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May 12, 2014

the Crippler, Eiler Swap Clubs

Saturday, July 28th, 2029 The Mirkwood Marauders have finalized a deal that will send 30-year-old minor league reliever Wuurg the Crippler to Forgotten Realms for 20-year-old minor league shortstop Vrsuurg Eiler. Minor details still need to be worked out before...

May 05, 2014

Eagles Chill Hardbottle's Hot Streak

Monday, July 9th, 2029 Andrack Hardbottle's hit streak ended at 25 games today as the Marauders second baseman went 0-for-4 in a 6-4 loss to the Eagles. "It's one of those things," Hardbottle said. "It just didn't happen. I guess...

May 01, 2014

Hardbottle's Hit Streak Reaches 25 Games

Friday, July 6th, 2029 Andrack Hardbottle's bat has been smoking lately as he went 1-for-4 in today's 4-1 triumph over Bywater at Woodland Field. The 32-year-old second baseman for the Mirkwood Marauders has now hit safely in 25 consecutive games....

April 17, 2014

Marauders, Badgers Trade Star Players

Wednesday, June 27th, 2029 Officials from the Mirkwood organization were all smiles as they announced a deal with the Narnia Badgers today involving several top-flight players. The Marauders will receive 25-year-old center fielder Jesus Barnwell in return for 32-year-old third...

January 27, 2014

Veteran 3B Hardbottle Stays in Mirkwood

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2029 Fans hailed the signing of Andrack Hardbottle today as the Mirkwood Marauders third baseman came to terms with the club. Set to make $11,000,000 over the upcoming 2 years, Hardbottle signed primarily out of loyalty to...

January 20, 2014

Mirkwood, Earthsea Trade Players

Saturday, December 16th, 2028 Earlier today, officials from the Mirkwood Marauders and the Earthsea Dragons announced that they had finalized negotiations on a trade between the two teams. The deal will send 25-year-old reliever Ciro Latta to Earthsea in exchange...

Marauders, Munchkins Trade Players

Saturday, December 16th, 2028 Mirkwood and Land of Oz have made a swap. Players involved in the transaction are the Marauders 31-year-old starting pitcher Gollalf Stoneback and the Munchkins 22-year-old minor league starting pitcher Sorria Undomiel the Changed, 19-year-old minor...

September 02, 2013

Latest Injury News for *Véneanár

Thursday, April 13th, 2028 The latest news from the Mirkwood Marauders clubhouse is this: first baseman Mablung *Véneanár is expected to be out of action for another 4 months. He has a broken kneecap, sustained on 04/12/2028. *Véneanár expressed a...

August 08, 2013

Mirkwood, Forgotten Realms Trade Players

Wednesday, January 19th, 2028 In a hastily called press conference, Mirkwood announced today a trade with Forgotten Realms that will send 28-year-old minor league third baseman Talla Föriand and 22-year-old minor league left fielder Blaennyn the Changed Man to the...

July 29, 2013

the Witch and Headhater Dealt

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2027 Mirkwood and Forgotten Realms announced today in a joint press conference that 29-year-old minor league first baseman Sariaron the Witch will be going to the Kobolds in exchange for 27-year-old reliever Milo Mulhall and 22-year-old minor...

January 24, 2013

$5,840,000 Lands C Denihil for Marauders

Thursday, February 11th, 2027 Mirkwood's signing of Friagorn Denihil was met with mixed reactions today as the 31-year-old catcher was introduced to the media. Some experts consider him overpaid at $2,920,000 a year for 2 years, while others insist that...

January 08, 2013

Mirkwood Wins SS Sandyman Sweepstakes

Saturday, December 12th, 2026 Mirkwood announced the signing of Rowan Sandyman to the cheers of fans and local sportswriters alike today. The 25-year-old will cash checks for $10,000,000 a year for 3 years, and will certainly enhance the club's playoff...

December 20, 2012

*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...

*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...

November 26, 2012

*Véneanár Tags Number 400

Monday, September 7th, 2026 The crowd roared -- they knew they were seeing history -- and Mablung *Véneanár was delighted, too: The 33-year-old Marauders first baseman was making history with his 400th career homer. The crowd buzzed and roared again...

November 19, 2012

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...

November 12, 2012

2000th Hit for *Véneanár

Wednesday, August 19th, 2026 Mablung *Véneanár started out as a baby-faced rookie many seasons ago. Yesterday at Lake Town Park the Mirkwood veteran joined the league's 2000-hit club. *Véneanár achieved that milestone with a 1-for-3 day in the Marauders 4-3...

November 05, 2012

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...

October 15, 2012

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...

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 08, 2012

Mirkwood Sends Grudgecrusher to Land of Oz

Monday, June 15th, 2026 Trade winds have been blowing through Mirkwood. This time, a deal has materialized between the Marauders and Munchkins. According to sources inside the organization, Mirkwood will ship 26-year-old right fielder Vasil Grudgecrusher to Land of Oz...

October 01, 2012

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...

September 27, 2012

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 17, 2012

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 09, 2012

Going, Going, Gone! *Véneanár Hits 3 Homers

Tuesday, April 7th, 2026 Some days you can't have it all. Mablung *Véneanár discovered that when he cracked three homers at Woodland Field during today's game against the Moria Miners and lost. "I have mixed emotions about this game," he...

June 15, 2012

Veteran Hardy Agrees to 3-Year Deal

Saturday, November 22nd, 2025: The Mirkwood Marauders have called a press conference later today to announce the signing of closer Thomas Hardy to a 3-year, $32,400,000 contract. Both Hardy and the Marauders are said to be very pleased to come...

June 04, 2012

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...

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,...

May 17, 2012

Mablung *Véneanár Wins SC Batting Title

Wednesday, October 1st, 2025: Statistically, the Shire Conference's top-ranked hitter in 2025 was Mablung *Véneanár of the Mirkwood Marauders, who nabbed the batting title with a .371 average. The 32-year-old first baseman recorded 198 hits in 533 at-bats in his...

April 30, 2012

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 23, 2012

Titans Halt *Véneanár's Hit Streak

Tuesday, August 5th, 2025: The 37-game hitting streak of 32-year-old first baseman Mablung *Véneanár came to an end today at Elrod Stadium at Finrod Field. The Titans held him hitless in 3 at-bats and also sent the Mirkwood Marauders down...

April 12, 2012

35-Game Hitting Streak for *Véneanár

Saturday, August 2nd, 2025: Mablung *Véneanár's bat has been smoking lately as he went 1-for-3 in today's 2-1 triumph over Old Forest at Woodland Field. The 32-year-old first baseman for the Mirkwood Marauders has now hit safely in 35 consecutive...

*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

*Véneanár Sets New Hitting Streak Record

Sunday, July 27th, 2025: Mablung *Véneanár has accomplished something only 5 players in league history have managed: hitting safely in 28 straight games. Today at Woodland Field the Mirkwood star surpassed 4 of his fellows by making it 29 games...

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...

Big Day for *Véneanár: Swats 6 Hits

Friday, July 18th, 2025: The Mirkwood Marauders upended the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai at Woodland Field today in large part to first baseman Mablung *Véneanár, who had a smashing day with the bat -- he racked up 6 hits in 6...

April 02, 2012

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 12, 2012

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...

February 23, 2012

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 13, 2012

Stron Injury Update

Saturday, April 26th, 2025: The medical report is in: the injury that has kept Mirkwood left fielder Aud Stron out of action since 04/23/2025 will sideline him for another 10 months. The 26-year-old Stron, who has a ruptured medial collateral...

January 30, 2012

Star 3B Signs Extension with Mirkwood

Monday, March 31st, 2025: Fans hailed the signing of Andrack Hardbottle today as the Mirkwood Marauders third baseman came to terms with the club. Set to make $52,800,000 over the upcoming 4 years, Hardbottle signed primarily out of loyalty to...

January 23, 2012

Wyrms-Marauders Deal: Earorfiwyn for Facedragger

Monday, March 10th, 2025: It's all done except the paperwork. The Minas Ithil Wyrms and the Mirkwood Marauders have agreed to a trade that will send 24-year-old starting pitcher Minya Eowémir, 27-year-old catcher Gollaidur Earorfiwyn and 25-year-old minor league reliever...

October 31, 2011

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...

September 05, 2011

Royals Hitless Against Kendrick

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024: Mirkwood's Orangeblossom Kendrick was right on the mark today at Royals Stadium in a sensational no-hitter against the Rivendell Royals, shutting them down 5-1. She chalked up 3 strikeouts and gave up 7 walks in a...

July 14, 2011

Mirkwood Inks Star MR to $2,240,000 Deal

Friday, December 22nd, 2023: Sportswriters, fans and team officials watched today as 37-year-old reliever Koisil Stonemasher committed to a $2,240,000, 1-year deal with the Mirkwood organization. Some openly worry that despite his talent, Stonemasher is too old to get it...

