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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone who asks that he has the best job in the world. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

The Orioles Were MLB’s Slowest Team in 2017

Chris Davis trots around the bases.
Have you ever watched a bird try to fly against a strong headwind, pumping its little wings furiously in an effort to move forward, only to be slowly blown backwards, or at the very least, staying stationary, stuck in a sort of avian limbo? I always feel bad for those birds when I see them. It’s sort of the same feeling I get watching the Baltimore Orioles try to run. You don’t hear much about speed when it comes to the Orioles, and when you do, it’s in the form […]

Friday’s O’s Links: That’s Our Secret Weapon? Seriously?

Richard Bleier throws from the mound.
Someone took our advice, but it wasn’t the O’s. Jon Jay…really? Richard Bleier was a nice surprise…can he do it again? And the Orioles “secret weapon” will depress you to no end. To the links! The Rays’ Unique Starting Rotation Now this is annoying. Earlier this week, Steve Caimano wrote right on this site that the O’s should use a “3-man rotation,” splitting the fourth and fifth days among guys only expected to get through the lineup once. It seems the Tampa Bay Rays were listening – they’re doing just […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links – Riding the Trey Train into 2018

Trey Mancini watches the ball after making contact.
Right to it today… No Excuses Hold Up in O’s Failure to Aggressively Pursue Jon Jay Dan Connolly covered the O’s for The Baltimore Sun for many years. He was a victim of a round of layoffs/buyouts a few years back, and now he covers the team for his venture with Steve Cockey, Baltimore Baseball dot com. He’s been beating the Jon Jay drum all offseason, and last night, after Jay signed with KC for peanuts, Dan took the O’s brass to the woodshed over their lack of interest. Ownership, […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Kevin Gausman Sizzles in Latest Spring Start

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
Just as we were starting to think warm thoughts, with Spring Training games in full swing and some unseasonably warm weather gracing us, Winter roared back into Baltimore over the weekend. Hopefully you have electricity, and there are no downed trees in your yard or neighborhood causing havoc. That wasn’t fun at all. For those O’s fans in the diaspora – be glad you weren’t close to home for our most recent “bomb cyclone.” ‘Tweren’t enjoyable. Now, to the links! Nine Up, Nine Down for Kevin Gausman After suffering a […]

ESR Joins The Fanimal on 105.7

Colby Rasmus finishes his swing and watches the ball as he starts to run.
Did you know that 105.7 actually has SPORTS TALK on Saturday mornings now, as opposed to just financial advice snoozefests? At least for an hour, anyway. From 8-9 AM (for now – stay tuned), the Editor-in-Chief of this here site and of our sister site, Russell Street Report, Tony Lombardi, hosts “The Fanimal,” a jam-packed hour of sports talk geared solely towards those of us who root for the Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Tony is joined by Miles Goodman and a local musician every episode. This week, Tony was kind […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links – Masahiro Gausman?

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
The Birds got in the win column yesterday against Tampa, winning 2-1. So no more worrying that they would match 2016’s 0-10-2 start to Grapefruit League play, I suppose. Here’s Hunter Harvey throwing some gas in the start: Hunter Harvey, the @Orioles No. 4 prospect, was 💪 in his #SpringTraining debut: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K pic.twitter.com/hqSZJ4lcpk — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 28, 2018 Gimme dem links. Hunter Harvey Stellar in Start, After Long Road to It Britt’s recap of the game and Harvey’s outing. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: The O’s Put the Funk in Dysfunctional

Pedro Alvarez of the Orioles prepares to hit.
The O’s went winless (though they managed a tie!) during the first weekend of Spring Training action. I think it was 2016 that they didn’t win a Grapefruit League game until like St. Patrick’s Day or something, right? Remember not to get caught up in these results, friends. Here are some things to get caught up in instead. With No Deal from O’s, Flaherty Starting Over with Phillies Don’t focus on the fact that it’s Ryan Flaherty being discussed here; the lede is buried. In this piece by Eduardo Encina […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Spring Training Games Start Today!

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
I have great news and not-so-great news. The great news first – BASEBALL IS ON TODAY! You can watch the Birds start Grapefruit League play against the new-look Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 on MASN, or listen on 105.7 The Fan. The not-so-great news: Mike Wright will be on the bump to kick things off. Not exactly setting the tone for a great season, huh? Here’s to Mike getting through his scheduled two innings without having a complete meltdown. In the meantime, whet your whistle with today’s O’s links: Orioles […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rasmus? Really?

Colby Rasmus rounds the bases after a HR.
My 11-month old is napping, so I have a couple minutes to get you some links on this gorgeous Wednesday. Let’s get right to it. Bird’s Eye View Episode 225: Pitching Staph Are we back to weekly BEV episodes?! Or is it, like this 70-degree weather over the last couple days, just a tease? Either way, listen in to hear Jake & Scott give their thoughts on Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman, this year’s radio crew, and plenty more. Locked On Orioles: Episode 1 Justin McGuire, who does the awesome Baseball […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman is Back

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
In the least surprising move of the offseason, the Birds brought back Chris Tillman this morning. We all expected this, and it’s finally official. Chris Tillman is returning to orioles. Deal agreed to. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 19, 2018 With incentives, the Tillman deal can reach up to $10 million. $3M is guaranteed. — Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) February 19, 2018 Player Opt-Outs Could Have Really Helped the Orioles Over at Camden Depot, Nate DeLong argues that, with the odd course this offseason has taken regarding free agent signings, along […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Straight Cashner, Homie

