Category: Bywater

*Puttifoot of Bywater SC Batter of the Month

Thursday, May 1st, 2042
Though his face is weathered and his hands are callused, Ferdinand *Puttifoot can still get it done in Tolkien Baseball. The 31-year-old second baseman for Bywater was named the Shire Conference Batter of the Month today after putting up an impressive performance at the plate.

In April he batted .304 with 7 home runs, 22 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Ferdinand *Puttifoot Hits #500

Monday, April 14th, 2042
Mirkwood defeated Bywater today 4-3 and took some of the joy out of Ferdinand *Puttifoot’s 500th career home run.

“I just wanted to get a good swing on the ball all day,” *Puttifoot said. “And I did.”

Despite the loss, it was a good game for the 31-year-old Bounders second baseman. He had 1 hit, scored 1 run and had 1 RBI.

The Sylvan manager said, “You could see he was aggressive up there. The worst thing we did was throw him a strike. It probably would have been better if we threw the ball outside of the strike zone every time he came to the plate because he seemed like he was in a hurry to get it over with.”

In his career stats *Puttifoot has compiled a .312 batting average and collected 2119 hits, 500 home runs and 1279 RBIs.

Anvilrender Gone for Season in Bywater

Friday, April 11th, 2042
The season is finished for Bogak Anvilrender of the Bywater Bounders. The club announced today that he will forego the rest of the year because of injury. The Bounders reliever suffered a torn flexor tendon in his elbow while throwing a pitch in a recent game against the Moria Miners. Team doctors said it would take at least 14 months to heal.

Friends and Foe Alike Rave About Ravich

Tuesday, March 18th, 2042
A buzz has been surrounding RP, Sushil Ravich, during play this spring. Several veteran players have been awe-struck by what they’ve seen out of the young phenom thus far in camp.

“He has pure swing and miss stuff. Just an electrifying repertoire of pitches to face off against. He is a future all-star once he gets a little experience under his belt,” says 3B teammate, Girith Belámir.

His teammates aren’t the only ones talking. Grey Havens Stars’s starting pitcher, Eallyrl Toralynnsyr said, “His assortment of pitches are filthy. Once he can lock in his command on a consistent basis he’ll be a force to be reckoned with for many seasons to come.” With a sheepish grin he continued, “I’m not looking forward to crossing paths with him down the road.”

Spring Preview: Bywater Bounders

March 10, 2042
To say that last year was a disappointing one for Bywater would be an overstatement. Yes, the Bounders failed to win their 5th straight division pennant, and they weren’t able to defend their 2040 League Championship title, but they made it to the playoffs for the 6th time in a row. It wasn’t the soaring high of the previous year, but it wasn’t a complete fall from grace, either. Thus, upper management chose to make very few fundamental changes to the team.

New Eyes
The team refused to renew the contract of Assistant GM Ulmina Thrilmaldor, instead tapping Old Forest Assistant GM, Hahai the Seer, to bring some fresh perspective. Likewise, the Bounder hitting coach for the last 10 years, Denis the Obese, was given a contract extension and asked to coach the AA Withywindle Weirdos–a post he held for 7 years prior to his stint as the Bywater hitting instructor. In his place, the Bounders hired the former Rivendell hitting coach, Mundin Silverskull, to take on coaching duties with the big club. Denis the Obese wasn’t exactly happy with his demotion, but the combination of a 2-year contract and his passion for teaching younger players kept the 60-year-old from turning down the deal.

Pitching
You can sum up the changes to the Bywater pitching staff in just one name–Gal Throatgobbler. The 37-year-old starter was 12-9 with a 3.75 ERA and had been a reliable hurler in the Bounder rotation, but injuries started to pile up, and on September 26, he came up with a partially torn UCL. Bywater declined to extend his contract, and he became a free agent with a tough injury that was expected to keep him off the mound for at least nine months. Despite that, he managed to sign a 1-year deal with Bucklebury and is scheduled to return to pitching in May or June.

Everything else appears to be the same for the pitching staff. The rotation still includes Vrudak Fingereater, 29, who appeared in 28 games as a reliever in 2039 before being injured in July. He was sent back down to AAA where he spent all of 2040 and earned the AAA Reliever of the Year award. Last season, he was 10-10 with a 5.09 ERA as a starter. Tiran Hammerlover, 34, has been Mr. Reliable, leading the league in Games Started every season for the last four. A similar story can be told about Meli Rocksnapper, 34, who has also been super consistent.

In the bullpen, Celain Buckland has saved 40+ games each of the last three seasons. May Goodbody and Eidoc Belaldur provide the setup function, and Tigzava Gandir puts in the innings in the middle reliever spot. Meanwhile, Theoden Hamm is the team’s lefty specialist.

Hitting
The Bounders are led by 3-time MVP, Ferdinand Puttifoot. The 31-year-old infielder has won every hitting award there is multiple times. His career batting average is .312, and he is two shy of becoming just the 15th player in history to hit 500 HR. He has been the team’s rock at 2B for the past 12 seasons.

Puttifoot’s double-play partner is Wes Earembor, a power-hitting SS who had a career high 26 HR last season, and he stole 34 bases, only getting caught four times. On the flip side, he only hit .235 last year, and with the new hitting coach coming to town, his starting job might be in jeopardy. Keep an eye out for 23-year-old Celomli Glarion this Spring. He is in camp out of the AA Withywindle club, so he might not be quite ready, yet, but his potential is fantastic. A scouting discovery in 2035, Glarion possesses middle-of-the-order power potential, is an elite defender, and has tremendous speed.

