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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 

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 […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Talking O’s & the New CBA

Manny Machado writes in the dirt.
Greetings once again, Birdland. I know it’s been a while since we chatted here. Hopefully everyone’s NFL/NBA/NHL/NCAA or whatever teams are treating them well as we count down the days until the sweet sounds of the bat cracking the ball grace our ears again. MLB hammered out a new CBA recently, so let’s get into that and more as we kick off the first weekend in December and await the winter meetings. How the Orioles are Affected, or Not, by the new CBA Camden Chat’s Mark Brown has a nice […]

Monday’s O’s Links: More Turnover in O’s Pitching Staff Ranks

Buck Showalter talks to pitchers and catchers.
Well, we heard about some signings over the weekend, as Toronto added both Kendrys Morales and a Cuban prospect. Nothing from The Warehouse though. Let’s see what’s up in the blog O’sphere. O’s Director of Pitching Development Rick Peterson Will Not Return Rick Peterson is out as O’s Director of Pitching Development. I’ll take this as good news – Rick’s “one size fits all” approach to pitching development has been roundly criticized. As Mark Brown of Camden Chat points out, it’s hard to find any real successes that can be […]

PiR: Will O’s Extend Qualifying Offers to Wieters/Trumbo?

Mark Trumbo prepares to hit.
Reality: With the Cubs and Indians making it to the World Series, the Orioles now have the 5th longest World Series drought. Perception: The Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) franchise has the longest World Series appearance drought now. They have never been to the Series since their franchise began in 1969. The Seattle Mariners started in 1977 and have never been to the World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t been there since 1979 and the Milwaukee Brewers since 1982. The O’s are next on that list, having not made it to […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Looking Ahead to 2017

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
Greetings again, Birdland. I know it’s been a while since we’ve spoken here. I finally got over that crushing loss to the Blue Jays in the Wild Card game though, and I’m ready to talk some Orioles again. Of course, it helped that the Cleveland Indians saved us all the indignity of watching those Jays in the World Series (after they saved us having to watch the Red Sox in even the ALCS a round earlier), and for that, we all need to thank them. I’ve been having a blast […]

O’s Offense, Sleeping for Months, Sleeps Through Wild Card Game

The Baltimore Orioles’ 2016 season has ended, and once again it was the offense that failed them when they needed it most. There is more than enough second-guessing of Buck Showalter‘s decision to keep Zach Britton on the bench going on this morning, and all of that criticism is 100% valid. There is no way you should lose a winner-take-all game with your best pitcher and Cy Young candidate not touching the ball even once. There will also be plenty of vitriol directed toward Ubaldo Jimenez, which is much less […]

Monday’s O’s Links: We’re In!

Buck Showalter and Manny Machado celebrate in the Orioles clubhouse.
What a ride it’s been, huh, Birdland? And now we get to watch it continue… Straight to the links today, as I celebrated the clinch a little too hard last night and I’m paying for it today. Worth it! But first….Adam Jones twerking. Ladies & gentlemen: Adam Jones twerking. pic.twitter.com/UwafdxA9nn — Ranting Oriole Bird (@RantingOriole) October 2, 2016 5 Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Can win the World Series Would you like Fox Sports’ Chris Bahr to lay out five reasons why these Birds could soar to the top of baseball’s […]

Friday’s O’s Links: It All Comes Down to This

Hyun-soo Kim prepares to hit.
Just when we thought they were out…they pull themselves back in again! The Birds rebounded from a disheartening loss on Tuesday to take the final two games in Toronto and pull even with the Blue Jays for the Wild Card spots in the AL. Due to Toronto winning the season series (10-9…ugh), we need the Birds to finish a game ahead of them to get the one-game playoff at Camden Yards. The Birds taking two of three in New York while the Jays drop two of three in Boston would […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Hoping for More Than Six More O’s Games

Orioles SS JJ Hardy slides into home plate against the Toronto Blue Jays
While a 5-6 final home stand of the season certainly isn’t what anybody had in mind, after the way it unfolded, it’s hard to be too disappointed. After the gut-punch that was the four-game sweep at the hands of Boston, the Birds responded just as they absolutely needed to, with a three-game sweep of Arizona. Holding a 1.5-game lead for the final Wild Card spot, they now head out for a six-game sprint to the finish. Buckle Up. Despite Ups & Downs, O’s Have Playoffs In Their Sights Our own […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Take This Reminder of Your Tantrum and Go Away

Adam jones holds out a broken bullpen phone.
Everything is awful. Let’s see what the links say… Breaking Down the Orioles Offensive Woes This article, by Nick Cicere of Camden Chat, instantly vaulted into my Top 5 O’s posts of the year. Nick uses gifs from the last couple nights to compare and contrast the different offensive styles of the Red Sox (consistently good!) and the Orioles (good…when they’re hitting home runs) and the conclusion is striking. It’s nothing O’s fans won’t already know, having watched this team, but you’ll still be nodding along as you read. Trey […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Birds Need a Lot More from the Bats

