Some folks just never learn. The girl who keeps falling for bad boys, only to have her heart broken time and again. The guy who spends every dollar of his paycheck on lottery tickets. Me when I let my eyes drift down below the article to the comments section. And baseball writers who underestimate Buck Showalter’s Orioles each and every year. They’ve won more games than any team in MLB since 2012, but that’s neither here nor there, I suppose. Here are a list of scribes and publications who are […]
You gained a member this week, fellow citizens of Birdland. It’s been quite the hectic week here at the Arnold household, as we welcomed our first child – Brooks – into the world last Saturday night. I won’t bore you with any more of that except to say that I know that I have plenty of O’s links to catch up on. Sorry for the lapse! Let’s see what we’ve missed in the Bird O’Sphere this week… 2017 Positional Rankings – Left Field FanGraphs continues their positional rankings, and the […]
Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Birdland. Are the O’s wearing green again? They usually have green uniforms for today’s Spring Training game, but I haven’t seen anything about that yet this year. The game isn’t on today either, so I guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for pictures of the action. What’s up in the Bird O’sphere today? Let’s dig in… Baltimore’s Outfield Options Don’t Make Much Sense FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron tries to make sense of the O’s OF situation, and thinks that the team might actually be […]
We’re slipping and sliding all over Birdland today after our latest March ice storm. It was supposed to be 6-12 inches of snow, and ended up as 2-3 inches of solid ice. Seems meteorologists are using the same computers to predict what happens in Baltimore as those goofs who do MLB projections are, amirite? There will be no hitting of the actual links around town today, so let’s get to the electronic variety. Glove First or Bat First: The O’s Outfield Dilemma The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli talked to a […]
Everybody ready for a blizzard? Ugh. Stupid Smarch weather. Let’s hit the links, before they’re buried in snow. Tillman’s Shoulder Flares Up, Bullpen Session Scrapped Motherflipper! Tilly was scheduled to begin throwing on Sunday, but his shoulder started barking while he was warming up, and now all your worst-case scenario dreams seem to be on the verge of becoming a reality. In Boston, David Price looks certain to be headed for Tommy John surgery, then of course he’s miraculously OK! Same thing with Masahiro Tanaka in New York. Here, our […]
Maryland weather is Maryland weather-ing, Birdland. We’re all ready for baseball, and as I write this, it’s doing some sort of combination of snowing and sleeting outside my window, and several models are forecasting a dump of snow early next week. Damn it. At least we can watch some ball, I suppose. On Sunday, the O’s take on Detroit at 1:05 on MASN, and the WBC rolls on all weekend on MLB Network (Team USA plays their first game tonight at 6). To the links! Why I’m Playing for the […]
The Birds take on the Blue Jays at 1:05 today, and the game will be broadcast live on MASN. Wade Miley will look to continue the string of impressive O’s starts. Let’s hit the links. Machado on Gausman: “He’s Supposed to Get Me Out” Yesterday, the Orioles took on the Dominican WBC team, which boasts a ridiculous lineup. Undaunted, Kevin Gausman tossed three hitless innings, and retired Manny Machado on a groundout to third the only time the two faced. PressBox’s Rich Dubroff has quotes from Manny & Gas Man. […]
The Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Grapefruit League action on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Some photos of the O’s in the game, c/o Craig Landefeld of GulfBird Photo.
Welcome to WBC week, Birdland. While the Spring Training games might get a little less interesting (or more interesting, I suppose, depending on your perspective) as teams lose several stars to the international competition, we’ll at least have some competitive baseball to watch. Already this morning, I’ve watched the tail end of Israel’s extra-innings upset over Team Korea, and I’m looking forward to plenty more WBC action. As for the O’s, let’s get to them links… WBC 2017: Where to Watch the O’s Speaking of the WBC, Camden Chat’s Mark […]
Dylan Bundy made his first spring start on Wednesday against Boston. Here are some photos from the game, courtesy of Craig Landefeld of GulfBird Photo.
