Category: Mirkwood

Spring Preview: Mirkwood Sylvan

March 3, 2042
After a disappointing 2041–the team’s first losing season in six years–team owner Shaumli the Ugly and GM Raan Filyn might have been tempted to completely overhaul the team. Yet, they remained calm, opting instead to tinker around the edges, making trades for youngsters in the minor leagues and filling holes where they saw them.

A Manager Tested
While the team is still looking for a trainer after the retirement of Dr. Soalia Nararion last November, the coaching staff remains intact. Manager Gundabald Dap, who led the AAA affiliate, Taur e-Ndaedelos Woods, to two AAA Championship trophies, had a rough outing in his first year at the helm of the big club. The Sylvan finished 10 games behind Old Forest and didn’t make the playoffs, but in a tough Elf Division, his team remained competitive. Still, upper management will only be so tolerant. There will be added pressure on Dap to prove himself this time around.

Pitching
If you catch a 2042 Spring Training game, it will be tough to tell whether you’re watching this year’s team or last year’s model. The same faces are back on the hill for Mirkwood with very little change.

The rotation includes Elraugast Isaiwyn (12-12, 3.83 ERA), Aluizio Adleroff (11-13, 5.11 ERA), and Goreagorn Darkbrother (13-10, 4.32 ERA). Arwowyn Vardamir (7-14, 3.97 ERA) was traded to Chiba City for pitcher Gwynnestri Undomiel, but his place will likely be taken by reliever Bezzi Pasos (10-4, 3.89 ERA, 1 Save) coming in from the bullpen.

Ludrak Trollgobber remains in the closer role that he has held since 2034. The two-time Gwaihir Reliever of the Year is 32 this season, but he has shown little signs of slowing down.

Joining Trollgobber in the pen will be Vrsal Nailslobberer, who has spent the last few seasons bouncing between Taur e-Ndaedelos and the big leagues. After a poor start last year, he was shipped to AAA and produced a 15-6 record with a 2.89 ERA.

Arwuwyn Tebrimir has been lights out as a setup man in his 5 year major league career. Tebrimir, 30, will try to set the stage for Trollgobber again in 2042.

Hitting
The multi-talented DeForest Hamrh leads the Sylvan offense with a string of batting titles under his belt. Hamrh is the only player to hit .400 more than once, and he’s done it twice outright (.407 in 2035 and .400 in 2034) and once rounded up (.3997 in 2039). You know you’re one of the greats when you hit .361 and everyone is disappointed that you didn’t win a batting title and was your lowest average since hitting .355 in your rookie season. Hamrh’s primary position is catcher, but he played more games at 3B last year, and in a DH league, he may well spend a lot of time just hitting.

Speaking of catching, 23-year-old Duudak the Sneaky is in camp to audition as Hamrh’s backup behind the plate. The youngster has yet to see major league action, but he hit .317 in 34 AAA games last year. 22-year-old Laran Gawley, who hit .256 in 43 AAA games last year, was also invited to Spring Training to try for the job.

The middle infielders remain Wilda Anorexia at 2B and Sokullu Oathbane at SS. However, blisteringly fast rookie, Rho Henrich might earn a spot at short this Spring.

Over at 3B, the powerful switch-hitter, Sim Hill was lost to free agency. So, the team went out and made a trade with Erebor to acquire Tiziano Kjorsvik. Kjorsvik, 26, hit .309 in his sophomore season wit the Eagles and belted 22 HR. He also played a decent 3B, so the Sylvan are confident in Hill’s replacement.

Finally, over at 1B, the steady hands and powerful swing of Yrneha Gamamir remain. Gamamir was an older walk on in 2039, but he has made the most of his three seasons with the club, hitting 93 HR and driving in 259 runs after winning the Frodo Rookie Award at age 31.

In the outfield, Srunk Manthrottler provides power out in LF, while Dudish the Vague does the same in RF.

Mirkwood traded CF Petunia Moss to Gallifrey in favor of shoring up the bullpen with Saravin Sathie. Her spot will likely go to Sorsasta Urdanivia, another late-in-life independent league signee, who played a couple of seasons as the main Sylvan CF, but was out with a ruptured medial collateral ligament most of last year.

Summary
Always at the top of recent pre-season predictions, the Mirkwood Sylvan are once again expected to make a playoff run. If the team stays healthy, they should remain competitive in a tough division and contend for at least a Wild Card spot, if not another Elf Division pennant.

Mirkwood Sylvan Ship Holeman to Xanth

Monday, February 17th, 2042
The Mirkwood Sylvan have released a statement confirming the trade of 26-year-old minor league CF Abdur Razzaq Holeman, 22-year-old minor league 2B Movses Delbosque and 23-year-old minor league SS Mengisteab Gil-Gawen to the Xanth Centaurs for 23-year-old minor league RHP Igbub Eyeslobberer and 20-year-old minor league LHP Lanus Arwiama. The deal was finalized today.

