerpoker Chosen SC Batter of the Month

Snap, crackle and pop!! In May, Ciurk Badgerpoker snapped up the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy by cracking 34 hits and popping 12 home runs. For the month he hit a solid .351 with 27 RBIs and 22...

January 03, 2008

*Cutpurse Selected MC Player of the Week

Nobody in the Mordor Conference had a better week than Tinelieth *Cutpurse ...Noooo-body! That's why he was voted the Player of the Week. During the week the Dagorlad shortstop compiled a .522 batting average (12-23) with 3 home runs, 6...

Hardbottle: Big Hit in the Shire Conference!

Andrack Hardbottle demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. The Mirkwood third baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

December 31, 2007

MC Awards Player of the Week

Parin Elfhand of the Weathertop Witch Kings had an enormous week at the plate and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. For the week Elfhand batted .435 (10-23) with 3 home runs and 4...

Arostegui Week's Top Player

This week's Player of the Week was Roberto Arostegui of the Bucklebury Fairies. He battered Shire Conference pitching for 12 hits in 30 at-bats, 4 home runs, and 6 RBIs while hitting .400 and scoring 8 runs. Thus far this...

December 27, 2007

Minas Tirith Center Fielder Week's Best in SC

Phaiar Gŕndir has been in a real groove lately. The 26-year-old Minas Tirith Titans center fielder nabbed Shire Conference Player of the Week honors today after beating up on opposing pitchers all last week. Gŕndir's hot streak featured 10 hits...

Week's #1 Player - Dead Marshes's *the Indefatiguable

Today the Mordor Conference announced its Player of the Week Award winner -- Dead Marshes Uruk-hai left fielder Sarukh *the Indefatiguable, who batted .345 (10-29) with 5 home runs, 8 RBIs and 10 runs scored. *the Indefatiguable has a .312...

December 24, 2007

MC Premier Player Picked

The Mordor Conference has selected its Player of the Week. The honor went to Buffy *Balrog Slayer, first baseman of the Misty Mountain Hops. In a standout performance, she lit up the league with a .423 average to win the...

Week's Premier Player - Lake Town's Badgerpoker

The Shire Conference has chosen Ciurk Badgerpoker of the Lake Town Archers as Player of the Week. What a week Badgerpoker had. He hit .526 (10-19) with 4 home runs, 9 RBIs and 7 runs scored. This year Badgerpoker has...

December 20, 2007

SC Names Best Player

At the age of 32, Relin Rockmaster might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Rivendell second baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Week's Best Player Honored by MC

Raymond Miller of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai culminated a sensational week of play by being named the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. He rocked the opposition with a .423 batting average, 11 hits in 26 at-bats, 2 home runs,...

Dol Guldur's Rogers MC Top Pitcher

No doubt about it! Dol Guldur starter Vincent Rogers earned his Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. He made that very clear as he mowed his way through league hitters in April. During the month Rogers chalked up a...

Cheeseslicer Earns SC Top Pitcher Trophy

The Shire Conference announced today that Sjors Cheeseslicer has been chosen the league's Pitcher of the Month. The Old Forest starter had everything working for him last month as he glided to a 3-1 record. In April Cheeseslicer chalked up...

the Nasty Awarded April's MC Top Bat Prize

The premier hitter in the Mordor Conference in April was Minas Morgul first baseman Firbal the Nasty. For his standout play, he was voted the Batter of the Month. the Nasty was selected after batting .365, hitting 9 home runs,...

Thunderarrow Top Hitter in SC in April

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, Bifur Thunderarrow put together a solid offensive month for Moria and was crowned April's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .361 with 9 home runs, 31 RBIs and 15 runs scored....

December 17, 2007

Shire Conference Names Top Player

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Foli of Khazad-dum, the Moria left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

MC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

When it came to hitting the baseball, Meli Eläril had few peers in the Mordor Conference this past week. The talented catcher for Lothlorien tagged opposing pitchers for a .417 average and was voted the Player of the Week Award....

December 13, 2007

Shire Conference's Best Batter Announced

At the age of 31, Tonak Nosethrower might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Mirkwood third baseman put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days...

Toughest Out of the Week Wins MC Award

A battle-tested Daniel Kemble declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Ravenhill left fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He wrapped up the week...

December 10, 2007

SC Player of the Week, Eregion of Erebor

What a week it was for Beleg Eregion! The Erebor right fielder took Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after wearing out the pitchers with a .500 batting average in his recent games. Eregion registered 17 hits in 34...

Misty Mountain's *Balrog Slayer Snaps Up Player of the Week

What's in a number? In baseball, just about everything. The numbers that Misty Mountain's Buffy *Balrog Slayer stacked up last week were the envy of the league, as *Balrog Slayer came away with Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors....

December 07, 2007

2016 Pre-season Picks

MIDDLE EARTH - As the teams gear up for the 2016 season, some with fresh management and new looks, it's time for MESN to present its annual predictions. Last season, we did ok on the "obvious" division winners (Bywater, Bree,...

Shire Conference
Once again, we're going with our feeling that good pitching beats good hitting, and Old Forest has the best pitching staff in the Shire, including 3 superstar starters in Chubb, Cheeseslicer and Ala'Niel. Not that it's going to be easy, as both Minas Tirith and Rivendell are in even better shape this year than they were at the start of last year. The Titans have plenty of pop in the batter's box with the best hitting in the Shire, and their frontline starters proved they could pitch. Meanwhile, key trades last season brought all kinds of hitting talent to the Royals, and their pitching staff is among the best. It's going to be a fun race in the Elf Division!

In the Hobbit Division, Bywater once again looks to dominate with brilliant pitching. However, it's not quite the slam dunk that it has been. Minas Ithil has been making moves, and the Wyrms now have a competitive pitching staff. If they manage to get their bats in gear, the Bounders might have to look over their shoulders a lot more than usual. Meanwhile, despite the Archers aging team, they don't appear to want to go on the cart, yet, and with new management moving Wilderland to Erebor, the rebuilding there has begun in earnest.

In the Dwarf Division, it's a battle of the pitching staffs, as Moria and Bucklebury both have the same kind of brilliance as Bree. The Cheese, however, have hitting, while the others, for the most part, do not. A roll of the dice and a flip of the coin, though, would put the Miners ahead of Bree for the first time in history. And, now that they've finally won the League Championship trophy that eluded them for so long, we're not even picking the Cheese to win the Shire Conference!

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Bywater
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Moria

Conference Champs: Old Forest

Mordor Conference
The Orc Division should be a fight between Dunharrow's brilliant pitching and Misty Mountain's more balanced approach. In our calculations, the difference between the Devils and the Hops is razor-thin, with Dunharrow's hurlers just barely making up the difference between their hitting and Misty Mountain's.

In the Goblin Division, Lothlorien should expect to have to fight for their title this year. Not only has Ravenhill maintained a lot of its quality despite losing their GM, but Weathertop and Numenor are right there with them. In fact, this could be the only 4-way race in the league.

For the first time in a long time, Minas Morgul is not the automatic favorite for winning the Troll Division. Early estimates placed Isengard ahead of the Slayers, and even now, we're having a tough time separating the two. The Raiders have the most dominating attack in the entire league. Meanwhile, the Slayers' pitching staff is easily the best anywere. This will be the true test of hitting vs. pitching, and we're going with pitching...but just barely. Meanwhile, a new GM in Dol Guldur should make things interesting in the Wild Card race.

Orc Division: Dunharrow
Goblin Division: Lothlorien
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Isengard

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Minas Morgul

Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Isengard Raiders
Bree Cheese
Moria Miners
Bywater Bounders
Rivendell Royals
Minas Tirith Titans
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Dunharrow Devils
Misty Mountain Hops
Bucklebury Fairies
Weathertop Witch Kings
Dol Guldur Dragons
Ravenhill Darkwings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Numenor Kings
Lake Town Archers
Dagorlad Disaster
Grey Havens Stars
Mirkwood Marauders
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Carrock Bears
Erebor Eagles

November 10, 2007

Search Over for Wilderland; Papa Bear Inks GM Deal

WILDERLAND - Marred by front-office turnover after last season, the Wilderland Wargs ushered in Papa Bear as their new general manager on November 22, The former Ravenhill GM told the media during a press conference that he was leaving a...

November 05, 2007

2015 SC Aragorn MVP named

Another season, another award for Rivendell's Loopy *Squishmasher. The 2015 Sam Gamgee Batter was overwhelmingly chosen as this year's recipient of the Shire Conference Aragorn MVP award. This is the 4th time the 33-year-old shortstop has won the MVP, the...

*Stonecutter wins MC Aragorn MVP

Last season's Frodo Rookie Award winner, Ragnar "Mini Me" *Stonecutter, Jr., skipped over the sophomore jinx in resounding fashion. The young shortstop hit .360 with 26 HR and 89 RBI, stole 40 bases, and was named to the Mordor All-Star...

MC Announces #1 Batter Award

Ragnar *Stonecutter of Isengard was a smashing success this year, winning the Sam Gamgee Batter in the Mordor Conference. He rattled fences and pitchers as he banged out a .360 average, logging 202 hits, 26 home runs, 89 RBIs and...

Rivendell's *Squishmasher Wins SC Sam Gamgee Batter

Loopy *Squishmasher of the Rivendell Royals had a season to remember this year. Today was named the SC's Sam Gamgee Batter for 2015. The 33-year-old shortstop put up a .340 average and .435 on-base percentage, piling up 202 hits, 38...

#1 Pitcher Picked for 2015

The Mordor Conference heralded Gragar Drowslobberer of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks as the #1 man on the mound for the 2015 campaign. This year's Gandalf Pitcher Award winner stood out by running up an impressive 21-4 record, holding opposing hitters to...

SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Chosen

Bounders ace Glodunter Bromburg is the latest Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award trophy winner. The Bywater star sparkled and shined on the diamond time and again this year and finished up with an outstanding 23-7 record. In 36 starts he...

MC's Top Rookie Proclaimed

Sarukh *the Indefatiguable's debut season was more than he had ever dreamed. Today the Mordor Conference saluted him as the 2015 Frodo Rookie Award winner. "I could hardly believe it," he told the press. "To make the team and be...

Premier Rookie Picked By SC--Beladrielith Selected

Shath Beladrielith was the preeminent rookie this year in the Shire Conference, putting up some solid numbers to win the 2015 Frodo Rookie Award. The Minas Ithil shortstop played 154 games this season, hitting a solid .275 with 162 hits,...

November 01, 2007

Hall of Fame Honors Isilborn Imrilron

MINAS MORGUL - What a career and what a ballplayer. Isilborn Imrilron truly was one of the best to play the game and today he was enshrined into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. "It is an honor to be...

Ban Arwodur Latest SGCBL HOF Inductee

DUNHARROW - During his fantastic pitching career Ban Arwodur was hard-nosed competitor. Prior to an important game, he once told reporters, "If we lose today, it will be over my dead body. They'll have to leave me face down on...

Bree Crowned SGCBL Champions

BREE - The Bree Cheese ignited a huge celebration as they beat the Misty Mountain Hops 4-1 to win the Return of the King Series. Bree won the series 4-2, capturing the title for the 1st time. "We stepped it...

October 22, 2007

Player of the Week: Boartooth of the Merry Fellows

The Shire Conference has chosen Cinquefoil Boartooth of the Old Forest Merry Fellows as Player of the Week. What a week Boartooth had. He hit .526 (10-19) with 3 home runs, 6 RBIs and 7 runs scored. So far this...

the Nasty Picked Best Player

Firbal the Nasty would not be denied the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for this past week. His consistent stroke, which produced 15 hits in 24 at-bats and a .625 average, made him the clear favorite to win...

October 18, 2007

*the Shriek Chosen #1 Player

Morag *the Shriek went on a week-long hitting spree against Shire Conference pitchers and captured the Player of the Week honors. The Moria third baseman battered the opposition for 11 hits, 3 home runs, 11 RBIs and scored 6 runs....

Isengard's Buskirk MC Star of the Week

Isengard fans have something to crow about today as Isengard third baseman Edward Buskirk nabbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there are times when it's hard to...

Nurn Beats Taur e-Ndaedelos in League Championship Series

The Nurn Demons concluded the season in grand fashion -- they won the SGCBL Triple A League Championship Series. They nailed it down on September 15 at Demons Stadium by whipping the Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods 4-3 to win it all...

October 15, 2007

Great Week for Minas Tirith's Carl Granitehammer

This week Carl Granitehammer, second baseman for the Minas Tirith Titans, hit everything in sight to win the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. He rattled fences and pitchers as he banged out a .483 average and .483 on-base...

Star of the Week Named in MC

Ragnar *Stonecutter of the Isengard Raiders had a super week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 22-year-old shortstop put up a .625 average with a .710 on-base percentage, racking up 15 hits...

October 11, 2007

Shire Conference Picks Top Performer

Today the Shire Conference announced its Player of the Week Award winner: Mirkwood Marauders catcher Bagwurz Bloodaxe, who batted .462 (12-26) with 2 home runs, 7 RBIs and 6 runs scored. Bloodaxe has collected 157 hits for the Marauders this...

MC Star of the Week Announced

Isengard sports fans can't stop singing the praises of Merilmir Knifecrawler, who has been selected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week. Knifecrawler was in a comfort zone all week, finishing with a .609 average (14-23), 4 RBIs and 1...

Howlers Crowned A Champions

The Hobbiton Howlers ignited a huge celebration on September 5th, as they beat the Lithlad Lizards 7-5 to win the Single-A League Championship Series. Hobbiton won the series 4-3, capturing the title for the 1st time. "We stepped it up...

Gorgoroth Ghosts Win AA Championship Series

The Gorgoroth faithful were cheering in the streets on September 2nd, and the Eryn Lasgalen fans were crying in their beer -- The Ghosts won the League Championship Series. They clinched it by knocking off the Old Forests 2-0 to...

MC #1 Pitcher in August is Weathertop's *Plant

The Mordor Conference scribes have picked August's Pitcher of the Month and have given the trophy to Robert *Plant of Weathertop. He was devastating on the mound last month and has the numbers to prove it: 5-1 record, 2.01 ERA,...

SC Top Pitcher for August Picked

Which Shire Conference hurler dominated in the month of August? According to the voters who decide the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award, it was Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders. He put together a record of 6-0 with...

Goblinarm Snares MC Top Batter Award in August

Fufur Goblinarm will never forget August 2015. Opposing pitchers probably won't either as he was voted Mordor Conference Batter of the Month today for slapping them around with a .343 batting average. Most importantly for Dunharrow though, he also posted...

SC's Top Hitter Selected

Cinquefoil Boartooth of the Old Forest Merry Fellows swung a mean bat for the last 30 days and was acclaimed the Shire Conference Batter of the Month for August. The red-hot first baseman slapped out a .402 batting average, 6...

October 08, 2007

SC Player of the Week Awarded

Samwise Peatfingers of the Rivendell Royals was locked in all week as he bullied the Shire Conference pitchers he faced. Peatfingers put up some great numbers and hauled in the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. He hit .417...

Goblinarm Picked MC Player of the Week

The top batter in the Mordor Conference last week was Fufur Goblinarm, who towered above everybody with a 6-game hitting barrage. Here's his line for last week: 27 AB, 7 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 11...

October 05, 2007

Player of the Week Trophy to *Debuugger

Pitchers who faced the Lake Town Archers last week were happy to see Sinsy *Debuugger in the rear view mirror. The 23-year-old right fielder was dubbed the Shire Conference Player of the Week for a 5-game tear that saw her...

Glimmerhand Selected MC Player of the Week

Arghren Glimmerhand of the Misty Mountain Hops had a big week with the bat and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 23-year-old catcher put up these award-winning numbers: .550 batting average, 2 home...

October 02, 2007

Elfprodder SC's Best of the Week

It was announced today by the Shire Conference that Minas Ithil left fielder Hudash Elfprodder had received the Player of the Week Trophy for his superlative play last week. During his week-long batting binge he reeled off a .435 batting...

Week's Best Player Honored by MC

Speak softly and carry a big stick and you could win the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award just like Nose of Sauron. He really dazzled on the diamond this week with a .520 average to take home the...

September 27, 2007

This Week's Star Player is Ploughman

Isembard Ploughman of the Ravenhill Darkwings was locked in all week as he bullied the Mordor Conference pitchers he faced. Ploughman put up some great numbers and hauled in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He hit .355...

Thunderarrow Selected SC Player of the Week

Bifur Thunderarrow punched, poked and pummeled the baseball last week and today he garnered a majority of the votes for the Shire Conference Player of the Week award. The Moria Miners first baseman slashed out a .480 average with 12...

September 24, 2007

Great Week for Bywater's Right Fielder

Veteran Denaigol Denaihir had a great week at the plate for the Bounders to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The Bywater right fielder built a .462 average on the strength of...

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Swinging a hot stick last week, Razrhot the Smasher picked up the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award today. The 35-year-old first baseman for Lothlorien lashed 10 hits in 27 at-bats as he put together a .370 average with...

MC's Premier Starter is Reade

Last month's cream of the crop was Matthew Reade of the Isengard Raiders. He captured the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award for his mound performance in July. Reade started 6 games, threw 46 innings and logged a 5-1...

SC Starter of the Month Goes to Rector

July's premier pitcher was Jerrolde Rector of Minas Ithil. He pulverized Shire Conference hitters all month long and picked up the Pitcher of the Month award. Rector brought home the trophy with these impressive statistics: 4-0 record, 1.53 ERA, 6...

*Balrog Slayer Crowned Top MC Hitter in July

Today Misty Mountain's Buffy *Balrog Slayer was named the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month for July. She punished MC hurlers hard all month long, collecting 40 hits in 107 at-bats. With a .374 batting average, 7 home runs, 27...

Rivendell's *Squishmasher Chosen SC Batter of the Month

Beach balls were coming in at Loopy *Squishmasher in July and he banged, bashed, and blasted them all over the park, putting up a .375 batting average and hauling in the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy. The 33-year-old...

September 20, 2007

Bucklebury's Gäldor SC Star of the Week

This week's Player of the Week was Pimth Gäldor of the Bucklebury Fairies. His big bat beat up on Shire Conference pitching for 15 hits in 27 at-bats, 3 home runs, and 7 RBIs while hitting .556 and scoring 11...

Barrage of Hits Gets Fernia MC Award

Agnes Fernia demonstrated her potential to be a star in the game last week, and today she took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. The Minas Morgul shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them...

September 17, 2007

Potent Bat Pays Off, *Squishmasher Player of the Week

Rivendell Royals shortstop Loopy *Squishmasher, at the top of his game all last week, was a consensus choice today for Shire Conference Player of the Week. He victimized opposing pitchers for a .500 batting average on 10 hits in 20...

Best Player Award Caps Great Week

Boris Ruano of the Minas Morgul Slayers had a big week with the bat and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 30-year-old center fielder put up these award-winning numbers: .417 batting average, 5...

September 13, 2007

Orcdelver Selected Player of the Week

Orcdelver swung a blistering bat last week for the Lake Town Archers, rapping out 9 hits in 19 at-bats against Lake Town opponents to propel himself to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. Whenever the first baseman hit...

Misty Mountain's Clawfoot Gets MC Player of the Week

It was announced today that Misty Mountain second baseman Tran Clawfoot was selected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his superb play last week. All week long the Misty Mountain second baseman was a certified hitting machine...

September 10, 2007

Shire Wins All-Star Game

OLD FOREST - It was hot, timely hitting by the Shire that most will credit with their 7-3 win in the 13th annual All-Star Game, but the fact that Shire pitchers held the Mordor squad hitless through the first 5...

September 06, 2007

Mauhur *the Looter Elected to Hall of Fame

DEAD MARSHES - After consideration by the owners, Mauhur *the Looter becomes the 10th member of the SGCBL Hall of Fame, being named on 79% of the ballots cast. Mauhur *the Looter was one of those rare players who played...

Beladrielith Top of His Class in June

It might be just his first year in the league, but Shath Beladrielith is playing like he's been here before. The Minas Ithil shortstop rang up some sky-high numbers in the last 30 days and snagged the Shire Conference Rookie...

Rookie of the Month Won by *the Indefatiguable

Sarukh *the Indefatiguable wreaked havoc on Mordor Conference pitching last month and led the charge for the Rookie of the Month Award. In June he batted .292 for the Uruk-hai, lashing 28 hits and 4 home runs. The Dead Marshes...

Tumbletoe Grabs SC Top Pitcher Trophy

The Pitcher of the Month Award has been announced and the Shire Conference winner is Moria hurler, Theodorus Tumbletoe. For his fine efforts in June he has been named the league's #1 pitcher. During the month, Tumbletoe excelled with a...

Lothlorien's Starter Receives MC Pitching Award

Gragar Drowslobberer was on top of the world in June, capping it off with the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. The Lothlorien starter was superb in 5 starts with 4 wins and no losses, 38.1 innings pitched, 39...

*Stonecutter, Jr. Wins Best Bat Award in June

When it came to hitting the baseball, Ragnar *Stonecutter, Jr. had few Mordor Conference peers in June. The shortstop for Isengard mauled opposing pitchers for a .343 batting average and was voted the league's best batter for the month. He...

Lake Town's Badgerpoker Collects June Batting Honor

The Shire Conference has made it official -- Ciurk Badgerpoker is the winner of the Batter of the Month trophy. In June the Lake Town center fielder was sensational with a .352 batting average, 6 home runs and 12 RBIs....

September 03, 2007

2015 All-Star Rosters Announced

The midyear extravaganza is here again -- the 2015 Tolkien Baseball All-Star Game. This is a game for the fans. They choose the players that are the best at their positions. Then these fan favorites take on one another to...

The Shire Conference All-Stars have these stars on their roster (* first timer):

Starters
P Glodunter 'Songster' Bromburg of Bywater
9-4, 1.93 ERA
C Boinar 'Lucky' Clubwalker of Bucklebury
.298, 12 HR, 32 RBI
1B Gollilmer 'The Bird' Fyrith of Bree
.282, 23 HR, 67 RBI
2B Lester Pulley of Bywater*
.308, 11 HR, 31 RBI
3B Biggles 'Death to Flying Things' Dogsbody of Bree*
.360, 10 HR, 39 RBI
SS Loopy Squishmasher of Rivendell
.321, 15 HR, 56 RBI
LF Samwise Peatfingers of Bucklebury
.268, 20 HR, 53 RBI
CF Phaiar Gŕndir of Minas Tirith*
.278, 12 HR, 45 RBI
RF Shaglakh 'Fox' the Devastator of Moria
.372, 6 HR, 34 RBI
Reserves
Bree: SS B. Pelham, CL G. Fionduil
Bucklebury: 1B F. the Nasty
Carrock: 2B T. Rider
Lake Town: CF C. Badgerpoker, SP I. the Basher*
Minas Ithil: CL E. Elreoborn
Minas Tirith: 3B C. Granitehammer, RF R. Scimitar, SP R. Elfheim, CL L. Oathback
Mirkwood: C C. Ballscarer
Moria: 1B B. Thunderarrow
Old Forest: SP Y. Ala'Niel, CL B. Boreagrin
Rivendell: 3B P. Gamgee, LF M. Palafox*, SP S. Glebrilad, SP F. Beardcutter, CL M. Yachi*
Wilderland: CL P. Halflingslobbr

While the Mordor Conference All-Stars will be represented by these players:

Starters
SP Gragar 'Cyclone' Drowslobberer of Lothlorien
13-1, 1.88 ERA
C Meli 'Skull-Cleaver' Eläril of Lothlorien*
.283, 10 HR, 28 RBI
1B Minto 'Booker' Foxburr of Minas Morgul
.307, 11 HR, 41 RBI
2B Tanta Chubb of Minas Morgul
.304, 21 HR, 68 RBI
3B Moraudoc Leguden of Dagorlad
.285, 4 HR, 25 RBI
SS Agnes 'Fireflower' Fernia of Minas Morgul*
.355, 16 HR, 42 RBI
LF Isszava Eliondel of Grey Havens
.345, 18 HR, 57 RBI
CF Glomli of Erebor of Isengard
.337, 20 HR, 67 RBI
RF Nalin Shieldmaster of Dagorlad*
.263, 14 HR, 49 RBI
Reserves
Dead Marshes: LF S. the Indefatiguable*
Dol Guldur: SS P. Oakenslayer*
Dunharrow: SP B. the Hated
Isengard: SS R. Stonecutter, Jr., SP R. Morales*, CL C. Mugworts*
Lothlorien: 1B R. the Smasher, CL G. Boffin*, MR F. Demongobbler
Minas Morgul: CF P. Halflinglover*, SP D. Deneadur, SP M. the Sling, CL N. Smoothflower
Misty Mountain: C A. Glimmerhand, SP S. Amblestar
Numenor: 3B S. Redear*
Ravenhill: SS N. Silverspike*, RF E. Elimir, RF I. Ploughman, CL T. Ringeling*
Weathertop: CL R. Husband

Shire Conference Player of the Week Selected

It was a week to remember for Shaglakh the Devastator. After wrapping up a torrid week at the plate, the Moria Miners right fielder was named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. the Devastator collected 14 hits in 22...

Great Week for Dead Marshes's Left Fielder

The #1 hitter in the Mordor Conference was Dead Marshes left fielder Sarukh *the Indefatiguable. He was selected the Player of the Week for compiling these stats: 24 AB, 6 R, 11 H, .458 BA, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1...

August 30, 2007

Taralom's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Lula Taralom has the tools to stick in this league for many years, but it might be a long time before she has another week to compare with this one. The 24-year-old third baseman of the Bywater Bounders dominated the...

MC's Top Player, Miller of Dead Marshes

Raymond Miller of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai was locked in all week as he bullied the Mordor Conference pitchers he faced. Miller put up some great numbers and hauled in the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He hit...

August 27, 2007

Shire Conference Names Top Player

It was a week to remember for Santos Filmaldur. After wrapping up a torrid week at the plate, the Lake Town Archers second baseman was named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Filmaldur collected 6 hits in 16 at-bats...

*Gimlizor Wins MC Player of the Week Prize

Audain *Gimlizor made quite a splash in the Mordor Conference this past week. The Numenor Kings second baseman drilled opposing pitchers for 13 hits in 26 at-bats to roll up a .500 batting average and the Mordor Conference Player of...

Exposed: SGCBL Fears Unknown Threat

MESN Special Edition It started with the mysterious and, some say, premature retirement of Mauhur the Looter last October. Just 34, he may have lost a step (he "only" stole 40 bases last year instead of his usual 70+), but...

August 23, 2007

Githrarith Chosen #1 Player

In the twilight of his career, Shatai Githrarith recaptured some of the old magic last week and came away with the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. "I've been playing since I was a kid," Githrarith told reporters, "but...

Gandulbo Earns MC Player of the Week

The 33-year-old Grey Havens Stars first baseman might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Golligast Gandulbo has been a reliable ballplayer, one who has worked hard...

August 20, 2007

Best Starter Chosen by Mordor Conference

May was a very good month for Gragar Drowslobberer of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks. He held opposing hitters for a .214 average and took home the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. In 7 games started he claimed a 5...

Ala'Niel SC's #1 Pitcher in May

The Pitcher of the Month Award has been selected and the Shire Conference honor went to Old Forest hurler, Yvestil Ala'Niel. For her excellent outings in May she has been named the league's top pitcher. During the month, Ala'Niel was...

Dead Marshes's *the Indefatiguable Winner, MC Best Hitter in May

Sarukh *the Indefatiguable of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai really stood out at the plate during May. The red-hot center fielder manhandled Mordor Conference pitchers by banging out a .402 batting average on his way to the Batter of the Month...

Fyrith Gets SC Batter of the Month Trophy

Seasoned by several years of professional experience, Gollilmer Fyrith put together a solid offensive month for Bree and was crowned May's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .299 with 10 home runs, 30 RBIs, and 25 runs scored....

Eliondel Honored by Mordor Conference

The Mordor Conference has named its Top Player of the Week. The honor went to Isszava Eliondel, left fielder of the Grey Havens Stars. In an extraordinary hitting display, she belted out hits at a .519 pace to win the...

Bramble Red-Hot, SC Player of the Week

This week Fosco Bramble, shortstop for the Old Forest Merry Fellows, slashed, mashed and bashed his way to the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. Bramble put up a .536 average as he pounded out 15 hits, 3 home...

August 16, 2007

Minas Ithil's Banks SC's Hottest Hitter

The 32-year-old Minas Ithil Wyrms center fielder might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Anson Banks has been a reliable ballplayer, one who has worked hard...

MC Player of the Week Named

This week's top performer in the Mordor Conference was catcher Hewpack *Belliarm of the Dunharrow Devils. He pounded out a .591 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week *Belliarm connected for 13 hits in...

August 13, 2007

Week's Premier Player - Bree's Guril

Sortai Guril punched, poked and pummeled the baseball last week and today he garnered a majority of the votes for the Shire Conference Player of the Week award. The Bree Cheese left fielder slashed out a .500 average with 13...

Mordor Conference Winner is Brickfist

All week long Bror Brickfist was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason he was voted the Player of the Week. The Grey Havens shortstop rapped out 12 hits in 25 at-bats for a...

August 09, 2007

Ballscarer Takes This Week's Trophy

Curt Ballscarer stepped up to the plate in a big way last week and today he took home the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The Mirkwood catcher ripped opposing pitchers for 12 hits in 23 at-bats and no...

MC Announces Player of the Week

It was announced today by the Mordor Conference that Minas Morgul shortstop Agnes Fernia had received the Player of the Week Trophy for her superlative play last week. The Minas Morgul shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers, pounding them for...

August 06, 2007

Super Week for Minas Tirith's Granitehammer!

Swinging a hot stick last week, Carl Granitehammer picked up the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award today. The 22-year-old third baseman for Minas Tirith lashed 11 hits in 24 at-bats as he put together a .458 average with...

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

This week Clobbergle Chubb, right fielder for the Grey Havens Stars, hit everything in sight to win the Mordor Conference Player of the Week trophy. He rattled fences and pitchers as he banged out a .688 average and .688 on-base...

MC Selects Amblestar April's Best Pitcher

Last month was a very successful month for Sorrel Amblestar of Misty Mountain. So successful that he has been honored as the Pitcher of the Month in the Mordor Conference. Amblestar shut down league hitters in fine fashion, rounding out...

Shire Conference Announces Top Starter

The Shire Conference announced today that Sillla Glebrilad has been chosen the league's Pitcher of the Month. The Rivendell starter had everything working for her last month as she glided to a 5-1 record. In April Glebrilad chalked up a...

MC Presents Batter of Month Trophy to Chubb

April was one the best months in Tanta Chubb's career. The Minas Morgul second baseman had her way with opposing pitchers all month while posting a .327 batting average and was selected as the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month....

The Devastator SC Outstanding Batter of the Month

Shaglakh the Devastator of the Miners hit .374 in April with 4 home runs, 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored to capture a majority of votes for the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy. The 32-year-old is in the...

August 02, 2007

Great Week for Minas Morgul's Tanta Chubb

This week's Player of the Week was Tanta Chubb of the Minas Morgul Slayers. She bombarded Mordor Conference pitching for 12 hits in 30 at-bats, 3 home runs, and 11 RBIs while hitting .400 and scoring 7 runs. This season...

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

There was no one hotter in the Shire Conference last week as Shaglakh the Devastator attacked enemy pitching with a vengeance to collect the Player of the Week Award. The 32-year-old Moria right fielder batted .440 with 11 hits in...

July 30, 2007

MC Star of the Week Announced

Losur Musicfist sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought him the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. A newcomer to the league, Musicfist made the establishment sit up and take notice, punishing...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Last week Dean Shute was the toast of Rivendell and the talk of the Shire Conference -- this week he's the SC Player of the Week. The standout third baseman sewed up the award with his .370 average (10-27), 2...

July 26, 2007

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Minas Morgul Slayers second baseman Tanta Chubb had a great time at the plate last week, running up some sensational numbers that no one else could match. Few people were surprised today when the Mordor Conference named her Player of...

SC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

When it came to hitting the baseball, Kignar Grudgetwister had few peers in the Shire Conference this past week. The talented right fielder for Lake Town tagged opposing pitchers for a .550 average and was voted the Player of the...

July 23, 2007

Grey Havens's Eliondel MC Star of the Week

The Mordor Conference has selected its Player of the Week. The honor went to Isszava Eliondel, left fielder of the Grey Havens Stars. In a standout performance, she lit up the league with a .643 average to win the award....

SC Premier Player Picked

His solid numbers speak for themselves. That's why Rosil Shieldmover of the Carrock Bears was named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Here's what his stats sheet looked like this week: 15 AB, 4 R, 6 H, .400 BA,...

July 22, 2007

2015 Pre-Season Picks

MIDDLE EARTH - Once more, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. 2015 looks to be another year of exciting competition in all divisions. Last season, we had a pretty good record in picking the division winners. Not so much...

Shire Conference
As with last season, Old Forest has the edge in the Elf Division due to their strong pitching staff. Chubb, Cheeseslicer, Ala'Niel and Veslay make a dominating starting rotation, and 'Bee Bee' Boreagrin's 42 saves were 2nd most in the league. Rivendell has closed that gap with their own rotation of Elfplate, Beardcutter, Glebrilad and Facecutter. Hitting is the thing that separates them from the Merry Fellows. Once again, the Titans have a dominating lineup (potentially the best in the league), but their lack of pitching will keep them down. And, as with last season, we predict the Marauders to bring up the rear (we see how well that turned out for us before).

In the Hobbit Division, Bywater once again looks to be the strongest of a very weak field. The Archers have gotten older. The Wargs have lost their way, and the Wyrms, while improving a bit, still don't have what it takes to catch up to the Bounders, who look for another dominating season out of last year's MVP, Glodunter Bromburg.

The Dwarf Division looks to be the closest it has been in many seasons (if ever). While Bree has the 2nd best pitching staff in the Conference, the best now resides in Moria. Besides a front four of Camellia Baggins, Quinn Ladygrass, Andrack Antslammer and Theodorus Tumbletoe, the Miners have a brilliant bullpen that includes Tigan Trollhead, Elasta Elderflower and Deallyra Undomiel. The Fairies have nothing to be ashamed of in the pitching department, either, with Black, Stonesmasher, Elivande and Scarlett II leading the way. What this race comes down to is hitting and staying healthy. The lineups are fairly close, with Bucklebury's getting the nod as being strongest, but not quite enough to offset the Cheese pitching. Another bat or two, or a key injury, will open up this race to any one of the three teams.

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Bywater
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Bucklebury

Conference Champs: Bree

Mordor Conference
Dunharrow's mad spending spree paid off last season, as the Devils pitched their way to the League Championship crown. It must be remembered, however, that they did not win the Orc Division. Misty Mountain, as predicted, took the flag in the end and only lost to Dunharrow Game 7 of the Two Towers Series. Look for the traditional close race in this division again this year. Grey Havens has the pitching edge, despite their aging team. They don't have the flashy starting rotation of the Devils' Brilhirion, Arwodur, and Bagdreg the Hated, but they have consistency up and down the line. The Hops hope to stay in it with their bats and through the power of Buffy the Balrog Slayer.

In the Goblin Division, Ravenhill and Lothlorien will fight it out once again. The Lumberjacks have better hitting than the Darkwings, but the Ravenhill pitching staff is more than a match for Lothlorien's. If Cloudskin gets hurt again and Drowslobberer doesn't perform, we could see Ravenhill putting them away. Weathertop was a surprise last year, but they're not going to sneak up on anyone this season. Count the Witch Kings as contenders, and the Numenor Kings are just a deal or two away from getting back to the top.

Minas Morgul has the best pitching staff in the League and the best hitters in the Conference. It would be a fool's bet to go against them in the Troll Division. However, through steady improvements, Isengard has risen to challenge the Slayers. The Raiders pitching staff is now considered to be the 2nd best in the Conference, and their hitters are ranked only behind Minas Morgul and Misty Mountain. Meanwhile, Dagorlad should bounce back from last season's disappointment, but the trade of team star, Isembard Ploughman, to the Darkwings indicates that the Disaster are on a rebuilding course.

Orc Division: Grey Havens
Goblin Division: Lothlorien
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Isengard

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Minas Morgul

Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Bree Cheese
Bucklebury Fairies
Moria Miners
Isengard Raiders
Bywater Bounders
Grey Havens Stars
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Minas Tirith Titans
Dunharrow Devils
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Lake Town Archers
Rivendell Royals
Ravenhill Darkwings
Misty Mountain Hops
Dagorlad Disaster
Mirkwood Marauders
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Weathertop Witch Kings
Numenor Kings
Dol Guldur Dragons
Wilderland Wargs
Carrock Bears

June 14, 2007

MC Aragorn MVP Announced

It's back-to-back MVP's for Misty Mountain's Buffy *Balrog Slayer! The MEBWA and team owners gave her the Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP for the 2nd year in a row after she tore up the hitting leaderboards once again. Buffy hit .327...

Bromburg Wins 2014 Shire MVP

The voting was close, but in the end the members of the Middle Earth Baseball Writers Association and the team owners picked Bywater hurler, Glodunter Bromburg as the Shire's most valuable player. Bromburg, known as 'Songster' to teammates and fans,...

June 11, 2007

Dunharrow Devils Win Return of the King Series

DUNHARROW - The Dunharrow faithful were cheering in the streets and the Bywater fans were crying in their beer -- The Devils won the Return of the King Series. They clinched it by knocking off the Bounders 3-0 to take...

June 07, 2007

Devils Win Mordor Conference Crown

MISTY MTN - Ciurk Badgerpoker was a Hops wrecking crew in Game 7 of the Mordor Two Towers Series, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI including a HR and a triple, as the Devils won their first Mordor Conference title. Foisil...

Bounders Crowned Shire Champs

BYWATER - Ex-Cheese, Makk the Knife (8-17), who has never had a winning season in his 5 years in the majors, stepped it up a notch against his former team in Game 5 of the Two Towers Series, shutting down...

May 31, 2007

Tolkien Baseball News: Playoffs begin

The "second season" begins today in the Tolkien Baseball as the playoffs get under way. The clubs vying for postseason supremacy in the Fellowship Series are paired together in these matchups: Mirkwood Marauders versus Bree Cheese Bywater Bounders versus Old...

MC's Best Player Named

This week's Player of the Week was Minto Foxburr of the Minas Morgul Slayers. His big bat waylaid Mordor Conference pitching for 12 hits in 31 at-bats, 2 home runs, and 7 RBIs while hitting .387 and scoring 6 runs....

SC Trophy Goes to Clubwalker of Bucklebury

With some great hand-eye coordination and a sweet, compact swing, Bucklebury Fairies catcher Boinar Clubwalker took the Shire Conference by storm this past week to take the latest Player of the Week honors. "The ball was looking like a beach...

May 28, 2007

MC Player of the Week, Chubb of Minas Morgul

Tanta Chubb stepped up to the plate in a big way last week and today she took home the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The Minas Morgul second baseman ripped opposing pitchers for 13 hits in 26 at-bats...

Week's #1 Player - Mirkwood's Gamwich

It was an exceptional week for Minto Gamwich of the Mirkwood Marauders. First he beats the devil out of the ball, hitting .476 and you would expect, he is voted the Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. Last...

May 25, 2007

Ploughman Wins MC Best Player Award

The Dagorlad Disaster received word today that left fielder Isembard Ploughman was selected Mordor Conference Player of the Week for his stellar performance in last week's games. Ploughman took full advantage of all 26 plate appearances last week as he...

Player of the Week Trophy to *Squishmasher

*Squishmasher swung a blistering bat last week for the Rivendell Royals, rapping out 11 hits in 23 at-bats against Rivendell opponents to propel himself to the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. Whenever the third baseman hit the ball,...

May 21, 2007

Mordor Conference Awards Best Batter Prize

Last week Sarin Redear was the toast of Numenor and the talk of the Mordor Conference -- this week he's the MC Player of the Week. The standout third baseman sewed up the award with his .526 average (10-19), 2...

Pelham's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Bill Pelham has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. That fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Pelham logged a .409 batting average for the Bree Cheese, racking...

May 17, 2007

MC's Premier Starter is Sandybanks

Dead Marshes Uruk-hai starter Todo Sandybanks has collected the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award for a run of lights-out performances. "This town really appreciates it when you're going well," said Sandybanks. "They might boo you when you're getting...

Beardcutter Garners SC #1 Pitcher Award

The Pitcher of the Month has been chosen, and the Shire Conference award went to Rivendell hurler Fabur Beardcutter for his rock-solid stints in August. During the month, Beardcutter was impressive with a 2.57 ERA and 4 wins and 1...

Torrid August Gets *Balrog Slayer MC #1 Batter Trophy

Buffy *Balrog Slayer of the Misty Mountain Hops was named the Mordor Conference's best batter in August. She knocked the tar out of the ball all month long. Here's what her stats sheet looked like for the month: 119 AB,...

SC Announces Best Batter Award

August's outstanding offensive player in the Shire Conference has been picked and the honor goes to the Bucklebury hitting machine Samwise Peatfingers. He won the award by hitting .343, blasting 8 home runs, knocking in 19 runs and scoring 21...

Toughest Out of the Week Wins MC Award

When it came to hitting the baseball, Buffy *Balrog Slayer was in a class by herself in the Mordor Conference this past week. Nobody did it better. The outstanding first baseman for Misty Mountain tagged opposing pitchers for a .581...

May 14, 2007

SC Names Top Player of the Week

Tusil Boffin of the Wyrms relied on a sharp eye and a quick bat to outpace all other Shire Conference hitters last week and collect the Player of the Week Award. He hit .435 with 10 hits in 23 at-bats,...

Star of the Week Honored in MC

Over the past week, Arwildoc Belebrindil has feasted on Mordor Conference pitching. Today the Weathertop Witch Kings second baseman gobbled up the league's latest Player of the Week Award. Belebrindil swung the bat with purpose all week as he collected...

May 10, 2007

Redear Wins MC Player of the Week

It was a fantastic week for Numenor third baseman Sarin Redear and it was capped off today with the announcement that he was named the winner of the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. Last week Redear hammered the...

Player of the Week Trophy to Bloodspear

The Player of the Week has been announced by the Shire Conference. The honor went to Balin Bloodspear, left fielder of the Minas Tirith Titans. He burned up the league with a .571 average to win the award. Bloodspear went...

May 07, 2007

Potent Bat Pays Off, Kidneyslammer Player of the Week

This week's top performer in the Shire Conference was shortstop Rognash Kidneyslammer of the Carrock Bears. He pounded out a .423 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week Kidneyslammer connected for 11 hits in...

Mordor Conference Names Top Player

31-year-old second baseman Hamson Muddyfoot of the Lothlorien Lumberjacks is the talk of the Mordor Conference for putting on a torrid hitting display last week and claiming the Player of the Week Award. Muddyfoot rapped out a sensational .500 batting...

May 04, 2007

Super Swinger Snags MC Player of the Week

Ravenhill Darkwings shortstop Nienor *Silverspike walked away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award today after putting up some impressive numbers over the past seven days. "The Darkwings fans are really behind me right now," said the 24-year-old....

Player of the Week: Old Forest First Baseman

This week's Player of the Week was Cinquefoil Boartooth of the Old Forest Merry Fellows. His award-winning bat ambushed Shire Conference pitching for 12 hits in 23 at-bats, 3 home runs, and 7 RBIs while hitting .522 and scoring 5...

Pitcher of the Month Named in MC

July's top-rated pitcher was Bagdreg the Hated of Dunharrow. He crushed Mordor Conference hitters all month long and captured the Pitcher of the Month award. Bagdreg the Hated brought home the trophy with these impressive statistics: 4-1 record, 1.17 ERA,...

SC Selects Reade July's Best Starter

Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Matthew Reade still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in July. The 31-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month...

Gamgee wins MC prize, named best hitter in July

Petunia Gamgee battered Mordor Conference pitchers all July and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award. "I've been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out to...

Shire Conference Picks July's Best Batter

When guys like Rivendell's Loopy *Squishmasher win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a very productive July, the longtime Shire Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers all month long, collecting 39 hits in 97...

April 26, 2007

Best Player Award Caps Great Week

Buffy *Balrog Slayer of the Misty Mountain Hops had a big week with the bat and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 27-year-old first baseman put up these award-winning numbers: .480 batting average,...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

It was announced today that Old Forest first baseman Cinquefoil Boartooth was selected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his superb play last week. All week long the Old Forest first baseman was a certified hitting machine...

April 23, 2007

Hisiel Sticks It to MC Pitchers

Minya Hisiel punched, poked and pummeled the baseball last week and today she garnered a majority of the votes for the Mordor Conference Player of the Week award. The Weathertop Witch Kings catcher slashed out a .400 average with 8...

Firbal the Nasty's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Firbal the Nasty made quite a splash in the Shire Conference this past week. The Bucklebury Fairies first baseman drilled opposing pitchers for 10 hits in 30 at-bats to roll up a .333 batting average and the Shire Conference Player...

April 19, 2007

Potent Bat Pays Off, Clawfoot Player of the Week

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Tran Clawfoot, the Misty Mountain second baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

*Squishmasher Chosen #1 Player

Loopy *Squishmasher of the Rivendell Royals put the finishing touch on an exceptional week of play by being named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. He rocked the opposition with a .625 batting average, 15 hits in 24 at-bats,...

Kobur Hammermaker Gets Hit Number 2000

DEAD MARSHES - The day belonged to Kobur Hammermaker of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai as he became the latest player to reach the 2000-hit plateau. He did it in Dead Marshes's 10-3 win over Numenor on July 11. "It's a...

April 17, 2007

Hall of Fame accepting no entrants this year

For the first time since the Hall of Fame opened its doors, no player qualified for election to its storied ranks. In a crowded ballot that featured 37 worthy candidates, voters were split too much to give any one player...

April 16, 2007

Toughest Out of the Week Wins MC Award

There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Saravin Darkbrother, the Misty Mountain center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but also...

SC's #1 Player is Chubb

Frodo Chubb capped off a phenomenal week on the hill by nailing down Shire Conference Player of the Week honors today. The 31-year-old Merry Fellows hurler tossed a total of 13 innings last week, collecting 2 wins, 14 strikeouts and...

Shire evens All-Star series with 12-inning win

MISTY MTN - In what was expected to be a battle of the bats, the league's best hitters took 12 innings before they could get anything going. Despite a nice breeze blowing out to right, the pitching prowess of both...

Misty Mountain Starter Named MC's #1 Pitcher

The Pitcher of the Month Award has been announced and the Mordor Conference winner is Misty Mountain hurler, Tubur Trollsnapper. For his fine efforts in June he has been named the league's #1 pitcher. During the month, Trollsnapper excelled with...

Shire Conference #1 Hurler is Bromburg

Which Shire Conference hurler dominated in the month of June? According to the voters who decide the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award, it was Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders. He put together a record of 5-1 with...

Minas Morgul's Gamgee Bags MC Batting Award

The Mordor Conference Batter of the Month has been picked for June and the honor goes to the Minas Morgul Slayers hitting machine, Petunia Gamgee. She compiled a .330 batting average with 34 hits and 7 home runs, along with...

Fyrith captures SC Batter of the Month Award

Hot-hitting first baseman Gollilmer Fyrith of the Cheese really pounded Shire Conference pitchers in June, winning the Batter of the Month award. He hit .301 with 13 home runs, 25 RBIs, 20 runs scored and 15 walks to finish with...

April 12, 2007

Dead Marshes Second Baseman Nets MC Award

The marque name in the Mordor Conference this week is Mauhur *the Looter of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. The hot-hitting 34-year-old second baseman put up a .480 average and .581 on-base percentage, piling up 12 hits in 25 at-bats, 1...

Old Forest's Bramble Snaps Up Player of the Week

Fosco Bramble finds himself in the Shire Conference spotlight today after his impossible-to-ignore performance last week. He carried the Old Forest Merry Fellows on his shoulders, earning Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The 30-year-old hit .522 (12-23) with...

April 09, 2007

The All-Star Game Rosters Have Been Announced

It's a great game for the fans. It comes around each year at the time, halfway through the season. All of gifted and talented players from the Shire Conference and Mordor Conference come together and show their wares on the...

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Veteran Kobur Hammermaker had a great week at the plate for the Uruk-hai to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference. The Dead Marshes shortstop built a .478 average on the strength of...

Fyrith Red-Hot, SC Player of the Week

Shire Conference pitchers will attest that it was tough to get Gollilmer Fyrith of the Bree Cheese out last week. His all-around performance at the plate made him the league's most recent Player of the Week. The 30-year-old first baseman...

April 06, 2007

This Week's Star Player is Hearteater

Pruugor Hearteater of the Dunharrow Devils had an enormous week at the plate and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Mordor Conference. The 33-year-old third baseman put up some very healthy numbers: .550 batting average, 1...

Shire Conference Winner is Gamaiborn

Gandaugrin Gamaiborn went on a hitting rampage last week against Shire Conference pitchers and collected the Player of the Week Award. The Carrock first baseman connected for 10 hits in 19 at-bats and 2 home runs. For the week he...

April 02, 2007

MC Player of the Week Named

It's always a thrill for fans of the team and students of the game alike, when a superstar in the making shows what he's got. Fufur Goblinarm, the Dunharrow Devils 25-year-old first baseman, put himself in the spotlight last week...

Week's #1 Player - Carrock's Faromli

CARROCK - There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Galaigast Faromli, the Carrock first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his team, but...

March 29, 2007

Mordor Conference Names Richard Funderburg Player of the Week

Dol Guldur Dragons center fielder Richard Funderburg, at the top of his game all last week, was a consensus choice today for Mordor Conference Player of the Week. He victimized MC pitchers for a .370 batting average on 10 hits...

Shire Conference Presents Minas Tirith Third Baseman Granitehammer Player of Week Award

MINAS TIRITH - Carl Granitehammer has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. The fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Granitehammer logged an average of .500 for the...

Lothlorien Pitcher Gragar Drowslobberer Named MC Top Hurler of the Month

LOTHLORIEN - Veteran Gragar Drowslobberer put together quite a successful stretch in May for the Lothlorien Lumberjacks, earning himself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award. Drowslobberer racked up 4 wins while dropping only no losses. In 7 starts...

Most Recent Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month Award Goes to Old Forest's Chubb

OLD FOREST - In May Old Forest starter Frodo Chubb mesmerized hitters with an array of effective pitches. The newly anointed Pitcher of the Month unleashed some serious firepower, going 5-0 in 6 games started in that time. Chubb held...

Isengard shortstop Wins MC Batter of Month Award

ISENGARD - Ragnar *Stonecutter, Jr. was atop the Mordor Conference hit parade in May. The talented Isengard shortstop compiled a .420 average with 42 hits in 100 at bats. He also clubbed 2 doubles and 5 home runs on his...

Pacing the Bree Attack, First Baseman Fyrith Takes SC Batter of the Month Honors

BREE - Nobody was hotter in May! Gollilmer Fyrith caught the Shire Conference's attention by putting together a .290 AVG, 11 HR, 30 RBI line last month. These numbers, combined with a .388 OBP, earned him SC Batter of the...

March 26, 2007

MC Reveals Grey Havens First Baseman Gandulbo As Player of the Week

GREY HAVENS - Golligast Gandulbo stepped up to the plate in a big way last week, and today he took home Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors for his output in games ending Sunday. The Grey Havens first baseman...

Roth of Minas Tirith Raps SC Pitchers at Torrid .438 Pace, Takes Player of the Week Award

MINAS TIRITH - Beleg Roth has been swinging the bat like a lethal weapon of late. After punching across 9 RBI last week and slugging his way to a 1.205 OPS figure in last week's games, the Minas Tirith Titans...

March 22, 2007

Darkwings First Baseman Inadora Tovar Selected MC Player of the Week

RAVENHILL - Inadora Tovar went on a hitting spree last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and today copped the Player of the Week award. The Ravenhill Darkwings first baseman peppered the opposition for 14 hits in 26 at-bats with 3...

Shire Conference Reveals Latest Player of the Week: Thudor Nadrierion of the Bucklebury Fairies

BUCKLEBURY - Thudor Nadrierion has enjoyed his role with the Bucklebury Fairies--perhaps never more than he did last week, when a hot 6 games at the plate made him the obvious choice for Shire Conference Player of the Week. Nadrierion...

March 19, 2007

Last Week's Star in MC: Buffy *Balrog Slayer--First Baseman Runs up .393 Average to Earn Kudos

MISTY MTN - Pitchers who faced the Misty Mountain Hops last week were happy to see Buffy *Balrog Slayer in the rear view mirror. The 27-year-old first baseman was dubbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week for a 6-game...

Great Week for Bloodaxe: Mirkwood Star Bats .517 and Scoops up SC Award for Best Player

MIRKWOOD - Bagwurz Bloodaxe carried the Mirkwood Marauders on his shoulders over the last seven days, earning Shire Conference Player of the Week honors in the process. Showing impressive bat speed, the club's catcher logged a .517 BA, pushed home...

March 15, 2007

Mordor Conference Awards Roran Shieldmover of Weathertop Player of the Week

It was a sweet day for Roran Shieldmover of the Weathertop Witch Kings, who found out he has been named the MC Player of the Week. The Witch Kings left fielder put up a solid .478 average and contributed 4...

.500 BA Earns Scimitar of Minas Tirith SC Player of the Week Award

It was a week to remember for Rhedry Scimitar. After wrapping up a torrid week at the plate, the Minas Tirith Titans right fielder was named the SC Player of the Week. Scimitar collected 15 hits in 30 at bats...

Ravenhill Second Baseman Nerith Hoists Up MC Rookie of Month Honor

In April Legeden Nerith really banged the baseball and brought in the MC Rookie of the Month trophy. He sent 4 screamers into the bleachers, bombarded opposing pitching at a .309 clip, and plated 9 runs. He also slammed 9...

Wyrms Orecutter Victorious in SC Rookie of the Month Vote

It might be just his first year in the league, but Besin Orecutter is playing like he's been here before. The Minas Ithil third baseman rang up some sky-high numbers in the last 30 days and snagged the Shire Conference...

Top MC Pitcher in April Named: Long Cleve of Grey Havens

In April Grey Havens starter Born Long Cleve mesmerized hitters with an array of effective pitches. The newly anointed Pitcher of the Month unleashed some serious firepower, going 5-1 in 6 games started in that time. Long Cleve held batters...

Mound Excellence Makes Bywater's Bromburg Shire Conference Top Pitcher in April

There's no doubt that Bywater Bounders starter Glodunter Bromburg earned his SC Pitcher of the Month award for April. He was sensational: In 54.2 innings, Bromburg had 35 strikeouts, a 1.65 ERA, and a 5-1 record....

*Balrog Slayer Puts Muscle in Misty Mountain Attack, Garners MC Batter of the Month Award

The hard-hitting first baseman from Misty Mountain, Buffy *Balrog Slayer, wielded a big bat in April and was hailed as the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month. She hit a healthy .348, pushing across 26 runs, scored 23 times and...

Shire Conference League Choice for Batter of the Month is Moria Third Baseman *the Shriek

Morag *the Shriek will never forget April 2014. Today she was voted Shire Conference Batter of the Month. More important for Moria, she posted a .345 average along with 9 homers and 26 RBI. *the Shriek also collected 2 doubles,...

March 12, 2007

MC Player of the Week Pick--Numenor Catcher Thiama

NUMENOR - What a week it was for Thigol Thiama! The Numenor catcher took Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors after tearing up the league with a .588 batting average in his recent games. Thiama registered 10 hits in...

Third Baseman Morag the Shriek of Moria Records .393 Average, Selected Shire Conference Player of the Week

MORIA - Morag *the Shriek made quite a splash in the Shire Conference this past week. The Moria Miners third baseman drilled opposing pitchers for 11 hits--5 for extra bases--in 28 at-bats and rolled up a 1.366 OPS figure. Those...

March 08, 2007

Mordor Conference Awards Isilborn Imrilron of Minas Morgul Player of the Week

MINAS MORGUL - Today the Mordor Conference announced its Player of the Week award winner: Minas Morgul Slayers left fielder Isilborn Imrilron, who batted .464 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. He amassed a .786 slugging percentage, thanks to...

Bucklebury Fairies First Baseman Black Tears up Opposing Pitchers, Wins SC Player of the Week Title

BUCKLEBURY - Bucklebury Fairies fans are celebrating Orgulas Black's selection as SC Player of the Week. Black assembled some pretty stout credentials over the past seven days. He coaxed 12 hits out of 29 at bats and jogged down to...

March 05, 2007

Imcirion of Dead Marshes Raps MC Pitchers at Torrid .714 Pace, Takes Player of the Week Award

DEAD MARSHES - Callers to the Dead Marshes sports talk radio station can't stop singing the praises of Imcir Imcirion, who has been selected MC Player of the Week. Imcirion was in a comfort zone, finishing with a .714 average,...

.421 BA Captures Shire Conference Player of the Week Crown for Tinond of Bywater

BYWATER - The Shire Conference has chosen Vorzava Tinond of the Bywater Bounders as Player of the Week. And what a week Tinond had: He hit .421, swatted 3 home runs, and drove in 5 while scoring 7 runs....

March 01, 2007

Hops First Baseman Buffy *Balrog Slayer Wins Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award

MISTY MTN - Buffy *Balrog Slayer has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of her career. The fact was not lost on Mordor Conference officials, who named her Player of the Week. *Balrog Slayer logged an average of .417...

Hubbard of Old Forest Gets Feather in His Cap: SC Player of the Week Honors

OLD FOREST - What a week it was for Alrond *Hubbard! The Old Forest third baseman took Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after tearing up the league with a .423 batting average in his recent games. *Hubbard registered...

February 25, 2007

2014 Pre-season Picks

MIDDLE EARTH - With the 2014 season set to begin, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. Last season, we totally missed the mark in the Shire Conference, and were 50% in our Mordor picks. Hopefully, the sacking of our...

Shire Conference
Last season, we ignored the fact that the Merry Fellows had the best pitching staff in the Elf Division in favor of the emerging Minas Tirith hitters. While the Titans did wind up scoring the most runs per game in the Conference (4.9), they were at the bottom of the pitching barrel, surrendering 4.9 runs per game, as well. Nothing the Titans did in the off season seems to have affected that. Minas Tirith has the most potent lineup in the league, but unless they can acquire another good starter and some middle relief, all the hitting talent will be wasted. Meanwhile, perennial favorite, Mirkwood, looks to be languishing near the bottom of the pack after some retooling moves in the off season.

In the Hobbit Division, Bywater looks to be the strongest of a very weak field, including the aging Archers. Last seasons surprising Wilderland team doesn't seem to have the hitting to contend this year, but we thought the same thing last season.

As usual, the Dwarf Division is going to be a horse race between Bucklebury and Bree. The Cheese have the edge in pitching, but the Fairies have an advantage in hitting, especially with the acquisition of Thudor Nadrierion from Ravenhill.

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Bywater
Dwarf Division: Bucklebury
Wild Card: Bree

Conference Champs: Bucklebury

Mordor Conference
With Dunharrow's mad spending on pitching this off season, the Devils are looking to buy their way back into the hunt. And it just might work. Dunharrow's pitching is the equal of all 4 teams in a very tight division. The thing that will separate them is hitting. Misty Mountain has the edge there over both Dunharrow and Grey Havens, but even Dead Marshes will be right in the thick of things.

In the Goblin Division, Ravenhill and Lothlorien will fight it out once again with some added pressure put on them by the new Numenor owner. The Kings won't contend this season, but they should make things interesting.

Minas Morgul no longer possesses the most powerful lineup in the league, but it's still one of the strongest, and their pitching should keep them at the top of the Troll Division, ahead of Dagorlad and a rebuilding Isengard team under new ownership.

Orc Division: Misty Mountain
Goblin Division: Ravenhill
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Dagorlad

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Bucklebury

Power Rankings
Bucklebury Fairies
Bree Cheese
Minas Morgul Slayers
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Moria Miners
Minas Tirith Titans
Misty Mountain Hops
Dagorlad Disaster
Dunharrow Devils
Grey Havens Stars
Ravenhill Darkwings
Rivendell Royals
Carrock Bears
Bywater Bounders
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Lake Town Archers
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Weathertop Witch Kings
Mirkwood Marauders
Numenor Kings
Dol Guldur Dragons
Wilderland Wargs
Isengard Raiders
Minas Ithil Wyrms

February 11, 2007

2013 Aragorn MVP's announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2013 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Shire Conference, Sjors 'Truly' Cheeseslicer of Old Forest becomes the 2nd...

January 29, 2007

2013 Elrond Managers of the Year

MIDDLE EARTH - Today the league announced its selections for the 2013 Elrond Manager of the Year trophy in both the Shire and Mordor Conferences. In the Shire, Wilderland's GM, Boof the Wise, took home the award after having improved...

Buffy *Balrog Slayer of Misty Mountain Named Premier MC Batsman, Cops 2013 Sam Gamgee Batter

Buffy *Balrog Slayer proved that you can step out of the shadows onto the stage in no time if you've got the talent and the drive to hone your skills. Hard work, long hours, and a tireless resolve paid off...

Moria Shortstop Gibur Rockrender Nabs 2013 SC Sam Gamgee Batter

Gibur Rockrender of the Moria Miners enjoyed a gourmet season at the dish in 2013. He put up a .307 average, collected 38 home runs, 95 RBI, and, perhaps most important, the Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. He also tallied...

Amblestar's Sparkling Season Nets MC Gandalf Pitcher Award for Misty Mountain Star

What a season! And what a pitcher! Mordor Conference batsmen were beleaguered, besmirched, blitzed and blistered this year by the 2013 Gandalf Pitcher Award winner. The Misty Mountain ace, Sorrel Amblestar, was truly the league's King of the Hill. He...

SC Gandalf Pitcher Award Winner Announced: Old Forest's Sjors Cheeseslicer Takes Prize

Sjors Cheeseslicer was really special this season. When he was on the mound for Old Forest, there was magic in the ballpark. He started 37 games, logged 301 innings, and conjured up 24 victories with just 9 defeats. Cheeseslicer disposed...

Bunce of the Kings Parlays .279 BA into Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award

It was a fantastic season for Numenor's Mosin Bunce and it was capped off today with the announcement that he was named the Mordor Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner! The talented second baseman hit .279 with 173 hits in 620...

Minas Tirith Third Baseman Granitehammer Voted Best SC Rookie This Season

In his apprentice season in the Shire Conference Carl Granitehammer put up some quality statistics to sew up the prestigious Frodo Rookie Award. This talented Minas Tirith third baseman carded an impressive .324 average at the plate with good power...

Mordor Conference Selects the Best of the Best Fielders--Legolas Fielder Award Winners Announced for this Season

It has been said that the best offense is a good defense. That is why contending teams are always on the lookout to improve on the defensive side of the game. Keeping a run from scoring is just as good...

Getting Defensive! SC Legolas Fielder Award Winners Announced for 2013

"Good field," "good with the glove," and "good D" are ways to describe baseball players who play good defense. Tonight the good glove guys in the Shire Conference will be honored at this year's annual SION sports awards banquet. Legolas...

January 27, 2007

Misty Mountain Wins League Title

Everything came together for Misty Mountain, as they won their first league championship trophy, defeating the Old Forest Merry Fellows in 6 games. Sorrel Amblestar was on fire, winning 2 more games to go 6-0 in the playoffs and take...

Conference Champions Crowned

Old Forest wins 2nd straight Shire title Old Forest won its 2nd straight Shire Conference championship trophy by defeating the Wilderland Wargs in 6 games in the Two Towers Series. In Game 1, Frodo Chubb and Lintegurth Musiceye squared off...

Fellowship Series Wrap-up

Old Forest defeats Bree The Cheese took Game 1 thanks to a rescue pitching effort by 'Wose' Arweoden and homers from Tiger Guril, Braddock the Fell and 2 by Zoot the Unchaste. Bree starter Torg Shinsnapper had a horrible start,...

January 18, 2007

Mirkwood takes 9th straight trip to playoffs

MIRKWOOD - It took them until the next-to-last day of the season to clinch it, but the Mirkwood Marauders have won their 7th Elf Division pennant. It didn't come easy this year, with early challenges from Minas Tirith and Rivendell,...

Hops win Orc Division

MISTY MTN - For the first time since 2009, Misty Mountain fans will get the chance to see the Hops in postseason action. They clinched the Orc Division pennant on September 26 with a win over Dead Marshes. Though not...

Lothlorien wins first division title in team history!

LOTHLORIEN - Lumberjack fans around Lothlorien went wild on September 24 as the team won its first Goblin Division pennant in franchise history. In fact, this will only be the second time the team (formerly the Gondor Condors) have ever...

MC Announces Player of the Week: Shieldmover of Dagorlad

Callers to the Dagorlad sports talk radio station can't stop singing the praises of Rosil Shieldmover, who has been selected MC Player of the Week. Shieldmover was in a comfort zone, finishing with a .524 average, 6 runs batted in,...

SC Player of the Week Goes to *Squishmasher of Rivendell

The Rivendell Royals received word today that third baseman Loopy *Squishmasher was selected Shire Conference Player of the Week for his stellar performance in last week's games ending Sunday. *Squishmasher took full advantage of his plate appearances, putting up an...

January 16, 2007

Final playoff spots up for grabs

With the final 7 games of the season ahead, it's do-or-die time for the final playoff spots, and at least one team is going to be left out of the picture. In the Shire Conference, it's down to Mirkwood, Old...

January 15, 2007

Bree wins Dwarf Division with teamwork

BREE - Another year, another division title for the Cheese. This time more than ever, it was a team effort. Every player seemed to contribute throughout the year with no single player standing out. There are no 20-game winners on...

Wilderland wins Hobbit Division for 1st time since 2004!

WILDERLAND - For the first time in a long time, Wargs fans have playoff fever. Wilderland clinched the divisional title with a 9-0 win over Carrock on September 19. Leading the charge this season was a trio of fine pitchers,...

Bill Sauers of Dagorlad Caps Great Week at the Plate with MC Player of the Week Honors

Pitchers who faced the Dagorlad Disaster last week were happy to see Bill Sauers in the rear view mirror. The 30-year-old second baseman was dubbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week for a 6-game tear that produced a .667...

Lake Town's Rockbinder Parlays .455 BA into SC Player of the Week Award

Ralin Rockbinder captured all the headlines last week, and today he added to his booty with the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. The Lake Town Archers center fielder hammered league hurlers for 10 hits in 22 at bats,...

January 11, 2007

Mordor Conference Presents Minas Morgul Shortstop Chubb Player of Week Award

The Mordor Conference has chosen Tanta Chubb of the Minas Morgul Slayers as Player of the Week. And what a week Chubb had: She hit .385, swatted 5 home runs, and drove in 16 while scoring 10 runs. A look...

Carrock's Mandragger Cruises to SC Player of Week Win

Srunk Mandragger would not be denied the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for this past week. His consistent stroke, which produced 12 hits, 6 RBI and 5 extra-base hits, made him--at least in the minds of the Carrock...

