Number 2000 for *Zottmiester

Sunday, May 22nd, 2039
The Weathertop 7-4 loss to Ravenhill wasn’t all bad. Something good came out it, at least for Snarly *Zottmiester. As a consolation prize he got the 2000th hit of his career. The veteran Witch Kings shortstop went 2-for-5 in the game and added his name to the coveted 2000-hit club. He was given a five-minute ovation by the crowd, which included his wife and family and quite a few former Witch Kings teammates.

“I could have scripted it better,” *Zottmiester commented to the press after the game, “a win would have made it a lot more enjoyable. But what the hey… hit #2000 ain’t so bad.”

Lifetime *Zottmiester is hitting .296 with 2000 hits, 314 doubles, 63 triples and 68 home runs. He has scored 1138 runs and driven in 622.

Veteran CL Fáldur Stays in Rivendell

Sunday, May 22nd, 2039
Team officials triumphantly announced that the Royals and superstar closer Gandealas Fáldur have closed a deal that keeps the 34-year-old in a Rivendell uniform for another 5 years.

Fáldur will earn $53,000,000 as part of the settlement.

To date Fáldur has 8 saves with a 3-1 season record and a 4.03 ERA. He also has made 20 relief appearances, thrown 22.1 innings and struck out 35.

Weekly Team Power Rankings

Monday, May 16th, 2039
Here are the current team power rankings for Tolkien Baseball:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Bywater Bounders (143.2, o)
2) Rivendell Royals (121.4, +)
3) Moria Miners (121.0, -)
4) Mirkwood Sylvan (119.4, +)
5) Lothlorien Lumberjacks (118.2, ++)
6) Misty Mountain Hops (112.8, o)
7) Bucklebury Fairies (107.2, –)
8) Bree Cheese (97.9, -)
9) Dagorlad Disaster (97.7, ++)
10) Erebor Eagles (95.3, +)
11) Carrock Bears (93.3, –)
12) Dunharrow Devils (84.3, ++)
13) Lake Town Archers (84.3, o)
14) Ravenhill Darkwings (80.8, ++)
15) Minas Morgul Slayers (80.1, +)
16) Grey Havens Stars (78.8, ++)
17) Weathertop Witch Kings (75.7, –)
18) Minas Ithil Wyrms (71.1, –)
19) Isengard Raiders (70.2, +)
20) Old Forest Merry Fellows (67.2, –)
21) Minas Tirith Titans (65.2, –)
22) Dol Guldur Dragons (59.6, +)
23) Numenor Kings (59.3, –)
24) Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (56.6, -)

SGCBL News: Draft Pool Revealed

Monday, May 16th, 2039
One of the few things certain about the 2039 first-year player draft is that it will be held 30 days from now. Today the SGCBL announced its list of players filing for the event, though little is publicly known about any given player, sending scouts from each of the league’s clubs scattering to uncover what they can in as little time as possible. Some clubs will draft the ideal prospect late, while others will stake their futures to big-name prospects, those deemed most likely to succeed by the fickle, nameless consensus.

A draft area has been created in the Transactions section for added functionality and will be available for 30 days prior to the draft.

The top players available (in no particular order) seem to be:
1. Anurudha Fyra, 19 year-old RF out of college.
2. Jhiilsraa of Lorien, 19 year-old RHP out of college.
3. Glodkuh Derrokicker, 17 year-old 1B out of high-school.
4. Vormina Morealob, 17 year-old SS out of high-school.
5. Phaimina Srinshee, 17 year-old 2B out of high-school.
6. Thuvtai Neirdre, 20 year-old RHP out of college.
7. Herme Galadrienduil, 18 year-old RHP out of high-school.
8. Guruvayur Livertrembler, 17 year-old 3B out of high-school.
9. Roanmara Oathsplitter, 20 year-old RHP out of college.
10. Inigo Sandybanks, 19 year-old CF out of college.