Happy Friday, Birdland! Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere today. O’s Roster Crunch Could Affect Mancini, Taverez, Santander A continuing story of Spring Training is the Birds’ outfield competition. Zach Spedden, who covers the O’s minors for Baltimore Sports and Life, weighs in on three guys who – to use March-speak – are firmly on the bubble. Caleb Joseph Hits a Spring Training Home Run The Birds’ backup backstop launched a homer last night, picking up his first RBI since the 2015 season. Of course, it doesn’t really […]
The O’s have had a rocky couple of days in Grapefruit League play, dropping back-to-back games to the Yankees and Phillies. They’ll take on the Red Sox today before splitting the squad for two tomorrow. You can listen on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore both today and tomorrow at 1:05. Let’s hit the links. You’ll want to plug in your headphones for today’s set. Around the Beat Podcast: Matt Wieters Baltimore Baseball’s Dan Connolly grabbed former Birds backstop Matt Wieters for a phone interview earlier this week. Matt talks about […]
The Birds fell to the Yankees on Monday in Grapefruit League play. Check out these great pics of the action, c/o Craig Landefeld of GulfBird Photo.
The Birds picked up a couple wins in exhibition games over the weekend, saving us a repeat of last year, when goofy fans were hand-wringing for two weeks while the team lost fake game after fake game before recording their first victory. This week, we finally have our first MASN broadcast of 2017! Check out the Birds today at 1:05 against the Yankees if you are able. To the links… Strop’s New Deal Could be a Brad Brach Blueprint I still miss Pedro Strop (don’t @ me, bro). As Camden […]
There is baseball weather in Baltimore on February 24, which is cool for us, but probably terrible for our kids and grandkids. It’s at least appropriate for the moment though, as the O’s play their first “real” fake game of Spring Training today, taking on the Detroit Tigers at 1 PM. In the meantime, let’s see what’ up in the Blog-O’sphere. Dylan Bundy Poised to Make Big Strides in 2017 As Orioles fans, we’re conditioned to be very wary of getting too optimistic about pitchers, especially our young pitchers. There […]
As intrasquad games continue in preparation for the first Spring Training game very shortly, it seems like we get more bad news out of Sarasota every day. First it was Chris Tillman, then it was J.J. Hardy, and now…ugh. Let’s hit the links. Britton Held Out of Intrasquad Game Due to Oblique Issue As The Sun’s Eduardo Encina reports, Zach Britton was held out of the first two instrasquad games because he is showing signs of an oblique injury. Ah, the dreaded oblique. For now, it’s “purely precautionary,” and I’m […]
Jon Heyman first reported (and several sources have since verified) that Matt Wieters is close to a two-year deal right down I-95 with the Washington Nationals. While Wieters’ market may not have been nearly as robust as he and agent Scott Boras had hoped, it looks like Matty Backstop will indeed start the 2017 season on an MLB roster, which didn’t seem so certain just yesterday. Wieters will, unfortunately, be remembered by most as a disappointment in Baltimore, largely in part due to unfairly high expectations which were thrust upon […]
Good morning and happy Monday, Birdland! Hopefully the spring-like weather over the weekend really hammered home the point that baseball is truly just around the corner. As full-squad workouts continue in Sarasota, let’s take a look at what we can learn from the weekend’s links. Orioles Trade for Vidal Nuno The O’s traded a minor-leaguer to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Vidal Nuno. Nuno has something that Buck loves: minor-league options. Some Thoughts on Nuno and DFA’ing T.J. McFarland Need more Nuno? Dan Connolly of Baltimore Baseball has you […]
Welcome back to another season of O’s links! We try to find the most interesting stories from around the blog O’sphere and collect them in one place for you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I give priority to our group of awesome local independent O’s bloggers, but we’ll have some links to stories on larger outlets as well, when they have things to say about our Birds. Brach Asking for $3.05M in Arbitration The O’s streak of having won nine straight arbitration cases since losing to Ben McDonald in 1995 […]
The O’s announced their 2017 giveaways and promotions schedule today, and collectors will be champing at the bit for several of the planned items on the list. We sports fans love our bobblehead dolls, and this year two new Orioles will join the list of those having their heads enshrined atop wobbly springs: Zach Britton (July 1) and Jonathan Schoop (August 5) figures will be each be given to the first 25,000 fans ages 15 and over. No images of these are yet available. However, we do have some pictures […]