January 08, 2007

Red-Hot Hisiel of the Witch Kings Sizzles with Bat--Cops MC Player of the Week

The Mordor Conference announced today that Minya Hisiel of the Weathertop Witch Kings earned Player of the Week honors for her performance over the past seven days. Hisiel hit .524, generating 5 RBI and swatting 3 home runs in 22...

Red-Hot Brickfoot of Carrock Snags Shire Conference Player of the Week Award

No single hit brought Durin Brickfoot Player of the Week honors--the Carrock Bears left fielder corralled the award with a consistent approach in every at bat. "Hitting is all about discipline," said Brickfoot. "When you lose focus, start to lunge...

January 04, 2007

Hammermaker from Uruk-hai Given Mordor Conference Player of the Week Accolades

Dead Marshes Uruk-hai shortstop Kobur Hammermaker walked away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award today after putting up some impressive numbers over the past seven days. Hammermaker batted .483, driving in 7 runs and thumping 4 extra-base...

Brickfoot of Bears Hammers SC Hurlers for .563 Average--Wins Player of the Week Honors

One of the league's most exciting young players, Durin Brickfoot earned himself SC Player of the Week honors with a standout performance in the week's games ending Sunday. The 24-year-old Carrock Bears left fielder contributed a .563 average to his...

Plant of Weathertop Given August's MC Pitcher of the Month Award

Last month's cream of the crop was Robert Plant of the Weathertop Witch Kings. He captured the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award for his mound performance in August. Plant started 7 games, threw 50 innings, and logged a...

Torg Shinsnapper of the Bree Cheese Honored as Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month

It was a sensational August for Torg Shinsnapper as he mystified, mesmerized, and terrorized opposing batters to capture the Pitcher of the Month trophy. Included in his spectacular stats was a 5-0 won-lost mark in 5 starting appearances. Shinsnapper permitted...

Balrog Slayer of Misty Mountain Jolts Her Way to MC Batter of Month Award

When it came to hitting the baseball, Buffy *Balrog Slayer had few peers in the Mordor Conference during August. The first baseman for Misty Mountain mauled opposing pitchers for a .357 batting average and was voted the league's best batter...

Second Baseman Rider Launches Assault on SC Pitchers, Cops Batter of the Month Honors

Trik Rider has been bludgeoning the baseball with frightening regularity over the past month, claiming the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy for August. The Carrock second baseman hit .377, blasted 3 home runs and 7 doubles, drove in...

January 03, 2007

Minor League Playoff News

MIDDLE EARTH - With the playoff races heating up in the majors, the SGCBL minor leagues finished their campaigns this month and are in their playoffs. AAA News In the Elrond League, the Pleasant Vale Stallions of the Ravenhill organization...

January 01, 2007

Dead Marshes Catcher Imcir Imcirion Captures Player of the Week Honor

Today the Mordor Conference announced its Player of the Week award winner: Dead Marshes Uruk-hai catcher Imcir Imcirion, who batted .435 with 3 home runs and 8 runs batted in. He amassed a .826 slugging percentage, thanks to 3 extra-base...

Gŕndir of Minas Tirith Gets Feather in His Cap: SC Player of the Week Honors

Phaiar Gŕndir made quite a splash in the Shire Conference this past week. The Minas Tirith Titans center fielder drilled opposing pitchers for 10 hits--5 for extra bases--in 20 at-bats and rolled up a 1.665 OPS figure. Those strong numbers...

December 28, 2006

Second Baseman Gamgee of the Slayers Earns MC Player of the Week Honors

The Mordor Conference today announced Petunia Gamgee as its most recent Player of the Week. The Minas Morgul second baseman was truly in a zone. She powered her way to a 1.227 slugging percentage, with 5 home runs among her...

Rivendell Royals Center Fielder Holfast Cotton Dominates SC Pitching, Named Latest Player of Week

Holfast Cotton nabbed the latest Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for his batting prowess this past week. Posting a hefty .444 average with 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and a .524 on base percentage, the 30-year-old is the...

December 25, 2006

Red-Hot the Nasty of Minas Morgul Snags Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award

Today the Mordor Conference announced its Player of the Week award winner: Minas Morgul Slayers first baseman Firbal the Nasty, who batted .409 with 3 home runs and 13 runs batted in. He amassed a .955 slugging percentage, thanks to...

SC Player of the Week Pick--Old Forest Second Baseman Silvermaster

What a week it was for Sifur Silvermaster! The Old Forest second baseman took Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after tearing up the league with a .423 batting average in his recent games. Silvermaster registered 11 hits in...

December 21, 2006

Lothlorien Second Baseman Muddyfoot Nabs MC Player of the Week Honors

No single hit brought Hamson Muddyfoot Player of the Week honors--the Lothlorien Lumberjacks second baseman corralled the award with a consistent approach in every at bat. "Hitting is all about discipline," said Muddyfoot. "When you lose focus, start to lunge...

Peromer Moraman of the Wyrms Takes Shire Conference Player of the Week Trophy

Minas Ithil Wyrms center fielder Peromer Moraman, at the top of his game all last week, was a consensus choice today for Shire Conference Player of the Week. He victimized SC pitchers for a .423 batting average on 11 hits...

Sensational Month Snares Numenor Rookie Bunce MC Best Newcomer Trophy

Mosin Bunce wreaked havoc on Mordor Conference pitching last month and led the charge for the top rookie award in the league. In July he batted at a .300 clip for the Kings, lashing 30 hits with 10 extra-base hits...

Minas Tirith Titans Granitehammer Snags Rookie of Month Trophy in Shire Conference

What a fantastic July it was for Carl Granitehammer! The Minas Tirith third baseman battered Shire Conference hurlers for a .368 batting average, 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 6 RBI in a month-long assault. He also scored 14 runs, walked...

MC Pitcher of the Month Awarded to Todo Sandybanks of Dead Marshes

Todo Sandybanks was firing on all cylinders in the month of July. The Dead Marshes starter chalked up 5 wins against 1 loss and thoroughly dominated the opposition, piling up 45 strikeouts and posting an ERA of 1.57 en route...

July's Top SC Pitcher Crowned: Glodunter Bromburg of the Bywater Bounders Honored

In the month of July, Glodunter Bromburg was certainly in a groove. The Bywater starter posted 4 wins and was saddled with no losses last month. He compiled a minuscule 0.92 ERA and dished out 32 Ks. Not surprisingly, he...

July MC Batter Award Announced

Arghren Glimmerhand of the Misty Mountain Hops recorded a .429 BA in July with 30 hits in 70 at-bats. This red-hot hitting rampage captured the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month trophy for him. The Misty Mountain catcher shelled opposing...

Pacing the Wilderland Attack, Shortstop *Ripsnorter Takes SC Batter of the Month Honors

Wilderland shortstop Elvyra *Ripsnorter put the wraps on a remarkable July by capturing the Shire Conference Batter of the Month honors. She rapped out a .361 batting average, hit 5 home runs, drove in 16 runs, and scored 22 times....

December 18, 2006

Lothlorien Center Fielder Grumpus *the Grumpest Snaps up MC Player of the Week Honors

Lothlorien Lumberjacks center fielder Grumpus *the Grumpest walked away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award today after putting up some impressive numbers over the past seven days. *the Grumpest batted .500, driving in 4 runs and thumping...

SC Names Bears Second Baseman *Rider Player of the Week

Trik *Rider would not be denied the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award for this past week. His consistent stroke, which produced 11 hits, 9 RBI and 4 extra-base hits, made him--at least in the minds of the Carrock...

December 15, 2006

MC Player of the Week Chosen: It's Minto Foxburr of the Minas Morgul Slayers

Not every ball that came off Minto Foxburr's bat last week was a line drive or a towering shot--it just seemed that way to the teams that played the Minas Morgul Slayers. For his exploits, Foxburr was named the recipient...

Great Week for Faromli: Mirkwood Star Bats .440 and Scoops up SC Award for Best Player

Mirkwood Marauders first baseman Galaigast Faromli had a great time at the plate last week, running up some numbers that no one else could match. Few people were surprised today when the Shire Conference named him Player of the Week....

December 11, 2006

MC Names Clawfoot of the Misty Mountain Hops Player of the Week

According to the voters, Tran Clawfoot of the Misty Mountain Hops had the best week of all Mordor Conference hitters over the past seven days. He becomes the newest MC Player of the Week. The second baseman's accomplishments in his...

Elvyra *Ripsnorter of the Wargs Takes Shire Conference Player of the Week Trophy

Not every ball that came off Elvyra *Ripsnorter's bat last week was a line drive or a towering shot--it just seemed that way to the teams that played the Wilderland Wargs. For her exploits, *Ripsnorter was named the recipient of...

December 07, 2006

Mordor Conference Wins All-Star Contest

DEAD MARSHES - Before a packed house of 45,000 at Uruk-hai Field, the Mordor Conference won the 11th annual All-Star Game by the score of 5-4. The Shire came out on top first when Gandaugrin "Doggy" Gamaiborn of Wilderland laced...

December 04, 2006

Numenor Second Baseman Bunce Clinches MC Rookie of Month Vote

It might be just his first year in the league, but Mosin Bunce is playing like he's been here before. The Numenor second baseman rang up some sky-high numbers in the last 30 days and snagged the Mordor Conference Rookie...

Young Minas Tirith Phenom Splashes onto Tolkien Baseball Scene; Granitehammer Wins Rookie of Month

Carl Granitehammer proved to be one of the Shire Conference's preeminent rookies last month, putting up Rookie of the Month award-winning numbers. In June the third baseman for Minas Tirith stroked 25 hits, jolted 3 home runs, and drove in...

Dol Guldur Starter Vincent Rogers MC Selection for Pitcher of the Month

Vincent Rogers will be bringing June's Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month trophy home to Dol Guldur. Rogers displayed impeccable pitch selection all month, keeping the ball away from enemy hitters. Rogers started 6 games, hurling a total of 44.1...

SC Pitcher of the Month Award Goes to Glodunter Bromburg from Bywater

Glodunter Bromburg took a turn in the spotlight earlier today when he nabbed the SC Pitcher of the Month award for June. The 27-year-old Bywater Bounders starter is a relative newcomer to the league, but nonetheless racked up an impressive...

Second Baseman Gamgee Packs a Mighty Punch, Takes Home MC Batter of the Month Award

Petunia Gamgee put her mark on the Mordor Conference this June by putting together some award-winning numbers. Minas Morgul's second baseman tagged 38 hits, 8 homers and drove in 23 runs on his way to the top hitter title. If...

Ruano Carries Home SC Batter of Month Honors to Rivendell

Boris Ruano relied on a solid .355 BA to capture the most recent Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy. He had a torrid June, nailing 33 hits in 101 plate appearances, including 10 doubles and 5 homers. Ruano also...

Kings Catcher Thigol Thiama Wins Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award

In 6 games over the past seven days, Thigol Thiama has feasted on Mordor Conference pitching, and today the Numenor Kings catcher gobbled up the league's latest Player of the Week accolades. Thiama swung the bat to the tune of...

Shire Conference Presents Gollauman Gandilhil of Old Forest Player of the Week Trophy

There was no one hotter in the Shire Conference last week, as Gollauman Gandilhil attacked enemy pitching with a vengeance. The 30-year-old Old Forest Merry Fellows right fielder batted .560, rapping out 14 hits, including 2 doubles and 1 home...

2013 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2013 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 4 game. It will be played at Uruk-hai Field in Dead Marshes this year under Mordor Conference rules (no DH)....

Shire Conference
Starters
P Lintegurth Musiceye from Wilderland*
15-1, 1.72 ERA
C Boinar "Lucky" Clubwalker from Bucklebury*
.262, 22 HR, 58 RBI
1B Gandaugrin "Doggy" Gamaiborn from Wilderland
.238, 18 HR, 50 RBI
2B Relin "The Rock" Rockmaster from Rivendell*
.305, 13 HR, 41 RBI
3B Morag *the Shriek from Moria*
.276, 20 HR, 51 RBI
SS Gibur "Seal" Rockrender from Moria*
.302, 21 HR, 45 RBI
LF Samwise "The Bat" Peatfingers from Bucklebury
.269, 26 HR, 54 RBI
CF Bofur Crashingwrath from Wilderland*
.280, 19 HR, 58 RBI
RF Denaigol "Hitman" Denaihir from Moria*
.291, 18 HR, 60 RBI
Reserves
Bree: 2B B. Pelham*
Bucklebury: SP D. Elivande*
Bywater: SP G. Bromburg, CL H. Grilgol
Carrock: LF D. Brickfoot*
Minas Ithil: SP D. Boffin*, C U. Blacktooth*
Minas Tirith: CL L. Oathback*, RF R. Scimitar*
Mirkwood: SP L. Isauhir*, CL P. Fil-Gar, SS M. *Catsquisher, CF M. Gamwich
Moria: MR D. Undomiel*
Old Forest: SP S. Cheeseslicer*, SP F. Chubb
Rivendell: CF B. Ruano
Wilderland: CL P. Halflingslobbr, 2B L. Iseogrin
Mordor Conference
Starters
P Bagdreg the Hated from Minas Morgul
15-3, 1.91 ERA
C Imcir Imcirion from Dead Marshes
.329, 13 HR, 44 RBI
1B Firbal the Nasty from Minas Morgul
.325, 21 HR, 68 RBI
2B Petunia "Pet" Gamgee from Minas Morgul*
.352, 21 HR, 59 RBI
3B Raymond "Walk Off" Miller from Dead Marshes
.354, 18 HR, 55 RBI
SS Gollomer Gauthor from Lothlorien*
.311, 14 HR, 40 RBI
LF Isilborn "Cheese Crusher" Imrilron from Minas Morgul
.338, 11 HR, 38 RBI
CF Richard Funderburg from Dol Guldur*
.273, 15 HR, 51 RBI
RF Isembard Ploughman from Dagorlad
.262, 20 HR, 56 RBI
Reserves
Dagorlad: SP M. Reade*
Dead Marshes: 2B M. *the Looter, SS K. Hammermaker
Dol Guldur: SP S. Walczak*, CL E. Elreoborn*
Grey Havens: CL D. Muddyfoot*, 1B G. Gandulbo
Lothlorien: SP G. Cloudskin*, CL G. Diamondlegs
Minas Morgul: SP D. Eärórŕ*, CL N. Smoothflower*, RF T. Norŕ
Misty Mountain: SP S. Amblestar, CL G. Chiseltwister*, 1B B. *Balrog Slayer
Ravenhill: CL K. Bell*, C U. Silverglove, LF T. Mulder, CF C. Badgerpoker

November 30, 2006

Surging Isengard First Baseman Patton Nets MC Player of the Week Award

The MC has picked Troy Patton as Player of the Week. He hit at a .455 clip, driving home 5 runs. Patton made solid contact in practically every at bat and drove 1 home run out of the yard. A...

Shire Conference Proclaims Oathdelver of Bree Top Player Last Week

The 32-year-old Bree Cheese catcher might not have the spring he had in his step years ago, but the "old man" can still play the game. Lobur Oathdelver has been a reliable ballplayer, one who has worked hard to earn...

November 27, 2006

Darkwings Third Baseman Nadrierion's .440 Earns Him MC Player of the Week

Thudor Nadrierion went on a hitting spree last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and today copped the Player of the Week award. The Ravenhill Darkwings third baseman peppered the opposition for 11 hits in 25 at-bats with 12 runs batted...

Fleam of the Bounders Wins Shire Conference Player of the Week

Like a battering ram, Ceonvan Fleam hit the baseball with brutal efficiency last week, gaining himself the Shire Conference Player of the Week title for that stretch. The Bywater Bounders first baseman rapped the ball at a .417 pace with...

November 24, 2006

Mordor Conference Names Grumpus *the Grumpest Player of the Week

Grumpus *the Grumpest would not be denied the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for this past week. His consistent stroke, which produced 7 hits, 9 RBI and 5 extra-base hits, made him--at least in the minds of the...

SC Player of the Week Pick--Bucklebury First Baseman Black

Orgulas Black punched, poked, and pummeled the baseball last week, and today he garnered a majority of the votes for the Shire Conference Player of the Week award. The Bucklebury Fairies first baseman ripped the ball at a .448 pace,...

November 20, 2006

Minas Morgul Slayers First Baseman Firbal the Nasty Dominates MC Pitching, Named Latest Player of Week

The Minas Morgul Slayers received word today that first baseman Firbal the Nasty was selected Mordor Conference Player of the Week for his stellar performance in last week's games ending Sunday. the Nasty took full advantage of his plate appearances,...

Titans Star Gŕndir Cruises to Shire Conference Player of the Week Honors

23-year-old center fielder Phaiar Gŕndir is the talk of the Shire Conference for putting on a torrid hitting display last week, practically carrying the Minas Tirith Titans by himself. He smacks the ball with a youthful zest, a verve that...

Dragons Eläril King of the Month, Gets Treated Royally by Sion, Crowned MC #1 Rookie

Meli Eläril's eyes light up whenever he sees the baseball. The young Dol Guldur catcher has been hitting everything in sight for the better part of a month. He's 18 and ready to take the Mordor Conference by storm. And...

Minas Tirith Rookie Granitehammer Steps to the Front of His Class, Walks off with Shire Conference Monthly Award

Carl Granitehammer of the Minas Tirith Titans collared May's Rookie of the Month honors in the Shire Conference. Last month he unloaded 32 hits, smacked 4 of them for doubles and 6 for homers. He hit at a .327 clip,...

Minas Morgul Slayers Starter the Hated Picked Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month

Bagdreg the Hated has a new piece of hardware to show his family after the Mordor Conference presented him with the Pitcher of the Month Award earlier today. Minas Morgul Slayers fans owe a lot to the Hated. In May...

Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month Honors Go to Musiceye of the Wargs

Lintegurth Musiceye left little doubt in the minds of Shire Conference officials that he should be named May's Pitcher of the Month. The 32-year-old tossed 51 innings of quality baseball--going 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA. He put together 6 quality...

Firbal the Nasty of the Slayers Ravages MC Hurlers, Wins Batter of the Month

In May Firbal the Nasty beat the baseball like a drum the entire month and netted the Batter of the Month award. In 27 games the Minas Morgul first baseman scorched Mordor Conference pitchers for a .370 BA with 40...

Pacing the Moria Attack, Third Baseman *the Shriek Takes SC Batter of the Month Honors

Hot-hitting third baseman Morag *the Shriek of the Moria Miners really pounded opposing pitchers in May. She hit .396, smashed 11 home runs, accounted for 26 RBI, and scored 23 times to collect SC Batter of the Month honors. Morag...

November 16, 2006

Petunia Gamgee of the Minas Morgul Slayers Grabs Mordor Conference Player of Week Award

Petunia Gamgee went on a hitting tear last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and collected the Player of the Week award as an acknowledgment of her dominance. The Minas Morgul Slayers second baseman swatted 12 hits in 23 at-bats with...

Bofur Crashingwrath of Wilderland Wins SC Player of the Week Prize

Bofur Crashingwrath of the Wilderland Wargs cruised to Shire Conference Player of the Week Honors after putting together one of the finest stretches in his career last week. The center fielder batted .474, smoking 9 hits and driving in 12...

November 13, 2006

MC Trophy for Best Player Last Week Goes to Muddyfoot of Lothlorien

Lothlorien Lumberjacks second baseman Hamson Muddyfoot, at the top of his game all last week, was a consensus choice today for Mordor Conference Player of the Week. He victimized MC pitchers for a .435 batting average on 10 hits in...

Lake Town Shortstop Drogo Knotwise Shines at the Plate with a .526 Average, Named SC Player of the Week

Lake Town fans have something to crow about today, as Lake Town shortstop Drogo Knotwise nabbed the SC Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there are times when it's hard to...

Trollbreaker is Untouchable, Tosses a No-Hitter

BUCKLEBURY - There was magic on the mound on May 19. Fufur Trollbreaker of the Minas Ithil Wyrms no-hit the Bucklebury Fairies, holding them spellbound and hitless in a masterful display. After the game he said, "It was like I...

Miracles Abound At Max's Clinic

MIDDLE EARTH - While much of the magic of this age has been lost since the War of the Ring, there are still miracles in the air. One such pocket of wonders can be found at the unassuming structure outside...

November 09, 2006

First Baseman the Nasty of Minas Morgul Records .542 Average, Selected Mordor Conference Player of the Week

When a blue-collar guy the likes of Firbal the Nasty grits out MC Player of the Week honors, traditionalists across Middle Earth celebrate. The scrappy Minas Morgul Slayers first baseman slapped 13 hits in 24 at bats, logging 3 home...

Miners Third Baseman Morag *the Shriek Selected SC Player of the Week

Morag *the Shriek has been in a real groove lately. The 28-year-old Moria Miners third baseman nabbed Shire Conference Player of the Week honors today, after beating up on opposing pitchers last week. *the Shriek's hot streak featured 9 hits--5...

Baseball family arrested for gruesome acts!

MIDDLE EARTH - After weeks of investigation, authorities announced the arrest of 24 SGCBL players on murder charges--all of them members of the same family. Taken into custody yesterday, the Grue clan is suspected of killing and eating hundreds of...

November 06, 2006

Isembard Ploughman of the Disaster Has Sensational Week, Takes Home MC Player of the Week Award

Dagorlad Disaster right fielder Isembard Ploughman walked away with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award today after putting up some impressive numbers over the past seven days. Ploughman batted .393, driving in 11 runs and thumping 6 extra-base...

Boinar Clubwalker of the Fairies Takes Shire Conference Player of the Week Trophy

Catcher Boinar Clubwalker swung a blistering bat last week for the Bucklebury Fairies, rapping out 13 hits against Bucklebury opponents to propel himself to the Shire Conference Player of the Week award. It seemed that whenever Clubwalker hit the ball,...

Kings Bunce Turns Heads, Earns MC Rookie of Month

Mosin Bunce was selected as the MC Rookie of the Month for the excellent performance he put together last month. In April the 26-year-old second baseman for Numenor hit .293 with 34 hits, 3 home runs, and 7 runs batted...

Wilderland's Armormaster in a Class by Himself, Grades Out as April's Top Newcomer in Shire Conference

In April, Wilderland first baseman Boli Armormaster took the Shire Conference Rookie of the Month honors. In 19 games he hit .338, went to bat 68 times, and got 23 hits. He also knocked in 10 runs and scored 8...

Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month Awarded for April: the Hated of Minas Morgul Honored

The Minas Morgul Slayers were very happy to see Bagdreg the Hated take the hill last month as he went 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA to win the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award for April....