May 30, 2011

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 12, 2011

Mablung *Véneanár to Miss 4 Weeks

Friday, August 18th, 2023: The Mirkwood Marauders were informed today by team doctors that first baseman Mablung *Véneanár sustained shoulder soreness in a recent game against the Rivendell Royals and will not play for 4 weeks. *Véneanár was hurt making...

April 18, 2011

Titans Chill Stron's Hot Streak

Sunday, July 16th, 2023: Minas Tirith brought Aud Stron's hitting spree to a screeching halt today in its 10-3 victory over Mirkwood at Woodland Field. The Titans mound staff snapped the 24-year-old left fielder's hitting streak at 20 games. Stron...

Hitting Streak Still Alive for Stron

Friday, July 14th, 2023: Aud Stron of the Mirkwood Marauders just keeps going and going. The hot-hitting center fielder went 1-for-4 in his team's 12-8 victory over the Old Forest Merry Fellows at Shire Greens Stadium and extended his hitting...

March 24, 2011

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...

March 14, 2011

Mirkwood MR Eregion Will Miss 3 Months

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023: "I'm frustrated right now," said Mirkwood reliever Eillf Eregion. "I can't help this team by sitting on the bench or in the training room." Unfortunately for the Marauders, that's where he will be spending 3 months....

March 10, 2011

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...

February 17, 2011

Trollmaster Sizzles -- Smokes Miners for 5 Hits

Saturday, April 8th, 2023: It was a big day with the bat for Vinar Trollmaster of the Mirkwood Marauders at Woodland Field as he bashed out hit after hit after hit to defeat Moria 12-11. After the game he said,...

February 14, 2011

Veteran LF Gŕndir Stays in Mirkwood

Friday, March 31st, 2023: Team officials triumphantly announced that the Marauders and superstar left fielder Phaiar Gŕndir have closed a deal that keeps the 33-year-old in a Mirkwood uniform for another 3 years. Gŕndir will earn $33,740,000 as part of...

February 07, 2011

Marauders Irontwister Suffers Injury

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023: Mirkwood fans will be disappointed to learn that Ginar Irontwister suffered a partially torn labrum while throwing a pitch in today's game. After the doctor informed the Mirkwood Marauders manager that Irontwister was expected to miss...

January 26, 2011

Mirkwood, Misty Mountain Swap Players

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023: The Baseball News Network is reporting that the Marauders and Hops have consummated a trade. Misty Mountain will receive 32-year-old second baseman Borg Ditchdigger in a swap for 26-year-old shortstop Sim Brandybuck. A league analyst called...

January 25, 2011

Mirkwood, Dead Marshes Close Deal

Sunday, February 5th, 2023: The Mirkwood Marauders addressed a concern today, coming to terms with the Dead Marshes Uruk-hai on a trade that will send 23-year-old first baseman Halildur Tunnelbender from the Marauders to the Uruk-hai in exchange for 25-year-old...

January 19, 2011

Star CL Signs Pact with Marauders

Saturday, December 10th, 2022: Happy times in Mirkwood as the Marauders and star closer Ginar Irontwister put the finishing touches on a $8,500,000 contract extension that will keep the 33-year-old in town 2 years longer. The signing is great news...

December 17, 2010

Hardbottle Signs for 3 years

Saturday, November 19th, 2022: Happy times in Mirkwood as the Marauders and star third baseman Andrack Hardbottle put the finishing touches on a $47,200,000 contract extension that will keep the 26-year-old in town 3 years longer. The signing is great...

September 20, 2010

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

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...

August 26, 2010

Gŕndir Raps 300th Roundtripper

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022: "I wasn't trying to hit a homer. I just wanted to make contact." That's what Phaiar Gŕndir told reporters after he made baseball history today at Woodland Field. The prolific slugger belted home run #300 in...

June 03, 2010

Marauders Gŕndir Suffers Injury

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021: Team doctors diagnosed Phaiar Gŕndir with a torn ligament in his thumb and told the Mirkwood Marauders center fielder that he will miss 2 weeks. Gŕndir was hurt making a defensive play in a game against...

May 31, 2010

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...

April 20, 2010

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...

April 01, 2010

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,...

March 11, 2010

League KO's Uruk-hai-Marauders Players with 3-Game Suspensions

Friday, April 23rd, 2021: The league commissioner announced that two players had been suspended for inappropriate conduct. He told BNN, "What I'm trying to do with these penalties is say, we can't stop you from doing these things, but if...

Star CL Throatpoker Signs for 1 year

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021: The Mirkwood Marauders have finished a deal with All Star-caliber closer Isiawyn Throatpoker that will extend his stay in Mirkwood at least 1 year and will pay out $6,290,000....

March 04, 2010

Marauders Lose Grimag the Insane

Saturday, April 10th, 2021: The Mirkwood Marauders were dealt a severe blow when Grimag the Insane was hurt throwing a pitch recently in a game against the Carrock Bears. After the game, the team trainer reported the Insane might have...

March 01, 2010

Star SP Signs Extension with Mirkwood

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021: Fans hailed the signing of Dosil Sandybanks today as the Mirkwood Marauders starting pitcher came to terms with the club. Set to make $4,140,000 over the upcoming 3 years, Sandybanks signed primarily out of loyalty to...

February 25, 2010

Borg Ditchdigger Hurt, Out of Action

Saturday, March 20th, 2021: "It was kinda freaky. Hopefully, I'll be back in the lineup soon," said a dejected Borg Ditchdigger after injuring himself in a game against Minas Tirith. The Mirkwood manager told reporters, "He will miss up to...

February 04, 2010

Veteran the Insane Signs 2-Year Deal

Sunday, January 31st, 2021: The Marauders today announced that they have come to terms with Grimag the Insane, a 38-year-old closer they've been scouting for a while. the Insane will earn $2,150,000 a year over 2 years and is expected...

January 01, 2010

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...

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...

Ridin' High: Gŕndir Hits for Cycle

Sunday, October 25th, 2020: In Mirkwood's 11-4 win today at Orthanc Stadium, Phaiar Gŕndir roughed up Isengard pitching in a big way. The 30-year-old center fielder hit for the cycle, rapping out a single, double, triple and home run. "What...

December 11, 2009

Bad News for Marauders, Irontwister Injured

Sunday, September 20th, 2020: Earlier today, Mirkwood starting pitcher Ginar Irontwister had to leave the game against Minas Tirith because of an injury. Team officials are reporting that he has a ruptured finger tendon and will miss 4 months of...

December 10, 2009

Star 3B Signs Extension with Mirkwood

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020: Team officials triumphantly announced that the Marauders and superstar third baseman Borg Ditchdigger have closed a deal that keeps the 29-year-old in a Mirkwood uniform for another 3 years. Ditchdigger will earn $37,800,000 as part of...

December 07, 2009

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...

Irontwister Signs for 3 years

Thursday, September 10th, 2020: Mirkwood fans celebrated as word of a signing became reality. Ginar Irontwister won't be pulling up stakes anytime soon, as he has signed a 3-year extension at a pay rate of $2,948,000 per annum. Since he...

December 03, 2009

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...

November 12, 2009

Mirkwood, Nöriand Agree to Extension Deal

Sunday, July 26th, 2020: Rumors have become reality as Lanlla Nöriand put his signature on a contract that will keep him in Mirkwood another 3 years. The deal is valued at $2,840,000 per year. During the current season Nöriand is...

November 09, 2009

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 02, 2009

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 26, 2009

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

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 12, 2009

*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,...

October 05, 2009

Clubwalker Signs for 4 years

Friday, May 15th, 2020: Media analysts hailed Mirkwood's signing of Boinar Clubwalker, one of Tolkien Baseball's brightest stars, as a pivotal move. While the deal is certain to raise a few eyebrows, Clubwalker is expected to earn every bit of...

October 01, 2009

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...

September 17, 2009

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...

June 22, 2009

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...

June 18, 2009

Marauders *Véneanár Out Rest Of Season

The doctors have spoken and Mablung *Véneanár of the Mirkwood Marauders didn't like what he heard. The 26-year-old shortstop is almost certainly gone for the rest of the year and depending on his progress could miss some of next season...

June 01, 2009

Mirkwood Loses Gwildoc for Season

The season is apparently over for Nagush Gwildoc. The Mirkwood Marauders medical staff informed the club that the starting pitcher will be out at least 13 months with a ruptured bicep tendon. Gwildoc was hurt in the game against Misty...

May 28, 2009

Goriborn Claims 250th Victory

What would you do after you had just won your 250th game? Run around Royals Stadium doing cartwheels, jumping for joy and waving to the crowd? Well, maybe you and I would do that, but not Gwelf Goriborn -- that's...

