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July 06, 2015

MC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, August 25th, 2031 All week long Thraryn *Samarkand was the toughest out in the Mordor Conference and that is the prime reason he was voted the Player of the Week. The Dead Marshes center fielder rapped out 14 hits...

Star of the Week Awarded in SC

Monday, August 25th, 2031 At the age of 27, Marin Goldtearer might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Ithil first baseman put up some exceptional...

July 02, 2015

Rockdelver Wins MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 18th, 2031 The Mordor Conference has chosen Hisin Rockdelver of the Dol Guldur Dragons as Player of the Week. What a week Rockdelver had. He hit .435 (10-for-23) with 5 home runs, 7 RBIs and 6 runs scored....

SC Star of the Week Picked

Monday, August 18th, 2031 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. Ferdinand *Puttifoot, the Bywater Bounders 21-year-old second baseman, put himself in...

June 29, 2015

Week's Premier Performer Honored by MC

Monday, August 11th, 2031 Flormina Celim did nothing to hurt her 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 second...

Elewen Week's Best in SC

Monday, August 11th, 2031 Aroma Elewen of the Bywater Bounders cruised to Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after putting together one of the finest stretches in his career last week. The right fielder batted .519 (14-for-27) with 6...

June 25, 2015

Imreawyn Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, August 4th, 2031 Gleogwyn Imreawyn went on a week-long hitting spree against Mordor Conference pitchers and captured the Player of the Week honors. The Grey Havens left fielder battered the opposition for 12 hits, 7 home runs, 12 RBI...

Arwiama Selected SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 4th, 2031 One of the league's most exciting young players, Celillbo Arwiama 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...

Uruk-hai Hurler Named MC's Best Starter

Friday, August 1st, 2031 Bulbo Moss of the Uruk-hai pretty much bewildered opposing batters in July and was honored as the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month earlier today. The Dead Marshes starter sparkled last month with a 5-1 record...

No-Tooth Wins Best SC Pitcher

Friday, August 1st, 2031 Lanai No-Tooth's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-0 in July, the 30-year-old Minas Tirith hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned...

MC's Best Batter Announced

Friday, August 1st, 2031 Hisin Rockdelver 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...

Goldtearer Wins Best Bat Award in July

Friday, August 1st, 2031 In July, Marin Goldtearer beat the baseball like a drum the entire month and netted the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. In 29 games the Minas Ithil first baseman hit .339 with 10 home...

June 23, 2015

MC's #1 Player, Rockdelver of Dol Guldur

Monday, July 28th, 2031 It was an extraordinary week for Hisin Rockdelver of the Dol Guldur Dragons. First he goes on a hot hitting streak, batting .455, then he is voted the Player of the Week in the Mordor Conference....

SC Player of the Week Chosen

Monday, July 28th, 2031 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. Celillbo Arwiama, the Carrock Bears 25-year-old left fielder, put himself in...

June 18, 2015

MC's Best Player Named

Monday, July 21st, 2031 All week long Thraryn *Samarkand 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 Mordor Conference's Player of the...

SC Votes Titans Elarandel Top Player

Monday, July 21st, 2031 The hottest bat of the week belonged to Minas Tirith left fielder Mereahil Elarandel. He went on a rampage last week against SC hurlers and rapped out 12 hits in 26 at-bats for a .462 average...

June 15, 2015

Witch Kings Ditchdigger Named MC's #1 Player

Monday, July 14th, 2031 Nusin Ditchdigger of the Weathertop Witch Kings has just enjoyed one of the better weeks of his career. That fact was not lost on Mordor Conference officials, who named him Player of the Week. Ditchdigger logged...

SC Names Top Player of the Week

Monday, July 14th, 2031 Veteran Gignar Demoneater had a great week at the plate for the Miners to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 33-year-old Moria left fielder built a .433...

June 11, 2015

*Gomdrol Caps Great Week

Monday, July 7th, 2031 Tarechorion *Gomdrol has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 22-year-old shortstop of the Misty Mountain Hops had a pretty hot bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

Goldtearer on Fire, Named Player of the Week

Monday, July 7th, 2031 At the age of 27, Marin Goldtearer might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Ithil first baseman put up some exceptional...

SC Honors June's #1 Pitcher

Tuesday, July 1st, 2031 Galugol Eliolas's been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 4-0 in June, the 27-year-old Minas Ithil hurler has been named Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. He fanned...

Paddywhack Named Top MC Hurler

Tuesday, July 1st, 2031 The Mordor Conference scribes have announced June's Pitcher of the Month and have given the award to Garon Paddywhack of Numenor. He was one tough cookie on the mound last month with a fine 4-2 mark...

Mordor Conference Announces June's Best Batter

Tuesday, July 1st, 2031 Shaia Celenduil 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...

Old Forest's Wolfgobber Snags June Batting Title

Tuesday, July 1st, 2031 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 34-year-old Wart Wolfgobber put together a solid offensive month for Old Forest and was crowned June's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .321 with 12 home runs,...

June 08, 2015

*Xanatos Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 30th, 2031 There was no one hotter in the Mordor Conference last week as Norman *Xanatos attacked enemy pitching with a vengeance to collect the Player of the Week Award. The 27-year-old Dol Guldur catcher batted .455 with...

SC Awards Player of the Week

Monday, June 30th, 2031 The Player of the Week has been chosen by the Shire Conference. The award went to Dejahdor Stonerapper, right fielder of the Bree Cheese. In a sensational hitting performance, he wrecked league pitchers with a .450...

June 04, 2015

Shire Explodes in 9th for All-Star Victory

Sunday, June 22nd, 2031 It was a tight game up until the 9th, but the Shire Conference bats exploded for 5 runs in the top of the 9th to give them their 5th straight All-Star Game win. Mordor came out...

June 01, 2015

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

Friday, June 20th, 2031 Nothing is for certain about the 2031 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,...

May 28, 2015

MC Announces Player of the Week

Monday, June 16th, 2031 This week Thraryn *Samarkand, center fielder for the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai, hit his way to the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. *Samarkand put on a hitting clinic with a .516 average as he belted...

Star of the Week Picked in SC

Monday, June 16th, 2031 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Davey Ironmaster was rewarded with the Shire Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Bree Cheese center fielder hit .406 while collecting...

May 25, 2015

Weathertop's Silkpetal Gets MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 9th, 2031 Weathertop fans have something to crow about today as Weathertop left fielder Braddock Silkpetal nabbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance over the last seven days. "I know there are times...

*Puttifoot Wins SC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, June 9th, 2031 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. Ferdinand *Puttifoot, the Bywater Bounders 20-year-old second baseman, put himself in...

May 21, 2015

Hornblower: Big Hit in the Mordor Conference

Monday, June 2nd, 2031 This week's Player of the Week was Dudo Hornblower of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. His big bat waylaid Mordor Conference pitching for 14 hits in 30 at-bats, 5 home runs and 10 RBIs while hitting .467...

Star of the Week Awarded in SC

Monday, June 2nd, 2031 Today the Shire Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Bywater's talented right fielder Aroma Elewen. When he steps into the batter's box, it's usually a bad omen for pitchers. For...

Earalinde Selected MC's Best Pitcher

Sunday, June 1st, 2031 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Arwauden Earalinde still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in May. The 34-year-old starter for Dol Guldur was named Mordor...

Cheese Hurler Named SC's Best Starter

Sunday, June 1st, 2031 Edmund Boroden left little doubt in the minds of Shire Conference officials that he should be named May's Pitcher of the Month for his outstanding performance. "I wasn't always confident at the start of a game,"...

Rockdelver Wins Best Bat Award in May

Sunday, June 1st, 2031 Hisin Rockdelver earned May's Batter of the Month honors in the Mordor Conference by reeling off a .349 average, going 37 for 106 with 13 home runs, 32 RBIs and 23 runs scored. The soon-to-be free...

May's Best Batter Announced

Sunday, June 1st, 2031 Players often talk about having career years. May was a career month for Aroma Elewen. The 29-year-old Bywater right fielder bested all others and has been named the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. He put...

May 18, 2015

MC Awards Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, May 26th, 2031 Isengard Raiders right fielder Saredur Macneil 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. Macneil put up a .333...

*Trollbasher Week's Best in SC

Monday, May 26th, 2031 Brutus *Trollbasher of Minas Ithil 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 .417 batting...

May 14, 2015

MC's Best Player, Rockdelver of Dol Guldur

Monday, May 19th, 2031 Dol Guldur Dragons third baseman Hisin Rockdelver 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. Rockdelver put up a...

Super Week for Minas Tirith's Elarandel!

Monday, May 19th, 2031 Mereahil Elarandel of the Minas Tirith Titans had a super week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Shire Conference. The 31-year-old right fielder put up a .500 average with a .567...

May 11, 2015

Glang Punishes MC Pitchers This Week

Monday, May 12th, 2031 Like a machine, Flora Glang hit the baseball with brutal efficiency last week, gaining herself the Mordor Conference Player of the Week title for that stretch. The Dead Marshes Uruk-hai right fielder rapped out a .542...

SC Awards Best Batter Prize to Tetsuya

Monday, May 12th, 2031 Emmanuel Tetsuya of the Minas Tirith Titans had a fantastic week and today was voted the Player of the Week by the Shire Conference. For the week Tetsuya batted .455 (10-for-22) with 2 home runs and...

May 08, 2015

*Zottmiester on a Hot Streak, MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 5th, 2031 Snarly *Zottmiester 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 second baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Week's Top Player: Lake Town's *Silverwolf

Monday, May 5th, 2031 Duilin *Silverwolf has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 21-year-old third baseman of the Lake Town Archers had a pretty hot bat in the Shire Conference over the past seven days...

Witch Kings Hurler Named MC's Best Starter

Thursday, May 1st, 2031 In April Weathertop starter, Rowan Roper really put the strong arm on the other Mordor Conference teams and hauled in the Pitcher of the Month trophy. He did it with an impressive 5 wins and no...

April's #1 Hurler Announced: Boroden

Thursday, May 1st, 2031 Edmund Boroden certainly found a groove in April. The Bree starter posted 6 wins last month to easily claim the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month. During the month Boroden was 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA....

Githrarith April's Best Bat Choice

Thursday, May 1st, 2031 Vabis Githrarith battered Mordor 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...

Bree's *Knucklebreaker Bags SC Top Batter for April

Thursday, May 1st, 2031 April's Batter of the Month has been announced by the Shire Conference. This month's trophy was presented to the Bree catcher, Eideron *Knucklebreaker. He starred by hitting .360 with a .467 on-base percentage, totaled 31 hits...

April 30, 2015

Githrarith on Fire, Named Player of the Week

Monday, April 28th, 2031 The Mordor Conference has made it official -- Vabis Githrarith is this week's winner of the Player of the Week Award. The Dagorlad left fielder was sensational with a .650 batting average, 6 home runs and...

Shire Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, April 28th, 2031 26-year-old Halewyn Chang 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, Chang made the establishment sit...

April 27, 2015

Mordor Conference's Best Batter Announced

Monday, April 21st, 2031 At the age of 32, Gamella Pender might have some potential she hasn't realized yet -- if her success at the plate last week is any indication. The Ravenhill center fielder put up some exceptional numbers...

Cheese *Knucklebreaker SC Hitter of the Week

Monday, April 21st, 2031 24-year-old Eideron *Knucklebreaker 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, *Knucklebreaker made the establishment sit...

April 23, 2015

Player of the Week: Livertrembler of the Disaster

Monday, April 14th, 2031 Veteran Muugak Livertrembler 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 34-year-old Dagorlad second baseman built a .429...

Simpson Pounds SC Pitchers This Week

Monday, April 14th, 2031 Hunrik Simpson 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 second...

April 20, 2015

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps MC Reward

Monday, April 7th, 2031 22-year-old Forerunner *Baggins 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, *Baggins made the establishment sit...

SC's #1 Player, Ploughman of Old Forest

Monday, April 7th, 2031 Camelia Ploughman has been in a real groove lately. The 26-year-old Old Forest Merry Fellows catcher nabbed Shire Conference Player of the Week honors today after beating up on opposing pitchers all last week. Ploughman's hot...

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Tuesday, April 1st, 2031 Infields and outfields are manicured to perfection. The old ball yard has been refurbished, spruced up and freshly painted. Baseball is back in town and it's about darn time! It is Opening Day for the Tolkien...

April 16, 2015

Minas Ithil Wyrms: Strange News Season Preview (12/26)

MINAS ITHIL WYRMS Last year: 119-43 (1st in the Hobbit Division, won Fellowship Series 4-1, won Two Towers Series 4-0, won Return of the King Series 4-2) Major additions: RP Eillf Eregion Major departures: RP Tenten Verbenti, RP Tanta Bracegirdle,...

The good news for anyone hoping to challenge the champions? Well, they’re not QUITE as good this year. They lost Knifecrawler to free agency rather than retirement, their bullpen isn’t quite what it once was, and some injuries to supporting players have complicated matters. This is probably not enough, but it's something.

Still, Minas Ithil outscored opponents by an average of 2.7 runs per game last year. If you saw the Wyrms beat their opponents 6-3, that was just about an AVERAGE game for them. Half of the time, they were better. So we can talk about cracks in the facade, but that’s a real big facade.

STARTING ROTATION

Last year, Galugol Eliolas went 25-4 with a 2.67 ERA and 281 strikeouts. The scouts rank him no. 14 among every starter in the game... only nine other teams have a pitcher as good as Eliolas on paper, and some of those guys (Aruden Fistslammer, hint hint) don’t hold up in practice.

Eliolas, of course, is the Wyrms’ third starter.

It’s going to be hard for anyone to break the stranglehold Noisur Celorfilad, Levi Legura and Eliolas have on the league. Eliolas won the Gandalf Award in 2028, Legura in 2029 and Celorfilad in 2030. One of the three will almost definitely win again this year. Legura is 28. The other two are 27. They’re all known as model professionals. Their contracts are not up for at least two more seasons.

The good news for everyone but Minas Ithil is, that’s where the roster stops for much of the coming season. Rebo Muddyfoot is a very good pitcher, but he’s likely to miss most of the season, and his no. 4 rotation slot goes to Legend Trader. Four years ago, Trader was as good as any of these players. He started losing his fastball in ‘29, and while he won 17 games in ‘30, his ERA ballooned by over one run. Rounding out the rotation is... I really don’t know. There’s no decent option anywhere on the team or in the minors. A trade seems likely.

BULLPEN

This is the one area where the Wyrms, even at full strength, appear almost mortal. They lost Verbenti and Bracegirdle, both of whom were quite talented, and replaced him with Bywater junkballer Eillf Eregion, who promptly managed to injure himself. The new closer’s name is Krumwakh the Terrible. It’s a harsh name, but “Krumwakh the Great” would be false advertising. Phantai Elrilmalith and David Hilldweller are good relievers, and a couple more are solid, but if the Wyrms were in the habit of not entering the late innings with a big lead, new manager Amaran Garariand would have some small cause for concern.

INFIELD

If he started, catcher Mumsh Toothkicker would almost definitely torch opponents for a .900 OPS. Catcher Shaumli Gandillas is a .318 career hitter in 743 plate appearances. Half the teams in the league would be thrilled to pick up either. None of this matters, though, because they’d have to take playing time from Brutus Trollbasher. 2030 was Trollbasher’s best season ever, which is a lot to say about a guy who’s been the MVP every year since 2027. Trollbasher is 26. He’s not exactly getting worse.

With all due respect to Olo Bats, Wilo Headhater and Samwise Willow, Marin Goldtearer and Ufrat Moonkiller make the rest of the infield go. Goldtearer didn’t make the majors until he was almost 25, but the first baseman has posted a .963 OPS since then. He’s the main reason the Wyrms have never tried to convert Toothkicker to first. If he keeps this up, the only thing separating him from the Hall of Fame will be a lack of longevity, or else voters deciding that there are way too many Minas Ithil players in the Hall already.

Of the Wyrms’ seven perennial All-Stars, Moonkiller is the oldest at 31. He’s also got a reputation as the most injury-prone, though he’s averaged 146 games a year since 2026, so he seems to be holding up fine. Moonkiller strikes out a lot. He also hits 30 home runs a season, plays plus defense at every infield position, and reaches base almost 40% of the time. He’ll be fine with the strikeouts, thanks.

OUTFIELD

The outfield is really good too. Hahai Brainthrottler is the only true star, and CF Herb Eisenhower is by far the worst starter in Minas Ithil’s lineup, but even Eisenhower contributes great defense and an acceptable on-base percentage. Cedrick Elesserio unsurprisingly injured himself again in spring training, which means the talented Hae Tinalinde should (finally) get his shot at the big leagues.

PREDICTION

In a just world, Mumsh Toothkicker would be the Minas Ithil Wyrms’ new designated hitter. This may happen. What will not happen, even with the spring training injuries, is Minas Ithil failing to win 100+ games.

Lake Town Archers: Strange News Season Preview (11/26)

LAKE TOWN ARCHERS Last year: 83-79 (2nd in the SC Hobbit Division) Major arrivals: SP Minta Proudneck, CL Thubis Gadrienduil Major departures: none Lake Town has one of the tougher positions in the current SGCBL: sharing a division with Minas...

STARTING ROTATION

Bosur Armorshaker is the Archers’ top pitcher, and he’s a good one when he’s not hurt. He’s not a great one, though, because he gives up too many walks and too many home runs. Armorshaker had his best season ever in 2030, making his first All-Star Game and staying mostly healthy, so with any luck he’ll build on that.

Beyond that, the rotation is mostly solid, with new arrival Minta Proudneck joining team leader Rebo Pelham and control specialist Loisil Elf-Friend. All three are a little different from each other, but all three are league-average righties, so that’s a similarity. At the moment, Isiln Belaldur is filling in as a fifth starter, but he is clearly not a major league pitcher.

BULLPEN

Thubis Gadrienduil is the big name in the pen. A four-time SFL All-Star for Earthsea, Gadrienduil is popular with the scouts but coming off a couple weak years in a league he really should have dominated. He takes he closing job offf Krodish the Irritable, who was pretty good at it in 2029 but not so good in 2030. Lefties Fumli Trolltearer and Busin of Numenor lead a solid supporting corps. I’d call this an average bullpen, but a lot of Shire bullpens this year are really bad, so this one is better than them.

INFIELD

Six good players make a good foundation for a team, but only one of them is great. That would be Duilin Silverwolf, the Archers’ first baseman and son of GM Dave Silverwolf. Among the bumper crop of rookie hitters last year, Silverwolf stood tall, winning the Rookie of the Year award and placing third in MVP voting. He can play third base or shortstop, and he does everything well. Slight injury concerns are the only issue with this guy... he's a star in the making.

Beyond that, only catcher Norman Mailer has his job definitively sewn up. Eale Stonegauntlet and Bafur Rocktearer are both in pretty good shape, and the choice lies mostly with offense (1B Crystal Green) vs. defense (shortstop Borigal Trample.) Trample has the edge right now, probably justifiably given that he hit almost as well as Green last year, but if Trample’s bat fizzles or Green starts showing what she can do, all this could change.

OUTFIELD

If there’s room to deal a player or two anywhere, it’s in this outfield. Vasil Grudgecrusher is the highest-touted by the scouts, and he hit 37 home runs in 2030, but a combined .179 batting average in 173 games between 2028-29 should give you pause.

Given the choice among the six (six!) solid starters Lake Town’s outfield touts, I’d take Friagorn Eararion, an undrafted high school kid out of Bree who didn’t make the majors until he was 26 but has topped .900 OPS with 82 total home runs in the last two years. LF/DH Flambard Dogwood has great skills but hasn’t lived up to them, Nunk the Odiferous proved himself a starter the second half of last year, Leran Ironbane is a potential 40 HR hitter who probably needs another year in the minors, and Eiamir Earaldor is a speed demon and defensive wizard who can hit a little.

PREDICTION

Silverwolf and Eararion are top-flight players, and the Archers’ lineup is distinctly lacking in holes. If they manage to patch up the rotation somehow with another good starter or two, they’ve got a good shot at 90 wins, which won’t be enough alongside Minas Ithil but should make them contenders for a wild card spot. If not, I’m saying 85.