On the corners, Dias Elembor, a 2-time Legolas winner, holds down 1B, and Girith Belamir, a 34-year-old vet with his own Legolas at 1B, has been the starting third baseman. Elembor is a righty, and Belamir a left-handed hitter, so they offset each other nicely. However, if the rookie Glarion works out at SS, rumor has it that Earembor will move over to 3B, and Belamir will DH. But that’s what Spring Training is designed to shake out!

Patroling the outfield will be the powerful, speedy Meriadoc Mugworts and Isseen Elrithranduil, a nice fielder, but sub-par hitter. They will be joined by Polly Bridger, another speed burner who swiped 34 bases last year, acquired in January from Ravenhill in a trade.

Kenny the Slobb, another Legolas winner, will sit behind the plate to call the pitches. His contract is up at the end of this year, so he might get some competition from minor league backstop, Luria Axetearer, 29, who has been toiling at AAA Crickhollow for the past four seasons, earning a couple of all-star nods and a best fielder award.

Summary
Not much has changed for the Bounders going into this season, but that’s probably a good thing. The offense will get a fresh look from a new hitting coach, and Bywater’s chances of winning their 5th Hobbit Division pennant in six years are pretty good. The 2040 Return of the King champs are hoping to make their 19th playoff trip and add a third League Championship trophy.

Ferdinand *Puttifoot Endows Scholarships at Hometown College

Wednesday, February 26th, 2042
When it comes to making a long-lasting impact, the 31 year old second baseman for the Bywater Bounders has it all figured out.

By recently endowing a scholarship at Willowbottom College, *Puttifoot helped make sure that future generations have similar opportunities to his.

“I felt a sense of obligation to do this, certainly,” said the Willowbottom-born *Puttifoot. “But it wasn’t ‘oh boy, another chore.’ It’s recognizing that not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and finding a way to help change that.”

Without prompting, Ferdinand *Puttifoot is the first to tell you that he had some lucky breaks throughout his life. His parents were able to support him with travel baseball, and he never had to worry about his equipment or his access to practice facilities.

“My parents, wow, they mean everything to me,” *Puttifoot explained. “They were there for every t-ball game. Every tryout. Every mid-week trip an hour each way to play a game. Every call-up, and every set-back at the professional level. I never had to worry when they were around.

“But I know that’s not a guarantee. To even think about attending college, or playing a sport, or learning a musical instrument, is a stretch for so many people.”

That is why, starting this fall, students can apply for the *Puttifoot Endowed Scholarship to help further their education or help off-set costs incurred while doing an internship or an apprenticeship.

“It’s a small gesture, but I know my parents would be proud to see their legacy carried on in this way,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what the next group of young adults can accomplish in life.”

Bywater Inks Star RP to $4,530,000 Deal

Tuesday, January 14th, 2042
As speculation mounted into the morning, rumors over a final agreement between Tigzava Gàndir and Bywater became a reality, with the star opting for a $4,530,000 deal over 1 year.

In his career Gàndir has collected 24 victories and 16 defeats along with 10 saves. He has a 3.35 ERA and has struck out 398 in 347 innings.

Kelpororal, Bridger Swap Clubs

Kelpororal, Bridger Swap Clubs
Monday, January 6th, 2042
After prolonged negotiations Bywater agreed to ship 22-year-old minor league LHP Tavseen Kelpororal and 24-year-old minor league RHP Ogrog Sandstomper to Ravenhill for 30-year-old LF Polly Bridger. The deal is awaiting confirmation from the league office but neither team expects any hang-ups.

“It took longer than expected,” said one GM, “but we knew that the deal was going to happen.”

Bridger is hitting .257 during her 594-game career. She has 435 hits, 67 doubles, 8 triples, 68 home runs, 207 RBIs, 83 stolen bases and 220 runs scored.

Bywater Trades Llundlar for Diagon Alley’s Willowbottom

Thursday, December 5th, 2041
The Baseball News Network is reporting that Bywater and Diagon Alley have agreed in principle to a swap that will send 19-year-old minor league 1B Fredegar Loveybond and 20-year-old minor league C Thuror Llundlar to the Wizards with 24-year-old minor league C R.A. Willowbottom joining the Bounders. Bywater general manager Sir Kenneth Iggette would not confirm the trade, but a team representative close to the negotiations said the deal is official and is now only awaiting approval from the league.

Bree Sweeps into the Fellowship Series

Sunday, October 6th, 2041
It’s a sweet sweep for the Bree Cheese and they have won the Hobbit Series. The Bywater Bounders were not able to keep pace with the Cheese and dropped the series in short order, losing 6-3 in the deciding game.

“This wasn’t really the effort we hoped for,” said Bywater manager Girith of Rhun.

It’s now on to the Fellowship Series for Bree after their 2-0 series win.

Leading the way for the winners was right fielder Gotam Solero, who was named MVP. For the series, Solero hit .500 with a .500 on-base percentage. He had 0 home runs, drove in 3 RBI and scored 0 runs.

The Bree Cheese will play against the Bucklebury Fairies in the next round. Bucklebury had a bye in the Hobbit Series. The Fellowship Series schedule will be announced after the Hobbit Series finishes.