April 20, 2009

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...

April 06, 2009

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...

March 23, 2009

Mirkwood Inks Star 1B to $4,880,000 Deal

The Marauders and Gwogast Gorund appeared before the Mirkwood media today as the two sides emerged from marathon contract talks. Gorund, a first baseman, is poised to make $4,880,000 over 1 year....

March 13, 2009

Mirkwood Inks Star MR to $3,480,000 Deal

The Marauders and Lonak Fleshkiller reached an accord earlier today which brings the reliever to town for 2 years. Fleshkiller will pocket $3,480,000 total and is widely expected to contribute significantly to the club's playoff drive. Taking the hill 515...

$3,160,000 Lands MR Elvora for Marauders

Mirkwood fans could barely contain their jubilation as Galulas Elvora, considered one of the best at his position, opted to sign with the club. The deal, estimated at $3,160,000 over 2 years, is seen as a masterstroke for the General...

Erebor-Mirkwood Trade Confirmed

The Erebor Eagles have finalized a deal that will send 28-year old starting pitcher Nagush Gwildoc, 22-year old closer Wuurg Nosehammer and a 2nd round draft pick to Mirkwood for 34-year old starting pitcher Sulok Moonraper and 26-year old reliever...

March 06, 2009

$2,110,000 Lands SP Goriborn for Marauders

Mirkwood announced the signing of starting pitcher Gwelf Goriborn earlier today, ending speculation on who they would acquire to fill the void at that position. Goriborn will earn $2,110,000 per year, and will be with the club for 1 year....

March 01, 2009

Minas Morgul Deals Gŕndir to Mirkwood for Kendrick

The Slayers and Marauders pulled the trigger on a deal that will see 22-year old minor league third baseman Clobbergle the Scrivener, 29-year old center fielder Phaiar Gŕndir and 30-year old first baseman Boinar Clubwalker head to Mirkwood in exchange...

February 02, 2009

Skipper Hilldweller Banished from Dugout by Marauders

The Mirkwood Marauders have ended their relationship with skipper Hob Hilldweller, firing him this afternoon. The Marauders indicated they will soon be interviewing candidates for the position. "This time we hope to get someone with a proven track record. We...

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 08, 2009

Star SP Signs Extension with Mirkwood

The Mirkwood Marauders have finalized a deal with All Star-caliber starting pitcher Rundin Bloodytooth that will extend his stay in Mirkwood at least 5 years and will pay out $75,280,000. To date in 2018, Bloodytooth sports a 18-4 mark with...

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...

October 09, 2008

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...

August 28, 2008

Done Deal! Alberto Guillen Will Play in Mirkwood

As speculation mounted into the morning, rumors over a final agreement between Alberto Guillen and Mirkwood became a reality, with the star opting for a $25,440,000 deal over 4 years. His lifetime stats show Guillen has batted .289 and collected...

August 18, 2008

Pair of Mirkwood greats take on new roles

MIRKWOOD - Hall of Famer Mohair *Catsquisher wasn't fond of resting on his laurels. So, when Mirkwood management offered him the chance to shape young minds in the Marauder farm system, he leapt at it. Mo will be installed as...

July 24, 2008

Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods Win League Championship Series

There is great joy in Taur e-Ndaedelos today after the Woods thumped Tumladen 1-0 to cop the 2017 SGCBL Triple A League Championship Series. They defeated the Talons 4-3 to take the series. This was the 1st time Taur e-Ndaedelos...

July 03, 2008

*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 23, 2008

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...

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....

April 28, 2008

Career Over for Andrack Hardbottle

The Mirkwood Marauders clubhouse was subdued last night after Andrack Hardbottle was seriously injured during the game. Hardbottle was taken to a local hospital for examination. This morning, doctors confirmed the preliminary diagnosis of a ruptured ulnar collateral ligament. They...

February 25, 2008

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...

January 03, 2008

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 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...

December 06, 2007

Gamwich Suffers Career-Ending Injury

MIRKWOOD - The Mirkwood Marauders were jolted by some terrible news on March 24-- Minto Gamwich's baseball career was pronounced over -- the result of a torn labrum. The club's GM told SION reporters, "We were all stunned by the...

November 25, 2007

End of the road for *Catsquisher

MIRKWOOD - After 16 years of professional baseball, including 14 in the SGCBL, Mohair *Catsquisher has decided to hang up his spikes. The 36 year old infielder for the Mirkwood Marauders bid a tearful farewell to his teammates today, giving...

October 18, 2007

2000 Hits for Ballscarer

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood's Curt Ballscarer got the standing ovation on September 20th -- but the Rivendell Royals got the win. It was a historic day at Woodland Field. A day when Ballscarer notched hit #2000 of his career. The fans...

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 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...

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...

September 02, 2007

Ravenhill-Mirkwood Trade: Stonemasher for of Dorthonion

RAVENHILL - The Ravenhill Darkwings have parted ways with 28-year old second baseman Legeden Nerith, 29-year old reliever Koisil Stonemasher and 31-year old reliever Elanor Bridger, sending him to the Mirkwood Marauders for 29-year old third baseman Nienna of Dorthonion,...

August 16, 2007

200 Victories for Mirkwood's Goriborn

MIRKWOOD - It was a great day for Gwelf Goriborn today at Woodland Field -- He notched victory number 200 to become the first pitcher in the exclusive 200 Club. The Mirkwood ace stopped the Minas Tirith Titans 7-2 on...

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...

Bunch of Base Hits for Marauders Ballscarer

MIRKWOOD - The Marauders whipped the Royals 10-2 at Woodland Field on May 6, and Curt Ballscarer had a big hand in the win. The Marauders catcher came to the plate 6 times and collected 5 hits. It was a...

May 28, 2007

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 04, 2007

Mirkwood Catcher Hurt

MIRKWOOD - It took the Mirkwood team doctor a while to realize it, but catcher Curt Ballscarer won't simply play through his strained back muscle, after he got hurt running the bases in the July 30 Titans-Marauders game. At first,...

April 26, 2007

Milestone! *Catsquisher collects hit number 2000!

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood's Mohair *Catsquisher got the standing ovation -- but the Bucklebury Fairies got the win. It was a historic day at Woodland Field. A day when *Catsquisher notched hit #2000 of his career. The fans went wild when...

March 19, 2007

Great Week for Bloodaxe: Mirkwood Star Bats .517 and Scoops up SC Award for Best Player

MIRKWOOD - Bagwurz Bloodaxe carried the Mirkwood Marauders on his shoulders over the last seven days, earning Shire Conference Player of the Week honors in the process. Showing impressive bat speed, the club's catcher logged a .517 BA, pushed home...

February 07, 2007

C Curt Ballscarer Extending Stay with Marauders

MIRKWOOD - A $55,956,344 package keeping Curt Ballscarer a member of the Marauders has been accepted by the player and his agent. Ballscarer will earn $13,989,086 annually over the next 4 years. Ballscarer has put up a career batting average...

February 05, 2007

Mysterious Owner Blocks Offer

via MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid MIRKWOOD by Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling - Ever since the players revolted and blocked their trades, there has been mysterious goings on around the Mirkwood camp. Quite alot of indecision and confusion has been...

The rumor is that Cableman has lost control of his team and it is now being run by a mysterious owner no one has ever seen. A lot of speculation about who or what has been bandied about but no real facts had been determined.

This reporter has dug into this rumor and found out some interesting facts. From an inside source in the Marauder's front office I was able to gain access to the team's financial situation. It seems they have just over $83M tied up in payroll and personnel salaries. That should leave them roughly $17M for Free Agent Offers. I was able to get my hands on several offers and saw that Cableman had extended offers to several players totalling less than the available $17M. Strangely only about $3M of it has been allowed, while the others, adding up to still less than the available sum have been Refused by this mysterious owner.

Looking closely at one of the contracts that was refused I could clearly see Cableman's signature on the approved offer line and then below that in a very old and long forgotton language a signature that I couldn't quite make out in the Refused section.

While I was in there the room suddenly got cold and color seemed to fade so I beat feet out of there, but I am now positive that the rumor is true and the team is in fact in control by one of "The Nine", one of the RingWraiths who has before now kept himself invisible. Who know how long he will be here, but I'm sure that if one is here that means other teams have fallen under the same spell also.

Sometime during next season there is supposed to be a Middle Earth Rules Review going on regarding the game of baseball and how it is played. Hopefully this issue of the mysterious owners will be resolved and the real Owners can once again take control of their teams.

February 01, 2007

Bloodytooth blocks Lumberjack deal!

MIRKWOOD - In a last minute surprise, Rundin Bloodytooth exercised his "no trade" clause and blocked the announced deal that would have sent him to Lothlorien. The ace hurler informed both parties through his agent that there would be no...

