Category: Dol Guldur

Dragons Out of Time, Out of Playoffs

Monday, September 9th, 2041
The Dol Guldur Dragons will have to play out the season without even the faintest glimmer of hope for a late-season playoff push. The club was mathematically eliminated today from postseason contention.

Dol Guldur last appeared in the postseason in 2037. This is their 4th consecutive year missing the playoffs, and in total they have not advanced past the regular season 29 times in their 38-year history. In the last 10 seasons, the Dragons have missed the playoffs 6 times.

Veteran Githrarith Hits Three Dingers

Thursday, July 25th, 2041
Players don’t hit three home runs in a game very often and when they do, it is something to celebrate. After today, Vabis Githrarith can celebrate.

The Dol Guldur Dragons left fielder powered three into the stands at Orthanc Stadium today against the Isengard Raiders.

“It’s rare that you actually try to hit a home run,” Githrarith told reporters after the game. “Most of the time you fail, if you really try to hit one. But today, I was really trying on that last one.”

In all, he was 3-for-4 as the Dragons toppled Isengard by a score of 10-3, knocking in 5 runs and scoring 3 times.

“He is blessed with a natural home run swing,” Dol Guldur manager Lura Galindil said. “He gets the ball up in the air.”

Vabis Githrarith struck out in the 1st, hit a solo-shot off Meriadoc Fieldtender in the 4th, hit a two-run home run off Meriadoc Fieldtender in the 6th, hit a solo-shot off Lyraesel Eliondel in the 8th and hit a sac fly in the 9th.

This year Githrarith has collected a .253 batting average to date with 56 hits in 221 at-bats, 40 RBIs, 13 home runs and scored 34 times. He has played in 65 games.

Norman *Xanatos Enters Hall Of Fame

Saturday, June 29th, 2041
Norman *Xanatos, the great catcher and consummate professional, was inducted into the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame today.

At the induction ceremony, he grew misty-eyed as he recalled the highlights of his playing career: his first base hit, his first home run and — humorously — the first time he was thrown out at home plate.

*Xanatos says he blew through his third base coach’s stop sign. As he returned to the dugout, his manager simply glared at him.

“His eyes just burned a hole right through me,” *Xanatos chuckled. “If looks could kill, I wouldn’t be here today.”

More often than not, *Xanatos pleased his managers and coaches during a superb career.

His all-time numbers show *Xanatos compiled a .321 batting average and collected 2678 hits, 514 home runs and 1389 RBIs. In all, he played in 2228 games. *Xanatos retired from baseball in 2040.

Mordor Conference’s Best Batter Announced

Monday, April 8th, 2041
Kikak Knifecrawler finds himself in the Mordor Conference spotlight today after his impossible-to-ignore performance last week. He carried the Dol Guldur Dragons on his shoulders, earning Mordor Conference Player of the Week honors.

The 28-year-old hit .480 (12-for-25) with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.

Veteran Ringbender Agrees to 1-Year Deal

Thursday, April 4th, 2041
Dragons officials hailed the signing of Fasur Ringbender as “an integral piece to our championship puzzle,” though fans were somewhat more reserved about the signing.

Ringbender will pocket $1,760,000 over 1 year.

Rasim Whitmore Injured, Out for Year

Monday, March 11th, 2041
Rasim Whitmore will soon find out from his doctors if his season will continue. The first diagnosis was not too positive and indicated the Dol Guldur reliever could miss the remainder of the year. Whitmore was injured while throwing a pitch in the Dragons-Devils clash at Spring Ballpark recently. Doctors said he has a torn rotator cuff and would be out a minimum of 12 months.

Star LF Githrarith Settles on Dol Guldur

Saturday, February 23rd, 2041
The euphoria surrounding a big-name deal can sometimes overshadow the deal itself. Occasionally a team will mortgage its future to make a big splash, though no one in Dol Guldur was worried about that today as the club finalized terms with Vabis Githrarith.

Githrarith will earn $12,700,000 per year over 3 years.

Githrarith has a lifetime .263 average and .375 on-base percentage in his career with 1817 hits, 336 doubles, 30 triples, 362 home runs, 1054 RBIs and 1171 runs scored.

Bird Joins Kings of Clout with #300

Friday, August 10th, 2040
Dol Guldur right fielder Tom Bird blasted himself into an elite group of baseball players. Today he joined the exclusive 300 home run club in the Dragons 12-4 loss to the Misty Mountain Hops.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone. I was happy to move on. Now I can go and have some fun. It is a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Bird told the press. He admitted just how much pressure he had been feeling. “Especially every time you’d get out of the hotel, everybody would say, ‘Hey, when are you going to hit it?'”

In his milestone game, Bird went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Looking at his all-time stats, Bird has a lifetime .282 average with 1708 hits, 314 doubles, 52 triples, 300 home runs and 972 RBIs. To date he has scored 874 runs, walked 343 times and stolen 25 bases.

Dwarfpunisher Named Top MC Hurler

Wednesday, August 1st, 2040
Veteran Ellie Dwarfpunisher put together quite a successful stretch in July for the Dol Guldur Dragons, earning herself the Mordor Conference Pitcher of the Month award.

Dwarfpunisher racked up a 4-2 record in 6 starts, posting a 0.60 ERA over 44.2 innings and striking out 42.

This season Dwarfpunisher has 12 wins and 8 losses and a 1.99 ERA.

Bird Earns April’s Top Batter Prize in MC

Tuesday, May 1st, 2040
Tom Bird battered Mordor Conference pitchers all April and wound up taking home the Batter of the Month Award.

“I’ve been around Tolkien Baseball long enough to know you really have to work hard day in and day out to be able to put up this kind of consistency,” the 34-year-old Bird told reporters. “I put in a lot of work, even on the days I might not take the field, and it’s always nice when everything comes together for me like it did this last month.”

In 26 games, Bird hit .385 with 6 home runs, 22 RBIs and scored 18 runs.