Erebor Eagles: Strange News Season Preview (10/26)

EREBOR EAGLES Last year: 70-92 (4th in the Hobbit Division) Major arrivals: SP Neli Silverdelver, SP Sariaron Elara, C Gamlin Turtlehero, 1B Rebo Bridger, 1B Floria Gilmathien, RF Satina Isauron Major departures: SP Voili Orebreaker, SP Halir the Slobberer, C...

STARTING ROTATION

Elara and Silverdelver join the team; neither has excellent raw tools, but they’re arguably the two best pitchers on the squad by default. (Orebreaker and Halir, both of whom departed this offseason, would almost definitely be 1-2 in this rotation had they stayed.) Halawyn the Unclean was bad for Minas Morgul and he’s been bad in Erebor.

Nobody else here is worth mentioning, except maybe the spectacularly wild Marcho Hilldweller, who’s a terrible pitcher but a great show. Hilldweller faced 617 batters last year. More than half of them either struck out, walked or hit a home run. When Hilldweller is on the mound, the fielders can rest easy, because they’re not likely to be called on to do much.

BULLPEN

Migan Orcsmith, closer by default, leads one of the worst bullpens in the game. Orcsmith is aging but decent, lefty Holfast Black is decent bullpen filler, and Gorbadoc Banks could get there one day. And those are the “good” ones.

INFIELD

There are only a few decent hitters here, even on paper. Fal Moonripper is a defensive specialist who posted a surprising .797 OPS last year. First baseman Rebo Bridger hit 36 home runs for Discworld, but does his power translate to Middle-Earth? If not, he’ll lose his starting job to journeyman/journeywoman/journeyelf (?) Floria Gilmathien, whose Rookie of the Year award is a long way in the past now. Aside from utility infielder Sohai Toothkicker, there’s not much else here that’s playable.

DH Squeaky the Sneaky is technically a first baseman, and he’s a good hitter, but he’s 37, so he’ll probably be retired by the time Erebor contends again. (Trade time?) The Eagles signed Gamlin Turtlehero, a catcher who can’t throw runners out but can hit okay. Maybe Turtlehero will put some pressure on Dosil Armorbender, who’s a solid defender but a terrible hitter.

OUTFIELD

Well, Fastolph Baggins and Sadish Heartwalker are the two top-rated prospects in the game... neither is making the majors this year, but that’s cool, right?

The odd thing is, the outfield is the one area where Erebor stacks up decently against other SGCBL teams. Goigan Jamor was a rookie with a .909 OPS last year, and if his power develops, he could be even more. Robert Brownlock is a steady veteran center fielder. Even fourth infielder Satina Isauron is probably better than just about anyone the Eagles have in their infield.

But I can’t finish this without talking about Thovin Hammerfell. Hammerfell was supposed to be a star. In fact, he could be replaced by a star any time. Instead, he’s fighting for a fifth outfielder spot on this team. What a colossal disappointment.

PREDICTION

Erebor was the worst pitching team in the league last year. This year, they’re worse than they were last year, and their hitting isn’t appreciably better either. Expect the Eagles to compete for yet another top prospect in the ‘32 draft... 100 losses are not out of the question.

Bywater Bounders: Strange News Season Preview (9/26)

STRANGE NEWS FROM BREE - Every year, local newspaper Strange News From Bree prints a special edition featuring full-page previews of all 24 SGCBL teams, plus overall predictions for the Shire and Mordor Conferences. We present here the issue in...

BYWATER BOUNDERS
Last year: 73-89 (3rd in the Hobbit Division)
Major arrivals: SP Aroborn Mu, SP Voili Orebreaker, RP Nirt Gamauma
Major departures: None

The Bounders were disappointing last year, despite quite a lot of talent to work with. This year’s team features significantly beefed-up pitching, so if the Bounders don’t improve, something has got to change. New manager Lona Bramble has vowed to whip the squad into shape, and that had better happen, because the Bounders’ AA manager Girith of Rhun is one of the most highly touted managerial prospects in baseball.

STARTING ROTATION

Mu is making over $16 million a year, and he may not even be the Bounders’ Opening Day starter. That honor may go to the long-suffering Ecth Tremblay, who’s played his whole career in Bywater and is really not responsible for the team’s recent struggles. Both Tremblay and Tavja Elarandel are smart players with a lot of experience, and they join up with Mu to crete a really solid foundation for success.

Meanwhile at the back of the rotation, Orebreaker arrives from Erebor and should take the no. 4 slot fairly easily. The real battle is at no. 5, where Tarbag the Drooler finally got a shot last year at the age of 29. He walked a lot of people, which is to be expected, and struck out a lot of people, which is also unsurprising. The big shock was his 10 home runs allowed in only 28 innings. This seems honestly like sheer bad luck; Tarbag has never been known for allowing home runs. Two more homers allowed in his first spring training game aren’t helping him make his case, though.

The alternative is Celaron Tinuriand, who’s had double-digit wins and double-digit losses for Bywater 10 of the last 11 years. Last season that record was 11-18, though, and his 6.46 ERA couldn’t be chalked up to a small sample size. If Tinuriand holds onto his job, that seems like sheer inertia on the front office’s part.

BULLPEN

The rotation is solid, but Bywater has one of the best bullpens in baseball. Jose Day was disappointing last year, but the veteran closer can be counted on to bounce back. If he doesn’t, he’ll have plenty of backup from Shane Dunn, Meriadoc Goodbody and new arrival Nirt Gamauma. Thrain Oakenslayer and Vruudish Drowthrower would be set-up men on a lot of teams, but they’re in the back of the bullpen here.

INFIELD

After a strong rookie season, Ferdinand Puttifoot has nowhere to go but up. The hobbit shortstop has a good chance to be one of the best middle infielders in SGCBL history by the time all is said and done; only 20 years old, he projects as a .350 hitter with 40 home runs and 100 walks a season.

Like so much about the Bounders, this infield is a story of underachievement. Sous Nadrierion, Gilgaril Salad and Porto Black should be a trio of 30-HR hitters. Nadierion has been solid, but Salad inexplicably batted .196 last year, and Black has struggled to keep his on-base percentage above .250. Aside from Puttifoot, Nadrierion and Elegrina of the Forest are the only proven starters. Of course, Bramble hasn’t helped his players’ confidence by, for example, playing minor-league outfielder Tigia Gandudriel over Salad at first base. There’s a solid infield buried somewhere in here, but we haven’t seen it on the field.

OUTFIELD

On paper, the Bounders have four very solid outfielders. In practice, the two best ones have inexplicably struggled. Dagan Geomli and Nunus Oathrender are solid players who have done well for the team. Aroma Elewen, meanwhile, followed a breakout rookie year with a 2030 campaign where he batted .232. Higak the Rude has always had the potential to be a star, but he’s only now making it to the majors at the age of 25. Whatever the past held, the Bounders should have a solid outfield.

PREDICTION

When it comes to these players, though, “should” has not always translated to the real world. I can’t imagine this will be a 73-win team again. There is too much talent, and a new manager can’t possibly struggle as much as the old one. 85 wins is within sight.

April 15, 2015

2031 Predictions

MESN - Spring has almost come and gone, and it's about time for Opening Day, and with it comes the annual opening of the cage which holds the MESN prognostication monkey to see what kind of poo he flings. Last...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Old Forest met our expectations last year and took the Elf Division for their third straight trip to the playoffs. The Merry Fellows swept the Miners in the Fellowship Series, but were swept themselves by the Wyrms in the Two Towers. They didn't do much of anything this offseason, but as long as Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard keeps smacking the cover off the ball, they haven't got a lot to worry about. Her transition from catcher to 1B was complete last year, as she only started 14 games behind the dish. OOTP predicts the Merry Fellows to finish in a tie with Minas Tirith.

The Titans had their worst season since 2023 last year, finishing at 71-91, 20 games out of first. Whether that is a blip on the radar or a new trend for Minas Tirith is anyone's guess. The biggest concern is replacing the loss of OF Justin Bats to free agency. Bats hit .300 with 28 HR and 79 RBI last year and had been a consistent force in the Titans outfield. Other than RF Emmanuel Tetsuya, the offense hasn't got a lot to offer. Still, this being the Elf Division, we're predicting that Minas Tirith will come in 2nd. OOTP has them tying Old Forest for the division title.

Mirkwood has a new GM and a new look for 2031. Now known as the Mirkwood Sylvan, the team made one of the biggest leaps upward in our power rankings. Whether it will be good enough to carry them from last season's 3rd straight last place finish to something better remains to be seen. Gone is legendary Mablung *Véneanár. Gone as well are 1B Floria Gilmathien, C Gamlin Turtlehero, and SP Zudor Denihil. But they have been replaced by rookie hurler, DeForest *Hamrh, and free agent pick ups, 1B Duudak Trollgobbler, SP Hyman Klingerberg, C Thror Grudgeslayer, and, most significantly, probable Hall of Famer, Splint Cam, as their new staff ace. OOTP shows the team winning 73, which is a marked improvement.

The Royals kept their rebuilding momentum going last year, improving to 77 wins and their first 2nd place finish since 2021. Unfortunately, all of the predictions point to a rough year for Rivendell fans. OOTP has them winning just 65 games and finishing 20 games out. Our models show them down 4 places in our power rankings from last year. Still, this is the Elf Division where anything is possible. Future Hall of Famer, Merilmir Knifecrawler, re-signed with Rivendell to finish out his career. Since the Shire uses the DH, Knifecrawler might have a chance to help the team with his bat.

Division Winner: Old Forest Merry Fellows

Hobbit Division
As has been usual for the last few seasons, the prediction for the Hobbit Division is an easy one. Minas Ithil won 119 games for the 2nd year in a row on their way to their 3rd straight League Championship title. The only question for this year is whether the Wyrms can make history by becoming the first team to win four in a row. Brutus *Trollbasher is set to win another Sam Gamgee Batter award. As for pitching, they have won the Gandalf Pitcher Award each of the last three seasons and each by a different pitcher. The Wyrms lost their closer, Tenten Verbenti, as well as Knifecrawler, to free agency, leaving opponents a glimmer of hope, as OOTP only has them winning 107 games.

Lake Town took one of the two biggest jumps forward of any team according to our power rankings. The Archers GM, Dave Silverwolf, took last season to rebuild, and this offseason to continue that work. They cleared out some chaff and picked up some solid, if unspectacular, pieces to the puzzle, including a bevy of pitchers. Last year's Frodo Rookie, Dulin *Silverwolf, stands to lead the Archers forward at the plate. OOTP shows them winning 84 games and contending for the Shire Wild Card.

Bywater did not make the Wild Card like we thought they might last year. The Bounders made some significant pick ups this year, signing starters Voili Orebreaker and Aroborn Mu and reliever Nirt Gamauma, all of whom should help Bywater's pitching staff. However, other than Ferdinand *Puttifoot, they haven't got much hitting to go with it.

Erebor slipped evern further down the power rankings this year. The good news for the Eagles is that they have hit rock bottom. You can't go any lower than 24th out of 24.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms

Dwarf Division
Here's where things really get shaken up. After years of being dominated, first by Bree, then by Bucklebury, the Dwarf Division has become the a battleground. New GM's at Bree, Bucklebury and Carrock, and a revitalized Moria team throw this division into a real wide-open race.

Carrock is the only team that has never made the playoffs, but that has a very high chance of changing this year. First, we're predicting them to win the division. And if that doesn't work out, there are two Wild Card spots this year. Certainly, the Bears will find themselves in one of them. Outfielder Celillbo Arwiama is poised to become a star hitter this year, and Carrock has made deals to improve their pitching staff. OOTP isn't quite as high on them as we are, though, putting them sub-.500 with 76 wins. So, there is caution in the air.

Bucklebury somehow found its way into the playoffs for the 12th straight season, despite our predicted 3rd place finish. The Fairies new GM, Lord Rhaegar, spent the offseason wheeling and dealing, and according to net WAR stats, came out ahead. They lost Splint Cam and Chukky Moss and Gollilnd Thrithien, but they gained Ysabrylla Boffin, Gavin Pelham, Nulin Facedragger, Vrudak the Stutterer, Fak Heartkicker and Carl Sandburg through free agent signings and trades. On paper, only Bree fared better this offseason. Fairies fans will at least be able to spend this year cheering on Scarlett *III as she takes one more trip around the league. She hasn't announced her retirement, yet, but the writing is on the wall for the future Hall of Famer.

Bree GM Tobias Goatleaf has gone all-out to try and bring the Cheese back to the postseason. After missing out the past four years, Bree fans are itching for a return to theplayoffs. What they're getting is a brand new team. At almost every position, the Cheese has a new face. Thanks to trades, they've got last year's top hitters and pitchers in the SFL, with names like SP Larry Niven, SP Edmund Boroden, RF Dejahdor Stonerapper and 3B Halewyn Chang. Plus, they signed Justin Bats from Minas Tirith. There's a lot to like about Bree this year, and OOTP has them in a tie with Moria for the division title.

Just because we have Moria last in the Dwarf Division, it does not mean we think the Miners are going to have a bad season. Far from it. In fact, they are practically tied with Bucklebury and Bree in our poll, and OOTP has them tied with the Cheese for the division crown. While they will miss Araborn Mu, whom they lost to free agency, they've got a workhorse starter in Porto 'Irish' Moss, who won the 2027 Gandalf Pitcher award.

Division Winner: Carrock Bears
First Wild Card: Bucklebury Fairies
Second Wild Card: Bree Cheese

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dead Marshes pretty much stayed where they were this offseason. They lost RF Glafur Punal to a weird injury (post-concussion syndrome), and then he retired. They picked up lefty starter Zudor Denihil, who was better than his 10-18 record with Mirkwood might indicate. Yet, that's pretty much it for the Uruk-hai. They dropped a lot of spots in our power rankings, but we still have them finishing first in the Orc Division, because everyone else did, too. However, OOTP has them as the top team in the Mordor Conference, winning 98 games.

Misty Mountain won the division last year, and they hit 100 wins for just the fourth time in franchise history. But they did even less that Dead Marshes. They picked up no one and lost 2B Carl Sandburg, RP Nirt Gamauma, SP Peregrin Fields and 3B Minto Mulhall. If it werent for catcher Tarechorion *Gomdrol and SP Ediberto Whistler, the Hops would be in dire straits. Yet, they're in the Orc Division, so things aren't so bad. OOTP has them winning 91 and taking one of the Wild Card spots.

Dunharrow made a bunch of moves during the offseason, but none of them were significant. In our poll, they are in the bottom 3 of the league. At least OOTP gives them 79 wins, mostly on the back of 1B James *Monkeyslayer, but the Devils have a long season of climbing out of a hole to do.

Speaking of holes...the Grey Havens Stars have been stuck in such a rut for so long that winding up 23rd in our power ranking instead of dead last is a source of cheer in the Stars clubhouse. But they lost their ace starter, Joshua Moneybags, to free agency, and that's a tough pill to swallow.

Division Winner: Dead Marshes Uruk-hai

Goblin Division
Ravenhill fell on hard times last season. After winning four straight division titles, the Darkwings were confident that they were the premier team in the Goblin Division. However, fate had other ideas, and Ravenhill finished behind Numenor. What Fate taketh, she giveth, and the Darkwings got the satisfaction of knocking out the Kings in the Two Towers Series and took their third Mordor Conference championship before losing in the Return of the King to Minas Ithil. It's been a little quiet on the Ravenhill front this offseason. Other than losin SP Hyman Klingerberg to free agency, the Darkwings settled for standing pat. OOTP has them winning the division this year, and for once we agree.

Lothlorien has been in rebuilding mode, and rookie starter, Ricky *Vaughn, led a bunch of rookies last year. This year, GM Lord Thangurphen, hopes to nudge the Lumberjacks a little further, perhaps even taking a Wild Card spot. OOTP thinks they have a shot at 83 wins, which would put them in contention for the 2nd spot.

Numenor stunned everyone last season by winning their first Goblin Division title in 12 years and having their first 100-win season since 2008. Some of that was on the faltering fortunes of Lothlorien and Ravenhill, but you don't win 100 games as a bad team. The Kings were a very good team. They made it out of the Fellowship Series before getting knocked off in the Two Towers Series by their division rival, Ravenhill. A good part of their success was due to the emergence of young stars like SP Garon 'Knick Knack' Paddywhack (16-10), and some monster HR numbers. Up and down the lineup, it seems like every hitter had 25+ HR. However, we don't see that happening again this year. We have them finishing 3rd, despite OOTP's proclamation that they'll take the 2nd Wild Card.

Weathertop keeps trying to make it up the hill, but it seems like for every two steps forward the Witch Kings make, they fall a step back. They didn't make any pick ups this offseason, and they lost some talented players, like 3B Ferdinand Bracegirdle and SP Neli Silverdelver to free agency.

Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings
Second Wild Card: Lothlorien Lumberjacks

Troll Division
Minas Morgul improved into the top 10 again last year, and this year's Slayers are a Top 3 team. They finished a 90-win season last year only to get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, but that shouldn't deter long-time fans of the team. They went worst-to-first last year, and finished at the top of the Troll Division for the 11th time in 12 years. We're putting them back on their pedestal, and so is the OOTP prediction machine.

We thought Isengard's last chance at winning for Ragnar *Stonecutter had come last year, but the superstar will be around for one more rodeo, and the Raiders are all but assured at least one of the Wild Card spots. They picked up SP Joshua Moneybags to shore up their rotation and signed the power-hitting Flambard Roper. All signs point to a fun year for Raiders fans.

The Dragons did nothing but bleed talent this offseason, and their lack of management is starting to fray the team at the seams. OOTP has them just below .500, but we don't see how.

As with last year, the Dagorlad Disaster keep plugging away, but despite having one of the best starting pitchers in Snibb *Ninwocket, they just can't put anything together to go with him.

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

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms

2031 Power Rankings (+/- change in position)
Minas Ithil Wyrms -
Ravenhill Darkwings -
Minas Morgul Slayers +6
Carrock Bears +9
Isengard Raiders -1
Bucklebury Fairies -3
Bree Cheese +7
Moria Miners +2
Lake Town Archers +9
Old Forest Merry Fellows +1
Lothlorien Lumberjacks +5
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai -7
Misty Mountain Hops -7
Numenor Kings -7
Minas Tirith Titans -3
Mirkwood Sylvan +7
Bywater Bounders -9
Dol Guldur Dragons +1
Rivendell Royals -4
Weathertop Witch Kings -3
Dagorlad Disaster +1
Dunharrow Devils -2
Grey Havens Stars +1
Erebor Eagles -3

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

April 08, 2015

Rivendell Royals: Strange News Season Preview (8/26)

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RIVENDELL ROYALS

Last year: 77-85 (2nd in the Elf Division)
Major arrivals: 1B Merilmir Knifecrawler
Major departures: SP Celomer Melwasul, SP Dinodas Banks, RF Satina Isauron

The Royals finished in the top two of their division last year for only the 4th time in the last 22 years. Needless to say, that’s more about some of the other teams being bad than it is about Rivendell being especially good. The Royals have a couple good starters, and their lineup could be worse, but there aren’t a lot of bright spots here and that hasn’t changed.

STARTING ROTATION

Well, if they played two games a week they’d be in great shape. Tavseen Lomebrildur had a bad season last year, but both he and Smilman Boroden are no. 2 starters at worst. The trouble is what comes after them. They lost Banks and Melwasul, neither of whom was very good, so it’s no big deal. The trouble is, the 3-5 starters they have are probably worse. Earthpunisher, Throatprodder and Fyra are all basically replacement level, and it’s hard to win when your starting pitcher isn’t giving you anything. Camelia Brownlock did an okay job in the rotation last year, but currently seems bound for the bullpen.

BULLPEN

Very little star power but a fair number of usable players. Jelan Tinovorsh was last year’s closer, and he gave up way too many home runs but was good other than that. He joins Kidneydragger, Costa and Elvulith, all of whom were decent last year and return this year. Aside from Brownlock, things get hazy from there, but it’s not as bad as the rotation.