January 31, 2007

Bloodytooth headed for Lothlorien

MIRKWOOD - Ace hurler, Rundin 'Root Canal' Bloodytooth has been traded to the Lumberjacks in exchange for minor league prospects Fesil Goldkiller and Minya Salad and Lothlorien's 2nd and 4th round draft picks. Bloodytooth, 26, was Dagorlad's 1st pick in...

Devils deal for Marauders stars

DUNHARROW - Devils officials announced a blockbuster trade with Mirkwood that will bring a shot in the arm to the beleaguered Dunharrow franchise. Coming over from the Marauders will be starter Hallalonn 'Bring It' Brilhirion, reliever Tiran 'Tirade' Beardstroker, infielder...

Marauders Rock the SGCBL Foundation

via THE MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid by Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - In a radical and somewhat controversial move the Mirkwood Marauders have sent out trade proposals on nearly all their starting 25 players. Manager Thranduil Elvenking spoke...

January 18, 2007

Mirkwood takes 9th straight trip to playoffs

MIRKWOOD - It took them until the next-to-last day of the season to clinch it, but the Mirkwood Marauders have won their 7th Elf Division pennant. It didn't come easy this year, with early challenges from Minas Tirith and Rivendell,...

December 21, 2006

Faromli traded to Weathertop

MIRKWOOD - Slugger Galaigast Faromli of Mirkwood has been dealt to the Weathertop Witch Kings in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers and a 1st round draft pick. Faromli, 31, has been knocking the cover off the ball, as...

December 15, 2006

Great Week for Faromli: Mirkwood Star Bats .440 and Scoops up SC Award for Best Player

Mirkwood Marauders first baseman Galaigast Faromli had a great time at the plate last week, running up some numbers that no one else could match. Few people were surprised today when the Shire Conference named him Player of the Week....

November 16, 2006

Marauders Shut out Titans

MIRKWOOD - Legan Isauhir was stingy with runs in his latest outing against the Titans. He shut them out on 1 hits with 12 strikeouts and 3 walks. The Mirkwood manager said, "Legan was very aggressive tonight. He threw everything...

Hops-Marauders Deal

MIRKWOOD - The Mirkwood Marauders announced a deal with Misty Mountain that would send pitcher, Tubur "Rib Cracker" Trollsnapper, to the Hops in exchange for catcher, Bagwurz "Bad Ass" Bloodaxe. Trollsnapper, 28, is an injury-plagued, fireballing right-hander who has not...

November 13, 2006

Mirkwood Hammers out New Extension with CF Gamwich

MIRKWOOD - Minto Gamwich and Mirkwood officials have reached an agreement keeping the 29-year-old center fielder around another 3 years. Though terms were not confirmed, insiders tell SION that Gamwich re-signed for $22,410,000 per year. This season, Minto Gamwich is...

October 15, 2006

Mirkwood: Back in the fray? Or just frayed?

via MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid By Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - The Marauders have had some unprecedented activity going on in the past few weeks. They participated in the Free Agent bidding for the first time since 2008...

The Free Agents the Marauders picked up this year will bolster a faltering pitching staff. They welcomed back MR Disin "The Hatchet" Axesmith to be the inspirational leader. He was one of the original Marauders from the Great League Founding Draft of 2003 and was instrumental in their first 3 Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007. Additionally they will be adding the experience of SP Legan Isauhir and SP Faraind Farailob to the pitching staff. The expected initial starting rotation and bull pen are:

Starting Rotation
1) R Hallalonn "Bring It" Brilhirion
2) R Gwelf "Guns" Goriborn
3) R Rundin "Root Canal" Bloodytooth
4) R Tubur "Rib Cracker" Trollsnapper
5) R Legan Isauhir
Spot) L Faraind Farailob
Middle Reliever
1) R Tiran "Tirade" Beardstroker
2) L Faraind Farailob
3) L Disin "The Hatchet" Axesmith
Setup Reliever
1) R Arwailbo "Dirge" Arwaumer
2) L Fingolfin "Crazy Fin" Numenesse
Closer
1) R Phanmina "Phantom" Fil-Gar

Returing for the offensive side of the team:
C Curt "The Bat" Ballscarer
1B Galaigast "The Chef" Faromli
2B Odovacar "Pipeweed" Underhill
SS Mohair "Mo Catsquisher
3B The starting player for 3B has not been announced as of the posting of this article.
RF Drogo "Samwich" Gamwich
CF Minto "The Admiral" Gamwich
LF Elendil "The Swift" Melwasul

The Supporting Bench players are:
C Dwalin "Solid" Rockanvil
1B Lavendar Goatcloset
IF Tonak "Wild Eyes" Nosethrower
IF Nienna of Dorthonion
OF Soiber "Pelt" Holgate
OF Idril "Wind Goddess" Calafalas

With his head squarely placed under the axe, Manager Elvenking seems to be back to his old coniving self. We do know that he has announced that Catsquisher will be moving back to SS where he started his career. We will be vigilant here at the Scroll in uncovering the choice Elvenking makes for his starting 3B.

September 17, 2006

2012 Aragorn MVP

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2012 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Mordor Conference, Minas Morgul's Firbal the Nasty becomes the heir apparent...

September 08, 2006

Mirkwood defeats Bucklebury in Shire Wild Card tie-breaker

BUCKLEBURY - In an amazing race down the stretch, the Mirkwood Marauders and Bucklebury Fairies finished in a 87-75 tie for the Shire Conference Wild Card. The two teams met in a tie-breaking game at Bucklebury's Fairie Dome to...

September 04, 2006

Mirkwood's Brilhirion severely injured

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood is without its ace Hallalonn Brilhirion for at least 5 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Loopy *Squishmasher in a game against Rivendell on September 22. His face showed signs of pain immediately after...

August 31, 2006

Player of the Week honors go to Faromli and the Nasty

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli, who wins the award for the 4th time in his career. Galaigast went 12 for 25 (.480), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 11 RBI. He got at...

August 10, 2006

July Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

The best month of July in the Shire Conference certainly had Mirkwood's right-hander Hallalonn Brilhirion, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He had an ERA of just 0.95 in 56.2 innings of work in which he struck out...

July 31, 2006

Mirkwood's Goriborn severely injured

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood's pitcher Gwelf Goriborn was part of a scary incident that saw the right-hander being hit by a line drive in the 3rd inning of the game between Mirkwood and Weathertop on July 8. Team trainers immediately rushed...

July 24, 2006

Goriborn and Grailas receive Pitcher of the Month award for June

Gwelf Goriborn pitched like a legend in June, and the Shire Conference named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He started 5 games in June, going 5-0 and compiling an ERA of 0.90 in 40 innings. Gwelf...

July 13, 2006

Rohan's the Devastator wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Odovacar Underhill this time, as the second baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .440 with 7 RBI and slugged .800 in 25...

July 03, 2006

Mirkwood's *Catsquisher wins Player of the Week award

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Mirkwood's third baseman Mohair *Catsquisher. Mohair was on fire, hitting .538 with 0 HR and 4 RBI. *Catsquisher has walked 13 times this year and...

June 15, 2006

Mirkwood's Calafalas wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference's best player of the week was Mirkwood's Idril Calafalas, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. Idril went 14 for 23 (.609), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 9 RBI. While compiling an...

June 10, 2006

Mirkwood to decide on final players for 2012

via the MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid by Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - The Marauders have announced their starting lineps for the 2012 season. They have all had a good Spring Training and even though they are fielding an...

The Starting Position Players:

Minto Gamwich, Age 28, CF
Curt Ballscarer, Age 29, C
Mohair Catsquisher, Age 32, 3B
Galaigast Faromli, Age 30, 1B
Drogo Gamwich, Age 28, RF
Thauthor Smeand, Age 36, SS
Odovacar Underhill, Age 32, 2B
Idril Calafalas, Age 24, DH
Elendil Melwasul, Age 27, LF

The Players making the Backup Squad this year are:

Dwalin Rockanvil, Age 30, C
Lavendar Goatcloset, Age 25, 1B
Soibur Holgate, Age 20, OF
Tonak Nosethrower, Age 27, IF
Arwauden Arwaun, Age 28, IF
To be determined OF/IF

The Pitching staff welcomes back SP Rundin Bloodytooth who was having a great 2011 season when he got a season ending injury.

Starters:
Hallalonn Brilhirion, Age 27
Gwelf Goriborn, Age 30
Rundin Bloodytooth, Age 24
Fridak Derrohater, Age 31
Tubur Trollsnapper, Age 26

Bull Pen:
Tigtai Tämir, Age 31
Tiran Beardstroker, Age 31
Arwailbo Arwaumer, Age 35
Fingolfin Numenesse, Age 24
Phanmina Fil-Gar(cl), Age 37

The Marauder Fans are behind their team 100%. Lets hope 2012 doesn't disappoint them.