Galealbo Elvŕwen of the Moria Miners Garners Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month Award

The Moria Miners owe Galealbo Elvŕwen a lot for his performance this past month. One of the league's more dominant starters in April, Elvŕwen tore the opposition to ribbons, posting an ERA of 1.54 with 46 Ks in 46.2 innings....

Isilborn Imrilron of the Slayers Ravages MC Hurlers, Wins Batter of the Month

Though his face is weathered and his hands are calloused, Isilborn Imrilron can still get it done at the Tolkien Baseball level. In fact, the 37-year-old left fielder for Minas Morgul was named the MC Batter of the Month today,...

April SC Batter of Month Award Announced

Thaithor Lómithien of the Minas Tirith Titans really dazzled at the plate during April. The red-hot second baseman devastated Shire Conference pitchers by banging out base hits at a .393 clip to cop the Batter of the Month award. Lómithien...

Uruk-hai Field to host 2013 All-Star Game

DEAD MARSHES - Uruk-hai fans received the official word that their stadium would play host to the 2013 All-Star Game. This did not come as a surprise, since the determination of the home park for the mid-season exhibition is set...

November 02, 2006

MC Prize for Player of the Week Bestowed on Teun Mulder of Ravenhill

Ravenhill Darkwings fans are celebrating Teun Mulder's selection as MC Player of the Week. Mulder assembled some pretty stout credentials over the past seven days. He coaxed 9 hits out of 23 at bats and jogged down to first 2...

Center Fielder Ruano of Rivendell Records .476 Average, Selected Shire Conference Player of the Week

In 5 games over the past seven days, Boris Ruano has feasted on Shire Conference pitching, and today the Rivendell Royals center fielder gobbled up the league's latest Player of the Week accolades. Ruano swung the bat to the tune...

October 30, 2006

MC Player of the Week Goes to Belebrindil of Weathertop

Today the Mordor Conference announced its Player of the Week award winner: Weathertop Witch Kings shortstop Arwildoc Belebrindil, who batted .458 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI. He amassed a 1.000 slugging percentage, thanks to 7 extra-base hits. A...

Second Baseman Iseogrin of the Wargs Earns SC Player of the Week Honors

Legeon Iseogrin of the Wilderland Wargs was locked in all week, putting up Player of the Week-winning numbers as he bullied the Shire Conference pitchers he faced. He batted .583, sent 1 home run over the fence, and accounted for...

Slayers Bladeslinger Delivers a No-Hitter

DUNHARROW - Estagrel Bladeslinger made quick work of the Dunharrow Devils on April 21. The 29-year-old hurler tossed a no-hitter, fanning 3 batters in 9 innings. "I really didn't have my best stuff today," he admitted after the game, "there's...

SC Reveals Bree Shortstop Pelham As Player of the Week

Bree Cheese fans are celebrating Bill Pelham's selection as SC Player of the Week. Pelham assembled some pretty stout credentials over the past seven days. He coaxed 11 hits out of 28 at bats and jogged down to first 1...

Minas Morgul Left Fielder Isilborn Imrilron Snaps up MC Player of the Week Honors

Callers to the Minas Morgul sports talk radio station can't stop singing the praises of Isilborn Imrilron, who has been selected MC Player of the Week. Imrilron was in a comfort zone, finishing with a .480 average, 8 runs batted...

October 26, 2006

Mordor Conference Awards Hewpack *Belliarm of Dunharrow Player of the Week

On April 8, the Mordor Conference today announced Hewpack *Belliarm as its most recent Player of the Week. The Dunharrow catcher was truly in a zone. He powered his way to a 1.000 slugging percentage, with 4 home runs among...

Shire Conference Acclaims Dudo Silverfist of Minas Ithil as Player of the Week

Dudo Silverfist has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. The fact was not lost on Shire Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week on April 8. Silverfist logged an average of .429 for the...

October 23, 2006

Dwarfcrawler and Irontearer elected to Hall of Fame

League officials announced the results of this year's Hall of Fame voting, revealing that Grukak Dwarfcrawler and Libur Irontearer received the required 75 percent to be added to the Hall. Dwarfcrawler was the winner of the Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP...

2013 Predictions

MIDDLE EARTH - With the 2013 season set to begin, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. Last season, we predicted crazy wild card races, and we were not disappointed. It came down to a single-game playoff between Minas Morgul...

Shire Conference
Old Forest still dominates Elf Division pitching. Only Bree has a better staff on paper than the Merry Fellows in the Shire Conference. Meanwhile, the slowly improving Minas Tirith Titans may have finally matured to surpass both Old Forest and the aging Mirkwood team. With Rivendell's new GM at the helm, it will be a tough fight in the Elf Division this year.

In the Hobbit Division, we predicted a Bywater win last year that did not materialize. Once again, Lake Town--despite having one of the oldest rosters in the league--won the division. There was a little more competition, though, from Wilderland and Minas Ithil. There looks to be some more of that this season, but the Archers are still the team to beat.

Bree is still the dominant Dwarf Division team with probably the best pitching staff in the entire league. Moria's new GM will give Bucklebury a run for their money in the division this year, and both of those teams appear set to fight for the Wild Card.

Elf Division: Minas Tirith
Hobbit Division: Lake Town
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Rivendell

Conference Champs: Bree

Mordor Conference
Once again the Orc Division will be a battle between Misty Mountain, Dead Marshes and Grey Havens. The Hops look like the best team on paper, but the Uruk-hai have the best pitching staff in the Mordor Conference. Meanwhile, a rebuilding Dunharrow team might put up a bit of a struggle this year.

The Goblin Division still belongs to Rohan, despite their move to Ravenhill. The Darkwings haven't lost anything in the move. Lothlorien will continue to take their shot at the division crown, and Weathertop's pitching might give the Witch Kings a little bit of a boost.

Look for another battle between Minas Morgul and Dagorlad this season. The Slayers should come out on top with their superior pitching and hitting, but it could be another close one.

Orc Division: Misty Mountain
Goblin Division: Ravenhill
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Dagorlad

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Bree

Power Rankings
Bree Cheese
Lake Town Archers
Minas Morgul Slayers
Minas Tirith Titans
Dagorlad Disaster
Rivendell Royals
Mirkwood Marauders
Ravenhill Darkwings
Moria Miners
Bucklebury Faeries
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Misty Mountain Hops
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Bywater Bounders
Weathertop Witch Kings
Grey Havens Stars
Carrock Bears
Wilderland Wargs
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Dunharrow Devils
Isengard Raiders
Dol Guldur Dragons
Numenor Kings

October 13, 2006

2013 Amateur Draft

The 2013 amateur draft was held on March 2, and the big winner was shortstop, Borg "Grassy Slope" Ditchdigger. The 22-year-old infielder was picked 1st by Dunharrow and signed with a $3 million bonus. Other first rounders included: 2B Masin...

October 01, 2006

Free Agent Signings Begin

MIDDLE EARTH - The first of the off-season free agents have begun signing contracts. With some of the biggest names still holding out for more money, at least a few players decided to take what they could get. Wilderland signed...

September 20, 2006

Team of the Decade Tournament

MIDDLE EARTH - In celebration of the completion of 10 years of baseball, the SGCBL is holding a fantasy exhibition called the "Team of the Decade Tournament". The 48 greatest teams from out of the 240 participants over the years...

September 17, 2006

2012 Aragorn MVP

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2012 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Mordor Conference, Minas Morgul's Firbal the Nasty becomes the heir apparent...

September 14, 2006

2012 Elrond Managers

The Elrond Manager of the Year awards were given out at a ceremony today. Winning the award in the Shire Conference is Kigush Eyeslobberer of Old Forest. He piloted his team to 1st place in the Elf Division and on...

Chubb (OF) and Amblestar (MM) win Gandalf Pitcher Award

The Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award winner was announced today, with Old Forest's southpaw Frodo Chubb taking home the desired trophy. He certainly earned it, he struck fear into hitters all year long. This season Chubb compiled an ERA of...

Squishmasher and the Nasty win Sam Gamgee Batter

A season for the ages earned Rivendell's third baseman Loopy *Squishmasher the Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter this year. *Squishmasher has hit 20 longballs this year while batting .337. He adds 38 doubles, along with 85 runs scored. He's 3rd...

Frodo Rookie Award winners announced

Minas Tirith's centerfielder Phaiar Gŕndir has worked hard to reach the big leagues. His work paid off today as the Shire Conference named him the Frodo Rookie Award winner! While compiling an on base percentage of .326, Phaiar hit .270...

September 07, 2006

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

Sjors Cheeseslicer couldn't have pitched much better than he did in September, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the right-hander Pitcher of the Month. His record of 5-0 in 6 was among the leagues best this month....

Bucklebury's Peatfingers earns Batter of the Month award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Bucklebury's leftfielder Samwise Peatfingers. He hit .410 with 24 RBI and slugged .700 in 100 at bats. Peatfingers has hit for a .271 average this...

Collinsworth (MT) and Gwildur (NUM) win P.O.W. award

Gregory Collinsworth from Minas Tirith wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. He hit .440 with 7 RBI and slugged .880 in 25 at bats. He hit...

September 04, 2006

Bucklebury's Peatfingers wins Player of the Week award

Samwise Peatfingers from Bucklebury wins his 5th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. Samwise went 13 for 26 (.500), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 9 RBI. Peatfingers has...

September 03, 2006

2012 Minor League season ends

MIDDLE EARTH - With the playoff races heating up in the majors, the SGCBL minor leagues finished their campaigns this week.(* indicates new record)...

AAA
Shire Conference
Winner: Dale Crossbowmen (LT), 87-51
BA: Edward Buskirk (BUC), .358
HR: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 71*
RBI: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 141
W: Radiden "Raiden" Morolf (WIL), 15
ERA: Harolde "Blue Eyes" the Bard (BRE), 3.07
K: Dawndarlene "Pest" Babbleon (BRE), 238
SV: Togan Ringrender (MRA), 32

Mordor Conference
Winner: Nurn Demons (MIN), 106-32
BA: Gwogast Gorund (MIN), .388*
HR: Dean Shute (MIN), 56
RBI: Dean Shute (MIN), 139
W: Oaknar Steelbark (MIN), 20
ERA: Oaknar Steelbark (MIN), 2.70
K: Franak Clubslicer (DAG), 206
SV: Mauro Gallegos (MIN), 27

AA
Shire Conference
Winner(s): Eryn Lasgalen Old Forests (MIR) and Nisimaldar Knights (RIV), 81-57
BA: Lagush "Bonus Baby" Fistgobber, Jr (BUC), .326
HR: Halildur Gwaimir (OF), 49
RBI: Denilron Denihil (OF), 133
W: Jeffrey Guerrette (BUC), 16
ERA: Fesur Earthdicer (LT), 3.15
K: Farag Clubslicer (OF), 250
SV: Dasur Axebearer (BYW), 23

Mordor Conference
Winner: Mittalmar Herders (NUM), 83-55
BA: Jason Oreshaker (ISE), .3223
HR: Rolando Barras (MIN), 48
RBI: Rolando Barras (MIN), 118
W: Vridash Headmasher (WT) and Jesse Hosey (NUM), 18*
ERA: Vralak Footpoker (DG), 2.80
K: Pugnash Hobbittorturer (LOT), 214
SV: Robert Canipe (DM), 26

A
Shire Conference
Winner: Brithon Fey (BUC), 79-59
BA: Bingo Stonemasher (LT), .322
HR: Grimjack John (OF) and Richard Pearce (BYW), 29
RBI: Thomas Guyer (WIL), 110
W: Clarence Oathcrusher (BUC), 17
ERA: Doi Miyazaki (BUC), 2.51
K: Peter Degroot (RIV), 179
SV: Marcelino Zayas (OF), 16

Mordor Conference
Winner: Lithlad Lizards (MIN), 97-41
BA: Ferdibrand Giantslammer (NUM), .356
HR: Neal Friesen (MIN), 62
RBI: Neal Friesen (MIN), 129
W: Grigdush Elrörion (MM), 16
ERA: Rodney Dibble (DM), 2.41*
K: Rodney Dibble (DM), 159
SV: Celandine Tunnelworker (ROH), 34

August 31, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Faromli and the Nasty

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. Galaigast went 12 for 25 (.480), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 11 RBI. He got at...

August 28, 2006

Peatfingers and *Balrog Slayer win Player of the Week award

Samwise Peatfingers wins his 4th Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Peatfingers helped his team with an average of .500 and 7 RBI in 22 at bats....

August 24, 2006

Anvilworker (MT) and Oakenslayer (DG) win P.O.W. award

Minas Tirith's first baseman Binus Anvilworker had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. He had an on base percentage of .542 and hit .542, while driving in 7 runs. His...

Shinsnapper and Boreborn receive Pitcher of the Month award

Bree's pitcher Torg Shinsnapper is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in August. He went 3-0 in August and finished the month with an ERA of 1.29. He struck out 26 in 42 innings. Torg...

Bree's Guril earns Batter of the Month award

Bree's leftfielder Sortai Guril had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. Sortai pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .408 with 6 and 27 RBI while slugging .735. He has hit 15 bombs...

August 21, 2006

Ripsnorter (WIL) and Gollailob (WT) win P.O.W. award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Wilderland's shortstop Elvyra *Ripsnorter. *Ripsnorter helped her team with an average of .591 and 5 RBI in 22 at bats. Weathertop's rightfielder Gorema Gollailob had...

August 17, 2006

Branchwielder and Gandulbo win Player of the Week award

Waldur Branchwielder from Minas Ithil wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. In 21 at bats he hit .429 with 5 HR and 9 RBI. This year...

August 14, 2006

Weathertop's Gollailob wins Player of the Week award

Morag *the Shriek from Moria wins her 4th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. In 19 at bats she hit .526 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Weathertop's rightfielder...

August 10, 2006

Bucklebury's Scarlett *II wins Player of the Week award

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Bucklebury's pitcher Scarlett *II. Scarlett went 2-0 with an ERA of 2.45, while fanning 11 in 14.2 innings of work. She hurled a shutout as...

July Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

The best month of July in the Shire Conference certainly had Mirkwood's right-hander Hallalonn Brilhirion, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He had an ERA of just 0.95 in 56.2 innings of work in which he struck out...

Red hot Badgerdicer and Chubb win Batter of the Month award for July

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Bucklebury's Buugush Badgerdicer, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Buugush pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .327 with 9 and 25 RBI while slugging .615. Badgerdicer has hit...

August 07, 2006

Minas Tirith's Strongbow wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Minas Tirith's Sugnus Strongbow this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Sugnus went 17 for 27 (.630), while hitting 1 HR...

August 03, 2006

Spinner (BYW) and Chubb (MIN) win P.O.W. award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Bywater's pitcher Bugrin Spinner. Bugrin went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 16 in 15 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as...

July 31, 2006

Lake Town's Elvadrielad wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Lake Town's Lumja Elvadrielad, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Lumja was on fire, hitting .524 with 4 HR and 7 RBI. Dagorlad's rightfielder Isembard Ploughman...

Dagorlad's Ploughman wins Player of the Week award

It's the 7th time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's shortstop Silas *Debuugger. Silas went 10 for 16 (.625), while hitting 1 HR and collecting 9 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage...

July 27, 2006

Shire wins 11-inning duel to even All-Star Series

BUCKLEBURY - A huge crowd of almost 70,000 at Bucklebury's cavernous Fairie Dome attended the 10th SGCBL All-Star Game, and they were treated to an 11-inning pitcher's duel and saw the Shire Conference even the series at 5 games apiece...

July 24, 2006

2012 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2012 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 4 game. It will be played at The Fairie Dome in Bucklebury this year under Shire Conference rules (DH). The...

Grey Havens' Eliondel wins Player of the Week award

Wilderland's leftfielder Wazag the Stutterer had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Wazag pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .429 with 4 HR and 8 RBI while slugging 1.143. The Player of...

Goriborn and Grailas receive Pitcher of the Month award for June

Gwelf Goriborn pitched like a legend in June, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He started 5 games in June, going 5-0 and compiling an ERA of 0.90 in 40 innings. Gwelf...

Batter of the Month award winners for June announced

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Carrock's Durin Brickfoot this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .449 with 17 RBI and slugged .562 in 89 at...

July 20, 2006

Musiceye (WIL) and Gandulbo (GH) win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Wilderland's Lintegurth Musiceye, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 1.00 while going 2-0. He hurled...

July 16, 2006

Bree's Fyrith wins Player of the Week award

Gollilmer Fyrith from Bree wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. In 20 at bats he hit .500 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. This year Fyrith...

July 13, 2006

Rohan's the Devastator wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Odovacar Underhill this time, as the second baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .440 with 7 RBI and slugged .800 in 25...

July 10, 2006

*Squishmasher (RIV) and Hammershaker (NUM) win P.O.W. award

Rivendell's third baseman Loopy *Squishmasher had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Loopy pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .533 with 2 HR and 5 RBI while slugging .767. The Player of...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

Minas Ithil's pitcher Floror Eärilmarion is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in May. He struck out 22 hitters in his 5 starts, putting together a record of 4-0 while pitching 22 innings. His ERA...

Carrock's *Rider earns Batter of the Month award for May

Carrock's second baseman Trik *Rider had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. In 88 at bats he hit .409 with 3 HR and 16 RBI. *Rider has walked 23 times...

July 06, 2006

Graniteslinger (LT) and Gwildur (NUM) win P.O.W. award

Valin Graniteslinger wins his 10th Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Valin pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .526 with 3 HR and 11 RBI while slugging 1.105. Imredoc...

July 03, 2006

Mirkwood's *Catsquisher wins Player of the Week award

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Mirkwood's third baseman Mohair *Catsquisher. Mohair was on fire, hitting .538 with 0 HR and 4 RBI. *Catsquisher has walked 13 times this year and...

June 29, 2006

Minas Tirith's Anvilworker wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Binus Anvilworker, Minas Tirith's starting first baseman. In 21 at bats he hit .476 with 4 HR and 9 RBI. Anvilworker has hit for a .254 average this season. He...

Whither Grimli Goramir?

MIDDLE EARTH - Youth, it seems, has left some of the early stars of the SGCBL in its wake. It is somewhat understandable that aging players like Hafur Goblincrusher, 36, and 38-year-olds, Golloron Galadrienduil and Vamsh "The Hatchet" Ratchewer, have...

June 26, 2006

Ala'Niel and Muddyfoot win Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Old Forest's Yvestil Ala'Niel, who wins the award for the 1st time in her career. Ala'Niel was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 1.06. Along the way...

Megilwen and Cloudskin receive April Pitcher of the Month award

Eralqua Megilwen couldn't have pitched much better than he did in April, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the right-hander Pitcher of the Month. His ERA of just 0.78 helped him to a 3-0 record in April....

April Batter of the Month award winners announced

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Rivendell's Loopy *Squishmasher, who wins the award for the 5th time in his career. Loopy went 43 for 100 (.430), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 24 RBI. The Batter of...

June 22, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Cheeseslicer and Velom

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Sjors Cheeseslicer, one of Old Forest's best starting pitchers. Cheeseslicer was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 2.08. Along the way he struck out 20 in...

June 19, 2006

Squishmasher (RIV) and Mulder (ROH) win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Rivendell's Loopy *Squishmasher, who wins the award for the 11th time in his career. Loopy pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .565 with 1 HR and 6 RBI while slugging .826. *Squishmasher has...

June 15, 2006

Mirkwood's Calafalas wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Mirkwood's Idril Calafalas, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Idril went 14 for 23 (.609), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 9 RBI. While compiling an...

June 13, 2006

Boraulf and Facedragger named to Hall of Fame

League officials announced the results of this year's Hall of Fame voting, revealing that Boreathor Boraulf and Kogar "Cap" Facedragger were the two lucky players to have received the required 75 percent to be elected. Boraulf dominated Shire Conference hitters...

June 12, 2006

Bima (CAR) and Goldfist (GH) win P.O.W. award

Borauman Bima from Carrock wins his 2nd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. He hit .407 with 16 RBI and slugged .926 in 27 at bats. He hit in...

June 10, 2006

2012 Predictions

MIDDLE EARTH - With the 2012 season set to begin, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. Last season, we only predicted 3 out of the 6 division winners, but we got the Mordor Wild Card prediction right, and the...

Shire Conference
Old Forest and Mirkwood look to battle it out for the Elf Division again. This season, it's Mirkwood that has the hitting advantage, while Old Forest dominates pitching. On paper, the Merry Fellows have the best pitching staff in the entire league. Minas Tirith has the best hitting in the Division, but they lack the superstar pitchers of the other two teams. Meanwhile, Rivendell is aging, and some management shakeup is needed to get the Royals back on track.

In the Hobbit Division, Bywater doesn't have to hope for a miracle like they had 2 years ago. This time the Bounders are in it for real. With young superstar, Lester Pulley, leading the charge, the team has the best hitting of any team in the league. Only Lake Town's awesome pitching staff keeps them close this year. Bywater should take the Division, leaving the Archers to fight for the Wild Card. Once again, Wilderland has young hitting potential but no pitching, and Minas Ithil is in a rebuilding mode.

As usual, Bree and Bucklebury will go at it for the Dwarf Division title, but this time they might have a little company from Moria. The Cheese has the strongest hitting in the Division, while both teams match up with the best pitching staffs in the league. The Miners' lack of bullpen talent will keep them out of the running. Carrock, with a new owner, is also rebuilding this season.

The Wild Card race will be very close between Lake Town and Mirkwood.

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Bywater
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Lake Town

Conference Champs: Bree

Mordor Conference
Grey Havens might just dominate this Orc Division as no team has been able to do since the creation of the league. The Stars' hitting is the best in the league. However, both Misty Mountain and Dead Marshes have better pitching. So, it might be another fight.

In the Goblin Division, Rohan has some powerful hitting, but their pitching is not dominant like it once was. Both Lothlorien and Numenor have better hurlers, and the Kings seem to be equal to the Lumberjacks. So much so that the Mordor Conference Wild Card race should be quite interesting.

The Mordor Champs, Minas Morgul, despite Dagorlad's run last season. The Disaster have some great hitting, but their pitching staff doesn't match up to the Slayers. Surprisingly, Dol Guldur looks as good as Dagorlad on paper, and rumors of a new GM might make things a little more interesting in the Division.

The Mordor Wild Card should be a wild affair, with Misty Mountain, Dagorlad, Lothlorien, Dol Guldur and Numenor fighting for the playoff spot.

