About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

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 

Monday’s O’s Links: As the Rumor Mill Turns

Zach Britton throws from the mound.
The O’s took two of three in Texas over the weekend, finishing the season at 6-1 against the Rangers. Can’t we play them more often? In other news, the rumor mill continues to turn, but so far the only trade the O’s have pulled off is Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson. Some fans aren’t too happy about that one. What else is up? For teams thinking prices on RP market would come down as 4pm gets closer, they're not. Hand, Britton, Kintzler all garnering huge interest. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) […]

Orioles Trade Hyun-soo Kim for Jeremy Hellickson

The Orioles made a very puzzling move late tonight. While they were getting pummeled by the Texas Rangers 8-2, Dan Duquette was shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, trading OF Hyun-soo Kim to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeremy Hellickson. First and foremost, I’m happy for Kim, as I’m sure most O’s fans are. While I love Buck Showalter, his usage (or lack thereof) of Kim over the last 1.5 years was always a sore spot. Kim proved that he could hit at the MLB level when given the chance, […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Market Weak for Zach Britton

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
The O’s get back at it tonight in Texas, where the Rangers will be looking for some revenge. I regret to inform you that we still have no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up… Trade Retrospective: Wade Miley vs. Ariel Miranda With no 2017 trades to talk about yet, let’s talk about a 2016 one that’s going, uh… Is it that bad though? Joe Wantz of Camden Depot investigates. Ranking the Orioles’ Top 40 Prospects Right Now Top 40! FORTY! Greg Goldstein digs deeeeeeep for Baltimore […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Delusional?

Wade Miley was decent last night, except for that one inning in which he wasn’t. Those five runs Tampa put up in the second inning were enough for them to pull off the 5-4 victory and even the series. The O’s try to take it today at Noon, but Ubaldo is on the bump, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still no trades to report, so let’s see what else is up in the Blog O’sphere. Should the Orioles Buy, Sell, or Stay at the MLB Trade Deadline? SB […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Britton Sets AL Record, but Teams Still Scared?

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
The O’s narrowly avoided the sweep on Sunday, which may be a bit of a double-edged sword. With the nonsense Dan Duquette was spewing at the season-ticket holder event on Saturday afternoon, maybe the Birds NEEDED to be swept. There’s still no selling going on. With every day that remains the case, the chances that the O’s do something really silly just increases. To the links, where we may have some answers…. How Has Dan Duquette Fared in “Sell” Deals? Dan Connolly chronicles Dan Duquette’s history of trading away veteran […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Bidding War Emerging for Britton?

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
A four-game sweep! Who saw that coming? Not many of us, that’s for darn sure. The buzzsaw that is the Houston Astros come to town now though, so we’ll see how the hot Birds can stack up against a true contender. The bet here is that we’ll all by screaming “SELL!” again by Monday. That’s probably not a bad thing, because… Bidding War Emerging for Zach Britton Buster Olney says teams are bidding against each other for Zach. This is good news. Caleb Joseph has Recovered Nicely Matt Kremnitzer on […]

Does Trey Mancini Have a Rookie of the Year Case?

Trey Mancini of the Orioles leans forward in sunglasses.
Yesterday, our friends over at @BirdlandStats (check out their work on ESR here) tweeted out some interesting facts about Trey Mancini and past Rookie of the Year award winners: Most recent rookies (qualified for BA title) w/ 15+ HRs, 50+ RBIs, & .300+ BA: T. ManciniA. JudgeC. SeagerJ. AbreuM. TroutA. Pujols — O's Stats & Facts (@BirdlandStats) July 20, 2017 I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure that I can say I quite realized how remarkable “Boom Boom” has been for a rookie this season. Now, he of […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rockies Interested in Gausman & Bundy

Dylan Bundy jogs in Spring Training.
The last two nights have been a nice little reminder that baseball can indeed be fun. Now the worry is, of course, that they’ll also fool the owner into thinking this team has the potential to keep winning games every night for the next two-plus months, which is, of course, not the case. Let’s see what everybody else is saying. Orioles Score Six Runs Before Recording an Out Like I said, that was fun. Four Possible Trade Packages for Zach Britton The O’s could get a lot for Zach Britton. […]

Orioles Having Some Sort of Game of Thrones Night/Package (Update)

Winter is Here
The Orioles’ season is going nowhere fast, and we’re all just waiting to see if they’ll start selling off players here in the next few days. Losing (badly) and trading some of your best players is a sure-fire way to end up with a whole lotta empty seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fortunately, it looks like the fine folks in the Birds’ marketing department are hitting dingers, even if some of Baltimore’s other employees aren’t: #WinterIsHere | Orioles – @GameofThrones Ticket Package – More Information Coming Soon! https://t.co/XwoqmpkTRX […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Dodgers Want Zach Britton, Will Angelos Sell?

side profile of orioles player britton holding glove by face before pitch
The worst four days of the summer are FINALLY over, as baseball returns to the Yard tonight. The O’s kick off the second half by hosting the World Champion Cubs, who are scuffling in 2017. It’ll be fun to see those guys come to town though, especially Saturday’s starter, Jake Arrieta. Hopefully the O’s aren’t very accommodating guests as they begin a crucial 10-game homestand. To the links! 5th Annual BEVy Awards Woo hoo! Jake & Scott’s annual awards show celebrates year five. The perfect way to review the first […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Schoop Represents O’s in Miami

Jonathan Schoop Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz at the All-Star Game.
Jonathan Schoop doubled and scored the game’s first run last night at the All-Star Game in Miami. If Yadier Molina hadn’t homered to tie the game (and Robinson Cano subsequently homered to win it), Johnny may well have been in line for the ASG MVP Award. Ah well. Get ’em next time. We’ve got two more days to kill without O’s baseball. Here’s some reading to help. When Boredom Outweighs Mediocrity Now here’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile: Michael Olesker. Baltimoreans will remember Michael from his days as […]

Monday’s O’s Links: An Infuriating First “Half” Comes to a Close

Buck Showalter stands with his hands on his hips.
Well Birdland, we made it. It was a long, arduous, and infuriating few months of baseball, but we’re at the All-Star break and hey! We have back-to-back wins to keep us cozy in our memories for the next four days. Let’s check out the good, the bad, and the ugly from the O’s blog-O-verse. Jonathan Schoop Emerging from Under the Radar Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun with an awesome feature on the Birds’ lone All-Star. Thinking About 2018 and 2019 BSL’s Chris Stoner asks a ton of questions about […]

Friday’s O’s Links: The Bad, the Awful, & the Ugly

Buck Showalter gets the ball from Mychal Givens as Givens walks off the mound.
Another loss in a new and annoying way (the Twins scored in ONE inning last night), another four-game losing skid, and now a season-high five games under .500. I have some more good news… AL records since May 9th pic.twitter.com/g6K1qN9XkX — Mark Weathers (@markweathers15) July 7, 2017 Nope, don’t avert your eyes. Look at that. Accept where we are. And notice that the Orioles have both scored the fewest and allowed the most runs in the AL since May 9. No illusions here. Things are ugly. Hopefully the front office […]

Our 2017 BEVy Categories

BEVY awards 2017
It’s time once again for the All-Star Break, which means that it’s also, for the fifth year running, time for Bird’s Eye View’s BEVy Awards! Our categories have been the same since 2013 – The Forgotten Man Award and the “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” Award. Our previous winners: Forgotten Man 2013 – Alex Burnett 2014 – Ramon Ramirez 2015 – Cesar Cabral 2016 – Francisco Pena “Why Are You Breaking My Heart Like This, Just Let Me Love You!” 2013 – […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Congrats to Johnny Beisbol!

Jonathan Schoop smiles during Spring Training 2015.
The O’s managed to avoid a sweep with a win Sunday, quite a disappointment to a series that began with them being just a strike away from a comeback win on Friday night, only to see Brad Brach and Darren O’Day blow it. They now head out on a seven-game road trip to finish the first half. Here’s hoping they can continue the road form they showed in Tampa and Toronto in Milwaukee and Minnesota. The Orioles Offense is Not Good Nate DeLong of Camden Depot has the ugly stats […]

Dempsey on Gausman: He Doesn’t Think Things Through Enough

Kevin Gausman hands the ball to Buck Showalter as he walks off the mound.
Kevin Gausman has been, unequivocally, a disappointment here in 2017. Though he’s shown signs of potentially turning a corner over his last two starts (combined 11.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K), his numbers for the season are certainly not what anybody had in mind from the guy who was supposed to take the next step and anchor the rotation in 2017. To wit: 4-7, 86.0 IP, 117 H, 58 ER, 41 BB, 67 K, 6.07 ERA. If you prefer the more advanced version, he’s sporting a […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Ubaldo Deals His Rare but Regular Gem

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
Fresh off a 4-2 road trip – their first winning tour since April – and back at .500, the Birds return home for a quick three-game set against Tampa before finishing the first half on a seven-game road swing through the midwest. Let’s see what the blog O’sphere is saying. Ubaldo Shows Why O’s Are Better Off With Him Than Without Him Ubaldo Jimenez continued his infuriating career in orange and black last night with eight masterful scoreless innings in Toronto, scene of the crime that O’s fans will vilify […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Manny, Stop Trying to Hit Everything 500 Feet!

Manny Machado follows through on his swing.
After beating the Blue Jays 3-1 on Tuesday night, the Orioles are now a sparkling 11 games over .500 combined against the American League East and National League. The bad news is that they’re also a dismal 11 games UNDER .500 combined against the AL Central and West. The worse news is that there’s no scenario whereby they can get to the World Series by going through only AL East teams. Bummer. Maybe they’ll figure out how to beat those pesky central and west teams between now and October. In […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Stuck in the Middle

Jonathan Schoop rounds the bases.
Well, the Birds managed to stay afloat this weekend, picking up two of three in Tampa against the Rays, and managing to avoid breaking (merely tying) the 1924 Phillies’ record of 20 straight games allowing five or more runs. Thanks Dylan! Can they keep winning on the road now that they’ve seemingly remembered that it’s an option? We’ll find out later this week in Toronto, but for now, the Birds get a much-needed day of rest. Check out these here links to pass the time. If Orioles Sell, Who Could […]

Dan Duquette Seems to Have No Plans to Sell or Rebuild

two men flexing arms one wearing cape and mask
With the Orioles continuing to wallow in mediocrity (or worse), falling to 35-37 from their season high-water mark of 22-10 (that’s 13-27 over their last 40 games), many fans and pundits have started to seriously consider the prospect of the team being sellers at the trade deadline, and starting at least a re-tooling for 2018, if not a full-scale rebuild for 2019 and beyond. Throw in the contract status of such key pieces as Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Zach Britton, and even Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter, and it’s clear […]
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