June 01, 2006

2011 Aragorn MVP

MIDDLE EARTH - The winners of the 2011 Aragorn Most Valuable Player awards for the Shire and Mordor Conferences have been determined by ballot of the owners. In the Mordor Conference, it was another easy victory for Minas Morgul's Isilborn...

May 19, 2006

Gamwich (MIR) and Imrilron (MIN) win Sam Gamgee Batter

Mirkwood's leftfielder Minto Gamwich will never forget this day. A great season convinced the voters that he is the worthy Shire Conference Sam Gamgee Batter winner. This year Gamwich drove in 113 and scored 110 runs while batting .273 with...

Gwaihir Reliever Awards announced

The winners of the 2011 Gwaihir Reliever Awards, given to the best relievers in each Conference, were announced today. The Shire Conference winner is Phanmina Fil-Gar of Mirkwood. She had a record of 8-5 with an ERA of 2.57 and...

May 18, 2006

Mirkwood wins 4th League Title

MINAS MORGUL - The Mirkwood Marauders won the Return of the King Series for the first time since their "three-peat" between 2005 and 2007, and they did it in grand style, sweeping the defending champion, Minas Morgul, in 4 games....

May 11, 2006

Mirkwood's Minto Gamwich ropes five hits

MIRKWOOD - Minto Gamwich is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance on September 30 seemed to surprise even himself. His 1st hit, a solo homerun off Periago Goodbody in the 1st inning, cleared...

May 08, 2006

Minas Morgul's Imrilron wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Minto Gamwich, Mirkwood's starting leftfielder. He hit .375 with 10 RBI and slugged .969 in 32 at bats. The Mordor Conference's best player of the week was Minas Morgul's Isilborn...

May 01, 2006

Season ending injury strikes Mirkwood's Bloodytooth

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood's right-hander Rundin Bloodytooth will not pitch again this year, suffering a serious injury in the game against Moria on September 9. After being taken to a local hospital, Bloodytooth was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the...

April 27, 2006

Gamwich and Gandulbo win Player of the Week award

Mirkwood's rightfielder Drogo Gamwich had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 23 at bats he hit .478 with 3 HR and 5 RBI. His season numbers are: .247 AVG,...

February 21, 2006

Rumors of an old feud resurface

via Everard Greenthumb MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid . MIRKWOOD - Pitching for Bree, former Marauder minor leaguer Phaitai Fandil. He was signed as a free agent by Mirkwood on 6/17/2003. A very brash young 18 year old Elf who...

There were always rumors that Fandil never forgave the Marauders, and I'm sure with the continuing successes of Catsquisher his anger festered even more. He spent 2 seasons as an unclaimed free agent until he was signed as a free agent by Bree on 3/1/2006. He finally worked his way up to the majors in 2010, where twice he faced Mirkwood and had an 0 - 1 record with only 9.0 innings pitched he had 19 hits against him and an ERA of 9.00.
Both games Catsquisher was instrumental in Fandil downfall, going 4 for 5 one game and getting the RBI that knocked him out of the other game.
The pressure this year must have been too much for him, after the Cheese lost 2 straight to Mirkwood, Fandil was pitching the third game. With Mirkwood once again up early on Fandil 2 - 1 they were coming to bat in the top of the 3rd...
The announcer Thorin Granitemirth had the call:

Batting: Mirkwood, top of 3rd.
Pitching: Phaitai Fandil
Now batting for Mirkwood SS Thauthor Smeand:
He DOUBLES down the right field line.
Up to the plate comes 3B Mohair *Catsquisher: There has always been bad blood between these two.
Hit by pitch. He beaned him, no 2 ways about it, he just threw it right at him.
Now up CF Minto Gamwich:
He DOUBLES to the gap in right-center.
T. Smeand scores.
M. *Catsquisher to third.
*Catsquisher tries to score...
He scores without a throw.
1B Galaigast Faromli:
Grounds out to the second baseman.
M. Gamwich to third.
DH Valin Graniteslinger:
Flies out to deep right field.
Gamwich tags up at third...
He scores without a throw.
RF Drogo Gamwich:
Reaches on INFIELD-HIT. A line drive off the face of Fandil!!!
Phaitai Fandil was injured. He has a Fractured Cheekbone. That must have been payback for the intentional bonk of Catsquisher!
New pitcher: Nank Giantprodder.
C Dwalin Rockanvil:
Strikes out swinging.
Inning over... 3 runs, 3 hits, no errors.
Score: Mirkwood 5, Bree 1

Lets only hope the feud can end here before someone loses an eye!

February 04, 2006

Last "Beardy Boy" leaves Moria

MORIA - Tiran Beardstroker, the last of the so-called "Beardy Boys", was traded to Mirkwood this week for outfielder Denaigol Denaihir and pitcher Sormina Glyrion. Beardstroker, 30, was often associated with another pitcher from Moria, Farin Beardsnapper, who retired in...

January 31, 2006

Trade with Bears cause for celebration

via Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling THE MIRKWOOD SCROLL; A Wilderness Tabloid MIRKWOOD - There was a celebration today in the Marauders Clubhouse. Initially everyone had gathered to congratulate Catcher Curt 'The Bat' Ballscarer on his recent MVP award. There was...

January 22, 2006

Mirkwood wins Shire Championship in 7

BYWATER - The Mirkwood Marauders were crowned the Shire Conference champions for the 4th time. This is their first title since they won their 3-straight league championships in 2007. It took them 7 games to do it against a tough...

January 19, 2006

Hallalonn Brilhirion blanks Lake Town with a 2-hitter

MIRKWOOD - Hallalonn Brilhirion took the mound and never left on October 7. And Lake Town hitters couldn't touch him at all. Mirkwood's right-hander gave up just 2 hits in his 1st shutout of the season. He now has 2...

January 12, 2006

Mirkwood wins Elf Division

OLD FOREST - With their 11-4 victory over the Merry Fellows on September 25, Mirkwood won their 5th Elf Division title, their 3rd in a row. The 3-time League Champion Marauders will be heading to the Fellowship Series for the...

December 26, 2005

Mirkwood's Melwasul wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Elendil Melwasul this time, as the rightfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .636 and hit .632, while...

December 22, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Graniteslinger and Imrilron

Valin Graniteslinger wins his 9th Player of the Week award. Shire Conference pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He hit .393 with 12 RBI and slugged .857 in 28 at bats. It's the 15th...

December 19, 2005

Lothlorien's the Smasher wins Player of the Week award

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Mirkwood's second baseman Mohair *Catsquisher. Mohair was on fire, hitting .455 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. The Mordor Conference Player of the Week award...

November 28, 2005

Underhill (MIR) and Rethiel (ISE) win P.O.W. award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Odovacar Underhill this time, as the third baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. In 19 at bats he hit .579 with 2 HR and...

November 15, 2005

Mirkwood's Ballscarer earns Batter of the Month award

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Curt Ballscarer this time, as the catcher displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Curt went 46 for 100 (.460), while hitting 3 HR and collecting...

November 10, 2005

Mirkwood's Calafalas wins Player of the Week award

The Player of the Week award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Idril Calafalas this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Idril went 14 for 26 (.538), while hitting 1 HR and collecting...

November 07, 2005

Mirkwood's Ballscarer wins Player of the Week award

Mirkwood's catcher Curt Ballscarer had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the Shire Conference Player of the Week. In 27 at bats he hit .519 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. He got at least one hit...

November 02, 2005

Mirkwood-Moria Trade

MIRKWOOD - The Marauders today made a deal with Moria to send outfielder, Thurlla "The Arm" Norŕ, to the Miners in exchange for minor leaguer, Lavendar Goatcloset. Norŕ, 25, was the 13th pick of the Gondor Condors (Lothlorien) in 2003....

September 20, 2005

Goriborn and Stinkblossom receive Gandalf Pitcher Award

Awards may not be the most important thing for Gwelf Goriborn, but Mirkwood's right-hander smiled as he was named the Shire Conference Gandalf Pitcher Award winner. This season Goriborn compiled an ERA of 2.47, going 24-5 in 35 starts. He...

September 18, 2005

Mirkwood stages amazing comeback!

MIRKWOOD - Down 3-games-to-0, the former league champions did not go down to the sweep. In fact, they won 4 straight games to defeat the Gorgoroth Balrogs in 7 games! In Game 1, Ban Arwodur pitched a gem, giving the...

September 08, 2005

Mirkwood wins Elf Division

MIRKWOOD - With the Merry Fellows' loss to Wilderland on September 16, the Mirkwood Marauders clinched their 4th Elf Division title. This is the 2nd straight season that Mirkwood has won their division. The 3-time League Champs are making their...