Orc Division: Grey Havens
Goblin Division: Rohan
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Misty Mountain

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Minas Morgul

Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Bree Cheese
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Bywater Bounders
Mirkwood Marauders
Bucklebury Fairies
Rohan RoughRiders
Lake Town Archers
Grey Havens Stars
Misty Mountain Hops
Dagorlad Disaster
Minas Tirith Titans
Moria Miners
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Wilderland Wargs
Dol Guldur Dragons
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Numenor Kings
Carrock Bears
Weathertop Witch Kings
Rivendell Royals
Isengard Raiders
Dunharrow Devils

June 01, 2006

2011 Aragorn MVP

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2011 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Mordor Conference, it was another easy victory for Minas Morgul's Isilborn...

May 29, 2006

Miner's Son sparks Rumors across the SGCBL

via Reporter Hatre Glitterfist OLD FOREST - Rumors are swirling around the SGCBL this evening as The Old Forest Echo has discovered that Thagrham Pitmaker, son of Gem mining mogul Hroms Pitmaker, has made startling progress in his attempts to...

May 19, 2006

2011 Elrond Managers

The Elrond Manager of the Year awards were given out at a ceremony today. Winning the award in the Shire Conference is Xade of Bucklebury. He piloted his team to 1st place in the Dwarf Division and on to the...

Dead Marshes' Oresplitter named Gandalf Pitcher Award

The Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award winner was announced today, with Lake Town's right-hander Geadriel Gamialf taking home the desired trophy. He certainly earned it, he struck fear into hitters all year long. This season Gamialf compiled an ERA of...

Gamwich (MIR) and Imrilron (MIN) win Sam Gamgee Batter

Mirkwood's leftfielder Minto Gamwich will never forget this day. A great season convinced the voters that he is the worthy Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter winner. This year Gamwich drove in 113 and scored 110 runs while batting .273 with...

Gwaihir Reliever Awards announced

The winners of the 2011 Gwaihir Reliever Awards, given to the best relievers in each Conference, were announced today. The Shire Conference winner is Phanmina Fil-Gar of Mirkwood. She had a record of 8-5 with an ERA of 2.57 and...

2011 Legolas Fielders

Today League officials announced the winners of the 2011 Legolas Awards for excellence in fielding. Shire Conference Legolas Fielder Award Winners: Pitcher: Rugnar Silverarm (MT) Catcher: Fuulak Devilshaker (LT) First Base: Savia Gŕril (BYW) Second Base: Trik *Rider (CAR) Third...

Isengard's Morales named Frodo Rookie Award

Orgulas Black was named the Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner today. Bucklebury's first baseman put up pretty good numbers for a rookie this year. This 23 year old kid will probably have a long and successful career! Black has...

May 18, 2006

Mirkwood wins 4th League Title

MINAS MORGUL - The Mirkwood Marauders won the Return of the King Series for the first time since their "three-peat" between 2005 and 2007, and they did it in grand style, sweeping the defending champion, Minas Morgul, in 4 games....

May 11, 2006

Uruk-hai win Orc Division in 1-game playoff!

DEAD MARSHES - For only the second time in league history, two teams were tied atop their division at the end of the regular season. The Dead Marshes Uruk-hai and Misty Mountain Hops finished on September 30 with 89-73 records....

Lake Town's Fadrier earns Pitcher of the Month award

Lake Town's pitcher Gandogast Fadrier is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in September. His record of 4-0 in 6 was among the leagues best this month. In 48 innings of work he allowed just...

Minas Morgul's Imrilron named Batter of the Month

Bree's designated hitter Gollilmer Fyrith had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. He had an on base percentage of .432 and hit .340, while driving in 26 runs. Fyrith has...

May 08, 2006

Minas Morgul's Imrilron wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Minto Gamwich, Mirkwood's starting leftfielder. He hit .375 with 10 RBI and slugged .969 in 32 at bats. The Mordor Conference's best player of the week was Minas Morgul's Isilborn...

May 04, 2006

Fyrith (BRE) and Imrilron (MIN) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Bree's Gollilmer Fyrith this time, as the designated hitter displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Gollilmer pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 4 HR and 6...

May 02, 2006

2011 Minor League Wrap-Up

With September comes the end of the Minor League season. The Minas Morgul organization took the top spot at all three levels again, with the AAA Nurn Demons winning 106 games....

AAA
Shire Conference
Winner: Anduin Angels (CAR), 88-50
BA: Bundin "Scalp" Manskin, .363
HR: Posco Moss (LT), 52
RBI: Posco Moss (LT), 141
W: Lonai Flesheater (LT), 18
ERA: Lonai Flesheater (LT), 2.99
K: Ramon Pedro (CAR), 240
SV: Bruce Sliva (MT), 35

Mordor Conference
Winner: Nurn Demons (MIN), 106-32
BA: Fulgor "Woof" Flashheart (LOT), .374
HR: Dejzava Celil-Gariand (NUM), 44
RBI: Fulgor "Woof" Flashheart (LOT), 156
W: Quinn Ladygrass (MIN) and John Larson (MIN), 17
ERA: Quinn Ladygrass (MIN), 2.32
K: Charles Theriot (NUM), 197
SV: Mauro Gallegos (MIN), 31

AA
Shire Conference
Winner: Nisimaldar Knights (RIV), 86-52
BA: Left Ear of Sauron (BRE), .333
HR: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 72
RBI: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 190
W: William Hartzler (MI) and John Phair (RIV), 15
ERA: Hahai Throatslobber (MIR), 2.79
K: Roilin Oathbane (BRE), 189
SV: James Ries (MT), 20

Mordor Conference
Winner: Gorgoroth Ghosts (MIN), 91-47
BA: Carmelo Urias (MIN), .335
HR: Stephen Toothaker (NUM), 70
RBI: Stephen Toothaker (NUM), 145
W: Rintarou Kinnosuke (MIN), 18
ERA: Lerin Stonearm (MIN), 3.15
K: Rash Knifebasher (MM), 193
SV: Rorin Silentmallet (DM), 33

A
Shire Conference
Winner: North Mordor Flying Dragons (OF), 91-47
BA: Michael Fusco (OF), .3509
HR: Michael Fusco (OF), 49
RBI: Michael Fusco (OF), 129
W: Doi Miyazaki (BUC) and Alan Scates (OF), 16
ERA: Celaugorn Bumir (MT), 3.11
K: Celaugorn Bumir (MT), 217
SV: Marcelino Zayas (OF), 32

Mordor Conference
Winner: Lithlad Lizards (MIN), 98-40
BA: Connie Mcclaskey (MIN), .330
HR: Jeffrey Benard (MIN), 54
RBI: Jeffrey Benard (MIN), 138
W: Fofur Middlebrook (DG) and Foignar Throatscarer (MIN), 17
ERA: Rodney Dibble (DM), 1.89
K: Lomalas Eliolas (GH), 174
SV: Celandine Tunnelworker (ROH), 25

May 01, 2006

Elfprodder (OF) and Long Cleve (GH) win P.O.W. award

Old Forest's leftfielder Hudash Elfprodder had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Elfprodder helped his team with an average of .444 and 12 RBI in 27 at bats. The Mordor...

April 27, 2006

Gamwich and Gandulbo win Player of the Week award

Mirkwood's rightfielder Drogo Gamwich had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 23 at bats he hit .478 with 3 HR and 5 RBI. His season numbers are: .247 AVG,...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

Winner of this months Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award is Bree's Arweolbo Arweoden. His record of 3-0 in 5 was among the leagues best this month. In 35.2 innings of work he allowed just 17 hits while striking...

Grey Havens' Eliondel named Batter of the Month

Pimth Gäldor of Bucklebury wins his 2nd Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the Shire Conference. Pimth was on fire, hitting .299 with 12 homeruns and 23 RBI. Pimth is hitting .303 this year,...

April 24, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Cheeseslicer and Imrilron

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Old Forest's Sjors Cheeseslicer, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Sjors went 2-0 with an ERA of 1.59, while fanning 16 in 17 innings of work....

April 17, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Gäldor and Pimmelgrim

Pimth Gäldor from Bucklebury wins his 4th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. Gäldor helped his team with an average of .438 and 9 RBI in 16 at bats....

April 13, 2006

Fadrier (LT) and Songboot (LOT) win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Lake Town's Gandogast Fadrier, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 1.53 while going 2-0. He...

April 10, 2006

Bree's Fyrith wins Player of the Week award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Bree's designated hitter Gollilmer Fyrith. Gollilmer went 8 for 18 (.444), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 7 RBI. He got at least one hit...

April 06, 2006

Troublemaker and Fimir receive Pitcher of the Month award

The best month of July in the Shire Conference certainly had Bree's left-hander Halleron Troublemaker, earning her the Pitcher of the Month award. She started 6 games in July, going 6-0 and compiling an ERA of 1.20 in 45 innings....

Collinsworth (MT) and Clawfoot (MM) win monthly award

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Minas Tirith's Gregory Collinsworth this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Collinsworth helped his team with an average of .374 and 23...

Lothlorien's Gauthor wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Bucklebury's Flordor Eärämbor this time, as the second baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in her league. Eärämbor helped her team with an average of .542 and 10...

April 03, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to *Squishmasher and Arwodur

Rivendell's third baseman Loopy *Squishmasher had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. *Squishmasher helped his team with an average of .556 and 8 RBI in 27 at bats. Loopy has...

March 30, 2006

Dagorlad's Leguden wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Old Forest's Thor Wingnutt, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Thor was on fire, hitting .429 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. It's the 3rd time...

Grey Havens' Gandulbo wins Player of the Week award

Binus Anvilworker wins his 0th Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .429 and hit .421, while driving in 10 runs....

March 27, 2006

Shire defeats Mordor, 10-6

MINAS MORGUL - With a capacity crowd of 45,000 in attendance at Blackfield Park, the visiting Shire Conference All-Stars wrecked the Mordor squad, 10-6, narrowing the Mordor lead in the All-Star series to 5-4. The Shire stepped out to an...

March 25, 2006

2011 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2011 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 4 game. It will be played at Minas Morgul's Blackfield Park this year under Mordor Conference rules (No DH). The...

Shire Conference
Starters
P Geadriel "Dark Light" Gamialf from Lake Town
13-2, 2.02 ERA
C Nolak Gnollslurper from Carrock*
.336, 12 HR, 50 RBI
1B Binus Anvilworker from Minas Tirith
.262, 17 HR, 59 RBI
2B Arwildoc "Blitz" Belebrindil from Bree
.273, 18 HR, 74 RBI, 27 SB
3B Loopy *Squishmasher from Rivendell
.313, 17 HR, 46 RBI
SS Silas *Debuugger from Lake Town
.278, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 30 SB
LF Samwise "The Bat" Peatfingers from Bucklebury
.296, 22 HR, 70 RBI
CF Balin Bloodspear from Minas Tirith
.375, 9 HR, 42 RBI, 31 SB
RF Gollauman "Hit Machine" Gandilhil from Old Forest
.343, 11 HR, 55 RBI
Reserves
Bree: P Halleron Troublemaker*, SS Kobur Hammermaker
Bucklebury: P Scarlett *II, C Srukor Mandicer*, 1B Orgulas Black*, RF Buugush Badgerdicer, RF Pimth Gäldor
Bywater: P Haleodur Grilgol*
Gondolin: P Floror Eärilmarion*
Mirkwood: P Gwelf Goriborn, P Hallalonn Brilhirion, P Phanmina Fil-Gar*, 3B Mohair *Catsquisher
Moria: P Denaumir Deneadur
Old Forest: P Dejath Belarŕ, LF Hudash Elfprodder
Wilderland: P Prarg Halflingslobbr*

Mordor Conference
Starters
P Parin Saphirecryer from Dagorlad
10-2, 2.20 ERA
C Moraudoc Leguden from Dagorlad
.302, 7 HR, 35 RBI
1B Razrhot the Smasher from Lothlorien
.339, 13 HR, 56 RBI
2B Mauhur *the Looter from Dead Marshes
.304, 10 HR, 43 RBI
3B Thudor "The Admiral" Nadrierion from Rohan
.311, 17 HR, 59 RBI
SS Tanta Chubb from Minas Morgul
.311, 20 HR, 54 RBI
LF Isilborn "Cheese Crusher" Imrilron from Minas Morgul
.371, 31 HR, 69 RBI
CF Marquis Smith from Minas Morgul*
.325, 4 HR, 40 RBI
RF Isembard Ploughman from Dagorlad*
.276, 22 HR, 72 RBI
Reserves
Dead Marshes: P Ban Arwodur, P Celemir Eäräwen*, C Imcir Imcirion*
Dol Guldur: P Faraborn Elrum
Dunharrow: 1B Fosco Bramble*
Grey Havens: LF Isszava Eliondel
Isengard: CF Olorin *Orithil, 3B Perauman Merumli
Lothlorien: LF AnlaShok Valen*
Minas Morgul: P Ishanna *Seladriel*, 2B Tina Legŕl
Misty Mountain: P Sorrel Amblestar, P Siltina Gléng
Numenor: P Boriagol Boreborn*, P Pimpernel Chubb*
Rohan: P Mathilda the Sling, P Eucalypta the Pink
Weathertop: RF Gorema Gollailob

March 23, 2006

Guril and the Smasher win Player of the Week award

Sortai Guril from Bywater wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. Sortai went 14 for 27 (.519), while hitting 5 HR and collecting 9 RBI. The Player...

Dagorlad's Saphirecryer named Pitcher of the Month

Floror Eärilmarion couldn't have pitched much better than she did in June, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the right-hander Pitcher of the Month. Her record of 5-0 in 5 was among the leagues best this month....

Mandicer (BUC) and the Smasher (LOT) win monthly award

The Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Srukor Mandicer, Bucklebury's starting catcher. Srukor went 34 for 92 (.370), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 28 RBI. Srukor is hitting .284 this year, with 76 hits in 268...

March 20, 2006

Moria's *the Shriek wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Moria's Morag *the Shriek this time, as the third baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in her league. Morag pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 2 HR and...

March 16, 2006

Palafox (RIV) and Elruborn (DM) win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Michale Palafox, Rivendell's starting leftfielder. Palafox helped his team with an average of .550 and 2 RBI in 20 at bats. He hit in every game this week and extended...

March 13, 2006

Mandicer and Sandybanks win Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Bucklebury's Srukor Mandicer this time, as the catcher displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Srukor pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 2 HR and 8 RBI...

March 09, 2006

Pulley (BYW) and Imrilron (MIN) win P.O.W. award

Bywater's first baseman Lester Pulley had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Lester was on fire, hitting .345 with 6 HR and 12 RBI. The Player of the Week award...

Deneadur (MRA) and Fimir (GH) win monthly pitcher award

Moria's Denaumir Deneadur had a terrific May, and it earned him the Shire Conference Pitcher of the month award. He struck out 47 hitters in his 5 starts, putting together a record of 4-0 while pitching 47 innings. His ERA...

Minas Tirith's Bloodspear earns Batter of the Month award

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Minas Tirith's Balin Bloodspear, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .410 and hit .378, while driving in 16 runs....

March 06, 2006

Moria's *the Shriek wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Morag *the Shriek, Moria's starting third baseman. *the Shriek helped his team with an average of .440 and 11 RBI in 25 at bats. His season numbers are: .274 AVG,...

March 02, 2006

Minas Morgul's Chubb wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Bywater's Lester Pulley, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Lester went 12 for 28 (.429), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 10 RBI. This year Pulley...

February 27, 2006

Bree's Grunthos the Flatulent wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Grunthos the Flatulent, Bree's starting leftfielder. He had an on base percentage of .560 and hit .476, while driving in 9 runs. This year the Flatulent drove in 23 and...

February 23, 2006

Grey Havens' Eliondel wins Player of the Week award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Bucklebury's pitcher Scarlett *II. Scarlett went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 17 in 16.1 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as...

February 20, 2006

Misty Mountain's Bloodaxe wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Old Forest's Hudash Elfprodder, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. In 29 at bats he hit .586 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. Hudash has gone...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

The best month of April in the Shire Conference certainly had Lake Town's right-hander Geadriel Gamialf, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He had an ERA of just 1.59 in 45.1 innings of work in which he struck...

Firbal the Nasty (WIL) and Imrilron (MIN) win monthly award

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Wilderland's Firbal the Nasty this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. the Nasty helped his team with an average of .390...

February 16, 2006

Eärämbor (BUC) and the Sling (ROH) win P.O.W. award

Bucklebury's second baseman Flordor Eärämbor had some reason to celebrate, as the league named her the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Flordor went 13 for 23 (.565), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 12 RBI. She got at least...

February 13, 2006

*Debuugger and Nadrierion win Player of the Week award

It's the 6th time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's shortstop Silas *Debuugger. In 25 at bats he hit .440 with 4 HR and 15 RBI. Silas managed to drive in at least...

February 12, 2006

Imreogorn and Iseomer make Hall of Fame

MIDDLE EARTH - Iseolf "Nitro" Imreogorn and Legeron Iseomer were announced as this year's inductees into the SGCBL Hall of Fame. Both players finally got the minimum votes needed for inclusion in the Hall after falling short the past two...

February 09, 2006

Bucklebury's Eärämbor wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Bucklebury's Flordor Eärämbor this time, as the second baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Eärämbor helped his team with an average of .611 and 5...

February 08, 2006

2011 Predictions

MIDDLE EARTH - With the 2011 season set to begin, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. Last season, we predicted 4 out of the 6 division winners, but we missed on both Wild Card predictions, again. Lothlorien, our pick...

Shire Conference
Old Forest and Mirkwood look to battle it out for the Elf Division again. Both teams look to be the other's equal, with the Marauders having a slight edge in pitching, while the Merry Fellows hitting appears a tiny bit stronger. Both Minas Tirith and Rivendell have as good hitters as either of the other teams in the division, but weaker pitching should keep them out of the top spot this season.

Lake Town should have no problem dominating the Hobbit Division, as usual. Assuming Bywater doesn't pull off another miracle season, none of the other teams can touch the Archers pitching.

Bree and Bucklebury will go toe-to-toe again for the Dwarf Division title. The Cheese have the stronger offense, while both teams match up with the best pitching staffs in the league (only Minas Morgul's is their equal).

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Lake Town
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Bucklebury or Mirkwood (too close to call)

Conference Champs: Bree

Mordor Conference
The usual suspects will be fighting it out in the Orc Division. Misty Mountain doesn't have the hitting of either Grey Havens or Dead Marshes, but their pitching is dominant. The Stars have the bats, but their bullpen is weak. The Uruk-hai starters are some of the best in the game, but they have bullpen problems, too. The Hops should squeak out a win.

In the Goblin Division, Rohan has the most powerful hitting in the entire league. Lothlorien should be able to keep up with them based on a brilliant pitching staff, but the RoughRiders bats will be hard to top. Numenor has enough firepower and strong pitching to stay lurking around the edges, too.

The League Champs, Minas Morgul, shouldn't have any problem repeating as Troll Division winners this season. They have one of the 3 best pitching staffs in the league, and their hitting is right up there. Dagorlad has the hitting to contend for a little while, but their pitching doesn't appear to be up to the challenge.

Orc Division: Misty Mountain
Goblin Division: Rohan
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Lothlorien

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Minas Morgul

Power Rankings
Minas Morgul Slayers
Bree Cheese
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Lake Town Archers
Bucklebury Fairies
Mirkwood Marauders
Rohan RoughRiders
Rivendell Royals
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Minas Tirith Titans
Misty Mountain Hops
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Moria Miners
Numenor Kings
Gondolin Griffons
Dagorlad Disaster
Bywater Bounders
Dol Guldur Dragons
Grey Havens Stars
Wilderland Wargs
Carrock Bears
Weathertop Witch Kings
Isengard Raiders
Dunharrow Devils

January 30, 2006

First Free Agent Signings of 2011

The first two players to sign off-season contracts were named today by their respective teams. Outfielder Eoden Elrilmer, 29, was signed by the Carrock Bears to a 2-year deal for $3 million a year. Elrilmer was picked up off waivers...

January 28, 2006

2010 Aragorn MVP

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2010 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Shire, the hands-down favorite was Mirkwood's Curt Ballscarer. "The Bat" lived...

January 20, 2006

Rohan takes series from Stars

ROHAN - The Rohan RoughRiders are heading to the Mordor Conference finals for the first time since 2006. They defeated the Grey Havens Stars in 5 games to advance to the Two Towers Series with a 13-inning win sealing the...

Game 1 had Rohan's Andrack Antslammer pitching a dandy, going 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 6. The Stars' Phanth Fimir only allowed 3 earned runs, but with 2 outs in the 3rd, he mishandled a ball off the bat of Krom Duhm-Krom, loading the bases for a 2-run Posco Sackville single. Rohan won the game, 5-2.

In Game 2, the Stars fought back, as Born Long Cleve only allowed 2 runs in 7 innings of work. Duhm-Krom returned one of the unearned runs from the prior game, allowing Golligast Gandulbo to score on a throwing error in the 1st inning. Grey Havens won 4-3.

When the series went to Rohan for Game 3, the RoughRider bats came alive. They knocked out Grey Havens starter, Glosil Foerender, in the 4th. Despite losing the game, 8-7, the Stars' Golligast Gandulbo was named player of the game after going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and 4 RBI.

Game 4 was yet another one where a mistake that led to an unearned run decided the outcome. Rohan's Libur Irontearer went 6 scoreless innings, striking out 7. The Stars pitchers did not allow a single earned run, but Begrin Starsley's throwing error in the 4th led to a 3-run double by Rohan's Inadora Tovar, and the RoughRiders won the game, 3-1.

Finally, in Game 5, the two teams hooked up for a mighty struggle that lasted 13 innings and saw 14 pitchers. Fimir and Mathilda the Sling held each other in check, allowing just 2 runs each, for the first 7 innings. In the 9th, Grey Havens' Marroc Gamwich hit a single that scored Starsley to take a 3-2 lead, but Rohan struck back in the bottom of the inning when Duhm-Krom scored on a Sackville RBI single. In the bottom of the 13th, Ulaf Silverglove hit a double to the gap in left-center, and Duhm-Krom drove him in with a 1-out single, giving Rohan the 4-3 victory.

Bywater defeats Bree

BYWATER - The Bywater Bounders picked up from their hot regular season finish to win the first round of the playoffs against Bree. Bywater took their first Fellowship Series title since 2003. It looked like the Cheese might stop the...

Game 2 looked to be a similar struggle when, with the score tied 1-1 in the 5th, Neegar Nosegobbler broke open the game with a 2-run double. Bywater won 6-3.