INFIELD

This is another lineup built around a catcher -- in this case, veteran Foundling Goodbody, who’s no Brutus Trollbasher but has had a solid career on offense and defense. He’s joined by a couple solid starters in the infield, which is one more than there was last year. It’s hard to see the signing of Merilmir Knifecrawler as anything but a ploy to net a prospect around the trade deadline... Knifecrawler will be 40 by then, and the Royals are not competing this year.

Second baseman Celegast Earathien is pretty solid, and if quad-A first baseman Noifur Firebattler makes the team he should hit for power if nothing else, but really the left side of the infield is a mess right now, with nobody good and nobody in the farm system.

OUTFIELD

Could be a lot worse, honestly. There are no stars here, but Tobi Sandyman and Fofur Trolldragger do their jobs. So does Lor Cloudeye, an excellent contact hitter who’s struggled for some reason to hold down a Major League job. Last year, he lost time to Tusur Trollmaster, a speedy guy with a good glove who will never hit on the Major League level. If Trollmaster starts again this year, that’s bad news for the Royals, who have better options.

PREDICTION

Assuming we’re meant to take Knifecrawler as a full-season pickup, he boosts this team a little. But then again, this team’s Pythagorean record was 72-90 last year. They’ll probably end up between there and 75-87, but take heart, Rivendell fans: a lot of bad contracts come off the books in the next year or two. If GM Rogan Shieldhandler can shell out the cash and make some smart moves, this team could be better soon.

Old Forest Merry Fellows: Strange News Season Preview (7/26)

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OLD FOREST MERRY FELLOWS
Last year: 91-71 (1st in the Elf Division, won Fellowship Series 4-0, lost Two Towers Series 4-0)
Major arrivals: 3B Wonai the Drooler
Major departures: none

What you see is what you get, and what you saw last year is what you continue to get. This is not a team that relies on finesse. This is a team that wallops the ball, and most of their pitchers throw about two pitches for a bunch of strikeouts, and it got them to the playoffs last year, so all right then. There’s very little difference between the 2030 Fellows and this year’s roster, so you should expect very similar results.

STARTING ROTATION

Well, all right, the Merry Fellows rely on ONE great pitcher. Gundabald “The Big Gun” Headstrong only has two real pitches, but when those pitches are a 103-MPH fastball and one of the game’s best curves, that’s enough. It’s certainly sufficed for Headstrong, who’s made six straight All-Star Games.

Beyond that, things aren’t anything special. Ragn Gaun was an average pitcher who got great in a contract year, grabbed a big paycheck and went back to being average. Logan Orctearer and Marcho Black are just on the far side of usable. They... don’t really have a fifth starter. Closer Phaillia Sil-Gal has been filling in for them.

BULLPEN

It’s a lot better with Sil-Gal not starting, that’s for sure. The closer has always been good, but reported to camp this year in finer form than ever. He’ll have more strikeouts than innings this year, no question.

Things are pretty solid beyond that too, with four-time All-Star Celain Garienduil filling in solidly as closer for Sil-Gal, Ribur Eartharm and Pim Oretooth being the same kind of two-pitch strikeout artists Merry Fellows GM Tom Bombadil loves so much, and steady performances from Alan Foster and Andrew Ciccone. The Fellows could probably use one more decent arm in the pen, especially if Sil-Gal starts again, but they’re not as bad off as a lot of teams.

INFIELD

The Merry Fellows don’t have one of the best catchers in the game. They have two of the best catchers in the game. And while the media has repeatedly implored Bombadil to deal Camelia Ploughman for one of the league’s many strong first basemen and let Elle-Rhonda Hubbard work behind the plate, the current system seem to work out fine for all concerned.

Hubbard is the marquee name here, a slugger who can hold her own against practically anyone in the league. Ploughman is a big hitter as well, and the Fellows have doubled up on third basemen. Funky Ironworker will record his 2000th hit some time in April, and all of those hits will have been for Old Forest. He’s joined by Weathertop veteran Wonai the Drooler, a two-time All-Star who strikes out way too much but does everything else just fine. Wonai can TECHNICALLY play second base, which is good because Old Forest doesn’t have a lot of time for actual middle infielders.

OUTFIELDERS

Now, this is the unit that makes the team run. Wart Wolfgobbler is breaking down gradually, but when he’s healthy he gives this team a jolt of power. Toifur Armorbender was 2029’s Rookie of the Year; he was a little disappointing last year, but he’ll recover. Wayne Hawks, alleged LF and actual DH, is probably better than either of ‘em. Speedy contact hitter Rasman Elong’s approach is unusual for this squad, but odds are this is the year he gets into the starting lineup. This probably isn't the best outfield in the game, but it’s right up there.

PREDICTION

My prediction is, they’ll probably bash it out. I mean, this is a team that could almost definitely benefit from filling in a couple more holes. Then again, their ramshackle style is one of the things the fans love, and it’s not as though they have the cash to make a big play. Several of the Merry Fellows’ better players are on the wrong side of 30, but they should hold up okay for a couple years and win about 90 again this season.

Mirkwood Sylvan: Strange News Season Preview (6/26)

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MIRKWOOD SYLVAN
Last year: 65-97 (4th in the Elf Division)
Major arrivals: SP Splint Cam, SP Hyman Klingerberg, C DeForest Hamrh, C Thror Grudgeslayer
Major departures: SP Zudor Denihil, C Gamlin Turtlehero, 1B Floria Gilmathien, IF Mablung Veneanar

The Mirkwood Marauders had a proud history... five titles, 15 playoff appearances and a .533 career record. But after three terrible seasons (a combined 190-296 record in 2028-30), the team has a new GM, a new manager, a new name and half a new rotation. GM Raan Filyn is looking to turn this mess around, but he’s got a long way to go.

STARTING ROTATION

The one area where Mirkwood is arguably above-average, it’s also the position of the Sylvan’s top two free agent signings. Splint Cam will be the first man to take the mound in a Sylvan uniform, and you could do a lot worse than the Bucklebury legend and future Hall of Famer to get people excited about this team.

But Cam will be 34 on Opening Day, and fellow signing Hyman Klingerberg will be 35... they’re both durable for their age, but they’re not the future of the team. That would be Chump Eladriewen, their 2029 first-round pick and an elite starter in the making. Eladriewen went straight from college to the majors, and while he struggled mightily as a rookie, Year 2 was a lot better. He led the league in walks last year, but part of that is that he was such an effective pitcher in every other way; despite his control issues, he was able to throw 212 innings and post an above-average ERA.

Eeaden Elralith is the favorite for the fourth rotation spot, with Gollemir Aldar and Halir Celebrimir fighting for no. 5. Neither will be great, but...

BULLPEN

...whichever one doesn’t make the rotation will probably be the top set-up man in arguably the worst bullpen in baseball. Aside from Tanta Bracegirdle, who’s a solid pitcher but not closer material, it’s arguable the Sylvan don’t have a single major league-caliber reliever. That could be fine on nights when workhorses Cam and Klingerberg are pitching, but between Elralith’s lack of stamina and Eladriewen’s control issues, the rotation is likely to tax a bullpen that can’t really afford it.

INFIELD

The new arrival is catcher DeForest Hamrh. Only 16 years old, he’s already got the ability to hit well over .300, but there’s a real question as to his long-term ceiling. He doesn’t have the capacity for 40-HR power or amazing walk rates, and he’s got the kind of speed that will earn him some steals but get him caught stealing just as much. This is also a shame for Thror Grudgeslayer and Porto Bramble, who were looking to fight it out for the starting job and now find themselves with no chance.

Aside from Hamrh, Ako Smaudoc is a solid second baseman, but that’s about the only good thing that can be said here. Andrack Hardbottle gets on base a fair amount, but he’s aging. So is first baseman Bingo Fumlefot, the main difference being that Hardbottle had a successful career. Gemina Brainslammer is an excellent defensive middle infielder who can’t hit a lick.

OUTFIELD

Both Granil Ironbane and Jesus Barnwell are well-regarded as hitters. Neither Granil Ironbane nor Jesus Barnwell has yet put together a season that justifies the reputation, with Ironbane’s 2030 season being particularly disappointing. Both are 26, young enough to turn it around, but old enough that they’d better start soon.

Beyond that, there’s not much. Samwise Boyle or Marroc Sandybanks will take the left field slot. Sandybanks is the less bad hitter, Boyle is the better fielder, and neither should start. Rumak Bromberg is allegedly an outfielder and in practice the designated hitter, which is weird because he walks more than he hits, but then again he hits more than he fields. Either way, he’s not great.

PREDICTION

Even with Cam, Klingerberg and Hamrh, Mirkwood will lose more than they win, possibly a lot more, but that’s not on Filyn or new manager Till Hilldweller. They’ll give Eladriewen a bunch of innings to get better, and they’ll see if Barnwell, Ironbane or Smaudoc can cement a place as a major part of the lineup. They’ll get some great draft picks, and probably some more great draft picks next year. Hamrh will come into his own. They’re a few years off yet.

Minas Tirith Titans: Strange News Season Preview (5/26)

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MINAS TIRITH TITANS
Last year: 71-91 (3rd in Elf Division)
Major arrivals: none
Major departures: OF Justin Bats

For no real reason other than aging, the Titans crashed last year. Almost nothing went right for them, and one of the few things that did (left fielder Justin Bats and his career-high .961 OPS) signed up with Bree in December. There are reasons for optimism, including the ever-popular “it can’t happen again” argument, but it’s safe to say that the Titans can't rebound unless they rebuild.

STARTING ROTATION

Here’s the good news: Lomli Ironfist has arrived. After two years spent in the bullpen for some reason, Ironfist is going to throw 200+ innings for the Titans this year, and that’s cause for celebration. Ironfist throws the ball a hundred miles an hour, he’s averaged more than one and a half strikeouts an inning in the majors, and he’s only 23. His curveball has the potential to be the best in the game today. His sinker already is.

Now, the bad news: every single other member of the Titans’ rotation is over 30, and every single one of them had a bad year last year. Most of them had terrible ones. Lanai No-Tooth was still a decent pitcher, and Sikar Daggerdrinker can point to a poor BABIP as part of his problem, but there’s a chance that Makk Areolas and Thorin Oakenshield Jr. are done being solid starters. There’s not an obvious prospect coming up to replace them, either.

BULLPEN

Here’s the bad news: Lomli Ironfist isn’t here. He’ll do Minas Tirith more good as a starter, though. The other bad news is that there are only a few decent relievers on this team and no good ones. 40-year-old Woolley Badgerbadger is the de facto closer, but realistically he’s just a starter who's too old to do that. At this point, his biggest asset is his great name. Daero Schipper has a good fastball and that’s about it. The less said about the rest of them, the better.

INFIELD

This infield goes two deep, maybe three if you’re being generous. One is 2B/SS Rowan Sandyman, a decent hitter who makes his name mostly as the best defensive player in the league. (Is he $24 million good? Hard to say.) The other, Sarge Belamir, is an elite slugger and a “catcher” in name only. Beyond that, they have a decent hitter in todo Cotton and a couple fairly puny defensive specialists.

OUTFIELD

With Bats, this was one of the game’s best outfields. Without him, it’s... eh, still pretty good. Emmanuel Tetsuya never takes a walk, but he gets a lot of hits, has solid power and is one of the fastest players in the league. He’s paired with Moraigol the Elder, who’s only an average contact hitter but racks up the homers and the walks. If he wasn’t one of the league strikeout leaders, he’d be truly elite... even now, he’s still very good.

The third-best outfielder on the team is Mereahil Elarandel, who plays like a poor man’s Moraigol, striking out even more but hitting almost as many home runs. He plays DH, though, because Elegrina Elverara is the only competent center fielder on the team.

PREDICTION

Were we seeing decline last year, or bad luck? Hard to say, but if we split the difference, give credit for Ironfist actually playing, and subtract Bats, this is a 75-win team. (Replacing Oakenshield Jr., who’s arguably the worst CAP in the league, would also help.)

April 06, 2015

Moria Miners: Strange News Season Preview (Page 4 of 26)

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MORIA MINERS
Last year: 93-69 (1st in the Dwarf Division, lost 4-0 in Fellowship Series)
Major arrivals: none
Major departures: SP Aroborn Mu

Two of the biggest moves of the 2030 offseason happened before free agency even started. With only days to spare, the Miners brought back Porto Moss and Darryl Monkey-Shines, the pair of aces that led them to the postseason in 2030. How different would things have looked with those two on the market? Well, the guy they didn’t bring back, third starter Aroborn Mu, got $16 million a year from Bywater. With no other roster changes, the Miners are counting on the guys they have to move them forward this year.

STARTING ROTATION

As above, Moss and Monkey-Shines are back. The two stars are different in some ways: Moss, the ‘27 Gandalf Award winner, continues to ride one of the greatest fastballs ever seen to Hall of Fame contention. The stocky, jovial Monkey-Shines is also a hard thrower with three pitches, but he’s a bit more mortal than Moss. A three-time All-Star, Monkey-Shines came up out of the bullpen. He’s been injured. At the age of 29, he’s thrown less than a thousand major league innings. Moss, a year older, has pitched almost twice as many. Both are beloved by the fans, but this is clearly a 1-2 situation, not a 1-1a.

It’s a good thing these two came back, because the rotation drops off quite a bit from here. These days, 14-year veteran Resil Oathrender doesn’t pitch so much as he keeps the ball in the strike zone and hopes opponents beat themselves. Sometimes they do. His polar opposite looks like the fourth starter: Arweadriel Elradriend is the answer to the question “can you succeed with more walks than innings pitched?” So far, that answer has been yes, but nobody’s really convinced. He could lose his job to Bagak Ettincutter, or he could lose it to Frohil Elvaviel, and neither would be a disaster. But where’s the fun in that?

BULLPEN

Unlike their mountain home, Moria’s relief corps doesn’t peak very high. But like Moria, the bullpen is very deep. Janice Ploughman did a decent job as the closer. She’ll probably lose the role to Arwauhir the Sling soon enough, unless Arwauhir takes his two and a half pitches to the rotation. It’s no big deal, but either of them will hold up okay. So will Sundragger, Elvaril, Green, Arathor or Buckland. It’s a 7-deep bullpen, which is rarer than it should be in this league.

INFIELD

The Miners have three excellent hitters, and two of them are Farmak the Runner and Nose Gladriera. Farmak, like Knucklebreaker, gets a bit lost among the plethora of excellent catchers in this league. How do you play four seasons, post a career .955 OPS with excellent defense at one of the toughest positions in the game, and only make one All-Star team? You’ll have to ask Farmak, the Rodney Dangerfield of the SGCBL.

Nobody wants to look at Gladriera’s face, but the famously ugly first baseman has a beautiful batting stroke. He’s made eight straight All-Star teams, and while his batting average and home run totals last year were near career lows, that’s probably a matter of luck more than any actual decline.

Beyond that, the infield features three veteran players likely to post an OPS around .750. You won’t get elite play from third baseman Minto Banks, second baseman Elroborn Nadrieldor or 1B/DH Suuol the Seer, but all three are major league-level players. Which is more than can be said, by the way, for any Miners shortstop, unless manager Vral Spikekiller shifts Banks over there. Injuries to Lirlei Wilthryth and Gorond Wells make matters worse, but neither was a good option to begin with. Either Moria needs prospect Kufur Coalfist to pan out quickly, or they need to make a deal.

OUTFIELD

Surprisingly, the Miners might have the worst outfield in this division. That’s not the fault of Gignar Demoneater, who’s entering his 12th season with Moria and has a chance to rack up 500 career home runs. His slower bat speed has made him less of a contact hitter, but he handles himself well and takes even more walks than he used to.

Unfortunately, leadoff man Namak Footpoker is the only other real starter on the team. The third outfielder will be either Rose Mulhall or Malin Roadapple, but the Miners shouldn’t be happy with either.

PREDICTION

This is more or less the roster that won the Miners 93 games last year, so it’s hard to predict much less for them this season. Losing Mu will hurt, but Moria has enough competent starters to soften the blow. If the Miners just fill a couple holes (shortstop, a third outfielder) with the kind of decent players they have at other positions, they might surpass last year’s numbers. But right now, this looks like an 88-90 win team, which is fine but probably won’t get them past Bree.

Carrock Bears: Strange News Season Preview (Page 3 of 26)

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CARROCK BEARS
Last year: 82-80 (3rd in the Dwarf Division)
Major additions: SP Eormenred Urukbane, 1B Sirbag Toemasher
Major departures: SP Odessa Enthugger, OF Mamli Zaragoza

Carrock got REALLY lucky last year. Despite having the second-worst run differential in the conference, they posted a winning record, their first since 2022. The Bears have mostly decided to stand pat this year, with the exception of a couple minor trades, so they’re presumably hoping they’ll be better than their numbers again.

STARTING ROTATION

Give the Bears some credit: Eormenred Urukbane is a better ace than the departed Odessa Enthugger. They both have great stuff, but while Enthugger was injury-prone and tired easily, Urukbane is a relative workhorse with the potential to win 20+ games in the future, if not this year.

Beyond that, there’s nobody who stands out. Lantai Lomebrildur is hard-throwing and talented, but he’s 25 years old and posted a 5.05 ERA last year, so where are the results? He’s joined by Gigdish Moonripper, who’s practically the definition of a fourth starter. (Interestingly, the top of the Bears’ rotation is all lefties.) The rumors of a clubhouse feud between Moonripper and Peregrin Green would get a lot more publicity if either of them were better at baseball. (Green’s poor control is not a rumor: he was second in the league in walks last year.) Rounding out the lineup, Charlie Seaward is a workhorse and a team leader, known for his excellent control on the mound. Sadly, he seems to be in decline at the age of 30, posting a 5.84 ERA last year. He’ll probably make a great manager one day, though.

BULLPEN

Led by a great one-two punch in Gandealas Faldur and David Brownlock, the Bears have half an elite bullpen. Prospect Papa Weidner has been strong in this role before, and will be again when the Bears realize he’s really not a starter. Ardaseen Elondir missed last season with a torn UCL, but hell be back in time for the start of this year. Beyond that... how many erratic strikeout artists can one team stockpile?

INFIELD

I’m not saying this lightly: the Bears have the worst infield in baseball. They’re not helping matters by playing Vrsus Hinak at catcher over Isumbras Trample, who’s a mediocre defender but can at least hit the ball.

Beyond that... well, new arrival Sirbag Toemasher will probably be a solid first baseman some day, and the Bears got him for almost nothing. Minor-league shortstop Gromghash Toothbelly has potential, though the Bears traded a much better player in Mamli Zaragoza for him. Beyond that... the Bears gave a large percentage of their infield at-bats last year to Song Baneguard, Fesur Denildriel and Gifur Silverbane, who posted a combined WAR of -1.0. At least two of the three are likely to figure in the lineup again this year, though they may lose time to Toemasher, 28-year-old career minor leaguer Betsie Sandyman or utility infielder Hunrik Simpson, who couldn’t crack the starting lineup for Minas Morgul.

OUTFIELD

If the outfield was as bad as the infield, we’d be looking at a team capable of breaking offensive futility records. Luckily, the outfield is actually quite good, and one of the reasons it’s so good is Celillbo Arwiama. The 24-year-old lefty is possibly the best contact hitter in the league, smacking singles and doubles in bunches while bosting a BB/K ratio well above 2. He stole 46 bases last year, making him the perfect leadoff man for a team that doesn’t have a lot of guys who can bring him in.

The good news is, three of the guys most likely to bring him in play alongside him in the outfield. Hahai Armpoker is your prototypical slugger, who doesn’t do everything very well, but does it well enough to support his real reason for existence: 39 home runs last year. Right fielder/DH Griswold Oathkiller was even better last year, though his .311 batting average was likely a fluke. Fan favorite RF Honeysuckle Bridger, meanwhile, isn’t the .300 hitter he once was. But he has 25-HR power and frequently finds himself among the league leaders in walks.