A baseball player breaks his bat over his knee.
This series is not going as we’d hoped, huh? We still can’t get O’s minority owner Mookie Betts out, Fat Sloppy is still hitting like he’s in his prime against us, and of course our bats are asleep AGAIN. Sigh. Hey, as I pointed out yesterday, there’s no such thing as momentum in baseball. Here’s to rebounding for the split. With a Remarkable Season, O’s Closer Zach Britton is in Cy Young Conversation The Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin has a cool column on Zach Britton today, that includes a neat […]

There’s No Momentum in Baseball, as the O’s Continue to Prove

Mark Trumbo walks to the dugout after striking out.
The old saying in baseball is that “momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” You can have a great walk-off win, or hit a bunch of home runs in a blowout, but if the next game’s starter blows up early, then yesterday’s exciting win is nothing but a distant memory. Basically, it boils down to this: there’s no such thing as “momentum” in baseball at all. One game has absolutely zero bearing on the next. Here in 2016, Baltimore Orioles fans have had this fact bashed into our heads repeatedly […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Duquette Remembers Ortiz’s Phone Antics Too

Dan Duquette political poster.
September pennant/playoff race baseball takes years off your life. It doesn’t help when your NFL team also makes every game way too friggin’ close and seals their win just moments before Zach Britton takes the mound to try to hold onto a one-run lead either. And it’s only gonna get MORE stressful. New York was just swept by Boston, so aside from the obvious bad news there, the silver lining is that the Yankees are pretty much toast, which is one less team chasing the O’s in the wild card […]

“THEY GOT HIM! THEY GOT HIM! THEY GOT HIM!”

They Got Him
Last night’s Orioles game ended in very dramatic fashion, as Zach Britton converted his 46th consecutive save (and 44th straight in 2016) thanks to some great defense behind him. After the Birds went down 4-0 in the first two innings, they fought back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Then, Britton ran into some bad luck. He got the first two outs (the second on a 12-pitch AB) before Mikie Mahtook hit a single. Then, Alexi Ramirez took a 3-2 pitch into the left […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Wade Miley Has Been Incredibly Unlucky

Wade Miley of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
After their second straight really frustrating loss against the Rays in a week (and their third straight loss to open a series), the Birds will look to rebound just as they did in Detroit and Boston to still manage to take this series. Winning the next three would be great, but anything less than a 2-2 split here with Tampa could be considered nothing short of a disaster. To the links. Wade Miley Hasn’t Been Nearly as Bad as He’s Looked Birdland is ready to push Wade Miley out on […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Chase for Home Run History Heats Up

O's Steve Pearce reacts to a called third strike.
Hopefully the Birds can follow the same script they used in Detroit, losing the first game of the series and then winning the final two, tonight in Boston. Kevin Gausman, who has been sparkling of late, takes on Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello, a guy the O’s have handled in the past. They’re assured at least of a winning road trip already, but 6-3 would be sah-weeeet. Orioles Getting Varied Opinions on Steve Pearce’s Arm Injury This is really disappointing, as it’s hard to conclude anything other than Pearce being […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Appreciating Important September Games

crowd of baltimore orioles fans in seats waving towels
The Orioles did exactly what they needed to do in Detroit. Now, with that “most important series of the year” in the rear view mirror, we can move onto the next “most important series of the year.” Three games in Boston against the team atop the AL East by two games over the O’s. Important September baseball is awesome, but also quite stressful. To the links. O’s Giving Fans Something to Cheer About in September Speaking of stressful September baseball, it’s good to remind ourselves that for a decade-and-a-half between […]

Friday’s O’s Links: A Year of Strange Numbers

Machado
After a day (and a half) off, the Birds kick off a huge three-game set in Detroit tonight. The Tigers are just a game back of the O’s for the second wild card spot, with several teams right behind them. Buckle Up for a stressful weekend at Comerica, Birdland. To the links: Revolving Rotation Usually Doesn’t End Well The O’s have gotten along decently of late with a continuing shuffle of starting pitchers, but Matt Taylor of Roar from 34 (writing in his weekly MASN guest column) says that historically, […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Manny Grand, but is He the MVP?

Manny Machado swings.
One game out, with 24 to play. Important September baseball games, Birdland. Again. To the links. Why is Chris Davis Struggling? Over at the Depot, Matt Perez says that Crush is having a “good, but disappointing” season. Based on his swing metrics, though, Perez says that Davis has been the victim of some bad luck this year, and that he should continue to be this version of Crush – or, hopefully, better – not just for the rest of this month (and perhaps into October), but also in 2017 and […]
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