In Game 3 with Bree up 4-3 in the 9th, Duuk Braingobber looked to have put the game away with a 2-run shot off Fisil Goldworthy. But Fionduil allowed 3 hits and with 2 men on Ceonvan Fleam sent a homer down the left field line for 3 runs and a Bywater win.

In Game 4, the Cheese had starter Dejatok Belebrildur cruising with 11 strikeouts and a 3-3 tie, but the Bounders struck hard in the 8th, scoring 8 runs, including a Thoma Thugast grand slam, for the 11-4 win.

Finally, in Game 5, it was Arwodur vs. Spinner again. Arwodur only pitched 1 inning before complaining of a sore back, leaving the game in the hands of the Bree bullpen who held the Bounders scoreless until the 8th. Dejath Belarŕ, Fradrak Demongobbler and Halleron Troublemaker pitched brilliantly, but Spinner tossed a 4-hit shutout, striking out 10. The only run of the game came on a Tinond homer in the 8th, giving Bywater the victory.

January 19, 2006

2010 Fellowship Series Matchups

MIDDLE EARTH - The playoffs are here. It's down to 8 teams now. The 3-time league champion returns, as well as some other familiar faces, but there are at least 2 teams that haven't visited the post-season in a long...

Bywater Bounders (93-69) vs. Bree Cheese (98-64)
Bywater put together an amazing second half, cutting Lake Town's division lead from 20+ games down to 3. They finished with their first Shire Wild Card title and their first trip to the Fellowship Series since 2003, when they were defeated by Wilderland in 5 games. This year they get to go up against perennial playoff hopeful, Bree. This is the 7th straight playoff appearance for the Cheese, and they are looking forward to playing someone other than Mirkwood or Lake Town. In the last 6 season, Bree has gone down in the 1st round of the playoffs, including last year's devastating comeback by the Marauders from an 0-3 deficit.

Bywater's pitching, led by ace starter, Bugrin Spinner (21-7, 2.76 ERA), and Gwaihir Award winning closer, Amon Thoirney (4-2, 2.25 ERA, 45 Saves), has been responsible for most of their victories. They don't have anyone with more than 30 HR or 90 RBI, and their best hitters are Savia Gŕril and Kogar Facedragger, both at .312. Meanwhile, Bree has perhaps the most balanced attack in the league. They became just the 2nd team ever to make it to the playoffs without anyone being named "Player of the Week" or "Player of the Month". They don't have a 20-game winner, but 3 starters won 15 or more and the 4th won 14 games. Young lefty closer, Gollaiborn Fionduil, stepped up to fill the void left by the aging Dejath Belarŕ, going 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA and 32 saves.

Mirkwood Marauders (91-71) vs. Lake Town Archers (96-66)
Once again, the Marauders and Archers finished at the top of their divisions. This is the 5th division title for Mirkwood (their 3rd in a row) and the 6th straight pennant for Lake Town. The two teams have much in common. Mirkwood won three straight league championships from 2005-2007, but they were knocked off in the Two Towers conference finals in 2008 by Bucklebury and last season by the current league champ, Old Forest. Lake Town was Mirkwood's victim in the Marauders' championship seasons, losing the conference finals in 7 games twice. In 2008, they fell to Bucklebury in the Fellowship Series, and last season Old Forest knocked them off in the first round.

Mirkwood has traditionally been a pitching-focused club, but this year is very different. Led by the league's first .400 hitter, Curt Ballscarer, the Marauder bats have been on fire. The team leads the league with a .286 batting average. They have 3 players with 30+ HR and 2 with over 110 RBI. Plus, they have speed to go with the power, with 5 players having 20+ SB. Though their pitching has not been dominant as in past years, they still have strong starters in Hallalon Brilhirion (18-11, 2.89 ERA) and Gwelf Goriborn (16-8, 3.55 ERA) that should benefit from a 3-man rotation.

Lake Town, on the other hand, has a brilliant pitching staff with opponents only hitting .237 off them. Led by starters Gandogast Fadrier (19-9, 3.39 ERA) and Geadriel Gamialf (17-9, 3.18 ERA) and closer Bagnar Anvilcrusher (10-4, 2.82 ERA, 29 Saves), they will be tough to beat in a short series. The Archers' hitting isn't that bad, either, with Silas Debuugger (.305, 39 HR, 117 RBI) leading the charge. The only chink in their armor is age. Lake Town bolted to a huge lead early in the season, only to see it slip away in the 2nd half. Analysts might be wondering if the team is too tired to close it out.

Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (89-73) vs. Minas Morgul Slayers (99-63)
This is the Uruk-hai's first trip to the playoffs since they won the division in 2005. They lost in the Fellowship Series to Grey Havens in 7 games. A lot has changed since then. Dead Marshes is under different ownership now, and they have become a pitching dynamo, leading the league with a staff ERA of 3.71. What has not changed is the fact that they are led by the same hitting star that got them to the playoffs in 2005, Mauhur the Looter (.283, 20 HR, 64 RBI, 69 SB). Other returning faces from that squad include Lasil Ironmaster, Fruron Elvand, Willibald Underhill and Hibur Goblintearer.

Minas Morgul finished with the best record in the league this season, their 2nd straight division title and 3rd straight trip to the playoffs. The Slayers have yet to make it out of the 1st round of the playoffs, losing in 6 games to Numenor 2 years in a row, but the Kings failed to make the cut this year. Minas Morgul combines league-leading power (Isilborn Imrilron was the only player to reach the 50 HR mark this year) and brilliant pitching. Imrilron (50 HR, 124 RBI) is joined by Minto Foxburr (.337, 25 HR, 78 RBI), Tanta Chubb (34 HR, 89 RBI), Gandaugrin Gamaiborn (35 HR, 90 RBI), as well as 4 other players with 10+ HR to present a killer attack. Meanwhile, Galealbo Elvŕwen (20-8, 3.16 ERA) leads a pitching staff that held opposing hitters to a .235 average (best in the league).

Rohan RoughRiders (91-71) vs. Grey Havens Stars (93-69)
This is Rohan's first trip to the playoffs as the division winner since 2004. They were the Mordor Wild Card last season, losing to Misty Mountain in the Fellowship Series in 7 games. Grey Havens makes their 5th appearance in the post-season, after barely missing out on the Wild Card last year.

The RoughRiders survived a newly dominant Lothlorien team, finally charging past the Lumberjacks in September. They finished hot, ending the season on a 13-game winning streak. Rohan's attack is fairly balanced, with perhaps a bit more emphasis on pitching than on hitting. The starting rotation includes four 10-game winners, led by veteran hurler, Libur Irontearer (16-8, 3.14 ERA). Solonor Solis has anchored the bullpen since coming over from Mirkwood last season, finishing with 36 saves. The hitters were all good, but none were great. No one had a .300 batting average, and no player hit more than 30 HR besides Thudor Nadrierion (.275, 32 HR, 82 RBI).

Grey Havens was all about the pitching this year, as they allowed the fewest runs of any team. Phanra Fimir (17-8, 2.75 ERA) led a staff that spread out the wins, but didn't give up many runs. Dinodas Muddyfoot, the closer, wound up with 11 wins himself! No hitting superstars stood out this year, as 2-time MVP, Grukak Dwarfcrawler, broke his ankle early in the season and was on the bench. Last year's MVP, Golligast Gandulbo only hit .267, but he provided most of the power with 32 HR and 96 RBI. Isszava Elionel was the most consistent hitter, batting .314 with 29 HR and 96 RBI.

January 18, 2006

Elrond Manager Awards Announced

League officials announced the winners of the Elrond Manager of the Year in a news briefing late this afternoon. In the Shire Conference, the award goes to Bywater's Sir Kenneth Iggette. Sir Ken led his troops to their first playoff...

January 17, 2006

Shadowfax and Gwaihir Awards handed out

The winners of the two league awards that are based purely upon stats were acknowledged in a press briefing by SGCBL officials today. The Shadowfax Award for stolen bases was presented to Bree's Kobur Hammermaker and to Anson Banks of...

January 16, 2006

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

Rivendell's pitcher Mundin Elfplate is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in September. He started 6 games in September, going 3-1 and compiling an ERA of 1.00 in 45 innings. Mundin fanned 39 hitters. In...

Batter of the Month award winners announced

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Old Forest's Hudash Elfprodder this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .347 and hit .307,...

January 12, 2006

Grey Havens' Brickfist wins Player of the Week award

Bucklebury's leftfielder Samwise Peatfingers had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Peatfingers helped his team with an average of .474 and 9 RBI in 19 at bats. While compiling an...

January 09, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Gŕril and Hearteater

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Bywater's Savia Gŕril, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Savia pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .632 with 1 HR and 4 RBI while slugging 1.053. Pruugor Hearteater...

January 05, 2006

Chubb (OF) and Aenoa (MM) win P.O.W. award

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Old Forest's pitcher Frodo Chubb. Chubb was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 2.25. Along the way he struck out 13...

2010 Minor League Season

With September comes the end of the Minor League season. Minas Morgul almost took the top spot at all three levels again, but the single-A Lithlad Lizards finished 4th behind Isengard's White Mountain Raiders. Michale Palafox of Rivendell's returning AAA...

AAA
Shire Conference
Winner: Golden Wood Breezers (RIV), 91-47
BA: Michale Palafox (RIV), .378*
HR: Isah Eärülith (BYW), 46
RBI: Orgulas Black (BUC), 127
W: Sobur Stonearm (BUC), 15
ERA: James Gilbertson (RIV), 2.55
K: Ramon Pedro (CAR), 241
SV: Dejaah Anilmathien (LT), 31

Mordor Conference
Winner: Nurn Demons (MIN), 99-38
BA: Bart Armhater (NUM), .3394
HR: Drogo Gamwich (MIN), 56
RBI: Drogo Gamwich (MIN), 171
W: Gudish Earthcrawler (MIN), 20
ERA: Uinen the Cruel (DG), 3.55
K: Uinen the Cruel (DG), 175
SV: Henry Poole (NUM), 24

AA
Shire Conference
Winner: Eregion Eagles (GDL), 90-48
BA: Gary Magnusson (OF), .355
HR: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 76
RBI: Grurbag Dwarfpunisher (RIV), 182
W: Marroc Brandybuck (RIV), 16
ERA: Celaugorn Bumir (MT), 3.49
K: Celaugorn Bumir (MT), 194
SV: Bruce Sliva (MT), 38

Mordor Conference
Winner: Gorgoroth Ghosts (MIN), 90-48
BA: Stephen Toothaker (NUM), .331
HR: Rolando Barras (MIN), 71
RBI: Rolando Barras (MIN), 149
W: Jesse Hosey (NUM), 18*
ERA: Ricardo Esnaider (WT), 2.44*
K: Rintarou Kinnosuke (MIN), 166
SV: Warren Holton (MIN), 29

A
Shire Conference
Winner: North Mordor Flying Dragons (OF), 85-53
BA: Dwight Dacus (OF), .370
HR: Gandemer Gamama (OF), 48
RBI: Gandemer Gamama (OF), 150
W: Farag Clubslicer (OF), 16
ERA: Porto Oresplitter (LT), 2.52*
K: Farag Clubslicer (OF), 195
SV: Marcelino Zayas (OF), 30

Mordor Conference
Winner: White Mountain Raiders (ISE), 90-47
BA: William Carroll (DUN), .335
HR: Jeffrey Benard (MIN) and David Difranco (ISE), 51
RBI: David Difranco (ISE), 144
W: Perry Bates (DM) and Golin Forgebreaker (MIN), 16
ERA: Vralak Footpoker (DG), 2.71
K: Golin Forgebreaker (MIN), 235
SV: Krumwakh Nünd (GH), 34

January 02, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to the Nasty and Thunderarrow

Firbal the Nasty from Wilderland wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. He hit .462 with 11 RBI and slugged 1.077 in 26 at bats. the Nasty...

Spinner (BYW) and Grailas (MM) win monthly pitcher award

Bywater's pitcher Bugrin Spinner is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in August. He had an ERA of just 1.57 in 46 innings of work in which he struck out 40 hitters. His record in...

Dagorlad's Ploughman named Batter of the Month

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Bucklebury's Pimth Gäldor, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Gäldor helped his team with an average of .342 and 20 RBI in 79 at bats. While...

December 29, 2005

Goragol (CAR) and Novathien (MM) win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Carrock's Greogrin Goragol, who wins the award for the 5th time in his career. He hit .409 with 5 RBI and slugged .955 in 22 at bats. He has hit 16...

December 26, 2005

Mirkwood's Melwasul wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Elendil Melwasul this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .636 and hit .632, while...

December 22, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Graniteslinger and Imrilron

Valin Graniteslinger wins his 9th Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He hit .393 with 12 RBI and slugged .857 in 28 at bats. It's the 15th...

December 19, 2005

Lothlorien's the Smasher wins Player of the Week award

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Mirkwood's second baseman Mohair *Catsquisher. Mohair was on fire, hitting .455 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. The Mordor Conference Player of the Week award...

December 16, 2005

*Elfheim (MT) and Elvŕwen (MIN) win monthly pitcher award

Reaver *Elfheim couldn't have pitched much better than he did in July, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the left-hander Pitcher of the Month. He went 4-1 in July and finished the month with an ERA of...

Rohan's Silverglove named Batter of the Month

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Wilderland's second baseman Mim Marblerage. He had an on base percentage of .378 and hit .340, while driving in 25 runs. Marblerage has walked 25...

Wilderland's Marblerage wins Player of the Week award

Wilderland's second baseman Mim Marblerage had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 27 at bats he hit .481 with 2 HR and 7 RBI. He hit in every game...

December 12, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Gäldor and Shieldmover

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Bucklebury's Pimth Gäldor this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .409 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.227 in 22 at...

December 08, 2005

Rohan's Silverglove wins Player of the Week award

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Old Forest's rightfielder Gollauman Gandilhil. Gollauman pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .619 with 2 HR and 7 RBI while slugging 1.095. Gollauman is hitting .310 this...

December 05, 2005

Lothlorien's Cloudskin wins Player of the Week award

Wilderland's second baseman Mim Marblerage had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Mim went 8 for 22 (.364), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 8 RBI. He has hit 16...

Interconference Play Begins

MIDDLE EARTH - July 6 marks the start of the first interconference regular season games in league history. Until now, the only opportunity fans from the Shire Conference had to see teams from Mordor was during the playoffs. This year,...

December 01, 2005

Shire ends Mordor All-Star win streak

MIRKWOOD - Nearly 65,000 fans packed into Mirkwood's Woodland Field to see the 8th All-Star Game, and the home crowd was treated to a great one, as the Shire Conference snapped the Mordor 3-game winning streak by defeating the visiting...

November 28, 2005

2010 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2010 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 4 game. It will be played at Mirkwood's Woodland Field this year under Shire Conference rules (DH). The Mordor Conference...

Underhill (MIR) and Rethiel (ISE) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Odovacar Underhill this time, as the third baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. In 19 at bats he hit .579 with 2 HR and...

Chubb and Long Cleve receive Pitcher of the Month award

The best month of June in the Shire Conference certainly had Old Forest's lefty Frodo Chubb, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He had an ERA of just 0.49 in 55.2 innings of work in which he struck...

Rivendell's *Squishmasher earns Batter of the Month award

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Rivendell's Loopy *Squishmasher, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .466 and hit .426, while driving in 28 runs. Loopy...

November 24, 2005

Chubb and Elfdrinker win Player of the Week award

Old Forest's pitcher Frodo Chubb had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Frodo went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 11 in 16.1 innings of work. He hurled...

November 21, 2005

Musiceye (WIL) and Mansmasher (MM) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Wilderland's Lintegurth Musiceye this time, as the pitcher displayed the best pitching perfomance in his league. Musiceye was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of...

November 18, 2005

Minas Morgul's Chubb wins Player of the Week award

Moria's centerfielder Moran Alcarin had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Alcarin helped his team with an average of .467 and 10 RBI in 30 at bats. He hit in...

November 15, 2005

Bucklebury's Peatfingers wins Player of the Week award

Bucklebury's leftfielder Samwise Peatfingers had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. He hit .556 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.222 in 18 at bats. Fruron Elvand wins his 6th Player...

Gamialf (LT) and Cloudskin (LOT) win monthly pitcher award

Geadriel Gamialf pitched like a legend in May, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He had an ERA of just 2.43 in 40.2 innings of work in which he struck out 33...

Mirkwood's Ballscarer earns Batter of the Month award

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Curt Ballscarer this time, as the catcher displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Curt went 46 for 100 (.460), while hitting 3 HR and collecting...

November 10, 2005

Mirkwood's Calafalas wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Idril Calafalas this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Idril went 14 for 26 (.538), while hitting 1 HR and collecting...

November 07, 2005

Mirkwood's Ballscarer wins Player of the Week award

Mirkwood's catcher Curt Ballscarer had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 27 at bats he hit .519 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. He got at least one hit...

November 03, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Silvermaster and Cloudskin

Sifur Silvermaster from Gondolin wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. He hit .481 with 11 RBI and slugged .741 in 27 at bats. It's the 1st...

October 31, 2005

Guviel and Hammershaker win P.O.W. award

Moria's second baseman Sorthor Guviel had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Sorthor was on fire, hitting .455 with 0 HR and 6 RBI. It's the 2nd time that the...

October 27, 2005

Grey Havens' *Starsley wins Player of the Week award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Old Forest's shortstop Rognash Kidneyslammer. Rognash pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .387 with 2 HR and 6 RBI while slugging .742. Begrin *Starsley wins his 5th...

Numenor's Bonemangler named Pitcher of the Month

Torg Shinsnapper pitched like a legend in April, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He struck out 44 hitters in his 6 starts, putting together a record of 5-1 while pitching 44...

*Debuugger (LT) and Solomon (DUN) win monthly award

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Lake Town's Silas *Debuugger, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .457 and hit .386, while driving in 25 runs....

October 24, 2005

Debuugger (LT) and Ploughman (DAG) win P.O.W. award

Lake Town's shortstop Silas *Debuugger had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. He had an on base percentage of .517 and hit .500, while driving in 10 runs. The Player...

October 20, 2005

Dead Marshes' Elvywyn wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Relin Rockmaster, Old Forest's starting designated hitter. In 23 at bats he hit .565 with 3 HR and 6 RBI. It's the 5th time that the Mordor Conference Player of...

October 17, 2005

Gŕril and Solomon win Player of the Week award

Savia Gŕril wins his 1st Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. In 29 at bats he hit .483 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. It's the 1st...

October 15, 2005

2010 Predictions

MIDDLE EARTH - With the start of the 2010 season just around the corner, it's time for the MESN pre-season picks. Last season, we predicted 5 out of the 6 division winners, but we missed on both Wild Card predictions....

Shire Conference
The Old Forest team is not going to give up their crown lightly. In fact, they are a much-improved club over last season. Their hitting is the best in the Shire Conference (and maybe the whole League). Their pitching features a great starting rotation. In fact, their only real weakness is the bullpen. There is still no challenger to the Archers in the Hobbit Division. They have one of the best pitching staffs in the entire League. Meanwhile, Bucklebury was in a position to challenge Bree for the division this year. The Fairies' pitching staff is was as good or better than the Cheese prior to the Deneadur and Elilmalad trades, and they have comparable hitting. However, the loss of two key starters will pretty much guarantee a second place finish for Bucklebury. Moria now has a better starting rotation than anyone in the Dwarf Division. If they only had a bullpen...

Elf Division: Old Forest
Hobbit Division: Lake Town
Dwarf Division: Bree
Wild Card: Bucklebury

Conference Champs: Old Forest

Mordor Conference
As usual, Grey Havens and Misty Mountain will be battling back-and-forth atop the Orc Division. This year, the Uruk-hai hope to keep up with them. The Hops have the best pitching in the Mordor Conference, while the Stars have the best hitting. Numenor won't run away with the Goblin Division this year, either. Not only will Rohan battle them tough again, but Lothlorien looks good enough on paper to beat the Kings and the RoughRiders! Minas Morgul should have an easy time atop the Troll Division, especially since their pitching staff and their hitting is among the League's best. A resurgent Dagorlad should make things interesting. The Wild Card is almost a dead heat between Misty Mountain, Numenor and Dagorlad.

Orc Division: Grey Havens
Goblin Division: Lothlorien
Troll Division: Minas Morgul
Wild Card: Misty Mountain

Conference Champs: Minas Morgul

League Champs: Old Forest

Power Rankings
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Bree Cheese
Lake Town Archers
Minas Morgul Slayers
Mirkwood Marauders
Bucklebury Fairies
Grey Havens Stars
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Minas Tirith Titans
Misty Mountain Hops
Rivendell Royals
Numenor Kings
Dagorlad Disaster
Wilderland Wargs
Carrock Bears
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Rohan RoughRiders
Bywater Bounders
Gondolin Griffons
Moria Miners
Isengard Raiders
Weathertop Witch Kings
Dol Guldur Dragons
Dunharrow Devils

October 07, 2005

Flurry of minor league signings

MIDDLE EARTH - Bucklebury won the last real bidding war today as they signed free agent pitcher, Lerin Iceywater, to a contract of $9 million per year for 5 years. That was the only significant money spent. Almost all of...

Old Forest: Free agent P Pimra Gŕlas has been signed to a contract of $300,000 per year, for 3 years.
Old Forest: Free agent P Camellia Gamgee has been signed to a contract of $300,000 per year, for 3 years.
Wilderland: Free agent CF Foignar Cavernmaker has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent 3B Genus Chiselsnapper has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent CF Wilo Toothkicker has been signed to a minor league contract.
Carrock: Free agent SS Bordul the One-Eyed has been signed to a minor league contract.
Carrock: Free agent SS Taar Isionduil has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bucklebury: Free agent C Kimvia Elrilas has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent 3B Radildur Morun has been signed to a minor league contract.
Carrock: Free agent LF James Overturf has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent 2B Pragdish Halflingdrinkr has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Gonus Forgefist has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bree: Free agent C Galeoden Elvel has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Radiden Morolf has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Gandomer Fadrierith has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent RF Daniel Castelli has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent CF Thomas Barnwell has been signed to a minor league contract.
Grey Havens: Free agent 1B Aldagrim Willow has been signed to a contract of $450,000 per year, for 2 years.
Wilderland: Free agent 1B Nicholas Amaya has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Gifur Chiseltwister has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bree: Free agent 2B Robert Stolle has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Jimmy Florez has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Huunai Ettindrinker has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Florus Eärüldor has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Fraborn Elrir has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Araiborn Aralbo has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent 1B Arumir Anür has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Willie Skeen has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent 3B Javier Pineda has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bree: Free agent P Jorge Rios has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Guugor Earthjuggler has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bree: Free agent 2B Pimlla Galadriend has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Gollaihir Fior has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Kevin Gould has been signed to a minor league contract.
Wilderland: Free agent P Arwugrin Arwigrin has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Badger Badgerbadger has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent 3B Juan Alvarez has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Tran Tunnelsplitter has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent RF Sormina Gor has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Bogey Wightmon has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Glosil Tunnelcrusher has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Doug Pecor has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent P Garin Oakenarmour has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent CF Stanley Meraz has been signed to a minor league contract.
Bree: Free agent 3B Elreawyn Elimir has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent RF Paul Choe has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent 1B Girith Axecutter has been signed to a minor league contract.
Minas Morgul: Free agent LF John Adams has been signed to a minor league contract.

