Weekly Team Power Rankings

Monday, July 5th, 2038
Here are the current team power rankings for Tolkien Baseball:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Bywater Bounders (121.4, ++)
2) Bree Cheese (119.3, o)
3) Mirkwood Sylvan (116.7, -)
4) Weathertop Witch Kings (111.6, -)
5) Lake Town Archers (101.8, ++)
6) Minas Ithil Wyrms (100.8, +)
7) Lothlorien Lumberjacks (100.3, +)
8) Dunharrow Devils (99.3, ++)
9) Grey Havens Stars (97.4, +)
10) Carrock Bears (96.9, –)
11) Isengard Raiders (92.0, +)
12) Dagorlad Disaster (91.4, –)
13) Bucklebury Fairies (90.4, ++)
14) Old Forest Merry Fellows (88.9, –)
15) Dol Guldur Dragons (88.8, +)
16) Ravenhill Darkwings (87.0, o)
17) Minas Morgul Slayers (85.7, –)
18) Rivendell Royals (82.8, +)
19) Moria Miners (74.9, ++)
20) Misty Mountain Hops (71.0, –)
21) Erebor Eagles (69.6, -)
22) Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (65.0, o)
23) Minas Tirith Titans (59.6, -)
24) Numenor Kings (48.1, o)

Star Fleet Academy-Ravenhill Swap: Denand for the Insane

Monday, July 5th, 2038
Earlier today, officials from the Star Fleet Academy Cadets and the Ravenhill Darkwings announced that they had finalized negotiations on a trade between the two teams. The deal will send 36-year-old LHP Isia Denand to Ravenhill in exchange for 20-year-old minor league 3B Grugugh the Insane.

This year Denand has chalked up a 3.26 ERA with no saves. In 17 relief appearances he has put up a 3-1 won-lost mark and struck out 14 batters in 19.1 innings.

MC Premier Player Picked

Monday, July 5th, 2038
A battle-tested Norman *Xanatos declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Dol Guldur catcher collected the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award.

He wrapped up the week with a .640 average, 16 hits in 25 at-bats, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs and 6 runs scored.

Currently *Xanatos is hitting .381 and has collected 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and scored 38 times, while playing in 68 games.

Red-Hot Githrarith SC Player of the Week

Monday, July 5th, 2038
Vabis Githrarith of the Old Forest Merry Fellows might have lost a step over the years, but the 36-year-old designated hitter can still get it done. He beat out several other worthy Shire Conference hitters over this past week to claim the Player of the Week Award.

Githrarith posted a .476 batting average with 6 home runs and 9 RBIs last week while scoring 8 runs. For the week he was 10 for 21.

Currently Githrarith is batting .231 with 17 home runs, 34 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

Ravenhill Darkwings Ship Knotwise to Intergalactic

Sunday, July 4th, 2038
You can focus on the negatives after being traded to a new team — finding a new place to stay, leaving teammates and friends, having to start anew — but one player hopes to focus on the positives. “It means I’m wanted somewhere. At least one team sees potential in me.” Those were the comments heard after the Ravenhill Darkwings came to an agreement to deal 27-year-old 2B Otho Knotwise to the Intergalactic Hitchhikers for 26-year-old RHP Coka Myapoka and 24-year-old minor league RHP Okgag Halflingbasher earlier today. The deal is expected to be formally announced later this evening.

On the season, Knotwise is batting .263 with 6 home runs and 25 RBIs. He has played in 60 games.

Githrarith Joins Kings of Clout with #300

Friday, July 2nd, 2038
Old Forest’s 5-2 victory over Erebor was highlighted by Vabis Githrarith’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,” Githrarith said with a chuckle, “until I rounded third base.” He added sheepishly: “It was only a home run. It’s not like I won us a World Series!”

In 4 at-bats the Merry Fellows designated hitter collected 1 hit in his historic game, scored 1 run, and had 2 RBI.

Looking at his career numbers, Githrarith has played in 1665 games with a .267 batting average. Among his 1521 hits are 272 doubles, 30 triples and 300 home runs. He also has scored 981 runs and driven in 896 runs.

Star Fleet Academy-Ravenhill Trade: Bane for Bramble

Friday, July 2nd, 2038
The Star Fleet Academy Cadets and Ravenhill Darkwings have put the finishing touches on a deal that was weeks in the making. Star Fleet Academy will part with 35-year-old RHP Jasper Bane, while the Darkwings have dealt 23-year-old minor league CF Sadoc Bramble.

“This one took a while to figure out,” said Star Fleet Academy general manager Kurt Rhinehart. “We must have gone back to the drawing board five or six times over the past few weeks. I’m glad we finally got the deal done. I think it is a good one for both clubs.”

This year Bane has 20 relief appearances with 1 save, 1-1 season record and a 4.26 ERA. He has hurled 25.1 innings, given up 33 hits, struck out 9 and walked 2. Opposing clubs have batted .314 against the Ravenhill reliever.

Rivendell, Veteran Goodrich Sign Deal

Friday, July 2nd, 2038
Crystal Goodrich inked a deal that will keep the seasoned veteran on the Royals roster another 4 years. Earlier today team personnel announced that the 34-year-old had settled on a $8,250,000-a-year deal to play at Royals Stadium.

It’s no secret Goodrich is getting older, but she could still contribute a lot to the franchise.

This year Goodrich has registered 2 wins and 1 loss in 5 starts with a 3.54 ERA while registering 22 strikeouts and 1 walk in 28 innings.

MC’s Premier Starter is Delmonte

Thursday, July 1st, 2038
Despite the number of years she’s been in the league, Isabelle Delmonte still gets excited when she puts together a quality stretch like she had in June. The 30-year-old starter for Ravenhill was named Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month earlier today.

She collected 6 wins and no losses with 40 strikeouts in her 6 starts, putting up a fine 2.85 ERA in 47.1 innings of work.

To date this season Delmonte is 14-2 with 17 starts and an ERA of 2.71 with 114 strikeouts in 136 innings.

Throatgobbler Stands Out, Choice for Best Pitcher

Thursday, July 1st, 2038
Veteran Gal Throatgobbler put together quite a successful stretch in June for the Bywater Bounders, earning himself the Shire Conference Pitcher of the Month award.

Throatgobbler racked up a 5-0 record in 5 starts, posting a 0.88 ERA over 41 innings and striking out 29.

So far this season Throatgobbler has a 10-3 record, 15 starts, 114 innings, 69 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA.