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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 

Friday’s O’s Links: O’s OF Defense – Better Than You Think!

Adam Jones prepares to hit.
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 […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Statcast Smiles on Adam Jones’ Defense

Adam Jones prepares to defend.
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 […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Tillman, Alvarez, Manny, & More

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Manny Dazzles at the WBC

Manny Machado in his DR uniform.
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 […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: More Hype for Bundy, Gausman Dominates DR

Chris Davis watches a pitch go by.
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. […]

Monday’s O’s Links: It’s WBC O’Clock

Mychal Givens pitches.
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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Caleb Gets Off the Schneid…Kinda

Caleb Joseph swings.
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 […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Should Mark Trumbo Hit Leadoff?

Mark Trumbo swings.
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 […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Brach’s Next Contract, Sisco, & Utility Men

Buck Showalter holds a bat in Spring Training.
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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Birds Earn High Grade for Offseason

Seth Smith throws the ball.
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 […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Britton’s Oblique Flares Up, Bundy Turns Ace?

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
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 […]

So Long, Matt Wieters

catcher for orioles making a face
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 […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Nuno, McFarland, & More

Adam Jones sunglasses.
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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Bundy’s Training Wheels Off, Brach to Arbitration

orioles player bundy winding back about to throw pitch
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 […]

Britton & Schoop Bobbleheads Highlight ’17 Giveaways

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
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 […]

OPACY Tops Overall, M&T Bank Stadium #1 in Football

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Stadium Journey recently reviewed 761(!) different stadium “experiences” and ranked their Top 100. This should come as no surprise to anybody in Birdland, but Oriole Park at Camden Yards came in as Number 1 overall. #1 Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards The current Oriole Park at Camden Yards, opened in 1992, is a trendsetter in Major League Baseball. Prior to its opening, the landscape of professional baseball was littered with boring, multipurpose bowl stadiums. Now nearly every team in the league has a great baseball stadium. Out are […]

Another Rule 5 Draft, Another New Oriole (Or Two)

Santander and Tavarez
Orioles fans hungry for the team to make a move at the Winter Meetings knew that our time was coming. While division rivals added ace pitchers or re-signed departed stud closers, the Birds were laying in wait, preparing for their moment to shine. The Rule 5 draft. Oh yeah. The event that has given us such fan favorites as Ryan Flaherty, T.J. McFarland, Jason Garcia, and Joey Rickard. So what did Dan Duquette scoop up this year? Let’s have a look. Move over Joey – you’ve got some Rule 5 […]
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