Ravenhill’s *Baggins Gets MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 16th, 2039
Forerunner *Baggins must have thought he was in seventh heaven this week. First he went on a sensational hitting spree, belting the ball at a .379 pace, then the Ravenhill first baseman finds out he has been selected the top performer and gets the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award.

Asked what his hitting philosophy was, *Baggins quipped to the BNN reporters, “Well, my theory of hitting is to just watch the ball as it comes in and hit it.”

It was a good week’s work for *Baggins. He hit .379 average (11-for-29) with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs.

This year *Baggins is hitting .373 with 15 home runs.

Royals Ginyc Maker Wins SC Award

Monday, May 16th, 2039
Today the Shire Conference announced the Player of the Week Award. This week’s honoree is Rivendell’s talented right fielder Ginyc Maker. When he steps into the batter’s box, it’s usually a bad omen for pitchers.

For the week Maker batted .542 (13-for-24) with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

This season Maker is batting .354 with 6 home runs. He has scored 26 runs and driven in 23.

Weekly Team Power Rankings

Monday, May 9th, 2039
Here are the current team power rankings for Tolkien Baseball:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Bywater Bounders (130.8, +)
2) Moria Miners (121.1, ++)
3) Bucklebury Fairies (120.5, ++)
4) Rivendell Royals (115.5, -)
5) Mirkwood Sylvan (114.5, –)
6) Misty Mountain Hops (108.5, -)
7) Bree Cheese (105.3, ++)
8) Carrock Bears (101.6, ++)
9) Lothlorien Lumberjacks (95.6, ++)
10) Weathertop Witch Kings (95.3, –)
11) Minas Ithil Wyrms (94.6, –)
12) Erebor Eagles (94.0, -)
13) Lake Town Archers (93.1, o)
14) Dagorlad Disaster (83.1, –)
15) Dunharrow Devils (79.3, +)
16) Old Forest Merry Fellows (79.1, ++)
17) Minas Morgul Slayers (78.4, –)
18) Minas Tirith Titans (76.1, o)
19) Grey Havens Stars (68.7, ++)
20) Numenor Kings (68.7, o)
21) Isengard Raiders (66.5, o)
22) Ravenhill Darkwings (56.9, o)
23) Dead Marshes Uruk-hai (55.5, –)
24) Dol Guldur Dragons (51.9, –)

Walekino Selected MC Player of the Week

Monday, May 9th, 2039
25-year-old Rona Walekino sent shock waves through Tolkien Baseball last week with an eye-popping performance that brought her the Mordor Conference Player of the Week Award.

A newcomer to the league, Walekino made the establishment sit up and take notice, punishing opposing pitchers with a .458 average, 11 hits in 24 at-bats, 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in.

Where the Misty Mountain Hops right fielder goes from here, only the baseball gods know for sure, but Walekino certainly made her mark last week.

Walekino has a .294 average and a .346 on-base percentage for the year. She has picked up 35 hits, 10 home runs and driven in 25 runs.

Moonbeam Wins SC Player of the Week

Monday, May 9th, 2039
A battle-tested Splinter Moonbeam declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 33-year-old Bywater right fielder collected the Shire Conference Player of the Week Award.

He wrapped up the week with a .391 average, 9 hits in 23 at-bats, 4 home runs, 11 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

This season Moonbeam is batting .328 with 9 home runs.

Tarechorion *Gomdrol Out for Season

Sunday, May 8th, 2039
The Misty Mountain Hops were dealt a severe blow when Tarechorion *Gomdrol was hurt running the bases recently in a game against the Carrock Bears. After the game, the team trainer reported *Gomdrol might have to spend a lengthy time on the disabled list. Today doctors confirmed it, ruling the 30-year-old third baseman out for the rest of the season with a broken bone in the elbow. They indicated it would take *Gomdrol at least 9 months to heal.

For the year *Gomdrol is batting .220 with 24 hits and 7 home runs. He has scored 20 times and driven in 14.