August 29, 2005

Mirkwood's Goriborn severely injured

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood's ace Gwelf Goriborn suffered a severe injury on August 26 that will affect him for at least 5-6 weeks. In the 6th of the game against Moria he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to...

August 18, 2005

Ballscarer in tense contract negotiations

via Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - There were some tense moments in the owners office as an All-Star player announced his intention to become a Free-Agent 1 year early. Owner Cableman and Manager Thranduil Elvenking and several others of...

The tension filled office dialogue was leaked by a source involved in the meeting and this is how the drama unfolded. After the initial small talk was dispensed with, Manager Elvenking started the negotiations by putting what he considered a generous offer on the table of double the 26 year old Ballscarer's current salary of $4,028,571 which was $8,037,814 for 4 years.

Ballscarer, who is an Orc, and his agent conferred and after about an hour responded that the amount of money was not enough and he was getting impatient. The Management Team then huddled and according to the source they were starting to sweat a little because they hadn't taken Ballscarer seriously at first. It was decided that they needed to go bigger on the salary and longer in duration so Elvenking came back after more than an hour and a half and pitched this offer hoping Ballscarer would catch it...
$11,657,571 for 6 years.

With a stoic poker face giving no indication one way or the other, Ballscarer and his agent once again moved off into hushed discussion. My source indicated that at this point the Owner Cableman was extremely nervous and had begun pacing back and forth. After about 40 minutes Ballscarer returned and stated that he thought that the number of years on the offer was too many.

According to my source at that moment Cableman blanched and all the blood drained from his face, he looked like he was going to have a heart attack. The Management Team conferred again and decided that the tone of Ballscarer's reply was such that the dollar amount was ok, just the number of years was too long. The proposal to try for $11,657,571 for 5 years was put to a vote among the Management Team but Elvenking stopped it. He reminded them that if Ballscarer was good with the money that meant he was good with the total of $11,657,571 for 6 years or $69,945,426. So if he were offered $11,657,571 for 5 years it would be an insult because we were now offering him less money. So it was decided to divide the $69,945,426 by 5 and offer Ballscarer $13,989,086 for 5 years. A very visibly shaken Cableman delivered the offer to Ballscarer.

Ballscarer's Agent chuckled as they moved off to discuss the most recent and most likely 3rd and last offer. After about 15 minutes as the Mangement Team looked on just out of earshot it bacame apparent that Ballscarer and his agent were arguing. It became more and more heated until finally Ballscarer reached out and grabbed the agent by the neck and tossed him into one of the overstuffed armchairs on the other side of the office. Ballscarer then strode toward Cableman who feared he had lost his star Catcher, but was shocked and relieved when Ballscarer said "I accept your offer". The office immediately broke into applause.

Ballscarer and Cableman went out onto the skybox's balcony and announced the agreement to the hushed crowd who broke into a frenetic applause which lasted a full 2 hours.

I am a reporter but I am also a Marauder fan so I was very excited to have been covering this story.

August 15, 2005

Numenor's Orebearer named Pitcher of the Month

It's the 3rd time that the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award goes to Mirkwood's pitcher Gwelf Goriborn. He went 5-1 in July and finished the month with an ERA of 1.28. He struck out 37 in 49.1 innings....

August 11, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Graniteslinger and Imrilron

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Valin Graniteslinger, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. In 25 at bats he hit .560 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. While compiling an on base percentage of .323, Valin hit .281...

August 01, 2005

Mirkwood's Faromli earns Batter of the Month award

The Shire Conference's best player of the month was Mirkwood's Galaigast Faromli, who wins the award for the 2nd time in his career. He had an on base percentage of .359 and hit .326, while driving in 25 runs. Faromli...

July 18, 2005

Pitcher of the Month award winners announced

It's the 2nd time that the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award goes to Mirkwood's pitcher Gwelf Goriborn. He went 6-0 in May and finished the month with an ERA of 1.86. He struck out 37 in 48.1 innings....

Red hot Graniteslinger and Badgerpoker win Batter of the Month award for May

The Batter of the Month award in the Shire Conference goes to Mirkwood's Valin Graniteslinger this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He had an on base percentage of .383 and hit .358,...

July 14, 2005

Player of the Week honors go to Faromli and Nering

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Galaigast Faromli, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. In 23 at bats he hit .435 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. The Mordor Conference Player of the Week award goes to Theo...

July 09, 2005

Rohan Trades Chiselsnapper

ROHAN - The RoughRiders, looking to improve their bullpen, made a deal with Mirkwood that sends power hitting third baseman, Genus Chiselsnapper, to the Marauders in exchange for pitcher, Gilberto "Solar" Solis. Chiselsnapper, 27, was the 11th pick of the...

July 07, 2005

Dead Marshes' Elruborn wins Player of the Week award

The Shire Conference Player of the Week award goes to Valin Graniteslinger, Mirkwood's starting first baseman. He had an on base percentage of .419 and hit .419, while driving in 13 runs. He got at least one hit each game...

Mirkwood's Valin Graniteslinger unloads three times

RIVENDELL - Hitting homeruns is one of the most difficult things in sports. To hit three of them in one game is almost sensational. Mirkwood's designated hitter Valin Graniteslinger accomplished that feat in a 17-3 win over Rivendell on May...

June 14, 2005

Marauders trade Foetooth

MIRKWOOD - Future Hall-of-Famer, Gobur "Rock" Foetooth was traded by the Mirkwood Marauders to the Carrock Bears today. Foetooth, 36, is nearing the end of a storied career that began when he was the 2nd pick of the Cirith Ungol...

June 13, 2005

Marauders trade Gamialf for prospect

MIRKWOOD - Mirkwood sent All-Star hurler, Geadriel "Dark Light" Gamialf, to Lake Town in a player swap that gives the Archers a veteran starting pitcher and the Marauders a hot young centerfielder. Gamialf, 33, was a 23rd round pick for...

June 06, 2005

Disaster Pick Up Imrialob from Mirkwood

DAGORLAD - Hoping to bring in a veteran pitcher for their staff, the Disaster traded minor league outfielder, George Ayo, to Mirkwood for Isaiwyn "Eyes" Imrialob. Imrialob, 30, was Mirkwood's 3rd pick in 2003 and was with the team through...

June 03, 2005

Mirkwood, Dead Marshes make pair of trades

MIRKWOOD - The Marauders and the Uruk-hai agreed to a couple of deals that included Mirkwood obtaining yet another draft choice. In one, Dead Marshes sent infielder Arwauden Arwaun, 25, to Mirkwood for pitcher Boremir Boreagrin, 27. Arwaun was Old...

Dunharrow making early deals

DUNHARROW - The Devils are wasting no time launching into 2009. Before the playoffs were even finished, the team had agreed to two trades, including a deal that gave up their first 5 draft picks to Mirkwood....

The first trade of 2009 involved a swap with Rohan that sent 3B Bulbo Sandybanks to the RoughRiders in exchange for Fosco Bramble and $20 million. Sandybanks, 23, was the Devils 2nd pick in 2004. The young hobbit has shown great potential, but a string of injuries has kept him from breaking out. Bramble, 24, was Isengard's 1st pick in the 2004 draft. Traded from the Raiders to Rohan last season, Bramble has yet to show what he can do at the plate, but he is a pretty good infielder with a strong arm.

In the Mirkwood deal, Dunharrow decided to give up on this season's draft and try to obtain some young talent that could be used more immediately. For their first 5 picks, the Devils recieved $21 million and pitchers Fosco Sandybanks and Friagorn Eluldur, infielders Lolindir Ciryatan and Drogo Knotwise, and outfielders Dain Stoneteeth and Gunus Goblinbinder.

Sandybanks, 23, was Mirkwood's 3rd pick in 2004 and has bounced around the Marauder minors ever since. He has yet to blossom into a star reliever, but he has incredible stuff. Eluldur, 28, was signed by Mirkwood in 2003. He has made a couple of September trips to the big leagues, but has yet to find his niche.

Ciryatan, 25, is a hard-hitting corner man, who's played at first and third for Isengard and Mirkwood in the minors. Knotwise, 27, has a gun for an arm and can play 2B, 3B and SS. He can hit a little, too.

Stoneteeth, 22, was Moria's 2nd pick in 2006 and was traded to Mirkwood in 2007. He has great range in all outfield positions and has worked hard at getting his strikeout totals lowered. Goblinbinder, 27, is also a multi-faceted outfielder with a good bat and strong arm.

May 31, 2005

Two Towers Series Recap

Bucklebury wins 1st Shire Championship since 2004 MIRKWOOD - The Bucklebury Fairies became the Shire Conference champions for the first time since 2004 by defeating the reigning league champion Mirkwood Marauders in 5 games in the Two Towers Series. In...

May 30, 2005

Fellowship Series Recap

Fairies take series from Archers, 4-1 LAKE TOWN - With their ace starters, Beardcutter and Shinsnapper, winning 2 games apiece, the Bucklebury Fairies defeated the Lake Town Archers in their Fellowship Series matchup. This is the first time the Archers...

May 19, 2005

Marauders win Elf Division!

MIRKWOOD - For the third time in 4 seasons, the Mirkwood Marauders have won the Elf Division. The 3-time League Champs will get another trip to the playoffs under the steady hand of manager, Thranduil Elvenking....

April 14, 2005

Galaigast Faromli slams 3 HR

BREE - Mirkwood's first baseman Galaigast Faromli flexed his muscles and displayed his tremendous power, homering three times in a 6-5 win over Bree. A 405 foot drive to right-center marked his 1st bomb, a solo homerun off Dejatok Belebrildur...

November 23, 2004

Marauders Trade Deneadur

MIRKWOOD - In a surprise move, Mirkwood officials announced the trade of star pitcher, Denaumir Deneadur, to the Fairies on June 20. Even more of a shock, Deneadur, known as "Iceball" to fans, heads to Bucklebury in exchange for...

November 01, 2004

Mirkwood to re-forest the East Bight

By Everard Greenthumb from Dwaling Mirkwood Scroll: A Wilderness Tabloid MIRKWOOD - The East Bight, also know as Mirkwood's Treeless Tract, is the great indentation in the eastern edge of Mirkwood. This region, which is roughly square in shape,...

October 19, 2004

Marauders look for a three-peat in 2007

By Everard Greenthumb from Dwaling Mirkwood Scroll: A Wilderness Tabloid MIRKWOOD - The Marauders have embarked on their 2007 season with renewed vigor and determination. They took some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of their back-to-back victories...

Manager Thranduil Elvenking refused to comment on the complaining players, but said in a brief statement; "I would like to say that the Marauders have had a very good spring training camp and the majority of the players worked hard and showed some improvement. We should have a very competitive and a very exciting team this season, the fans will be rewarded with great games this year." In true Elven fashion Elvenking steered clear of any predictions due to the jinx factor. When told of the MESN predictions Elvenking ignored the question and ended the conversation by walking into the clubhouse.

This year does promise some excitement with the return of the 5 Starting Pitchers and 4 of the 5 Relievers from the bullpen. The new addition is Reliever Tigtai Tämir, a Lefty called up from the Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods AAA Team. "He has the Stuff, but whether he can produce the Movement on the ball remains to be seen.

In the field the Infield has remained intact with one minor exception, First Baseman Galaigast 'The Chef' Faromli will replace First Baseman Valin 'Dinger' Graniteslinger at the 1B position with Graniteslinger filling the Designated Hitter role. Elvenking explained that he wanted to give Graniteslinger a chance to concentrate on his hitting which slipped a little last year. Additionally they will be joined by Utlity Infielder Uujjeen 'Great' Maker to round out the Infield.

In the Outfield Left Fielder Minto 'The Admiral' Gamwich has become the defacto hands down leader with the departure of two veteran outfielders Celaum and Gameahir. Joining Gamwich in the outfield will be Center Fielder Loinar 'Oats' Oathsmelter, Right Fielder Denaigol 'Hitman' Denaihir, Right Fielder Thurlla 'The Arm' Norŕ, with backup outfielders Center Fielder Malin 'Whalen Malin' Brandybuck and Left Fielder Gabghash 'Gash' the Crazy.

One thing is for certain, the Marauder Fans will get their money's worth the entire season.

September 26, 2004

Mirkwood Scroll: A Wilderness Tabloid

By Everard Greenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - The Marauders have done it! They won the Return of The King Series against a formidable Rohan team. Mirkwood had been counted out for several reasons during the year, one being that...

He continued by talking about each of his players whom he praised for their effort and perseverance. Of note mentioned was this season's acquisition Starting Pitcher Grikak 'Treehugger' Dryadpoker who did well for the Marauders during the season but who, during the RoTK Series, took on the renowned Rohan Starting Pitcher Legeron Iseomer and in 2 games was able to come away with wins.

He also mentioned the surprising newcomer Starting Pitcher Halin 'Hail Stone' Goblinfist who went 21-9 this year with a 2.63 ERA. He is only the second Marauder to have a 20 win season, last year Starting Pitcher Gwelf 'Guns' Goriborn went 21-8. This year Goriborn had a very respectable 17-7 season with a nice ERA of 2.90. This season Starting Pitcher Denaumir 'Iceball' Deneadur struggled a little with a 12-10 record, although he performed well in the postseason and had a record 20 K's in a single game.

This Year the Marauders also had several hitters end the season hitting above .300.
Catcher Curt 'The Bat' Ballscarer .319
Second Baseman Mohair 'Mo' Catsquisher .315
First Baseman Galaigast 'The Chef' Faromli .310, used as a DH mostly this season.
Shortstop Thauthor 'Hands' Smeand .308
Right Fielder Denaigol 'Hitman' Denaihir .303

Additionally of note:
Left Fielder Minto 'The Admiral' Gamwich had 70 stolen bases on the season.

Two of the core relievers for the Marauders this year were Reliever Wulo 'Wookie' Wolfdragger and Reliever Gebur 'The Chiseler' Chiselmaker who both performed very well this season. In a surprise move Elvenking's first order of business was to trade both to clear some salary and to make room for a couple of rookie prospects currently on the Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods AAA Team, Reliever Tigtai Tämir and Reliever Lonak Fleshkiller.

The Marauders plan to take a couple of days off to let the Ale wearoff and then they are expected to show up for practice as usual again.

August 11, 2004

Elvenking Berates Players

By Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - Manager Thranduil Elvenking has been riding the high from winning the Return of the King Series last season, but seems to be having trouble getting the team to live up to their...

July 30, 2004

Dryadpoker signs with Marauders

MIRKWOOD - After lengthy negotiations with team owners, Grikak "Treehugger" Dryadpoker, has signed a new contract with the Marauders. At $20 million per season, the 2-time All-Star pitcher was already the 3rd highest paid player in the league. Efforts...

June 17, 2004

Mirkwood Signs Players

MIRKWOOD - The Marauders have locked up 4 key players, including the recently acquired superstar, Kogar Facedragger, to multi-year contracts. Phanmina Fil-Gar has been signed to a contract extension of $2,930,000 per year, for 3 years. Closer Disin Axesmith...

May 11, 2004

Marauders Win It All!

NUMENOR - The Mirkwood Marauders have defeated the reigning League Champion, the Numenor Kings, 4-games-to-1 in the Return of the King Series. After taking the Game 1 at home, Mirkwood pitcher Denaigol Deneadur outdueled King hurler Prilak Hammershaker in...

March 15, 2004

Mirkwood Welcomes Back Goraugrin

by Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - The halfway point of the season has the Marauders holding on to first place in the Elf Division. Although they have had some amazing weeks--Including a streak of 11 straight wins and...

Denaigol Denaihir, a young 23 year old prospect already has the makings of a great outfielder and will initially back up against Right-Handers and start agianst Left-Handers. Veteran outfielder Gandolf Gameahir, who has started for the Marauders since the inagural season and recently has been in a slump, has graciously accepted a role on the Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods AAA Team to make room for the young prospect.

Manager Thranduil Elvenking has placed his faith in his four starting pitchers dubbed "The Four Aces". Geadriel 'Dark Light' Gamialf (10-1), Gwelf 'Guns' Goriborn (12-5) POM June, Denaumir 'Iceball' Deneadur (8-5) POM May, and Isiawyn 'Eyes' Imrialob (7-6). Additionally stepping up is veteran Closer Disin 'The Hatchet' Axesmith (4-2) with 18 Saves.

A solid infielding crew with Catcher Curt 'The Bat' Ballscarer batting .303, First Baseman Valin 'Dinger' Graniteslinger leading the Shire Conference in Homeruns with 26, Second Baseman Mohair 'Mo' Catsquisher leading the entire League batting .381, Third Baseman Gobur 'Rock' Foetooth 2nd in the Shire Conference batting .362 & BOM May, and Shortstop Thauthor 'Hands' Smeand batting .304.

The outfield has been struggling but now with a few newer additions they should be able to step up and take control. The main three are veteran Rightfielder Myrla 'The Mentor' Elvörion who after a slow start has come back in May and June batting .333 and .341 respectively, Centerfielder Loinar Oathsmelter who after an adjustment period in May after arriving has hit .290 in June, and Leftfielder Minto 'The Admiral' Gamwich who is 4th in the Shire Conference in Stolen Bases.

Manager Elvenking has assembled a fine array of individual talents, but his challenge remains to get them working together as a cohesive unit.