(And here’s the thing I’m not getting: Mamli Zaragoza was at least as good as any of these three. He’s a better contact hitter than Griswold, with a better eye than Armpoker and more power than Bridger. And yet after two bad months, he found himself shipped off to the SFL for a second-tier infield prospect. Not saying the Bears should have kept five outfielders, but it does seem as though Zaragoza was worth more than that.)

PREDICTION

This was a 70-win team last year, no matter what the record says. They got marginally better, but their entire infield is a hole, and you can’t win like that even with an elite outfield. If they win 75 this year in a tougher division, they should count themselves lucky.

Bucklebury Fairies: Strange News Season Preview (2 of 26)

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BUCKLEBURY FAIRIES
Last year: 83-79 (2nd in the SC Dwarf Division, Wild Card winners, lost 4-1 in Fellowship Series)
Major arrivals: 2B Carl Sandburg, SS Greond Greasy
Major departures: SP Splint Cam, 2B Chukky Moss

Bucklebury was the top Dwarf Division team of the 2020s, but the 2020s are over. After winning 9 of 11 divisional titles, a run that peaked with their record-breaking 125-37 2023 season, Bucklebury was barely over .500 last year, posting their worst record since 2018 and eking their way into the playoffs on a technicality... and then they lost their best pitcher. Is there hope for Bucklebury, or are they destined to be also-rans?

STARTING ROTATION

Splint Cam is gone, but this is still a very competent rotation, led by lefties Crystal Goodrich and Duudak Heartmasher, both of whom had 15 wins and sub-4.00 ERAs last year. Things get a bit more questionable from there: Clarence Buckland’s control is great, but his ERA last year was 5.07, the result of a high BABIP and a penchant for allowing home runs. Jesse Faroden is a four-time All-Star, but he posted a league-average ERA and a 9-15 record last year. Then there’s Gandilgorn Hairpoker, who lost his rotation spot last year and hasn’t had an ERA+ better than 100 since 2026.

None of these guys are bums. Every one of them could very easily have a good year. The fact is, three of them haven’t recently, so the question becomes why. Pitching coach Golleomir Merauman has a great reputation, but he’s not making these players better. Part of it could be the defense, and the good news is that that’s improved. It’s also possible the back of the rotation might just not be as good as the scouts say. For better or worse, we’ll have a clearer picture by the end of the year.

BULLPEN

If the rotation is unexpectedly questionable, the bullpen is just straightforwardly bad. Samwise Underhill lost his job as closer last year after a lousy 2029 performance, and seemed to be decent in a lower-pressure role. It’s looking like he’s going to lose out on the closer job again, this time to Milo Centaur, who divisional rivals Bree were glad to be rid of. Beyond that, Huuol the Stutterer is a decent mop-up guy, and veteran journeyman Borulf Clevereye has gotten by on guile up to now. They’re decent names for the back of the bullpen, but they’re Bucklebury’s third and fourth options. Things get worse from there; at least Clevereye can throw strikes.

INFIELD

This is definitely the area where the Fairies have made the most progress, but there are logjams at several positions. Catcher is not one of those positions, as the aging but still fearsome Scarlett III takes the field for what may be the last time. Scarlett made it to 500 home runs last year, and while she’s more of a solid no. 6 hitter than the clean-up monster she used to be, you could do a lot worse behind the plate.

Beyond that, there is little certainty. Carl Sandburg is making $14 million a year, so he’ll probably start. The Fairies dealt slugger Chukky Moss for Greond Greasy, who improves their shortstop defense. Galiamir the Iron Giant is highly touted, but his total inability to take a walk made him sub-replacement level last year. Hildibrand Bridger has been solid, and he’ll round out the starting lineup... unless third baseman Vagnar Elvawen, who struggled last year but should be better, does. Or maybe Rinak Shewmaker, who hit 24 home runs last season, plays first. Or...

...the point is, no matter who the infield is, they’re going to be pretty good, but greatness is unlikely from any source.

OUTFIELD

Conversely, the outfield only features two clear starters. Fasur Ringbender is one of the marquee guys here, a slugger who strikes out too much and doesn’t walk enough but does everything else superbly. He made his first All-Star Game last year, then missed a month with various injuries. He’s never played more than 127 games in a season, but maybe this is his year.

More reliable is Puuggek Headgobber, who had an excellent rookie season, posting a .912 OPS. He might not be THAT good, but he has no real weaknesses as a player, and he can play any OF position, though left is the only one he SHOULD play.

Center fielder Brianna Rethiel hit 28 home runs last year, and despite her propensity for strikeouts, she probably rounds out the starting lineup... but she’s not starting in spring training. That honor is going to DH Balin Chiselarm, a slugger who’s looking like a quadruple-A bat, and Vrudak the Stutterer, who proved last year that an empty .350 batting average is still a .350 batting average. The alarminly named Ricardo Halflinglover might be better than any of them, but that’s a relative statement. Knowing Ringbender’s history, whoever gets shut out now will have a chance soon enough.

PREDICTION

Bucklebury is a team full of underachievers. They made two big changes this year, losing Cam and picking up middle infielders... but they’re the rare team that already HAD enough middle infielders, and while Sandburg will do a professional job, I don’t know that Greasy is an all-around upgrade over the likes of Galiamir or Bridger. This was a .500 team last year, made a little better by Cam, and without Cam I’d expect them to slip to 75-80 wins.

Bree Cheese: Strange News Season Preview (1 of 26)

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BREE CHEESE
Last year: 70-92 (4th in the Dwarf Division)
Major additions: (inhales deeply) SP Edmund Boroden, SP Larry Niven, SP Peregrin Fields, RP Don Earathien, 1B Betsie Hilldweller, SS Valentine Denelmore, 3B Halewyn Chang, OF Justin Bats, OF Dejahdor Stonerapper
Major departures: SP Ulmina Elreoma, SP Kignar Livertrembler, RP Milo Centaur, OF Ive Gollilas, OF Ponto Bramble

For the first time in a while, fans of the Bleu and Gold have something to be excited about. The buzz started late last year, where after a dismal spring and summer, Bree fans saw signs of hope in September. New manager Tonak Gnomedragger led the team to a 16-15 record to close out the year. They were better than those numbers too, outscoring opponents by an average of 1 run per game during that stretch.

All that was made borderline irrelevant, though, by one of the biggest winter shakeups in SGCBL history. Only three position players and two starting pitchers remain from last year’s team. In their place, we see a trio of SGCBL veterans and a whole lot of SFL talent, including both 2030 MVPs and both Outstanding Pitchers.

STARTING ROTATION

In his two SFL seasons, Edmund Boroden went 37-5 with a 2.37 ERA, posted 442 strikeouts and only 65 walks in 360 innings, and won two Outstanding Pitcher Awards. He’s not a lock for that award against tougher Middle Earth competition, but he’s arguably a top-5 pitcher in the league, comparing favorably to the likes of Levi Legura and Gleonyc Kendrick. Obviously, this is great news for the Cheese.

Ulmina Elreoma was shipped out in the Boroden deal, meaning the no. 2 rotation spot is a race between the oft-injured Aruden Fistslammer and blue-chip kid Meriamli Rockcrusher, who shows up at camp much improved from last year’s failed September call-up. Crafty veteran Larry Niven and somewhat less crafty veteran Peregrin Fields would be no. 2 guys on a lot of rotations around the league, but they comprise the back end here, leaving “The Noble Savage” Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his 2.97 ERA out in the cold. (Well, until Fistslammer or Fields gets hurt.)

BULLPEN

A last-minute trade with Serenity Valley makes this a lot less of a liability. Don Earathien shouldn’t expect a second straight sub-1.00 ERA, but he’s still better than most closers in this league, and a big upgrade over the aging Milo Centaur. Meanwhile, set-up men Celiborn Halelbo and Namak Bloodbelly join Sabino Fadrielinde and Elrelf Isan. It’s not an elite bullpen, to be sure, but it's something approaching average.

INFIELD

Catcher Eideron Knucklebreaker was good but not great last year. This season, he’s expected to put everything together. He’s been overshadowed by Trollbasher and Xanatos, but he’s got the potential to be a player of the same caliber as those two.

The rest of the infield is short on question marks, but also on star power -- with one notable exception. Third baseman Halewyn Chang hacked 48 home runs in 123 games last year, winning the MVP for Chiba City. His raw power probably isn’t up to that level every year, but there’s a lot more to like about Chang, including his plate discipline: over the last two years, he’s posted 203 walks and only 37 strikeouts.

First baseman Betsie Hilldweller was one of the more risky acquisitions GM Tobias Goatleaf made this winter, given her checkered injury history and .679 OPS last year. She's been excellent as recently as 2029, so it's not crazy to expect some sort of rebound. Up the middle, Todo Kendrick offers power, Valentine Denelmore offers on-base percentage, and they both offer solid defense. Neither of them offers much more, though.

OUTFIELD

Last year, Davey Ironmaster was an All-Star. This year, he’s the Cheese’s third outfielder. Ponto Bramble and Ive Gollilas are out, and Justin Bats and Dejahdor Stonerapper are in. Bats became the fourth-highest-paid outfielder in the league, making $17 million a year, but given his .961 OPS for Minas Tirith last year, he seems poised to earn all that and more. As for Stonerapper, he was an MVP for Oz and a probable All-Star caliber player here. Stonerapper does no one thing brilliantly but just about everything very, very well.

This is not to dismiss Ironmaster, mind you. He doesn’t take enough walks, but the center fielder does just about everything else well. His All-Star appearance last year was well-deserved, and he’s still a player on the rise. So is probable DH Tom Bird, who has .300/40 HR potential but gets let down by poor pitch recognition.

PREDICTION

New GM Tobias Goatleaf clearly wants to restore Bree to its past glory, spending big on a handful of free agents and dealing for elite SFL talent. The question becomes, how well did the Cheese scout the SFL arrivals? On paper, this team could be as good as anyone short of Minas Ithil, but a lot of the additions have never played a game at this level, and players like Niven, Fields and Hilldweller might be past their sell-by date. This is a 90-win team at worst, but Goatleaf paid for 100, and the Cheese just might give it to him.

April 05, 2015

2031 Spring Training Preview, part 5

In this, the final part of our MESN series of previews to the 2031 season, we will look at the hitting prospects for each team, including potential weak spots and pick a break out star....

Bree
The Cheese have improved greatly in their hitting prospects over the winter, and while the spring lineups aren't necessarily what we'll see on Opening Day (and almost certainly not by the end of the season), Bree's got a very good starting nine--most of it consisting of former SFL stars.

Weak point: The Cheese could use a little more backup on the bench, especially in the infield, but Bree has every poistion covered well.

Breakout star: Eideron 'Fuzzy' *Knucklebreaker, 24, had a good rookie season last year, hitting .274 with 31 HR and 83 RBI. Plus, he's a fine defensive catcher. Look for him to be one of the top 10 hitters in the league.

Bucklebury
While the Fairies still have the core of their championship pitching staff, the rest of the team to take the field has a slightly different look. The main reason is the aging of superstar, Scarlett *III. There are no more accolades we can heap upon the six-time MVP. Her plaque in the Hall of Fame is already being polished. But time catches up to everyone, and after 14 seasons she's not the player she once was. (Still, wouldn't you like to have a hitter who's worst year was .309 with 23 HR and 55 RBI?) Scarlett will probably platoon with Amos Foemover this year at catcher, but the Fairies really have to look for a backstop soon.

Weak point: Bucklebury needs to start looking for a catcher to replace Scarlett.

Breakout star: Fasur Ringbender had good luck at the plate the last few years, but injuries have kept him from playing out a full season.

Bywater
The Bounders have a pretty good lineup, all things considered, but they have the misfortune of being stuck in the same division with the Minas Ithil juggernaut. In all likelihood, they will be pursuing one of the two wild card spots as their route to the playoffs. Bywater has a decent shot at that, if the hitters perform at the same level as last year.

Weak point: Bywater has a glut of first basemen and not much in the way of middle infielders after *Puttifoot.

Breakout star: Ferdinand 'Apple Pip' *Puddifoot, 20, is just getting started. His batting average was only .263 in his rookie season, but he mashed 34 HR and had a .461 slugging percentage. He also stole 25 bases.

Carrock
The Bears have clearly stepped up their game at the plate. Especially in the outfield, they have assembled a group of hitters that could really rock Old League Park.

Weak point: The infield. Betsie Sandyman is their best hitter in an otherwise dull group of infielders.

Breakout star: Celillbo Arwiama, 24, hit .329 last year and is a speed demon on the basepaths. He stole 46 bases least year and had a .428 OBP. He's the ideal leadoff candidate, and he should be a Legolas winner in LF, as well.

Dagorlad
The Disaster are trying to bounce back from last year's 4th place finish in the Troll Division. If they are going to do it with the bats, they need to go out and get a couple more.

Weak point: As with most teams, they don't have much depth to their infield. Grikak Toothdrinker at 2B should put up some good numbers, but the rest of the infield doesn't have a ton of talent.

Breakout star: Vabis Githrarith has been a bright spot for Dagorlad for a number of seasons. He can hit for poser and have a decent average, making him a good #3 hitter. He also can swipe a few bases. Last year he stole 26 and was only caught twice.

Dead Marshes
Dead Marshes tends to ride on the back of their superstar, Thraryn *Samarkand, and it's no wonder. *Samarkand hit .344 last year with 32 HR and 96 RBI. He also stole 36 bases. The 2029 MVP finished 3rd in the voting last year and won his 3rd Legolas in CF.

Weak point: Because they rely so much on *Samarkand, the Uruk-hai are in big trouble if he gets hurt. Other than that, they do have a pretty decent lineup, as long as they don't have to dig too deep into the bench.

Breakout star: Other than going with the obvious--*Samarkand--Baztrak the Vague is a really fine catcher, and he's got power that he has not shown too much of since 2028 when he hit 33 HR and drove in 101 runs.

Dol Guldur
The Dragons have superstar, Norman 'the Guardian' *Xanatos at their disposal, and that's a really big gun. *Xanatos was #2 in both the Sam Gamgee Batter and Aragorn MVP voting last year, hitting .326 with 47 HR and 112 RBI. There just aren't enough positive adjectives to throw at him. That said, it's hard for one player to carry a team the entire way.

Weak point: Like Dead Marshes, it's tempting for Dunharrow to rely on their superstar. If he goes down, they do have a pretty good backup catcher in Brandy Morningglimmer, but you can't replace a bat like his. Middle infield needs work, as there isn't a decent hitting SS or 2B in the entire Dragons organization.

Breakout star: Hisin Rockdelver, 32, has been toiling away for the Dragons for years, pounding out homers and driving in runs. The "Terror of the East-Men" has had some startingly high RBI totals (124 in 2029) and has had a couple of Legolas awards at 3B in the past.

Dunharrow
The Devils have been drifting aimlessly the past 4 seasons after a string of playoff appearances. James *Monkeyslayer, once a superstar hitter in the MC, now looks to be showing his age. The 2031 edition of the team doesn't look too bad, actually, but while they might make some noise in the Orc Division, they're not going to advance much further than that.

Weak point: The bench. They've got a decent front nine, but no depth, especially in the infield.

Breakout star: Shaia Celenduilhas toiled in relative obscurity for a number of years in Dunharrow, but this season could be the 28-year-old's best season. He's got power to all fields and decent bat speed. If he can get his strikeouts under control and improve on his walks (and if he stays healthy), he could be a fine #3 hitter.

Erebor
The Eagles haven't flown very high in a long time. The last time they made it to the playoffs was a decade ago. Of course, it doesn't help that they're in the Hobbit Division with Minas Ithil. That said, this year's expanded playoffs to include two wild cards will give Eagle fans a little more to root for well into September and maybe beyond.

Weak point: Like practically everyone, they don't have a lot of hitting in the infield. But they do have great defense.

Breakout star: Goigan Jamor, 25, hit .320 in his rookie season last year with a .412 OBP and a .497 Slugging Pct. He didn't steal many bases, despite his savvy on the basepaths. Look for him to improve on both his stolen base numbers and his homers this season.

Grey Havens
The Stars have an "ok" lineup with no great infield stars. It will be hard for them to compete, even in the relatively weak Orc Division.

Weak point: Pretty much everywhere, but especially in the infield.

Breakout star: Baran Elizondo, 24, is the only truly fine hitter on the team. In his first full year at Grey Havens last season, he managed to hit 20 HR and steal 22 bases.

Isengard
The Raiders are in the last days of Ragnar *Stonecutter, Jr. *Stonecutter wants one more championship ring to go with the ones from 2018 and 2021. To that end, management (especially his father, GM Ragnar Stonecutter, Sr.) have assembled a pretty good batting order to surround him.

Weak point: In contrast to most teams, the Raiders have a good hitting infield. They probably could use another bat, but who couldn't?

Breakout star: Brung Smiddlefidget, 27, had an off year last season, and he still hit 25 HR and drove in 77 runs. If he goes back to his 2028-2029 numbers, he will be one of the elite MC power hitters.

Lake Town
Like Bywater and Erebor, the Archers are stuck in the same division as Minas Ithil. However, Lake Town's chances of making it to the playoffs with the expanded wild cards don't seem bleak at all. Duilin *Silverwolf, 21, hit .322 with 37 HR, 91 RBI and 23 SB in his rookie season, earning him Frodo Rookie honors. Where Lake Town is weak in hitting (mainly at shortstop), they make up for it with amazing fielders.

Weak point: As with any team, they could use better hitters and more depth, but Lake Town is looking pretty good at the plate at this point.

Breakout star: Besides the aforementioned *Silverwolf, Vasil Grudgecrusher is an all-around player, belting 37 HR last year, driving in 100 runs, and stealing 16 bases. Plus, he's a great defensive fielder and a Legolas winner in LF.

Lothlorien
The Lumberjacks are retooling after coming down from their string of top two finishes in the Goblin Division from 2011 to 2025. Many fans are impatient with the pace of change, and new blood in the general manager's office is meant to give the whole thing a kickstart. With the exception of Xap Hippogryph, most of the Lothlorien starters are 26 or younger.

Weak point: The team has youth and a lot of potential, but they need to grow into it.

Breakout star: Fernando Anvildelver, 26, had a tough run last year, missing over a month with torn quads. If he can stay healthy, Fernando can start to send up some fireworks in Lothlorien, as witnessed by his 25 doubles in just 114 games last year.

Minas Ithil
Brutus 'The Guardian' *Trollbasher has won the MVP award every year since winning the Frodo Rookie award in 2026. He is a priceless commodity, and if he were the only hitter the Wyrms had, we'd be talking about him like *Xanatos in Dol Guldur and *Samarkand in Dead Marshes--the horse to ride and the weakness to depend on. But he's not. Minas Ithil has a group of super talented hitters, including a good to great one at each position.

Weak point: If anything, it would be the bench, but that's just nit picking.

Breakout star: Beyond *Trollbasher there is Hahai Brainthrottler, the 30-year-old outfielder who has hit 40+ HR every year for the past four seasons and has driven in 140+ RBI for each of the past five...including 167 in 2027, which is the league record.

Minas Morgul
The Slayers were back to their winning ways last year after a blip on the radar in 2029 saw them go from first to worst and back to first again. Minas Morgul has decent to pretty good hitters at all positions and even a bit of depth. They don't have a superstar like some teams, but that may change soon.

Weak point: Age is a problem for the Slayers. Their 2nd best hitter, Chukky Kendrick, is 35, and only outfielder, Diador Galindil, who came up for 5 games in September last year, has the ability to hit major league pitching and is 25 or younger.

Breakout star: Tognar 'Frisky' Ringworker, 31, has been the solid, dependable catcher for the Slayers for 11 years. He can almost always be counted on for 20+ HR and 75+ RBI.

Minas Tirith
The Titans have always been the kind of team that seems like it should win the Elf Division, but with a few scattered exceptions, it hasn't. Last year, after making the playoffs twice in a row for the first time ever, they dropped to 3rd place, 20 games back of the Merry Fellows. This year, they've got that same kind of "they really ought to make the playoffs vibe," but we'll see how that turns out.

