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: 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 […]

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 […]
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