October 06, 2005

A few more signings

MIDDLE EARTH - On the next to last day of free agency, the following players signed deals: Minas Tirith : CF Gandeohil Gaman, 1,400,000 per year, for 2 years. Rivendell : P Suukak Nosecrawler, 3,000,000 per year, for 3 years....

October 05, 2005

More free agents sign

MIDDLE EARTH - Several more players signed new contracts with teams today. Among the most notable was future Hall of Fame closer, Disin Axesmith, who signed with Dagorlad. Dagorlad : P Disin Axesmith, 4,750,000 per year, for 3 years. Grey...

October 04, 2005

Free Agent Signings

MIDDLE EARTH - Several key free agents took advantage of offers relatively early in the off season, including last season's Shire HR leader, Binus Anvilworker, who re-signed with the Titans. Bucklebury : 2B Flordor Eärämbor, 5,000,000 per year, for 2...

October 02, 2005

Two Players Added to Hall of Fame

MIDDLE EARTH - Arweogast Belaraviel and Arweowyn Beláwen were announced as this year's inductees into the SGCBL Hall of Fame. Both players received 79% of the votes cast in this, their first appearance on the ballot. Belaraviel retired as one...

October 01, 2005

2009 Aragorn MVP Winners

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2009 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Shire, the overwhelming winner for the 3rd year in a row...

September 22, 2005

Players injured in attack

LAKE TOWN - What started out as a quiet fishing trip on Long Lake, turned out to be a life-and-death struggle for several players. In the end, it cost at least two of them their 2010 seasons and could wind...

September 21, 2005

2009 Elrond Managers

MIDDLE EARTH - The Elrond Manager of the Year awards were given out at a ceremony today. Winning the award in the Shire Conference is Kigush Eyeslobberer of Old Forest. He piloted his team to 2nd place in the Elf...

2009 Legolas Fielders

MIDDLE EARTH - League officials announced the winners of the 2009 Legolas Awards for excellence in fielding. Shire Conference Legolas Fielder Award Winners: Pitcher: Halin Goblinfist (MIR) Catcher: Lobur Oathdelver (GOR) First Base: Firbal the Nasty (WIL) Second Base: Mohair...

September 20, 2005

Goriborn and Stinkblossom receive Gandalf Pitcher Award

Awards may not be the most important thing for Gwelf Goriborn, but Mirkwood's right-hander smiled as he was named the Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award winner. This season Goriborn compiled an ERA of 2.47, going 24-5 in 35 starts. He...

Sam Gamgee Batter winners announced

Rivendell's third baseman Loopy Squishmasher will never forget this day. A great season convinced the voters that he is the worthy Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter winner. Squishmasher has hit for a .341 average this season. He has 76 extra...

Frodo Rookie Award winners

Scarlett II was named the Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner today. Bucklebury's pitcher put up pretty good numbers for a rookie this year. This 24 year old kid will probably have a long and successful career! This season Scarlett...

Gwaihir Reliever Awards announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2009 Gwaihir Reliever Awards, given to the best relievers in each Conference, were announced today. The Shire Conference winner is Amon Thoirney of Bywater. He had a record of 8-3 with an ERA...

September 15, 2005

Fadrier (LT) and Fimir (GH) win monthly pitcher award

Gandogast Fadrier couldn't have pitched much better than he did in September, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the left-hander Pitcher of the Month. He had an ERA of just 0.60 in 44.2 innings of work in...

Batter of the Month award winners announced

The Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Relin Rockmaster, Old Forest's starting second baseman. He had an on base percentage of .455 and hit .353, while driving in 36 runs. His season numbers are: .283 AVG, 165...

September 12, 2005

Halflinglover (RIV) and Bloodaxe (MM) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Rivendell's Praggek Halflinglover this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .517 and hit .462, while...

September 08, 2005

Lake Town's Fadrier wins Player of the Week award

It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's pitcher Gandogast Fadrier. Gandogast went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 19 in 16 innings of work. Kadish Ettinripper wins his...

September 05, 2005

Dagorlad's Ploughman wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Rivendell's Lumth Elváril, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Lumth pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 5 HR and 9 RBI while slugging 1.500. The Player...

September 02, 2005

2009 Minor League Wrapup

MIDDLE EARTH - Now that it's September, the SGCBL minor leagues finished their campaigns this week. Minas Morgul became the second organization to have all three of its minor league clubs win their division. And in AA, Rivendell's Grurbag Dwarfpunisher...

September 01, 2005

Nosegobbler (BYW) and Stinkblossom (MM) win P.O.W. award

Neegar Nosegobbler wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Neegar went 13 for 24 (.542), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Nosegobbler has...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

Bucklebury's pitcher Torg Shinsnapper is the Shire Conference winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in August. He went 6-0 in August and finished the month with an ERA of 1.29. He struck out 40 in 49 innings. Torg...

Weathertop's Goldfist named Batter of the Month

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Old Forest's Gollauman Gandilhil, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. He hit .363 with 29 RBI and slugged .598 in 102 at bats. His season features...

August 29, 2005

Isengard's Stargobbler wins Player of the Week award

Torg Shinsnapper of Bucklebury wins his 1st Player of the Week award for dominating Shire Conference's hitters the entire week. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.00 while going 2-0. He pitched two shutouts! Torg...

August 25, 2005

Minas Morgul's Legŕl wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Gorgoroth's Zoot the Unchaste this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in her league. She hit .550 with 12 RBI and slugged 1.050 in 20...

August 22, 2005

Worm and Goldfist win Player of the Week award

Minas Tirith's pitcher Christof Worm had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Worm was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 1.65. Along the way he struck...

August 18, 2005

Debuugger (LT) and Dwarfcrawler (GH) win P.O.W. award

It's the 4th time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's shortstop Silas Debuugger. In 22 at bats he hit .455 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. The Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

August 15, 2005

Numenor's Orebearer named Pitcher of the Month

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award goes to Mirkwood's pitcher Gwelf Goriborn. He went 5-1 in July and finished the month with an ERA of 1.28. He struck out 37 in 49.1 innings....

Red hot Gandilhil and Imrilron win Batter of the Month award

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Old Forest's Gollauman Gandilhil this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Gandilhil helped his team with an average of .353 and 23...

Gandilhil (OF) and Mulder (ROH) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Old Forest's Gollauman Gandilhil this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .464 with 8 RBI and slugged 1.000 in 28...

August 11, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Graniteslinger and Imrilron

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Valin Graniteslinger, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. In 25 at bats he hit .560 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .323, Valin hit .281...

August 08, 2005

Old Forest's Rockmaster wins Player of the Week award

Relin Rockmaster wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Relin was on fire, hitting .542 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. He hit in every...

Lothlorien's Grumpus the Grumpest wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week of July 11 was Moria's Morag the Shriek, who wins the award for the 1st time in her career. Morag went 8 for 17 (.471), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 4...

August 04, 2005

Mordor All-Stars Win in 11th!

ISENGARD - In front of a packed house of 45,000 at Isengard's Orthanc Stadium, the Mordor Conference continued its winning ways against the Shire, taking their third straight mid-season classic in dramatic fashion, as Rohan's Posco Sackville slammed a walk-off...

August 01, 2005

2009 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2009 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 3 game. It will be played at Isengard's Orthanc Stadium this year under Mordor Conference rules (No DH). The Mordor...

Player of the Week honors go to Debuugger and Elvand

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's shortstop Silas Debuugger. He had an on base percentage of .600 and hit .500, while driving in 9 runs. Silas managed to drive...

Lake Town's Forgedelver earns Pitcher of the Month award

Gomli Forgedelver pitched like a legend in June, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He had an ERA of just 0.85 in 52.2 innings of work in which he struck out 51...

Mirkwood's Faromli earns Batter of the Month award

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .359 and hit .326, while driving in 25 runs. Faromli...

July 28, 2005

Meriawyn and Camelwhisperer win Player of the Week award

Rivendell's second baseman Mororon Meriawyn had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Mororon was on fire, hitting .500 with 4 HR and 5 RBI. He got at least one hit...

July 25, 2005

Carrock's Rockbinder wins Player of the Week award

It's the 7th time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Carrock's centerfielder Ralin Rockbinder. Ralin pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .455 with 4 HR and 9 RBI while slugging 1.045. His season features a batting average...

July 21, 2005

Nosegobbler and Gandilhil win P.O.W. award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Neegar Nosegobbler, Bywater's starting shortstop. Neegar pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .600 with 2 HR and 9 RBI while slugging 1.040. He hit in every game this week and extended his...

July 18, 2005

Rider and Kendrick win Player of the Week award

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Carrock's second baseman Trik Rider. Trik was on fire, hitting .545 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Randy Kendrick of Weathertop wins his 1st Player...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award goes to Mirkwood's pitcher Gwelf Goriborn. He went 6-0 in May and finished the month with an ERA of 1.86. He struck out 37 in 48.1 innings....

Red hot Graniteslinger and Badgerpoker win Batter of the Month award for May

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Valin Graniteslinger this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .383 and hit .358,...

July 14, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Faromli and Nering

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Galaigast Faromli, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. In 23 at bats he hit .435 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. The Mordor Conference Player of the Week award goes to Theo...

July 11, 2005

Boartooth and Serith win Player of the Week award

Cinquefoil Boartooth from Old Forest wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. Boartooth helped his team with an average of .435 and 11 RBI in 23 at...

July 07, 2005

Dead Marshes' Elruborn wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Valin Graniteslinger, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. He had an on base percentage of .419 and hit .419, while driving in 13 runs. He got at least one hit each game...

July 04, 2005

Minas Tirith's Goramir wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Grimli Goramir. In 26 at bats, he hit .538 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. His season numbers are: .344 AVG, 44 hits, 9 doubles, no triples and...

June 30, 2005

Gondolin's Orcdelver wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Mefur Orcdelver, Gondolin's starting third baseman. In 28 at bats he hit .429 with 5 HR and 9 RBI. His season numbers are: .275 AVG, 30 hits, 2 doubles, no...

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

The best month of April in the Shire Conference certainly had Gorgoroth's right-hander Dejatok Belebrildur, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He struck out 57 hitters in his 6 starts, putting together a record of 4-0 while pitching...

Batter of the Month award winners announced

The Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Loopy *Squishmasher, Rivendell's starting third baseman. Loopy was on fire, hitting .382 with 9 homeruns and 24 RBI. Grey Havens' first baseman Golligast Gandulbo had some reason to celebrate as...

June 27, 2005

Squishmasher (RIV) and Leguden (DAG) win P.O.W. award

MIDDLE EARTH - Rivendell's third baseman Loopy Squishmasher had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 31 at bats he hit .419 with 4 HR and 6 RBI. Dagorlad's catcher...

June 23, 2005

Swordbasher (GOR) and Gandulbo (GH) win P.O.W. award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Gorgoroth's Vrsol Swordbasher this time, as the pitcher displayed the best pitching perfomance in his league. Swordbasher was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with...

June 20, 2005

Lómebrildur Elected to Hall of Fame

MIDDLE EARTH - Thaira "Goldie" Lómebrildur became the first inductee into the SGCBL Hall of Fame. She was overwhelmingly elected on the first ballot, garnering 93 percent of the vote. Lómebrildur, who retired during this past off-season, finished her career...

Ruano and Axesmith win Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Rivendell's Boris Ruano this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. In 28 at bats he hit .536 with 2...

2009 Predictions

MIDDLE EARTH - It's Opening Day for the 2009 season, and that means it's time for the MESN predictions. Once again last season, we picked Bree to win it all, and once again the apparently cursed Cheese failed to make...

June 12, 2005

First-Year Player Draft Held

MIDDLE EARTH - This year's crop of rookies looked to be a promising bunch (at least the hitters), but only a handful were deemed worthy of million-dollar signing bonuses by the teams. Bywater's SS Lula Taralom got the honors of...

Here are the rest of the 1st round draft picks:

Dol Guldur pick: SS Gibur Rockrender. Signing Bonus: $2,850,000
Mirkwood (taking Dunharrow's pick) took: CF Soibur Holgate. Signing Bonus: $2,369,000
Wilderland pick: RF Holir Hilldweller. Signing Bonus: $1,960,000
Minas Tirith pick: CF Phaiar Gŕndir. Signing Bonus: $2,058,000
Lothlorien pick: RF Rash Eyekiller. Signing Bonus: $1,406,500
Misty Mountain got Moria's pick and drafted: C Fili Kendrick. Signing Bonus: $1,584,000
Old Forest pick: 1B Vinar Silverbiter. Signing Bonus: $1,274,000
Dagorlad pick: LF Nalin Shieldmaster. Signing Bonus: $936,000
Rohan pick: 3B Lifur Anvildelver. Signing Bonus: $1,133,000
Gondolin pick: P Fufur Trollbreaker. Signing Bonus: $1,648,000
Weathertop pick: 1B Merilmir Knifecrawler. Signing Bonus: $360,500
Misty Mountain took their 2nd pick of the 1st round: 2B Moli Willowbottom. Signing Bonus: $135,200
Carrock pick: CF Bogak Shieldsmith. Signing Bonus: $147,000
Rivendell pick: P Gamilmir Galadrienduil. Signing Bonus: $534,600
Dead Marshes pick: P Higor Bugbearshaker. Signing Bonus: $190,000
Grey Havens pick: P Kosil Axebearer. Signing Bonus: $180,250
Lake Town pick: SS Paurk Irondelver. Signing Bonus: $118,450
Gorgoroth pick: RF Glignar Dogwood. Signing Bonus: $275,500
Misty Mtn also got Minas Morgul's pick and for their 3rd choice took: LF Refur Tandir. Signing Bonus: $174,600
Isengard pick: CF Roran Bramble. Signing Bonus: $139,050
Mirkwood's 2nd pick of the 1st round was: P Nick Demonsmasher. Signing Bonus: $175,750
Numenor pick: RF Gollilnd Swordshaker. Signing Bonus: $145,000
Bucklebury pick: RF Nick Trollmaster. Signing Bonus: $166,250

June 05, 2005

Aragorn MVP Winners Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2008 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Shire, the winner for the 2nd year in a row is...

June 01, 2005

Elrond Managers Named

MIDDLE EARTH - The Elrond Manager of the Year awards were given out at a ceremony today. Winning the award for the 2nd straight year in the Shire Conference is Xade of Bucklebury. He piloted his team to 1st place...

Gwaihir Reliever Awards Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2008 Gwaihir Reliever Awards, given to the best relievers in each Conference, were announced today. The Shire Conference winner is Imrohil Haleogast of Bucklebury. He had a record of 7-2 with an ERA...

Legolas Fielder Award Winners

MIDDLE EARTH - League officials announced the winners of the 2008 Legolas Awards for excellence in fielding. Shire Conference Legolas Fielder Award Winners: Pitcher: Boriam Celebrin (OF) Catcher: Marcho Tussle (MRA) First Base: Gandaugrin Gamaiborn (BRE) Second Base: Grimli Goramir...

Rivendell's Boraulf earns Gandalf Pitcher Award

MIDDLE EARTH - Boreathor Boraulf will never forget this year. His dominating season convinced the Shire Conference to name Rivendell's left-hander the Gandalf Pitcher Award winner of 2008. Boreathor has a record of 23-9 this season, with an ERA of...

Squishmasher and Imrilron win Sam Gamgee Batter

MIDDLE EARTH - A season for the ages earned Rivendell's third baseman Loopy Squishmasher the Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter this year. His season features a league record batting average of .360 (206 hits in 572 AB), 39 doubles, 2...

Frodo Rookie Award winners announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award winner was announced today, with Carrock's pitcher Sillla Glebrilad earning the trophy for putting up the best numbers among rookies in his league. This season Glebrilad compiled an ERA of 3.52,...

May 31, 2005

Two Towers Series Recap

Bucklebury wins 1st Shire Championship since 2004 MIRKWOOD - The Bucklebury Fairies became the Shire Conference champions for the first time since 2004 by defeating the reigning league champion Mirkwood Marauders in 5 games in the Two Towers Series. In...

May 30, 2005

Fellowship Series Recap

Fairies take series from Archers, 4-1 LAKE TOWN - With their ace starters, Beardcutter and Shinsnapper, winning 2 games apiece, the Bucklebury Fairies defeated the Lake Town Archers in their Fellowship Series matchup. This is the first time the Archers...

May 28, 2005

Fellowship Series Matchups

MIDDLE EARTH - The long march to the post-season is over. It's down to 8 teams now. One of them is the reigning 3-time champ. One is the all-time record holder for team wins. One is the last team to...

May 23, 2005

Playoff picture in Mordor coming into focus

MIDDLE EARTH - With just 5 games to go, the possible scenarios for the playoffs have narrowed to a couple of options. While Grey Havens leads Dead Marshes by a single game, putting the Orc Division race in doubt down...

Player of the Week honors go to Branchwielder and Imrilron

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Gondolin's Waldur Branchwielder this time, as the leftfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .545 and...

Rivendell's Elfplate earns Pitcher of the Month award

MIDDLE EARTH - Mundin Elfplate couldn't have pitched much better than he did in September, and the Shire Conference thought so as well, naming the right-hander Pitcher of the Month. His ERA of just 1.60 helped him to a 5-0...

Batter of the Month award winners announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Moria's Shatai Githrarith this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Shatai went 35 for 81 (.432), while hitting 13...

May 20, 2005

Playoff picture set in Shire

MIDDLE EARTH - With Mirkwood and Lake Town clinching wins in their respective divisions and Bree's magic number for the Wild Card down to 1, the matchups for the Shire Conference playoffs are set. This season's powerhouse, the Bucklebury Fairies,...

May 19, 2005

Lothlorien's Elrymbor wins Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - Deagol Fishslapper from Bree wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the Shire Conference. He had an on base percentage of .607 and hit .607, while driving...

May 16, 2005

Goldarm and Orithil win Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Old Forest's Hilin Goldarm, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.56 while going 2-0. He...

May 12, 2005

Minors wrap up 2008 season

MIDDLE EARTH - With the playoff races heating up in the majors, the SGCBL minor leagues finished their campaigns this week. The Minas Tirith organization became the first to have all three of its minor league clubs win their division....

Player of the Week honors go to Githrarith and Camelwhisperer

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Moria's Shatai Githrarith, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .591 and hit .571, while driving in 9 runs. Abbas...

May 09, 2005

Ruano (RIV) and Galadrienduil (ISE) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Rivendell's Boris Ruano this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Boris went 10 for 22 (.455), while hitting 4 HR and collecting...

Grey Havens' Foerender named Pitcher of the Month

Boreathor Boraulf pitched like a legend in August, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He went 5-1 in August and finished the month with an ERA of 0.93. He struck out 40...

Batter of the Month award winners announced

The Shire Conference Batter of the Month award goes to Shatai Githrarith, Moria's starting rightfielder. Shatai pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .427 with 19 and 28 RBI while slugging 1.200. Shatai is hitting .306 this year, with 116 hits in 379...

May 05, 2005

Githrarith (MRA) and Rockmaster (DUN) win P.O.W. award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Shatai Githrarith, Moria's starting rightfielder. Shatai went 9 for 17 (.529), while hitting 4 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Shatai is hitting .303 this year, with 112...

May 02, 2005

Faromli (MIR) and Foxburr (MIN) win P.O.W. award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Faromli helped his team with an average of...

April 28, 2005

Lake Town's Debuugger wins Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Lake Town's Silas Debuugger this time, as the shortstop displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .522...

April 25, 2005

Githrarith and the One-Eyed win Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - Shatai Githrarith wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He hit .625 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.938 in 16 at bats....

April 21, 2005

Weathertop's Nosethrottler named Pitcher of the Month

MIDDLE EARTH - The best month of July in the Shire Conference certainly had Wilderland's right-hander Nesil Ringarm, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He started 6 games in July, going 4-1 and compiling an ERA of 2.82...

Numenor's Gwildur named Batter of the Month

MIDDLE EARTH - Mirkwood's first baseman Galaigast Faromli had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. He hit .419 with 25 RBI and slugged .930 in 86 at bats. While compiling...

Mirkwood's Faromli wins Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Faromli helped his team with an average of .640 and 10 RBI in 25...

April 20, 2005

Trading Deadline Brings Flurry of Activity

MIDDLE EARTH - With the July 31 deadline for unrestricted trading coming up, some teams have been scrambling to make some last-minute deals. Just this week, the following trades were enacted: Dead Marshes-Bucklebury The Uruk-hai traded reliever Lorenzo Guerro to...

April 18, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Fadrier and Eliondel

MIDDLE EARTH - It's the 1st time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's pitcher Gandogast Fadrier. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 1.06 while going 2-0. He hurled...

April 14, 2005

Grailas (LT) and Bloodaxe (MM) win P.O.W. award

MIDDLE EARTH - It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Lake Town's pitcher Gwomer Grailas. Gwomer went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00, while fanning 19 in 17.1 innings of work. He...

April 11, 2005

Numenor's Armormaker wins Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Gondolin's Mefur Orcdelver this time, as the third baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .313...

April 07, 2005

Mordor Wins Allstar Game in Extra Innings

BREE - The Mordor Conference made it 4-2 in the All-Star series with a 10-inning win over the Shire at a packed Bree-Land Ballpark. It was an exciting game, marked by a last minute Shire rally and a rash of...

Lake Town's Glŕrion wins Player of the Week award

MIDDLE EARTH - The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Lake Town's Silla Glŕrion, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .529 and hit .500, while driving...

April 04, 2005

2008 All-Star Teams Announced

MIDDLE EARTH - The members of the 2008 All-Star teams were announced by the league in anticipation of the July 3 game. It will be played at Bree's Bree-Land Park t