Weak point: They've got a good front nine and a little depth on the bench.

Breakout star: Emmanuel Tetsuya, 26, is a Legolas-winning outfielder with a good bat. He hit 30 doubles and 35 homers last year while swiping 41 bases and picking up 115 RBI.

Mirkwood
Trying to get back to the glory days, the Sylvan have been building a team from the ground up for a while. Now, all the hitters are in their prime--between 26 and 30--and new blood is on the way. Rumors are that soon-to-be Hall of Famer, Mablung *Veneanar, will be retiring, and a new catcher is coming on the scene.

Weak point: The infield will be lacking in pop when Veneanar leaves. Though he is 38, the superstar still smacked 22 HR and drove in 82 runs last year.

Breakout star: If the new catcher doesn't set things ablaze, it will be Jesus 'the Voluptious' Barnwell who just might. He still needs to get his batting average up, but in his first full season with Mirkwood after coming over in a trade with Narnia in 2029, the Legolas-winning center fielder hit 29 HR and had 94 RBI to go along with 14 steals.

Misty Mountain
The perennial favorite in the Orc Division, the Hops have power aplenty in the outfield, at catcher, at first, and shortstop. Misty Mountain just needs to keep away from the injury bug to make it to the playoffs.

Weak point: There are a couple of holes--at 2B and, especially, 3B. That also mains the depth in the infield is lacking.

Breakout star: Tarechorion 'Vengeance' *Gomdrol, 22 has already seen four seasons with the Hops. Last year, he won the MC Sam Gamgee Batter award, hitting .336 with 38 HR and 108 RBI. And he's just getting started...

Moria
The Miners toiled away for years, frustratingly finishing behind first the Cheese, then the Fairies, in the Dwarf Division. Finally, in 2027 they went from last place in the division the prior year to winning it all. But right after that, they fell back into their 2nd place ways. Last season, Moria finished in first place, and they'd like to keep the momentum going.

Weak point: The Miners are looking pretty good at all positions, putting good fielders in spots where they don't have great hitters. A backup catcher for Farmak *the Runner is a concern.

Breakout star: Farmak *the Runner, 27, is a Legolas winner at catcher, and he hit 40 HR and drove in 110 runs last year while batting .305 with a .577 slugging pct.

Numenor
The Kings had their best season in a long time in 2030, winning 100 games for the first time since 2008. This is in part due to the consistently good lineup Numenor has put together up and down the line. They don't have the superstar bat of a *Trollbasher or *Gomdrol, but everyone, including the bench, knows how to hit.

Weak point: They are a little old in some spots. Frillf Elvora is 34, Brian Middlebrook is 35, and Brandon Burrus is 33.

Breakout star: Pansy 'Two-by-Four' Dogwood, 27, has been so consistent at 3B that he has played exactly 156 games each of the last three seasons. He's got the kind of pop in his bat to hit 30 HR and 100+ RBI every year.

Old Forest
The Merry Fellows are just a consistently good team. Old Forest has not finished last in the Elf Division since doing so in the inaugural year of the league in 2003. They are currently on a 3-year run at making the playoffs, and they hope to make it 4-in-a-row. To that end, Old Forest has kept the same crew that got them this far. It's pretty much *Hubbard, Wolfgobber, Hawks, Armorbender and Ploughman, just like it has been for the past three or four years.

Weak point: Age. Wolfgobber is 34, and Celaugorn Ironworker is 36. No one in the top tier of hitters is under 27, and only a couple are under 29.

Breakout star: As usual, Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard will be leading the charge, whether at catcher or her new position, mainly at first base. She hit .301 with 42 HR and 115 RBI last year, and that's the 7th year of 20+ HR, the 5th of 30+ HR, and her fifth straight 100+ RBI season.

Ravenhill
The Darkwings have made the playoffs the last five years in a row, since winning the Return of the King Series in 2026. While they usually do it with pitching, they've got a pretty great lineup waiting for opponents this year. There are a couple of new faces to join with the veterans this year, including speedy outfielders, Splinter Moonbeam and Vormina Legelinde.

Weak point: Ravenhill, like anyone, could use some better backup infielders that do more hitting.

Breakout star: Forerunner *Baggins, 22, was the 2030 MC Frodo Rookie of the Year, hitting .331 with 37 HR and 105 RBI. He also stole 26 bases. If he doesn't succumb to the sophomore jitters, great things should be coming from this first baseman.

Rivendell
The Royals are trying to climb back into the thick of things in the Elf Division, and signs are encouraging. Rivendell might be able to take advantage of the 2nd wild card if they can keep up in the Elf Division. They have some pretty decent hitters, though there is a distinct lack of it from the infield positions.

Weak point: Infield. They have Celegast Earathien at 2B, who put up decent power numbers last year (28 doubles, 31 HR), but relying on the return of future Hall of Famer, Merilmir Knifecrawler, to provide any kind of pop from 1B or DH doesn't mask the lack of it from the left side of the infield.

Weathertop
The Witch Kings have made recent runs at the Goblin Division pennant, but they have fallen short. Weathertop fans don't even know what the playoffs feel like, as the last time the franchise was in the postseason was back in 2003 when they were the Valinor Vandals. Weathertop might be able to grab one of the two wild card spots this year, but they are in a tough division with Numenor and Ravenhill.

Weak point: They look pretty good all around, actually. The biggest problem is at 3B. They don't really have much hitting from the hot corner.

Breakout star: Snarly *Zottmiester, 22, has been consistently good since taking over at 2B at the young age of 16. Last year, he hit .311, won another Legolas for his glove work, and stole 41 bases while being caught just 8 times to win the Shadowfax Stolen Base Award.

April 02, 2015

2031 Spring Training Preview, part 4

Part four in our series takes a look at the pitching staffs of each team as they prepare to get warmed up in Spring Training....

Bree
After a flurry of deals, the Cheese have setup a rotation that, should they stay healthy, be among the best in the Shire. Crazy Eddie Boroden is the new ace, coming over from Discworld after two amazing seasons in the SFL. Will his success translate to the heavier bats and longer season in the Tolkien Baseball League? Time will tell. Behind him stand Aruden Fistslammer who, despite being a 4-time All-Star, has been plagued by injury the last three years, never starting more than 24 games in a season since 2027. Still, his blazing fastball and devastating curve should put him as a solid #2 in the rotation. Peregrin Fields was a free agent pick up, signing on for six years with Bree after spending the last 10 in the Misty Mountain organization. He can bring it with a 98mph fastball, but it's his changeup and splitter that will keep hitters guessing. The 4th starter spot looks like it might go to rookie, Meriamli Rockcrusher. The 22-year-old lefty didn't fare so well in his cuppa coffee trip to the majors last fall, going 0-3 with an 8.79 ERA in 3 starts, but hitters will have a hard time with his 100+ mph fastball when he can spin them into the dirt with a nasty changeup.

The Cheese bullpen looks a little less secure. Sure, they got Donethirion Earathien from Serenity Valley, but the closer can only do so much. Sabino Fadrielinde being relegated to a setup role might impact his mood a bit, but if he can stay professional, that one-two punch should be able to finish a lot of games. It's the middle relief that is the shaky spot. As long as the starters go deep into games, then all will be well. If not, then Bree might have a few worrisome games.

Bucklebury
Despite the loss of Splint Cam over the break, the Fairies still have one of the best rotations in the game on paper. Crystal Goodrich won 15 last year, and she'll be looked at to fill the spot as the staff ace. The problem is age. Goodrich is the only starter under 30. Clarence Buckland, Duudak Heartmasher, and Jesse Faroden are all still great pitchers, but they're on the downward slide. Faroden's poor performance in 2030 followed a tough 2029 in which he was out most of the year with elbow problems. Faroden and Heartmasher may be headed to the Hall of Fame eventually, but the Fairies would like that to be at least one more season away.

Another big question mark for Bucklebury is the bullpen. The went out and got lefty closer, Milo Centaur, to fill that gap for now, but he'll be 37 in August, and it's not a safe bet that he'll be able to survive the drop in speed on his fastball for long. Gandilgorn Hairpoker could step up to the closer role, but he's been much more effective as a starter in the past.

Bywater
The opposite of other teams, the Bounders don't have a lot to worry about in the 'pen. Their best pitcher is Jose Day, whose nickname is "Sunset." Day throws a hard sinker at upwards of 98 mph. When he throws a change in after it, it's sunset for most hitters. Shane Dunn, Merry Goodbody, and the recently acquired Nirt Gamauma should keep any Bywater game from getting out of hand.

Still, they have to get to the bullpen first, and Bywater's starters are pretty good, if not great. Echth Tremblay, 34, has a ton of experience and can still throw hard. Like Day, he features a sinker as his main weapon, but he can toss in a curve, slider, changeup or even a forkball when he wants. Tavja Elarandel won 16 games last year, and will probably be #2 or #3 in the rotation. Finally, Sir Kevin picked up Araborn Mu from the free agent market. Mu has a ton of tricks up his sleeves and puts yet another sinker ball pitcher on the mound for the Bounders.

Carrock
The Bears have been trying to dig themselves out of a rut for what seems like an eternity. This year, the new GM, Lord Elegost, has been working hard at getting the team into shape for a playoff run. To that end, he has taken pieces of the old team, like superb closer, Gandealas Faldur, and reliever, Papa Weidner, and put them together with new faces, like Eormenred *UrukBane. *UrukBane comes on the scene after the early retirement of Odessa *Enthugger. The 20-year-old lefty can bring a variety of pitches to the mound, including one of the best circle changes some scouts say they have seen. Will it be enough to get the team to the goal line for the first time in franchise history? Time will tell.

Dagorlad
Poor Snibb *Ninwocket. One of the greatest pitchers in the league, he never gets the attention he deserves, because he has been stuck on a Disaster team that can't get out of 4th place. Hopefully, Dagorlad will turn things around this year for the six time All-Star. Joining him in the rotation will be newcomer, Lol Iggette, who missed quite a bit of last season due to injury. The bullpen seems solid, with Nolak Fingertorurer holding down the closer's job, and Rebo Hill right there with him.

Dead Marshes
The Uruk-hai have the cream of the crop at key pitching points. Last year's Gandalf Pitcher and MVP award winner, Bulbo Moss, is their ace. Prorbag Brainthrottler saved 44 games last year. And Bodo Sandyman is a beast out of the bullpen, appearing in 81 games last year. Beyond those three, however, Dead Marshes has a lot to be worried about. They're going to have to get a lot out of their remaining staff if they're going to keep up in the Orc Division.

Dol Guldur
The Dragons are in a similar position to Dead Marshes. They have an ace, a closer, and a top flight reliever...then not much. Signar Gorimli has six pitches and a 100 mph fastball. He's the stopper. The youngster, James Pennypacker, 24, will be called on to anchor the rotation, but in a couple of earlier seasons, he hasn't shown that he's got the stuff to win, yet.

Dunharrow
The less said about the Devils' pitching staff the better. Dunharrow is in serious need of rebuilding if they ever want to compete again.

Erebor
The Eagles have problems of their own. Halawyn the Unclean is about the only halfway decent pitcher they've got.

Grey Havens
The Stars, too, are one of those teams with an ace, a closer and a setup man. Estella Pennypacker, the younger sister of James, the Dol Guldur hurler, throws a blistering sinker that clocks around 100 mph, which makes her changeup devastating to hitters. Wulferth Bricebolb is rock-solid as closer, and Gunar Humanslurper will show up in a lot of games. But the rest of the staff is mediocre at best.

Isengard
For the Raiders, it's been a struggle coming up with pitching to match great hitters like Ragnar *Stonecutter, Jr. With the future Hall of Famer's career winding down, the GM--his dad, Ragnar Stonecutter, Sr.--is trying to get one more chance for his boy to bring home a league championship ring. To that end, he went out and spent a little money this offseason, picking up Joshua "the Pauper" Moneybags for a hefty sum. Moneybags will hopefully kickstart the whole staff to step up their game. Reliever Thaimli Gandir might have to take over from perennial closer, Proddo Pieweto, as the latter will turn 38 just after the season starts. Dirty Thaimli gets his nickname from the nasty splitter he throws alongside his 97 mph fastball.

Lake Town
The Archers have rotation issues, as Bosur Armorshaker appears to be the only guy with any decent stuff. Armorshaker can heave it up there at speeds topping 100 mph, then throw you a curve or change speeds. He's locked up for another few years, so GM Silverwolf is hoping to have the rest of the team in shape for a pennant run before Armorshaker runs out of time.

Lothlorien
New GM, Lord Thangurphen, has got a really nice starting rotation in Lothlorien. In fact, the Lumberjacks look like they'll have the best front five in the Goblin Division. Ricky *Vaughn, 22, didn't have a stellar rookie season, but he still struck out 265 batters and held his ERA below 4.00. For a young kid, he's developing fast, and his rocket-like fastball is sure to whiff past a lot of bats. Thaitai Galindil was picked up last year in a trade with Bree, and he did well enough, but the 27-year-old has expectations running high, as he comes at hitters from the left side with a fireball the day after facing *Vaughn from the right. Haro Galaranduil forms the third spoke in this wheel of fastball pitchers, as his tops out at 97. He spent a lot of time in the 'pen last year, but this season sees him as a #3 starter. The other 27-year-old is Gliran Orcslayer who comes at hitters with a completely different look. This crafty lefty won't wow you with his fastball, but instead throws a heavy, heavy sinker. In the bullpen, Elanor Muddyfoot should keep doing what she's doing--racking up saves--with Tika Underhill and Besil Ringmaker to back her up.

Minas Ithil
There are a few reasons the Wyrms have won three straight titles, and pitching is one of them. Featuring Noisur Celorfilad, last year's Gandalf Award winner, who finished 2nd in the MVP voting, Minas Ithi'sl rotation is tough to beat. Celorfilad's out pitch is a killer curveball to go along with a 99 mph fastball and a great circle change. Levi Legura won 22 games last year with an ERA of 2.85 and struck out 260 hitters...and he only merited 3rd place in the Gandalf Award voting. "Cool Papa" Galugol Eliolas was 25-4 last season, fanning 281 batters, to finish 2nd in the Gandalf vote. Legend Trader fits into the #4 spot where he might be #1 on any other staff. Rebo Muddyfoot seems kinda small by comparison, but he was 10-8 with a 3.48 ERA and is hugely popular with fans. This crew usually doesn't need much of a bullpen, finishing a ton of games themselves.

Minas Morgul
The Slayers have a top flight set of pitchers in the Troll Division with Gwaebrylla Norcross leading the way. She's a groundball pitcher, hurling a 100 mph sinker toward the plate and then throwing a curve when the hitter least expects it. She, like many Minas Morgul pitcher, can sometimes throw a knuckler, too. Boriron Celeoborn, 25, is a fine looking youngster with an assortment of pitches, including a nice splitter, and Wart Daggerkicker tosses one of the best circle changes in the business. Rowan Hill has been setup as closer for many years, and it doesn't look like that will change...though current manager, Alexis Debusher, seems to want to try him in the rotation. Maybe for the spring, but we think he'll be back to being the stopper come Opening Day. And Bowman Moss...what a beast. He featured in 91 games last year and only allowed 74 hits in 101 IP.

Minas Tirith
The rudderless Titans don't have much in the way of current pitching, but they've got a lot of young potential in the minors. Lomli Ironfist, 23, has been called into service already, and last year the young fireballer cut down 107 hitters in 71 innings, notching 34 saves with a 10-5 record and a 2.79 ERA.

Mirkwood
Breaking with tradition, starting with a nickname change, new GM Raan Filyn hopes to steer the Mirkwood Sylvan back into the winning column. He went out and paid for future Hall of Famer, Splint Cam, and also picked up Hyman Klingerberg, formerly of Ravenhill, and Minas Ithil's closer, Tanta Bracegirdle. They don't look very deep, but the Sylvan might have a shot if they can stay healthy.

Misty Mountain
The Hops didn't rock the boat this winter, remaining quiet on both the free agent and trade fronts. Ediberto Whistler didn't have the same numbers in 2030 as in his Gandalf-winning 2029 season, but he pitched a solid 18-8 with a 3.25 ERA and 210 K's to lead the staff. Their biggest worry is the same as most clubs--depth. After Whistler and Vrosorbag the Wretched, they're not lights out.

Moria
Moria didn't do much to change things up this year, either, but they still have one of the best pitching units in the Shire. Porto Moss throws a 100 mph fastball with a splitter and can change speeds to keep hitters guessing. Darryl Monkey-shines won 17 last season with a 2.47 ERA. He, too can bring the heat, but his secondary pitches are a slider to righties and a screwball to left-handed batters. Sometimes he might even reverse the two. Janice "The Killer Hobbit" Ploughman will close out just about any game she's put into. A 100 mph fastball and a devastating slider will do that for you.

Numenor
The Kings are going into Spring Training with their closer on the DL. Kinar Gorimli has a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, and it doesn't look like he's going to be starting his season until after the All-Star break, if then. The starters, including Garon "Tick Tack" Paddywhack, look pretty good, but Numenor's bullpen is a big question mark.

Old Forest
The Merry Fellows have a fantastic bullpen, full of pitchers like closer Phailla Sil-Gal, Alan Foster Ribur Eartharm and Pim Oretooth. What they don't have is a starting rotation that will wow you. Gundabald Headstrong throws harder than almost any pitcher in the league, but the rest of them will need to outperform themselves to give Old Forest a shot at keeping up in the Elf Division.

Ravenhill
Traditionally one of the best pitching teams in the league, the Darkwings still have the core staff to compete, despite the loss of Klingerberg. Gleonyc Kendrick finished 3rd in last year's MC Gandalf vote, and he's a 5-time All-Star. Joe Graves was a big SFL star before coming to Ravenhill in 2026, and he has not disappointed fans. Fasur "Full Pack" Earthhead, 22, is a rising star in the Darkwings organization, and he might be ready to take over the #3 spot in the rotation thanks to his 99 mph fastball and wide assortment of other pitches, including a curve, slider, changeup, splitter and forkball. Peregrin Proudneck has been the closer for Ravenhill the past two seasons, saving 69 games over that stretch. He is an odd duck, throwing basically just a sinker and changing speeds. Maybe his lack of control gives him an advantage, because most hitters can't find their feet with him.

Rivendell
Deacon Shieldhandler has been trying to get the Royals back on the winning track, but he hasn't got much to work with Smilman "The Cannon" Boroden is a fireballer with a wicked curve, and Tavseen Lomebrildur is the definition of "extreme groundball pitcher," but there's not much after that.

Weathertop
Mak'Vok Ta'Quan was touted as the coming of the greatest closer ever when he was signed by Weathertop for a whopping $304 million over 8 years right after being drafted by the Babylon Five Rangers in 2024. For the most part, he has lived up to tha billing for the last seven seasons, saving 226 games, placing him 25th on the career leaderboard. What he really wants, however, is a shot at winning a playoff trophy. So far, he has been shut out of that, as the Witch Kings haven't seen the postseason since 2003 when they were still the Valinor Vandals. It doesn't look like the current crop of hurlers is going to help Ta'Quan realize his dream this year, and with it being the last in his contract, the highest paid player in baseball may be looking for greener pastures in 2032.

NEXT UP: Hitting Prospects

April 01, 2015

2031 Spring Training Preview, part 3

2031 will see the biggest shake-up in upper management in years, as six new General Managers take over team operations....

Raan Filyn helms a team that now markets itself as the Mirkwood Sylvan. With the new look comes new field management, as Till Hilldweller has been tapped to take over as Manager. Hilldweller has been the skipper for the Greenwood Greats in the Mirkwood farm system, leading them to the single-A playoffs in five of the last six seasons, including the 2028 league title. Joining him on the bench will be the former pitching coach for the Marauders, Yvestil Celuriand, who was replaced as pitching coach by Flordor Earambor, a former minor league infielder who has had great success at AA Eryn Lasgalen for the past six years.