January 29, 2004

Cannonball Deathskull joins Marauders

By Everard Grenthumb from Dwaling MIRKWOOD - News broke recently of the signing of a young starting pitcher, Ufrat Deathskull, to the Marauder's Single-A Farm Team the Greenwood Greats. This will be the third team in three years for...

Ufrat Deathskull's life wasn't easy from the beginning. As a young Orc in Mordor, he used to go down to the river and throw stones at the waterfowl, which no doubt was the genesis of his amazing control. At 7 years, he was shanghied by the Corsairs of Umbar and forced into years of servitude on the boats. But with his strong arm he was able to earn the respect of some of the other Corsairs and was soon made a full crew member in his own right. He practiced on the seagulls, and when battles raged on the water, Deathskull's ability to throw a rock through an enemy's skull became legend. His arm continued to get stronger with the rigors of sea life, and soon he was throwing cannonballs hard enough to put a foot-wide hole in an enemy ship at the waterline.

After 11 years at sea, he wanted to change his life and felt baseball was the portal to fame for him. At the Mirkwood open tryouts Manager Thranduil Elvenking was impressed with the Orc's control, but had to think for a while about how little stuff he showed. Finally, Elvenking summoned Deathskull, saying, "Ufrat, you are an outstanding strike-out pitcher, but you need to work on your stuff. You work on it and you have aplace in the Mirkwood organization." While thanking Elvenking, Deathskull whirled and beaned a raven in flight at 100 feet. Elvenking just smiled.

December 03, 2003

Elvenking Follows Up On Threat

By Thorin Mithrilfist MIRKWOOD - Last week Thranduil Elvenking, manager of the Marauders, threatened Bugar "Loogy" Axeslammer with release if he didn't bring his batting average up to .200 by the end of the week. Although Axeslammer made notable...

November 25, 2003

Elvenking Fires Up Marauders

By Thorin Mithrilfist MIRKWOOD - Manager Thranduil Elvenking has done a good job coaching the Marauders to their present position of 2nd place, only 7 games back in the Elf division. He has moved pitchers around, made relievers out...

Then he singled out the Isiawyn "Eyes" Imrialob and said, "The Mirkwood Management thinks you may have something since the just extended your contract. You are now in the starting rotation. Do well or you'll find yourself playing for the Greenwood Greats also."

Then he turned his attention from the pitchers to the batters. Looking each player in the eyes he circled the room and said, "You people aren't helping these pitchers out enough. WE NEED RUN PRODUCTION!! We have the 3rd best batting average in the league and we have a dismal 62-62 record. How are we so good at getting hits yet so poor in run production? Get on base and make things happen. If a runner is in scoring position - HIT HIM IN!!!"

Finally in his most controversial statement of the night, Elvenking walked over to stand directly in front of veteran Shortstop Bugar "Loogy" Axeslammer, and said, "Since we brought up Catsquisher you have been slacking. You have 1 week to bring your batting average above .200, or you are gone, contract or no contract!"

Needless to say everyone will be watching the progress of the Marauders this week.

October 23, 2003

Mirkwood Makes Deal with the Devils

DUNHARROW - Looking to put a jolt into their sagging lineup, the Devils sent 4 prospects to Mirkwood for their starting second and third basemen. In the deal, Dunharrow sends reliever Terry Authement, AAA starter Seodur Raduwyn, AAA second...

September 29, 2003

Elvenking Questions League's Balls

By Thorin Mithrilfist MIRKWOOD - Manager Thranduil Elvenking held a short press conference today providing a Mauraders Team status report after the first four weeks of play. After his opening statement thanking everyone for attending, he threw out an...

He went on to provide specific numbers:

Through 11 Home games...

*2003
2B - 25
3B - 4
HR - 19

*2004
2B - 40
3B - 7
HR - 26

"We expected to have more doubles and triples but we are totally baffled that the Homeruns have also increased," said Elvenking. He also indicated that the management would be forthcoming in filing an official request to the Commissioner for a thorough investigation. Elvenking went on to talk about the team, praising the pitching of Starting Pitchers, Franak Derroeater, Geadriel Gamialf, Hidush Elfbelly and the youngster Gwelf Goriborn. Derroeater, the veteran Marauder starter, has already pitched 2 complete games with one being a shutout, in only 5 outings. Gamialf, picked up this year off Free Agency has stepped up and has 4 quality starts in 6 outings, also with 2 complete games and a shutout to his name. Wiley Maurader veteren Elfbelly has gotten off to a good start with a 3-2 record, 2 quality starts and 1 complete game. The Rookie Goriborn has an amazing 3 quality starts in his first 3 games and has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 2.57.

The only weak spot so far is former Free Agent Ban Arwodur who finally got a win 2 days ago. "We expected a lot more from Ban," Elvenking was quoted as saying. "Our relievers are doing an average job with standouts being Niggek Giantslammer who's been in 5 games and has an ERA of 0.00, and our outstanding Closer Disin Axesmith has been excellent, posting 7 saves with an ERA of 0.84. Batting is better than last year but still needs work. The highlights are outfielders Celealob Celaum batting .351 and Gandolf Gameahir batting .321. Power hitter Hafur Goblincrusher is near the league leaders with 8 Homers and the Rookie upstart Shortstop Mohair Catsquisher has joined the squad and is contributing extensively."

Defensive phenom Catsquisher is batting .333. "The biggest challenge we face with Mohair is getting him to listen to the base coaches. He wants to steal every time he gets on base and is leading the team in both stolen bases and caught stealing categories." proudly boasted Elvenking.

Elvenking finished the press conference with this statement; "We hope the fans will see that we have turned ourselves around and will make a run for the penant this year."

September 05, 2003

Elvenking Takes Charge

By Thorin Mithrilfist MIRKWOOD - Rumors abound as to the status of not only the Mirkwood Marauders but also their beleaguered manager, Thranduil Elvenking. Some are blaming him completely for the post-All-Star game slide last year that took the team...

Elvenking has always been a strong advocate of great pitching. Geadriel Gamialf was signed for $6.35 million for 6 years. Last year at Grey Havens, Gamialf was 14-12 with an ERA of 4.51. Elvenking expects the ERA to come down dramatically with the Marauders. Ban Arwodur was signed for $7.75 million, also for 6 years. Most recently from Gondor, Arwodur was 12-13 with an ERA of 4.19. Elvenking believes these two will be the heart of a very strong pitching staff.

Additionally, Elvenking was overheard in a tavern in Bree: "...and the additional stadium seating and new outfield walls should help..."

This reporter has uncovered plans for the modification of Woodland Field which seems to lend credence to Elvenking's penchant for pitching. Here is what was discovered:

* Addition of 5000 new seats.
* Left-field-line wall - moved back to 360ft and to a height of 10ft.
* Left-field wall - moved back to 380ft and to a height of 12ft.
* Left-center-field wall - moved back to 410ft and to a height of 14ft.
* Center-field wall - moved back to 420ft and to a height of 15ft.
* Right-center-field wall - moved back to 410ft and to a height of 14ft.
* Right-field wall - moved back to 380ft and to a height of 12ft.
* Right-field-line wall - moved back to 360ft and to a height of 10ft.

Elvenking's plan seems to be the eradication of many of the homers hit from last year. Statistics show that Mirkwood only hit 25% of the homeruns that left Woodland Field in 2002. With his future riding on these decisions, he had better make the right choice. The citizens of Mirkwood will not tolerate another dismal year.

August 21, 2003

Mirkwood Unveils New Logo

By Thorin Mithrilfist MIRKWOOD - The Mirkwood Marauders showed off its new logo at the annual winter meetings in Minas Tirith. Mirkwood manager, Thranduil Elvenking, presented the Marauders' new marketing strategy to the press. 'We want to put more...

April 14, 2003

Mirkwood Names Team Leader

Mirkwood - Wasting no time, the Marauders have announced that Gandolf Gameahir has been selected as the Team Leader. Gameahir, 28, was praised by team owner, Cableman, as a natural choice. "This move is designed to quickly instill cohesion and...

What is uncertain is why Gameahir, who will likely platoon with Celealob Celaum in center field, was chosen in the first place. Tim McButcher, sports analyst for MESN, explained the reasoning in an interview on Sunday's "Inside Tolkien Baseball".

"In the first place, Gameahir has a proven track record," McButcher said. "He spent the last seven years in the Bywater League as captain of the Brandybuck Ducks. While several players on the Marauders have a lot more playing time than Gameahir, none of them has that leadership quality or that level of experience."

He went on to say, "You also have to look at the contracts. Gameahir is signed through 2006. Anyone else either doesn't have the talent or is eligible for free agency in a year or two."

When interviewed, Gameahir said, "I want to do what's best for the team. We've got a lot of tension on this team with all the orcs and dwarves. My job is to see that we focus our energy on the opposition and don't bust each other's heads."