Andrew Cashner in an O's hat and Sunglasses.
You may have heard that the Orioles emerged from their winter hibernation yesterday and actually signed a pitcher. Let’s talk about that – and some other stuff – in today’s O’s Links. Here’s hopin’ Cashner negotiated an exemption from the Orioles’ stupid archaic facial hair policy that allows him to keep that sweet beard. Happy first Friday of Spring Training, Birdland. The Orioles are Paying Money to Andrew Cashner Jeff Sullivan writing about the Orioles? Be still my heart. If you’re looking for fancy-stat reasons to be bullish on Cashner…look […]

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner to Two-Year Deal

Andrew Cashner pitches for the Padres.
Hey, they finally did something! Source: #orioles are signing RHP Andrew Cashner to a 2-year deal with $16 million guaranteed — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 15, 2018 Andrew Cashner, most recently of the Texas Rangers, joins the Orioles as a much-needed actual MLB starting pitcher. That’s fun! Less fun are Cashner’s recent numbers and very concerning peripherals, of course. He was 11-11 for the Rangers in 2017, pitching 166.2 innings, allowing 156 hits, striking out 86 and walking 64, while posting a 3.40 ERA and 4.61 FIP. On the bright […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: 2018 Gets Underway!

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
I just can’t help myself. Logically, I know that this Orioles season is shaping up to be 162 games of disappointment and misery, perhaps the start of another stretch of dark years resembling 1998-2011. Even with that thought gnawing at the back of my mind though, I still get a bit giddy when I see the pictures of baseball players tossing and jogging down in Sarasota start scrolling through my Twitter feed. Then I think to myself, “hey, the last time everybody seemed this down on the Birds in February […]

Happy “Pitchers” and Catchers Day! I Guess?

empty baseball field with sun rising
Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day, Birdland! Yeah, that’s about the reaction I expected. For months, I’ve been using the (admittedly, bad!) joke that “Orioles PitcheR and Catchers report on February 13!” Never in my bleakest dark year-flashback dreams did I believe that I’d STILL be able to make that stupid joke as said pitcher and catchers were first reporting to the Ed Smith complex in Sarasota this morning. The Orioles haven’t signed a single legitimate big league starting pitcher since the 2017 season came to its disappointing close, despite that […]

Orioles Fans Aren’t Happy

A lonley oriole fan watches from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
I know, I know…I’m not exactly uncovering Watergate here. But before you give that headline a quick “a-duh!” and move on, give me a moment. I have data to support this assertion, and it’s not just of the looked-at-social-media-and-my-face-melted variety. First off, we need to acknowledge that Orioles fans are far from alone in being frustrated at our team’s lack of (or negative) movement this offseason. The talk of MLB has been the ridiculously low temperature of the usual “hot stove,” and how free agents are, as a group, languishing […]

Hawaiian Shirt Highlights 2018 Promotional Schedule

O’s fans continue to sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for the team to toss us any sort of bone to get excited about in 2018, and today the team finally made an announcement! No, they didn’t sign anybody you’ve ever heard of – or anybody you haven’t, for that matter. They haven’t signed Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop to extensions. Ditto Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter. This “news” doesn’t even come from the front office as a matter of fact, but from the Marketing & Promotions department. Here are […]

Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Feeling a bit down in the dumps this holiday season, Birdland? With all the talk of the team trying to trade Manny Machado, along with the usual lack of movement from the front office when it comes to signing ACTUAL major league pitchers who might be able to help the team win games, it’s been quite a glum offseason so far. Well, this morning, Ken Rosenthal threw cold water acid all over our already frowning faces. BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected […]

O’s Listening to Offers on Manny Machado

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
What had been quite the usual boring Winter Meetings for O’s fans got quite the jolt yesterday, as reports began to surface (first from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) that the Orioles were suddenly open to trading star third baseman Manny Machado. Many fans already assume that Machado, who is due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, is as good as gone by roughly this time next year. However, there remain plenty of starry-eyed eternal O’ptimists who believe that Manny will join the likes of Brooks, […]

Do Andrew Cashner and/or Eduardo Nunez Excite You?

We’re into mid-November now, and after one of the most exciting World Series in memory (maybe ever), we’ve been without baseball for what feels like eons. However, the Hot Stove season has yet to really get rolling, as baseball “news” since the Fall Classic ended has been confined to blockbuster trade speculation, and an award or two. (Then, of course, there was the tragic Roy Halladay incident, and we’d like to add our heartfelt condolences to those already expressed throughout the sports world.) As for our O’s, the only thing […]

Trey Mancini Named Rookie of the Year Finalist

Trey Mancini in his O's batting helmet.
O’s rookie Trey Mancini got some good news tonight, as he was named a finalist for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award. .@TreyMancini has been named a BBWAA finalist for Rookie of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 13 on @MLBNetwork. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/J7KzbmTCT7 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 6, 2017 Mancini was a revelation at the dish for the Birds in 2017, putting up a .293/.338/.488 line with 24 home runs and 78 runs batted in. That was good for a .349 wOBA and 117 wRC+ (both […]
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