Lord Elegost will try to do what no other GM has done in Carrock--guide them into the playoffs. Elegost has made a few trades and has tried to position the Bears into contention. On the field, he will have Phaibis Ganduwyn, who managed the 2028-2029 Forgotten Realms Kobolds before taking off for a season. So far, Ganduwyn has decided to keep the current coaching staff around.

Bucklebury's Lord Rhaegar has been making waves in Fairy town, making some key trades and signing free agents like Carl Sandburg. He also made some changes in the coaching staff, starting with replacing the manager with Hall of Famer, Mauhur *the Looter. Mauhur has been kicking around as a coach for the last 14 years, and he spent the last six as hitting coach for the Uruk-hai. Players say he's got a long list of clubhouse rules, and it is still to be seen if he'll be able to hold together a team that has fallen off its throne as king of the Dwarf Division. Golleomir Merauman, the same guy who's helmed so many great Fairy rotations, will stay on as the pitching coach, and Valac Ortiz remains as the hitting coach.

Lord Thangurphen is the new head honcho in Lothlorien, as he takes over a team that Lady Galadriel helmed for 23 seasons. So far, Thangurphen hasn't made any waves, keeping the entire coaching staff in place from last year and not making any major roster moves.

The Necromancer is just getting his feet wet in Dol Guldur, and he hasn't had much chance to shape the Dragons to his will. Currently, he's still looking for a pitching coach, as well as filling some minor league vacancies.

The same goes for Frodo Ringbearer. While Weathertop has improved of late, the new GM would like to push them to the top of the Goblin Division. He's got spots to fill all through the organization, but especially troubling going into Spring Training is the lack of either a pitching or hitting coach for the Witch Kings.

This will be the first full season for Bree with Tobias Goatleaf at the helm, and the new GM is re-molding the Cheese in the hopes of creating a contender. We've enumerated his many trades and free agent signings in previous sections of this article, but we're sure he's not done, yet. As for the coaching staff, he seems to be leaving well enough alone at the top, retaining Tonak Gnomedragger as manager and Gorauden Geomli as bench coach, but new pitching coach, Colg Legslobberer, and hitting coach, Deija Beliolith, bring fresh eyes from the minor leagues. Legslobberer was Bree's single-A pitching coach at Longbottom, and Beliolith comes over from AAA Fangorn in the Isengard system.

And let's not forget the coaching changes on teams with established GM's!

Sir Ken in Bywater has gotten himself a new Manager in Lona Bramble. The hobbit has worked her way up through the minor league ranks and was the skipper of the Babylon Five Rangers last year.

Dagorlad GM, Phantina Foriand, picked up the AAA manager of the Hoarwell Hookers from the Bree organization. He is no stranger to winning, having led the team to two AAA championships in the last four years.

Mikee the German is still looking for the right manager to guide his Dead Marshes Uruk-hai, but he's got the legendary Isembard Muddyfoot, who has managed the Minas Ithil Wyrms to three straight Return of the King victories as his bench coach. Phantai Brilhirion, late of the AAA West Shire Wolverines in the Old Forest system, is their new pitching coach, joining Connie Crawley, how was the hitting coach for the Wyrms the past two seasons.

Lord Ellandrin has tapped a brand new face to pilot the Eagles this year. The new Erebor manager has no experience running a ball club, so this is an experiment for Erebor. Fortunately, he's got Fraigol Elririand on the bench, and Elririand has 38 years of coaching expertise. Dejatina Belaril is the new pitching coach in Erebor, coming over from the SFL's WeMadeIt Crashlanders.

Dave Silverwolf is still in a search for a manager for the Archers, and he's got assistant GM, Olia Legalas, scouring the applications. Marcho Sandyman has 40 years of experience, and he's the lake Town bench coach, for now, but he might get the nod as the new boss.

After the loss of both their manager and hitting coach during the offseason, Minas Ithil is scrambling to find replacement parts. GM Lord Khrog has already named former Tumladen Talons coach, Kulir Earthworker, to step up from their AAA team to be the new Wyrms hitting coach. Flormina Earembor, is a new face as bench coach.

Minas Tirith has named a new manager, grabbing Bucklebury's skipper, Denaigol Earchewer. The Titans are still looking for a new hitting coach.

The post of manager of the Old Forest Merry Fellows remains vacant, as Tom Bombadil searches for a new person to fill that role. Moli Oakenshield has been named the new pitching coach. He has run the Dunharrow staff for the last six seasons.

Ravenhill, too, is rudderless going into Spring Training. The Darkwings are looking for a manager to join Papa Bear's organization. Borun Celul has already been named as bench coach, up from AAA Hobbiton in the Weathertop organization.

NEXT UP: Pitching Outlook

March 31, 2015

2031 Spring Training Preview, part 2

In the second part of our series, we look at some of the trades that will shape the upcoming season. After some movement of minor league players and lesser quality major leaguers, trading heated up in late December when Bree...

Bree followed up that trade with one that swapped one of the heroes for the Minas Ithil Wyrms last season over to Chiba City. Isumbras Sandybanks knocked a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning of the Wyrms' Game 6 victory over Discworld in the UFBA Championships, but after taking home three Return of the King title rings, Sandybanks decided to try the free agent market. He signed a 1-year deal with the Cheese for $1.3 million, thinking he was headed into the Cheese outfield. But Bree had other plans and included him in a trade along with a trio of pitchers to the Neuromancers for last year's SL Hitter of the Year, Halewyn the Chang. "Shoeless Hal" hit .327 with 48 HR and 121 RBI in 123 games for Chiba City last year, and he will star at 3B for Bree.

The Fairies shored up their infield with a trade that sent veteran power hitter, Chukky Moss, to the Intergalactic Hitchhikers in exchange for slick fielding shortstop, Greond Greasy. Moss hit 23 HR and drove in 72 runs last year for Bucklebury. Greasy won a Glove Wizard award at SS in 2028.

Bucklebury followed that up with a trade for still more defense, getting Fak Heartkicker and Vrudak the Stutterer from the Fireflies in exchange for Gollilnd Thrithien, Nirag Drowstomper, Folli the Ruler, and $1 million in cash. Heartkicker missed 3 months last year with a fractured ankle and was traded by the Xanth Centaurs to Serenity Valley in December. When he's healthy, he is one of the best middle infielders in the game. Vrudak is a fantastic center fielder with great discipline at the plate. He hit .350 for the Fireflies last year and was a member of the SciFi League All-Star Team.

Bree was back at it again in February, dealing four players, including well-travelled outfielder, Ive Gollilas, and starting pitcher, Irene Whitfoot, to the Land of Oz for the FL Hitter of the Year, Dejahdor Stonerapper, giving the Cheese both the SciFi and the Fantasy Leagues top hitters of 2030. Holy Stonerapper hit .363 with 34 HR and 123 RBI last year in just 118 games. On top of that, he plays a mean LF, picking up 5 outfield assists last season.

The Cheese weren't done, yet. Their next deal was for a trio of Serenity Valley stars. They picked up closer, Donethirion Earathien, who saved 42 games for the Fireflies, along with relievers Celilborn Halelbo and Namak Bloodbelly, for five players, including veteran Minto Mulhall. Earathien throws a cutter and a curveball at speeds near 98mph. Just 25, he has been named to the SL All-Star team in each of his four post-college seasons. He blew just one save in 44 chances last season with an ERA of 0.86.

Finally, to top things off, Bree GM Tobias Goatleaf struck a deal for Crazy Eddie Boroden from Discworld, sending five players, including pitchers Ulmina Elreoma, Kignar Livertrembler and Farauron Glaldur, outfielder Po the Independent, and prospect Mubur Curumo, plus $20 million to the City Watch. Boroden, 26, has only been in the majors for two seasons, but he won the Fantasy League Outstanding Pitcher Award in both of them. Not only that, but he won the pitching Triple Crown both times! Last season, he became just the second pitcher to win 20 games in the SFL's 126-game season. He set the record for lowest ERA in a season (2.50) in 2029 and then broke it with a 2.25 ERA last year. In 2029, he broke Joe Graves' single season strikeout record of 180 and became the first SFL pitcher to top 200 K's. Last year, he set a new season strikeout record with 237.

NEXT UP: Management

2031 Spring Training Preview

There's been a lot of activity going on this pre-season, and Middle Earth Sports Network (MESN) is here to help you decipher it all. In this, the first of a multi-part series, MESN looks at the moves and the goals,...

Free Agent Signings
True to his name, Joshua Moneybags scored the biggest deal of the offseason when he signed with the Isengard Raiders for a whopping $199.6 million deal for six years with an option for two more. The 28-year-old right-hander was a 1st round draft pick for Grey Havens in 2021 and came into his own last season when he won 17 and was named to the All-Star team. Moneybags is a control pitcher with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.78 and a fastball in the mid to upper 90's. He can toss a decent screwball in there to keep right-handed hitters honest, too. He joins a Raiders rotation that hasn't had much luck since the days of Renato Morales, but pitching coach, Fesil the Naughty, hopes the new blood will inspire some of the other hurlers--like Eralak the Crazy--to step up their game.

Justin Bats signed on to Bree GM Tobias Goatleaf's vision of a revamped Cheese with a $136 million paycheck over 8 seasons. An All-Star last year for the Titans, the Legolas-winning left fielder has been the model of consistency at the plate for the last five years, hitting between .280 and .300 with 20+ HR and 70+ RBI each season. He's not the fastest guy on the basepaths, but with Bats, Davey Ironmaster, and the newly acquired Dejahdor Stonerapper patrolling the outfield, the Cheese won't give teams extra outs on anything hit in the air.

One of the big names to sign a new contract this year was Splint Cam, formerly the ace of the Bucklebury Fairies. Mirkwood picked up the crafty veteran for $22 million per year for the next six seasons. While Cam, 33, may not have the same stuff he did during his youth, he is an almost guaranteed Hall of Famer and will anchor a rotation that includes another free agent pickup, Hyman Klingerberg. With Cam and Klingerberg providing the wisdom of winning veterans, GM Raan Filyn hopes that youngsters like 23-year-old Eimer Eladriewen will pick up a few things.

The final star to put his name on a $100+ million contract (so far) is Araborn Mu, the talented righty, who signed with Bywater for $112.2 million over seven years. Mu, who toiled for Moria these last six seasons, is a work horse who has not failed to start 30+ games since he was put into the Miners rotation in 2026. In fact, he did double duty in 2027, starting 30 games and appearing in relief in 21 more! With a fastball in the low 90's, Mu has a large tool kit to work with, featuring a nasty slider to go along with a sinker, curveball and changeup. The Bounders have put together a veteran staff, as Mu joins Ecth Tremblay, Tavja Elarandel, and Voili Orebreaker in the rotation.

Among the biggest annual payouts, Carl Sandburg's $13.85 million yearly salary over the next four seasons ranks up there. Sandburg signed with the Fairies after six seasons at Misty Mountain. The 36-year-old Sandburg hasn't shown many signs of slowing down with the bat, as he hit .277 with 28 HR and 76 RBI last year, and his slick fielding and versatility will make him a valuable asset at whatever spot in the infield Bucklebury decides to play him.

Another Hall of Fame bound player made some waves by signing on with the Rivendell Royals. Merilmir Knifecrawler rejoins the club where he struggled with injuries from 2023-2025 and hopes to wind up his career with a winner. Knifecrawler turns 40 this June, and the lefty hopes to knock in 20 homers this year to reach 300 for his career. He'll likely be used as a DH by the Royals.

NEXT UP: Trades

March 26, 2015

*L'pu Honored by First Ballot Selection to SGCBL Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 7th, 2031 The way Elendil *L'pu 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...

January 26, 2015

Moss Named MC MVP

Monday, November 11th, 2030 Bulbo Moss had the finest season of his young career in 2030, and the Dead Marshes hurler was awarded with the Mordor Conference Aragorn MVP Award for his efforts. Moss, 26, went 21-5 for the Uruk-hai...

*Trollbasher Edges Out Celorfilad For MVP

Monday, November 11th, 2030 In one of the closest votes in memory, Brutus *Trollbasher won his fourth straight Aragorn MVP award, edging out his Minas Ithil teammate, Noisur Celorfilad for the honor. *Trollbasher, who hit .385 to win his fourth...

MC Awards Outstanding Pitcher Trophy

Monday, November 11th, 2030 The Dead Marshes Uruk-hai have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Bulbo Moss, this year's Mordor Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters...

Standout Season For *Gomdrol, Wins MC Sam Gamgee Batter

Monday, November 11th, 2030 Tarechorion *Gomdrol of the Misty Mountain Hops 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...

Great Season For Celorfilad, Wins SC Gandalf Pitcher Award

Monday, November 11th, 2030 The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2030 has been presented and the Shire Conference winner is Noisur Celorfilad of Minas Ithil. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Celorfilad. "I just hope I can...

SC Announces Best Batter Award

Monday, November 11th, 2030 What a way to finish off the year -- being honored with the 2030 Sam Gamgee Batter in the Shire Conference. It had already been a very special season for Minas Ithil's Brutus *Trollbasher, but today's...

Top Defensive Players Named by MC

Monday, November 11th, 2030 Making the play is the mark of great defenders. Spearing a liner, diving in the hole or crashing headlong into the wall makes no difference to these awe-inspiring fielders. Magicians they sometimes appear to be, showing...

MC Best Newcomer Award Hauled in by *Baggins

Monday, November 11th, 2030 Forerunner *Baggins, first baseman for the Ravenhill Darkwings, has been honored with the Frodo Rookie Award in the Mordor Conference. He batted .331 for the Ravenhill Darkwings and racked up 193 hits, 37 home runs, 105...

SC Legolas Fielder Award Winners Named

Monday, November 11th, 2030 What does it take to win a Legolas Fielder Award? It's a combination of good hands, knowing how to play the hitters, all-out hustle and a willingness to sacrifice your body to make a play. Good...

SC Presents Frodo Rookie Award

Monday, November 11th, 2030 2030 was an impressive year for Lake Town third baseman Duilin *Silverwolf and it was capped off today with the announcement that he has been named the winner of the Shire Conference Frodo Rookie Award. *Silverwolf...

January 08, 2015

SGCBL News: Playoffs begin

Monday, September 30th, 2030 Another regular season has played out, and the stage is set for the next level. The Tolkien Baseball playoffs are here. It has been a long, hard grind for the contending clubs to make the Fellowship...

January 05, 2015

MC's Top Player Named

Monday, September 23rd, 2030 At the age of 32, 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...

*Trollbasher's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, September 23rd, 2030 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...

Grikak Spleenwhomper Joins the Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 19th, 2030 One of the best players ever, catcher Grikak Spleenwhomper, has received the ultimate honor for a baseball player -- being inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, which was held today, included...

Scimitar Honored by SGCBL Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 19th, 2030 Enshrinement beckoned for Rhedry Scimitar, as he was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame today. Scimitar, who played many of his 2897 games at right fielder, was an outstanding hitter and batted .271 over...

January 01, 2015

Celenduil Selected Player of the Week

Monday, September 16th, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Shaia Celenduil, the Dunharrow left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, September 16th, 2030 At the age of 31, Misil Silverhead 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...

December 29, 2014

Player of the Week: *Samarkand of the Uruk-hai

Monday, September 9th, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Thraryn *Samarkand, the Dead Marshes center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

Eärärion Selected Player of the Week

Monday, September 9th, 2030 At the age of 28, Friagorn Eärärion 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...

December 22, 2014

Tunnelsplitter Honored by Mordor Conference

Monday, September 2nd, 2030 Vomli Tunnelsplitter is respected by most Numenor Kings 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 Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Red-Hot Brainthrottler SC Player of the Week

Monday, September 2nd, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Hahai Brainthrottler, the Minas Ithil right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

August's #1 Starter Named in MC

Sunday, September 1st, 2030 Bulbo Moss 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...

Shire Conference Announces Top Starter

Sunday, September 1st, 2030 Noisur Celorfilad 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...

August's Best Batter Announced

Sunday, September 1st, 2030 Tarechorion *Gomdrol used that sweet swing with great success for Misty Mountain last month, garnering him the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award. The 21-year-old shortstop put up a .354 batting average and collected 12...

*Trollbasher SC Outstanding Batter of the Month

Sunday, September 1st, 2030 When Brutus *Trollbasher 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 Minas Ithil catcher posted a...

December 18, 2014

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

Monday, August 26th, 2030 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. Brutus *Trollbasher, the Minas Ithil Wyrms 25-year-old catcher, put himself in...

Witch Kings Ditchdigger Snags MC Player of the Week

Monday, August 26th, 2030 Nusin Ditchdigger is respected by most Weathertop Witch Kings fans for his no-frills style of play. The 30-year-old shortstop went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

December 15, 2014

*Monkeyslayer Week's Best in MC

Monday, August 19th, 2030 Not every ball that came off James *Monkeyslayer's bat last week was a line drive or a towering shot -- it just seemed that way to the teams that played the Dunharrow Devils. For his exploits,...

Shire Conference Winner is Demoneater

Monday, August 19th, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Gignar Demoneater, the Moria left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

December 11, 2014

MC Announces Player of the Week

Monday, August 12th, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Brandon Burrus, the Numenor right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

*Trollbasher Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, August 12th, 2030 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. Brutus *Trollbasher, the Minas Ithil Wyrms 25-year-old catcher, put himself in...

December 09, 2014

Starslobberer Week's #1 Player

Monday, August 5th, 2030 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Erurbag Starslobberer was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Ravenhill Darkwings left fielder hit .407 while collecting...

Ploughman Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, August 5th, 2030 One of the league's most exciting young players, Camelia Ploughman 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...

December 08, 2014

Uruk-hai Hurler Named MC's Best Starter

Thursday, August 1st, 2030 When the Uruk-hai skipper wrote Moss on the lineup card, it was a bad omen for the opposition. Outing after outing in July he took command and usually got the win. He dominated with a 6-0...

Wyrms Starter Named July's Premier Pitcher

Thursday, August 1st, 2030 July's best hurler was Noisur Celorfilad of Minas Ithil. He overwhelmed SC hitters all month long and captured the Pitcher of the Month award as he collected a 5-0 record in 6 starts. The 26-year-old Celorfilad...

MC Honors *Samarkand, Best Hitter in July

Thursday, August 1st, 2030 Today Thraryn *Samarkand was voted Mordor Conference Batter of the Month for August. During the month the 26-year-old Dead Marshes center fielder compiled a .456 batting average. Most importantly for the Uruk-hai though, he also posted...

Brainthrottler Wins Best Bat Award in July

Thursday, August 1st, 2030 Hahai Brainthrottler 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...

December 04, 2014

MC Player of the Week Chosen

Monday, July 29th, 2030 Thraryn *Samarkand went on a hitting rampage last week against Mordor Conference pitchers and collected the Player of the Week Award. The Dead Marshes center fielder connected for 15 hits in 24 at-bats and 1 home...

Belamir Collects Player of the Week Award

Monday, July 29th, 2030 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Beama Belamir, the Minas Tirith catcher, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

December 01, 2014

Mordor Conference Winner is *Samarkand

Monday, July 22nd, 2030 Thraryn *Samarkand must have thought he was dreaming. First he went on an exceptional week-long batting spree, bashing the ball at a .452 clip, then the Dead Marshes center fielder finds outs he has been chosen...

Lumsden Picked SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 22nd, 2030 Today the Shire Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week's honoree is Old Forest's talented center fielder Cele Lumsden. When he steps into the batter's box, it's usually a bad omen for pitchers....

November 24, 2014

MC Star of the Week Announced

Monday, July 15th, 2030 Grey Havens Stars fans are celebrating Puuggek Orcsmith's selection as Mordor Conference Player of the Week. Orcsmith put up some serious numbers over the past seven days as he cracked 12 hits in 25 at-bats. The...

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps SC Reward

Monday, July 15th, 2030 This week Dagan Geomli, left fielder for the Bywater Bounders, slashed, mashed and bashed his way to the Shire Conference Player of the Week trophy. Geomli put up a .550 average as he pounded out 11...

Big Bat Pays Off, Hornblower Player of the Week

Monday, July 8th, 2030 This week's Player of the Week was Dudo Hornblower of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. His big bat belted and blasted Mordor Conference pitching for 11 hits in 19 at-bats, 1 home run and 3 RBIs while...