Mirkwood Sylvan, Wizards Agree to Trade

Monday, February 10th, 2042
Newspapers in Mirkwood and Diagon Alley reported that the Sylvan have reached a deal sending 26-year-old minor league RF Rajneesh Azhaev and 21-year-old minor league RHP Cobus Gheorghisor to the Wizards for 22-year-old minor league LHP Diamond the Bucklebury Ferry Driver.

Mirkwood, Chiba City Deal Made

Monday, February 10th, 2042
Mirkwood and Chiba City have agreed to a trade today. 33-year-old minor league LF Leran Ironbane and 26-year-old minor league 2B Farami Poe will go to the Neuromancers. In exchange the Sylvan will receive 23-year-old minor league RHP Mica Llatas.

Ironbane has played in 978 games and posted a lifetime .256 average. He has 905 hits, 146 doubles, 19 triples and 139 homers. In addition he has driven in 446 runs and scored 484 times.

Sylvan, Munchkins Swap Players

Monday, February 3rd, 2042
There were plenty of hugs and handshakes all around as 24-year-old minor league CF Rubrae Blackhelm and 25-year-old minor league SS Bilbo Gamwich left the Mirkwood Sylvan today en route to joining the Land of Oz Munchkins organization. 23-year-old minor league LHP Li-zhi Oyama will be traveling to Mirkwood Sylvan to complete the swap.

Mirkwood, Andelain Agree to Swap

Monday, February 3rd, 2042
The Mirkwood Sylvan and Andelain Giants have put the finishing touches on a deal that was weeks in the making. Mirkwood will part with 25-year-old minor league 3B Giancarlo McMullan, 26-year-old minor league RF Granil Furansson and 25-year-old minor league RHP Zibguk Fingereater, while the Giants have dealt 24-year-old minor league LHP Malin Bramblebush and 19-year-old minor league CF Nagush Gabrat.

“This one took a while to figure out,” said Mirkwood general manager Raan Filyn. “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.”

Mirkwood Trades Overturf for Chiba City’s Undomiel

Monday, February 3rd, 2042
A trade between Mirkwood and Chiba City was made official this morning. The Sylvan have sent 30-year-old RHP Groin Overturf and 27-year-old RHP Arwowyn Vardamir to the Neuromancers in exchange for 24-year-old RHP Gwynnestri Undomiel.

Since his debut, Overturf has marked up 20 wins and 18 losses and fashioned an ERA of 4.29. He has fanned 263 batters while pitching 299.2 innings.

Gamadriel’s Unconventional Workout Leads to Disastrous Results

Thursday, January 30th, 2042
Mirkwood’s SP, Ornthalas Gamadriel, has always been the type to try new things. When a renowned wizard approached him regarding a new offseason training regimen, Gamadriel found it hard to refuse. “It sounded great to me on the surface,” he said, looking back on the sales pitch. Dubbed as “LeanGreen” by the sorceror, the workout consisted of minimal weight-lifting and a diet of only green foods, taken alongside a myriad of unidentified “cleansing pills.” With hefty promises of purging his body of “evil fats and toxins”, the 25-year old came to find that the opposite proved to be true.

In a recent interview, Manager Gundabald Dap grumbled over his player’s indiscretions. “The kid’s got a good heart but sometimes he can be a real bonehead. Never in my life have I heard of anything like this happening.” Meanwhile, Gamadriel has taken a more realistic view for next off-season. “Yeah, I’m definitely just going to stick with my old workout routine. As they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I don’t know what I was thinking.” The conjurer of LeanGreen couldn’t be reached for comment.

Mirkwood Sylvan Ship Baladonya to Babylon Five

Tuesday, January 28th, 2042
Mirkwood and Babylon Five made a trade today. In this move, the Sylvan shipped 30-year-old 3B Sulamita Oathkiller and 24-year-old C Mhaenal Baladonya to the Rangers for 22-year-old minor league CF Carmen Bridger. The Mirkwood GM told reporters, “I think this trade is beneficial to everyone involved, including the players.”

In his career stats Baladonya has compiled a .226 batting average and collected 116 hits, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Sylvan, Miners Close Deal

Monday, January 6th, 2042
Officials for Mirkwood confirmed that they have traded 32-year-old RHP Elendil Tinond to the Moria Miners. In return, the Sylvan will receive 25-year-old LF Teijo O’Mullen.

Tinond has put up a 3.22 ERA in his career and fanned 302 hitters. His record stands at 25-21 with 57 saves.