Moonkiller Wins SC Honor

Monday, July 8th, 2030 It was a week to remember for Ufrat Moonkiller. After wrapping up a torrid week at the plate, the Minas Ithil Wyrms shortstop was named the Shire Conference Player of the Week. Moonkiller collected 8 hits...

November 17, 2014

Handtrembler Nets MC #1 Pitcher Award

Monday, July 1st, 2030 Muumsh Handtrembler is at the zenith of his career and today he was selected as the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month for June. He made 16 relief appearances for Numenor last month, throwing 17 innings...

Eliolas June's Best Hurler in SC

Monday, July 1st, 2030 Galugol Eliolas was on top of the world in June, capping it off with the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. The Minas Ithil starter was superb in 5 starts with 5 wins and no...

Thraryn *Samarkand Winner in June

Monday, July 1st, 2030 Thraryn *Samarkand had quite a month with the bat in June and the Dead Marshes center fielder was crowned Mordor Conference Batter of the Month for his outstanding efforts. To win the honor, he batted .394...

SC Batter of the Month Honors to *Goodbody

Monday, July 1st, 2030 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 33-year-old Foundling *Goodbody put together a solid offensive month for Rivendell and was crowned June's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .347 with 8 home runs, 24...

MC Awards Player of the Week

26-year-old Limli Anvilrender 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, Anvilrender made the establishment sit up and take notice,...

Week's #1 Player: Rivendell's Trolldragger

The Shire Conference made it official today: Fofur Trolldragger is the Player of the Week. He really glistened on the diamond this week with a .500 average to take home the honor. The Rivendell center fielder went 12-24, drove...

November 15, 2014

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

Monday, June 24th, 2030 The All-Star Classic is here again! -- the 2030 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 Noisur 'Pumpkin' Celorfilad (Minas Ithil) - 14-2, 1.88 ERA
C Brutus 'The Guardian' *Trollbasher (Minas Ithil) - .404, 14 HR, 49 RBI
1B Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard (Old Forest) - .266, 20 HR, 52 RBI
2B Rowan Sandyman (Minas Tirith) - .327, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 20 SB
3B Dulin *Silverwolf (Lake Town) - .324, 22 HR, 50 RBI, 15 SB
SS Ufrat 'Even-Mind' Moonkiller (Minas Ithil) - .295, 18 HR, 50 RBI
LF Celillbo Arwiama (Carrock) - .370, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 24 SB
CF Deivi 'Stonewall' Ironmaster (Bree) - .301, 13 HR, 22 RBI
RF Hahai 'With-Breaker' Brainthrottler (Minas Ithil) - .313, 16 HR, 65 RBI
Reserves
SP G. Eliolas (MI), G. Headstrong (OF), L. Legurŕ (MI), R. Pelham (LT), D. Monkey-shines (MRA), B. Armorshaker (LT), A. Fistslammer (BRE), J. Ploughman (MRA)
CL J. Tinovorsh (RIV), K. the Irritable (LT), D. Brownlock (CAR)
C F. *the Runner (MRA)
1B M. Goldtearer (MI), N. Gladrierŕ (MRA)
3B W. Headhater (MI)
SS F. *Puttifoot (BYW)
LF F. Eärärion (LT), J. Bats (MT), G. Jamor (ERE)
RF G. Oathkiller (CAR), F. Ringbender (BUC), J. Barnwell (MIR)

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

Starters
SP Gleonyc Kendrick (Ravenhill) - 10-3, 2.10 ERA
C Norman 'The Guardian' *Xanatos (Dol Guldur) - .328, 27 HR, 68 RBI
1B Forerunner *Baggins (Ravenhill) - .345, 18 HR, 44 RBI
2B Pugnash 'Flat-Stone' Humanslurper (Ravenhill) - .318, 17 HR, 47 RBI, 18 SB
3B Ragnar 'Mini Me' *Stonecutter (Isengard) - .344, 12 HR, 37 RBI
SS Tarechorion 'Vengeance' *Gomdrol (Misty Mountain) - .322, 14 HR, 46 RBI
LF Erurbag Starslobberer (Ravenhill) - .327, 12 HR, 50 RBI
CF Baran Elizondo (Grey Havens) - .312, 9 HR, 31 RBI
RF Irene 'Lunchbox' Ploughman (Lothlorien) - .282, 14 HR, 45 RBI
Reserves
SP B. Moss (DM), S. *Ninwocket (DAG), G. Norcross (MIN), E. Whistler (MM), W. Daggerkicker (MIN), C. Elviorion (MIN)
CL P. Brainthrottler (DM), P. Pieweto (ISE), R. Hill (MIN), H. Witman (MM), M. Handtrembler (NUM)
C T. Ringworker (MIN)
1B T. Oathsplitter (NUM), J. *Monkeyslayer (DUN), F. Humanslammer (WT)
2B S. *Zottmiester (WT)
3B H. Rockdelver (DG), P. Dogwood (NUM)
LF D. Hornblower (DM), V. Tunnelsplitter (NUM)
CF T. *Samarkand (DM)
RF E. Ogredragger (ISE)

November 13, 2014

Red-Hot Rampage Reaps MC Reward

Monday, June 24th, 2030 This past week the best batter in the Mordor Conference was Thraryn *Samarkand, who banged his way to the Player of the Week Trophy. During the week the Dead Marshes center fielder compiled a .545 batting...

*III on a Hot Streak, SC Player of the Week

Monday, June 24th, 2030 Veteran Scarlett *III had a great week at the plate for the Fairies to capture the majority of votes for Player of the Week in the Shire Conference. The 34-year-old Bucklebury catcher built a .476 average...

November 11, 2014

Dead Marshes Shortstop Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, June 17th, 2030 It was an exceptional week for Nazbag the Story-teller of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. First he beat the devil out of the ball, hitting .423 and as you would expect, he was voted the Player of...

the Sneaky's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, June 17th, 2030 Few players his age are still in the league, but Squeaky the Sneaky of the Erebor Eagles clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 36-year-old designated hitter...

November 06, 2014

*Gomdrol's Strong Week Earns MC Trophy

Monday, June 10th, 2030 Tarechorion *Gomdrol 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 Misty Mountain shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Week's #1 Player Honored by SC

Monday, June 10th, 2030 The Shire Conference has selected its Player of the Week and the honor went to Chukky Moss, Bucklebury's fine third baseman. For the week he batted .381 (8-21) with 4 home runs, 5 runs and 7...

November 03, 2014

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, June 3rd, 2030 Fal Humancrawler went on a week-long tirade against the Mordor Conference pitchers and was acclaimed the Player of the Week. The Dol Guldur left fielder was hot as a firecracker, exploding with a .529 average, 2...

Sous Nadrierion Wins SC Trophy

Monday, June 3rd, 2030 Sous Nadrierion is respected by most Bywater Bounders 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...

MC's Top Pitcher in May Is Elviorion

Saturday, June 1st, 2030 May's #1 hurler was Celegast Elviorion of Minas Morgul. He gunned down Mordor Conference hitters the whole month and claimed the Pitcher of the Month award. The Slayers star piled up 5 wins and 1 loss...

SC Selects Eliolas May's #1 Pitcher

Saturday, June 1st, 2030 Question: Who was the #1 pitcher in the Shire Conference in May? Answer: That would be Galugol Eliolas of the Minas Ithil Wyrms. He excelled with a 6-0 mark and a 1.81 ERA in 6 starts,...

Dol Guldur's *Xanatos Top MC Batter in May

Saturday, June 1st, 2030 Norman *Xanatos 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...

SC Honors Goldtearer, Best Hitter in May

Saturday, June 1st, 2030 The Shire Conference has made it official -- Marin Goldtearer is the winner of the Batter of the Month trophy. In May, the Minas Ithil first baseman starred with a .394 batting average, 10 home runs...

October 30, 2014

MC Star of the Week Named

Monday, May 27th, 2030 Forerunner *Baggins 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 Ravenhill first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

*Véneanár Wins SC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, May 27th, 2030 A battle-tested Mablung *Véneanár declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 37-year-old Mirkwood first baseman collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award. He...

October 27, 2014

MC's Best Player, *Xanatos of Dol Guldur

Monday, May 20th, 2030 The Mordor Conference presented its Player of the Week Award to Dol Guldur Dragons catcher Norman *Xanatos. "His numbers speak for themselves," a club publicist said. "He's been really seeing the ball well." Indeed, *Xanatos has....

SC's Best Player Named

Monday, May 20th, 2030 One of the league's most exciting young players, Celillbo Arwiama 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 24-year-old...

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Thursday, May 16th, 2030 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,...

October 23, 2014

MC's Top Player Named

Monday, May 13th, 2030 When Karan Trollmaster stepped into the batter's box, she meant business. Her outstanding play this week has netted the Dunharrow catcher the well-deserved Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. Playing in 6 games she lashed...

Goldtearer Punishes SC Pitchers This Week

Monday, May 13th, 2030 Shire Conference pitchers will attest that it was tough to get Marin Goldtearer of the Minas Ithil Wyrms out last week. His all-around performance at the plate made him the league's most recent Player of the...

October 20, 2014

MC Names Best Player

Monday, May 6th, 2030 The Mordor Conference has named its Top Player of the Week. The honor went to Gredoc Foemasher, third baseman of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai. In an extraordinary hitting display, he belted out hits at a .560...

Star of the Week Selected in SC

Monday, May 6th, 2030 This past week the best batter in the Shire Conference was Sous Nadrierion, who banged his way to the Player of the Week Trophy. During the week the Bywater first baseman compiled a .524 batting average...

Numenor Starter April's Best Pitcher

Wednesday, May 1st, 2030 April's top hurler was Arwuwyn Lomebrildur of Numenor. He shackled Mordor Conference hitters the entire month and claimed the Pitcher of the Month award with a sparkling 5-1 mark. The 27-year-old Lomebrildur added 63 strikeouts in...

Celorfilad Earns SC's Best Pitcher Honor

Wednesday, May 1st, 2030 Noisur Celorfilad hated to see April turn to May. And who could blame him? The 26-year-old hurler piled up 6 wins and no losses for the Wyrms last month and won the Shire Conference Pitcher of...

Celim Snares MC Top Batter Award in April

Wednesday, May 1st, 2030 When players like Isengard's Flormina Celim 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 35...

*the Runner Takes SC's Best Bat Trophy

Wednesday, May 1st, 2030 Moria catcher Farmak *the Runner took home the Shire Conference Batter of the Month Trophy for April. He put up some solid numbers, including a .375 batting average and .426 on-base percentage with 36 hits, 10...

October 16, 2014

Kulick Week's #1 Player

Monday, April 29th, 2030 27-year-old Donnie Kulick 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, Kulick made the establishment sit...

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Monday, April 29th, 2030 At the age of 30, Ufrat Moonkiller might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Minas Ithil shortstop put up some exceptional numbers...

October 13, 2014

Elesserio of Minas Ithil Crowned Best Player

Monday, April 22nd, 2030 Cedrick Elesserio is respected by most Minas Ithil Wyrms fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

MC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 22nd, 2030 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. Ferdinand Roper, the Dunharrow Devils 25-year-old shortstop, put himself in the...

October 09, 2014

Star of the Week Picked in MC

Monday, April 15th, 2030 Mordor Conference pitchers will attest that it was tough to get Dudo Hornblower of the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai out last week. His all-around performance at the plate made him the league's most recent Player of the...

Brainthrottler Nabs SC Weekly Award

Monday, April 15th, 2030 What a week it was for Hahai Brainthrottler! The Minas Ithil right fielder took Shire Conference Player of the Week honors after wearing out the pitchers with a .474 batting average in his recent games. Brainthrottler...

October 06, 2014

MC Star of the Week Named

Monday, April 8th, 2030 Minto Mulhall, known affectionately as "the old man" by the younger players in the Hops clubhouse, showed his teammates how to do it last week -- and in the process the 35-year-old vet beat out all...

SC's Top Player, *the Runner of Moria

Monday, April 8th, 2030 This week's Player of the Week was Farmak *the Runner of the Moria Miners. His big bat waylaid Shire Conference pitching for 12 hits in 23 at-bats, 5 home runs and 13 RBIs while hitting .522...

October 02, 2014

SGCBL News: Opening Day

Monday, April 1st, 2030 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

Monday, April 1st, 2030 The season is about to start, so it's time to publish the annual Top 100 Prospects list. This year 21-year-old starting pitcher Estella Pennypacker of the Grey Havens Stars is the #1 prospect overall. Here is...

September 27, 2014

2030 Predictions

It's time once again for everyone's favorite pastime: pointing and laughing at the Commish's predictions for the upcoming season! We're taking yet another swipe at reading the chicken bones at the bottom of yesterday's stew and mixing them with a...

Shire Conference
Elf Division
Once again, we're predicting that the Old Forest Merry Fellows will take the Elf Division. Last year, they finished 6 games out and had the unfortunate task of taking on Minas Ithil as the Wild Card in the Fellowship Series. It went as well as expected with the Wyrms cruising to a 5-game win. They haven't done much to improve themselves this offseason, but then neither have their competitors. Still, Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard is just hitting her stride at age 26, after having already spent six years in the majors and racking up over 200 HR. She leads an offense that was 2nd in the entire league at scoring runs.

The Titans took the Elf Division for the 4th time in their history last season, but as usual they were out of the playoffs after the first round, losing to Bucklebury in 6 games. Minas Tirith still looks strong on paper, and in fact they were 4th best in the league at scoring runs last year. However, it remains to be seen if the loss of outfielder, Diazava Elölindë (.306, 23 HR, 76 RBI), will be offset by the huge money given to SS Rowan Sandyman. They've also got a good starting rotation, but losing closer, Wulferth Bricebolb, to free agency is yet another question mark. Currently, the role is being filled by 22-year-old Lomli Ironfist, who has shown some amazing stuff.

Rivendell's got a new GM, and Deacon Shieldhandler has tried hard to whip the once proud Royals into shape. They haven't made the playoffs since 2018, and Shieldhandler wants to try to end that 11-year drought. Unfortunately, despite his trades and free agent signings, this team still has work to do. There are a lot of rookies on this team. Of the batters currently on the Spring Training roster, only six played more than 100 games last season. 26 have never set foot on a major league field.

The once might Mirkwood Marauders have crumbled into dust. Mablung *Véneanár is now 37 and fits his long-time nickname of "The Venerable." While he did hit 35 HR and drove in 123 runs last year, his batting average slipped to .244. The history watch is on this season just to see if he reaches 500 career homers, thus guaranteeing his already virtually insured place in the Hall of Fame.

Division Winner: Old Forest Merry Fellows

Hobbit Division
There is no doubt about the easiest call in the predictions game, and that is that the Minas Ithil Wyrms remain the best team in the league. They won their second straight Return of the King Series, leaving their division mates in the dust, 44 games ahead of the Archers. Brutus *Trollbasher took home his 3rd straight Sam Gamgee Batter award, and Levi Legura grabbed a Gandalf Pitcher trophy. *Trollbasher was also the Shire MVP for the third year running. So far, 16 games into Spring Training, the Wyrms have only lost 2 games. OOTP predicts them to win 124 and finish 50 games ahead of Erebor. The record for wins is 125 by the 2023 Bucklebury Fairies, so we're talking a possible history-making run. But things happen, and that's why we play the season.

Bywater is steadily improving, and we think they might take the Shire Wild Card this year. That would put the once mighty Bounders back in the playoffs for the first time since 2024. Newcomer, Ferdinand 'Apple Pip' *Puttifoot, looks to make an impact at 2B with his power and speed.

Lake Town is another team with a new GM. Dave Silverwolf is looking to put the Archers' ship aright with some key signings and the introduction of SS Duilin *Silverwolf to the mix. *Silverwolf is a speedster who looks like he's going to hit for a high average. If they can put together some pitching, the Archers might give Bywater a run for the wild card.

Erebor slips another few notches down the list in our poll. The Eagles need a serious intervention if they are going to compete with anyone in this division.

Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bywater Bounders

Dwarf Division
Bucklebury is right where they were last year in our poll: 3rd place. The Fairies have stood pat for the last few years, which has been good enough to get them to the playoffs every year and even to win the division the last 9 out of 11 seasons. Nothing indicates that Scarlett *III and company have to worry about the rest of the Dwarf Division this season, but age catches up to everyone sooner or later...

Moria has finished 6 games behind the Fairies for the division title the last two seasons after winning the league championship in 2027. The Miners didn't do much of anything in the offseason, but they've still got quality pitchers and hitters like Nose 'The Schnozz' Gladrierŕ who batted .307 with 34 HR and 108 RBI last year--his 7th straight 100-RBI season.

Carrock, the only team left to have never appeared in the playoffs, continues its building. This year, we even have them up a few notches and will place them 3rd in the Dwarf Division. As usual, the big question is whether starging pitcher, Odessa *Enthugger, will stay healthy. Last year, she went down with a ruptured finger tendon in May and only wound up pitching in 8 major league games. The year before that, ulnar nerve irritation popped up in September after a series of elbow injuries took their toll. And in 2027 she went down in Spring Training with shoulder inflammation that kept her off the Opening Day roster.

Bree is under new management, and GM Mister Frodo is hoping to bring the Cheese back to their winning ways. Bree went from almost never missing the playoffs in the first 16 years of the league to not appearing the last 3 years, even losing 100 games for the first time in franchise history in 2028. Newcomer Eideron *Knucklebreaker is trying to learn all he can from outgoing catching star Grikak Spleenwhomper, and there is hope in the land of Bree once more.

Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies

Mordor Conference
Orc Division
Dead Marshes and Misty Mountain finished an epic battle last season with the Uruk-hai taking the Orc Division in the last week of the season. It looks like another such war is brewing this year, as both teams are at the top of their game, and both have new GM's. Mikee the German has taken the reins at Dead Marshes, and he inherits a team with last year's batting champ, Thraryn *Samarkand, who hit .364 while smacking 28 HR and driving in 88 runs. The Mordor Conference Champions also had the third best pitching staff last year in terms of Runs Allowed, only giving up 655 or a little over 4 per game.

Fighting them tooth-and-claw will be the Misty Mountain Hops, led by Hobbit RJW. The new GM is off to a late start, just coming aboard at the end of Spring Training, but the Hops have Ediberto Whistler (22-5) and a potent offense. Prior to RJW's arrival, the team managed to sign a bunch of good (if somewhat aging) talent. 3B Minto Mulhall, LF Diazava Elölindë, RF Mark Sheppard, 1B Tika Proudneck and C Foinus Armormaster are joining the squad this year. But if they don't win the division, then look out. We're predicting that they'll take the Wild Card spot but ony by the narrowest of margins. Look for a tight race between the Hops, Minas Morgul, and Numenor this year.

Dunharrow managed to make some deals this winter, but none of it added up to anything that will put the Devils into the same category as Dead Marshes or Misty Mountain. Their glory days seem to have ended after 2026 with three seasons of horrible finishes, including a 100-loss season in 2028.

We'll just repeat the same thing we said about the Stars as we did last 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: Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Mordor Wild Card Winner: Misty Mountain Hops

Goblin Division
Our prediction for a close race in the Goblin Division fizzled out last year, but Ravenhill sure didn't. They won 99 games and took their 4th straight division title. With the addition of Forerunner *Baggins at 1B this year, the Darkwings look to maintain their edge over the rest of the pack.

Numenor keeps moving up the charts, and the Kings have done so yet again. This year, we're looking for them to be in the hunt for the Wild Card until the end. They didn't make a lot of moves in the offseason, but they did pick up a decent starter in Rark Nosethrower off the free agent market. They've got some quality arms in the bullpen and have developed talent like 3B Pansy Dogwood into homegrown heroes.

Lothlorien is in rebuilding mode, and the Lumberjacks hope that new starter, Ricky *Vaughn, will anchor their new rotation for now and into the future. Gone is legendary veteran Udun *Saruman and outfield slugger Mark Sheppard. In come the new faces.

Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

Troll Division
Isengard hasn't won their division since 2021, but they have been steadily improving for the last 5 years. This should be their time. If not, it may be the last chance for star Ragnar *Stonecutter to win his third League Championship Ring. At least, it will be the first chance he's had at it in 9 years! The Raiders have some powerful hitting and really good pitching, especially closer Proddo Pieweto.

Minas Morgul improves in our rankings and moves into the top 10 again. The Slayers had their worst season in 10 years, finishing 17 games out and in last place. We don't think that's going to happen again. They've still got a potent offense and one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. If Nesil Orebearer can stay healthy at the top of the rotation, there shouldn't be anything stopping them from staying in the fight for both the division and the wild card come September.

Dol Guldur improved a little bit this year, mainly by a couple of free agent signings and the maturation of young talent. We still don't see the Dragons competing for anything too soon.

The aptly named Dagorlad Disaster keep plugging away, but despite having one of the best starting pitchers in Snibb *Ninwocket, they just can't put anything together to go with him.

Division Winner: Isengard Raiders

Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings

League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms

2030 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Ravenhill Darkwings
Bucklebury Fairies
Isengard Raiders
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Misty Mountain Hops
Numenor Kings
Bywater Bounders
Minas Morgul Slayers
Moria Miners
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Minas Tirith Titans
Carrock Bears
Bree Cheese
Rivendell Royals
Lothlorien Lumberjacks
Weathertop Witch Kings
Lake Town Archers
Dol Guldur Dragons
Dunharrow Devils
Erebor Eagles
Dagorlad Disaster
Mirkwood Marauders
Grey Havens Stars

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

September 15, 2014

SGCBL News: Spring Training Begins

Monday, February 25th, 2030 Grass and chalk. Leather and pine tar. These are the scents of baseball. Fans are flocking to training camps across Tolkien Baseball where spring training is just getting under way. Many tough decisions rest before team...

August 06, 2014

*Saruman in Tolkien Baseball HOF

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 284 home runs, 2111 hits and 1058 RBIs are the stuff of legend, but Udun *Saruman doesn't see it that way. "For me, baseball is about the team winning. I could have taken an 0-for-4 that...

Nilad Latest HOF Legend

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 The baseball legends today welcomed to their exclusive club a new catcher by the name of Thuralia Nilad. His induction ceremony was held today at the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. "I remember thinking to myself...

Gauthor Joins Greats in SGCBL Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 The way Gollomer Gauthor 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...

Minto Foxburr Inducted into Hall Of Fame

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 "He simply produced -- game after game after game. That's what I loved about him." Those sentiments were expressed by one of Minto Foxburr's managers at the gifted third baseman's Hall of Fame induction ceremony yesterday....

Biggles *Dogsbody Joins the Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 What a career and what a ballplayer. Biggles *Dogsbody 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...

Hall of Fame Honors Ciurk Badgerpoker

Tuesday, January 1st, 2030 A huge crowd watched Ciurk Badgerpoker 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 got...

July 25, 2014

SGCBL News: Free Agents File

Wednesday, November 28th, 2029 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 offseason as some...

July 17, 2014

Dead Marshes Outfielder Wins Aragorn MVP

Friday, November 16th, 2029 There were a lot of firsts this year for the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai, but one of the proudest accomplishments had to be that of Thraryn *Samarkand. *Samarkand, 25, not only hit .364 to lead all SGCBL...

*Trollbasher Wins Shire MVP

Friday, November 16th, 2029 Earlier, Brutus *Trollbasher won his third consecutive Sam Gamgee Batter Award, and today he was rewarded with his third straight Aragorn MVP. *Trollbasher was the easy choice in the Shire Conference after leading the Minas Ithil...

Misty Mountain's Whistler Takes Best Pitcher Prize

Monday, November 12th, 2029 The Gandalf Pitcher Award for 2029 has been presented and the Mordor Conference winner is Ediberto Whistler of Misty Mountain. "It's always nice to receive an award like this," said Whistler. "I just hope I can...

MC's Top Hitter for 2029 Named

Monday, November 12th, 2029 It's been a year of triumph for veteran Hisin Rockdelver of the Dol Guldur Dragons as he hit his way to the 2029 Mordor Conference Sam Gamgee Batter. The 30-year-old veteran compiled a .303 average and...

#1 Pitcher Trophy Won by Wyrms Legurŕ

Monday, November 12th, 2029 The Minas Ithil Wyrms have a rising superstar or maybe even a budding Hall-of-Famer in the making. It's Levi Legurŕ, this year's Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award selection. This blossoming hurler wowed fans, peers and sportswriters...

Brutus *Trollbasher Nabs Best Bat Trophy

Monday, November 12th, 2029 The Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter has been picked for 2029 and the honor goes to the talented Minas Ithil Wyrms catcher Brutus *Trollbasher. This season he compiled a .360 batting average with 205 hits, 12...

Season's Best Fielders Selected by MC

Monday, November 12th, 2029 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 --...

Mordor Conference Selects Best Rookie

Monday, November 12th, 2029 The outstanding Mordor Conference newcomer for 2029 has been selected and the trophy goes to Misty Mountain first baseman Issth Foriand. He received the Frodo Rookie Award on the strength of his fine performance this season....

Legolas Fielder Award Winners in SC Announced

Monday, November 12th, 2029 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 2029 has...

SC's Best Rookie Acclaimed

Monday, November 12th, 2029 Today the Shire Conference announced the winner of the 2029 Frodo Rookie Award. The top-ranked rookie was the talented Old Forest center fielder Toifur Armorbender. The 28-year-old Merry Fellows newcomer took the trophy by hitting .288...

July 03, 2014

Minas Ithil Caps Season With Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Championship

Friday, November 2nd, 2029 The Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association championship series is now history with the trophy going to the Minas Ithil Wyrms, who knocked off the Serenity Valley Fireflies 2-0 to cop the crown 4-2 in games. The victorious...

June 30, 2014

Wyrms Sweep Dead Marshes

Wednesday, October 24th, 2029 The season came to a crashing halt for the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai when the Minas Ithil Wyrms beat them 7-1 today at Uruk-hai Field to sweep the Return of the King Series 4-0. Fans in Minas...

June 11, 2014

*Samarkand Hits .364 to Earn MC Crown

Sunday, September 30th, 2029 The Mordor Conference announced today that Thraryn *Samarkand of Dead Marshes was the league's top hitter in 2029. He recorded a .364 batting average to win the honor. The Uruk-hai center fielder had 208 hits with...

*Trollbasher Leads SC Hitters

Sunday, September 30th, 2029 The number-one ranked hitter in the Shire Conference for 2029 is Brutus *Trollbasher. The Minas Ithil Wyrms catcher won the league batting crown with 205 hits in 569 at-bats. No one in the league had a...

June 09, 2014

MC Player of the Week Awarded

Monday, September 24th, 2029 At the age of 32, 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...

Week's Best Player Honored by SC

Monday, September 24th, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Hahai Brainthrottler, the Minas Ithil right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

June 05, 2014

SC Star of the Week Picked

Monday, September 17th, 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...

Mordor Conference Names Top Player

Monday, September 17th, 2029 It can be difficult for a young player to step out of the shadows and assert himself in the Mordor Conference, but last week Mablung Belŕlindë of the Weathertop Witch Kings reminded everyone just why he's...

June 02, 2014

Oreshaker Wins MC Player of the Week Honors

Monday, September 10th, 2029 Lufur Oreshaker is respected by most Isengard Raiders fans for his no-frills style of play. The 26-year-old left fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

SC Premier Player Picked

Monday, September 10th, 2029 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 first baseman wreaked havoc on opposing...

Starslobberer Hits in 38 Consecutive Games, Sets New Record

Saturday, September 8th, 2029 Erurbag Starslobberer collected 2 hits in today's game and extended his hitting streak to 38 games and setting a new League record. His club, the Ravenhill Darkwings, beat Bucklebury 5-3. After the ballgame, Starslobberer quipped to...

May 30, 2014

MC's Star Player Named

Monday, September 3rd, 2029 Erurbag Starslobberer has the tools to stick in this league for many years. The 24-year-old left fielder of the Ravenhill Darkwings had a pretty hot bat in the Mordor Conference over the past seven days and...

Week's Top Performer Honored by SC

Monday, September 3rd, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Estella Underhill, the Rivendell first baseman, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid her...

August's Top Starter is Girk

Saturday, September 1st, 2029 Vruuhai Girk has made fans throughout Tolkien Baseball take notice over the past month with an exceptional 4-0 record. No pitcher in the Mordor Conference threw better in August, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month...

August's SC Top Pitcher is Miners Mu

Saturday, September 1st, 2029 Last month was a very successful month for Aroborn Mu of Moria. So successful that he has been honored as the Pitcher of the Month in the Shire Conference. Mu shut down league hitters in fine...

MC Best Hitter Trophy Goes to *Xanatos

Saturday, September 1st, 2029 August's Batter of the Month has been announced by the Mordor Conference. This month's trophy was presented to the Dol Guldur catcher, Norman *Xanatos. He starred by hitting .413 with a .481 on-base percentage, totaled 38...

*Trollbasher of Minas Ithil SC Batter of the Month

Saturday, September 1st, 2029 When Brutus *Trollbasher 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 Minas Ithil catcher posted a...

May 26, 2014

Dogwood Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, August 27th, 2029 One of the league's most exciting young players, Pansy Dogwood 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...

Big Bat Pays Off, *Trollbasher Player of the Week

Monday, August 27th, 2029 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. Brutus *Trollbasher, the Minas Ithil Wyrms 24-year-old catcher, put himself in...

May 23, 2014

Player of the Week Trophy to Humanslurper

Monday, August 20th, 2029 His hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Pugnash Humanslurper was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Ravenhill Darkwings second baseman hit .455 while collecting...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, August 20th, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Lor Cloudeye, the Rivendell right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

May 19, 2014

Rasreth Selected Player of the Week

Monday, August 13th, 2029 Shima Rasreth is respected by most Ravenhill Darkwings fans for his no-frills style of play. The 32-year-old third baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Mordor Conference Player of the Week...

Eärärion Punishes SC Pitchers This Week

Monday, August 13th, 2029 27-year-old Friagorn Eärärion 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, Eärärion made the establishment sit...

Rowdy Players Suspended by League

Saturday, August 11th, 2029 Wilo Headhater of the Minas Ithil Wyrms and Rebo Pelham of the Lake Town Archers received notification from the league commissioner's office that they had been suspended for 5 games for their part in the on-field...

May 15, 2014

Numenor's Elvora MC Star of the Week

Monday, August 6th, 2029 At the age of 32, 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...

Hawks Week's #1 Player

Monday, August 6th, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Wayne Hawks, the Old Forest designated hitter, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

MC Selects Cotton July's Top Starter

Wednesday, August 1st, 2029 Despite the number of years she's been in the league, Camelia Cotton still gets excited when she puts together a quality stretch like she had in July. The 31-year-old starter for Numenor was named Mordor Conference...

Celorfilad Gets July's Top Pitcher Trophy

Wednesday, August 1st, 2029 Noisur Celorfilad left little doubt in the minds of Shire Conference officials that he should be named July's Pitcher of the Month for his outstanding performance. "I wasn't always confident at the start of a game,"...

MC's #1 Batter Chosen

Wednesday, August 1st, 2029 July was an outstanding month for Dunharrow center fielder Xap Hippogryph and it was capped off today with the announcement that he was named the winner of the Mordor Conference Batter of the Month award. Hippogryph...

Bats Top Hitter in SC in July

Wednesday, August 1st, 2029 Justin Bats of the Minas Tirith Titans spoke softly and carried a big stick in July and was justifiably proclaimed the Shire Conference Batter of the Month. The Titans left fielder rapped out a .398 batting...

May 12, 2014

Mordor Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, July 30th, 2029 Carly Brockhouse must have thought he was in seventh heaven this week. First he went on a sensational hitting spree, belting the ball at a .409 pace, then the Dunharrow right fielder finds outs he has...

Elarandel Punishes SC Pitchers This Week

Monday, July 30th, 2029 At the age of 30, Mereahil Elarandel 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 08, 2014

Mordor Conference Winner is Hornblower

Monday, July 23rd, 2029 This week's premier performer in the Mordor Conference was right fielder Daisy Hornblower of the Weathertop Witch Kings. She banged out a .484 average and was voted the Player of the Week. Over the last week...

SC Announces Player of the Week

Monday, July 23rd, 2029 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Robert Brownlock, the Erebor center fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

May 05, 2014

MC's Star Player Named

Monday, July 16th, 2029 26-year-old Fral Orcteeth 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, Orcteeth made the establishment sit...

Player of the Week Trophy to Bats

Monday, July 16th, 2029 Olo Bats is respected by most Minas Ithil Wyrms fans for his no-frills style of play. The 28-year-old second baseman went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of the...

May 01, 2014

Hippogryph Wins MC Player of the Week Trophy

Monday, July 9th, 2029 A battle-tested Xap Hippogryph declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Dunharrow right fielder collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award. He...

Shire Conference Selects Best Performer

Monday, July 9th, 2029 Wart Wolfgobber is respected by most Old Forest Merry Fellows fans for his no-frills style of play. The 32-year-old right fielder went about his business with vigor last week to grab the Shire Conference Player of...

April 28, 2014

Shire Sails to Shutout Win Over Mordor

A dominant Shire Conference staff steamrolled the Mordor Conference All-Stars in the 27th annual mid-season classic. Allowing just 3 hits, Shire pitchers fanned 9 and walked 2 for a shutout win. Meanwhile, the Shire batters were able to knock in...

April 18, 2014

Big Bat Pays Off, Pender Player of the Week

Monday, July 2nd, 2029 Her hard work and hustle paid off this week. The hard-working and hard-playing Gamella Pender was rewarded with the Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors. The scrappy Ravenhill Darkwings center fielder hit .545 while collecting...

SC Player of the Week Selected

Monday, July 2nd, 2029 25-year-old Marin Goldtearer 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, Goldtearer made the establishment sit...

April 17, 2014

Misty Mountain Starter Selected Best Pitcher

Sunday, July 1st, 2029 Ediberto Whistler left little doubt in the minds of Mordor Conference officials that he should be named June's Pitcher of the Month for his outstanding performance. "I wasn't always confident at the start of a game,"...

SC Starter of the Month Goes to Trader

Sunday, July 1st, 2029 Despite the number of years he's been in the league, Legend Trader still gets excited when he puts together a quality stretch like he had in June. The 34-year-old starter for Minas Ithil was named Shire...

Smiddlefidget Wins Best Bat Trophy in June

Sunday, July 1st, 2029 June was a good month for Vrung Smiddlefidget. The Isengard second baseman had his way with opposing pitchers all month while posting a .419 batting average and was selected as the Mordor Conference Batter of the...

Hawks Claims SC Batter of the Month Award

Sunday, July 1st, 2029 Snap, crackle and pop! In June, Wayne Hawks snapped up the Shire Conference Batter of the Month trophy by cracking 26 hits and popping 12 home runs. For the month he hit a solid .351 with...

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

Monday, August 17th, 2026 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. Diazava Elölindë, the Minas Tirith Titans 25-year-old left fielder, put himself...

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

Saturday, August 1st, 2026 Last month was a very good one for Joe Graves of Ravenhill. So good that he has been picked as the Pitcher of the Month in the Mordor Conference. Graves throttled league hitters the entire month,...

Cam Cops #1 Pitcher Award in July

Saturday, August 1st, 2026 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 July. The 29-year-old starter for Bucklebury was named Shire Conference...

July's Best MC Hitter is Ragnar *Stonecutter

Saturday, August 1st, 2026 When guys like Isengard's Ragnar *Stonecutter win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a productive July, the longtime Mordor Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers all month long, collecting 42...

*Hubbard Captures SC Batter of Month Award

Saturday, August 1st, 2026 July was an outstanding month for Old Forest catcher Elle-Rhonda *Hubbard and it was capped off today with the announcement that she was named the winner of the Shire Conference Batter of the Month award. *Hubbard...

October 29, 2012

Lothlorien First Baseman Picked MC Player of the Week

Monday, July 27th, 2026 At the age of 33, Udun *Saruman might have some potential he hasn't realized yet -- if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Lothlorien first baseman put up some exceptional numbers...

*Hubbard's Strong Week Earns SC Trophy

Monday, July 27th, 2026 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...

October 25, 2012

Rego Sticks it to MC Pitchers

Monday, July 20th, 2026 Pitchers who faced the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai last week were happy to see Hob Rego in the rear view mirror. The 26-year-old left fielder was dubbed the Mordor Conference Player of the Week for a 7-game...

SC Star of the Week Chosen

Monday, July 20th, 2026 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. Hahai Brainthrottler, the Minas Ithil Wyrms 25-year-old right fielder, put himself...

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

Saturday, July 4th, 2026 The hallowed halls of baseball have been enlarged. Today a great pitcher was added to its list of legends as perennial all-star Yvestil Ala'Niel was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame. She was famous...

October 18, 2012

Mordor Squad Evens Up All-Star Series

Thursday, July 2nd, 2026 It was superior pitching and some sloppy play by a pair of Wyrms that did in the Shire Conference All-Stars this night in Minas Ithil. The Mordor team allowed 9 hits, but only 1 run, giving...

October 15, 2012

MC Premier Pitcher is Ravenhill's Graves

Wednesday, July 1st, 2026 In June, when the name of Joe Graves appeared on the Ravenhill lineup card it was a virtual lock on a victory. He started 6 times and chalked up 5 wins and 1 loss. With those...

SC's Top Pitcher in June Is Tunnelsplitter

Wednesday, July 1st, 2026 Soibur Tunnelsplitter of the Titans pretty much bewildered opposing batters in June and was honored as the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month earlier today. The Minas Tirith starter sparkled last month with a 5-0 record...

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

Wednesday, July 1st, 2026 When guys like Mirkwood's Mablung *Véneanár win Batter of the Month awards, it just makes you feel good. In a productive June, the longtime Shire Conference veteran toyed with opposing pitchers all month long, collecting 44...

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

Monday, June 15th, 2026 General managers and their scouting divisions huddle around the club's conference room table as the 2026 draft is about to get under way. It will be fast, furious and punishing for those not ready to play...

*Stonecutter Collects Player of the Week Award

Monday, June 15th, 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 .542 average...

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

Monday, May 11th, 2026 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 25-year-old left fielder, put himself...

Goodrich Selected Top Performer in SC

Monday, May 11th, 2026 Dudo Goodrich 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 shortstop wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last...

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

Friday, May 1st, 2026 Bowman Moss was on top of the world in April, capping it off with the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month honors. The Minas Morgul starter was superb in 7 starts with 6 wins and 1...

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

Friday, May 1st, 2026 Brandon Burrus was at the top of the hit parade in the Mordor Conference throughout April. For the outstanding month, the talented Numenor right fielder was chosen the Batter of the Month. He compiled a .371...

SC's #1 Batter Chosen

Friday, May 1st, 2026 Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 33-year-old Mablung *Véneanár put together a solid offensive month for Mirkwood and was crowned April's top batter in the Shire Conference. He batted .392 with 12 home runs, 26...

August 16, 2012

Mordor Conference Picks Top Player

Monday, April 27th, 2026 26-year-old Pork Earbelly 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, Earbelly made the establishment sit...

SC Names Best Player

Monday, April 27th, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Mereahil Elarandel, the Minas Tirith right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

August 13, 2012

Great Week for Weathertop's Daisy Hornblower

Monday, April 20th, 2026 Daisy Hornblower 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 Weathertop right fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers...

Shire Conference Announces #1 Player

Monday, April 20th, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Rowan Fields, the Erebor left fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid his...

August 09, 2012

Mordor Conference Names Isril Best Batter

Monday, April 13th, 2026 There's nothing like being in the prime of your baseball career -- and playing like it. Just ask Har Isril, the Dol Guldur right fielder, who swung a sweet bat all week to not only aid...

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

Monday, April 6th, 2026 At the age of 34, 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...

Week's Premier Performer Honored by SC

Monday, April 6th, 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...

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,