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 

Korean Broadcast Enjoyed Kim’s Home Run

In last night’s 11-7 win over the Padres, Hyun Soo Kim pretty much did it all at the dish. He was 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI double (at the end of an incredibly impressive eight-pitch AB in which he fouled off three straight two-strike pitches), and his second home run of his MLB career. He ambushed an 87 MPH “fastball” from Erik Johnson, and the Korean broadcast went nuts. Press play below to listen. For my #Orioles fans: here's a Korean broadcast call of Hyun-Soo Kim's home run. These […]

Baltimore Orioles as Different Dog Breeds

Manny Machado and a Basenji dog.
Near the top of the “Things I Love in This World” list are the Orioles and dogs. So, let’s have some silly fun on a Tuesday when the O’s still don’t play for another 10-plus hours and match up our Birds with their canine counterparts. I tried not to let my knowledge of what dogs the guys actually have influence my choices here – for instance, it was hard to not just say “Buck Showalter: Basset Hound.” List is based on looks and/or attributes, where applicable. You’ll see what I […]

Monday’s O’s Links: How Sweep It Is

The Birds had a great weekend, sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in three days, while extending their lead over Boston in the A.L. East to four games. It was a great way to finish up the home stand, as things are about to get tough – the team heads to the West Coast for two games in San Diego, three in Seattle, and three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. West Coast trips are no joke – just ask the Washington Nationals, who lost five in a […]

Word on the Street: Hurry Back, Darren O’Day!

Darren O'Day looks in at home plate.
The Baltimore Orioles desperately miss Darren O’Day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time in the very near future. Read below or press play for more. The Orioles have a much-needed off day today, after playing 29 games in the past 30 days. Ubaldo Jimenez did a great – and unexpected – job of giving the bullpen some rest on Wednesday night, throwing six full innings in the Birds’ 7-2 win. However, when the O’s resume play Friday – starting a stretch of 16 games in 17 […]

Get Your Rockin’ Great Britton Shirt Here

Great Britton shirt design.
Zach Britton has established himself as one of baseball’s best closers. He’s 21-for-21 on the year, having already set the Orioles record to start a season with 19 straight. He has 94 saves for his career, and should blow by the century mark here very shortly. Britton also has a very recognizable entrance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, coming out to AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock.” In addition to the music, the production crew at the Yard has added a scene from the film “School of Rock” featuring […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: O’s Bullpen Starting to Crack

Mychal Givens follows through on his pitch.
Two days, two three-run leads blown – one by the starter and one by the bullpen. The O’s are off to quite the rough start to the week. They’ll rely on…wait, who? No. You’re kidding me. They’ll rely on…Ubaldo Jimenez to be the stopper tonight. What could go wrong? To the links… An Update on the 2016 Orioles and the Team Home Run Record Carl Trinao of Beyond the Box score updates us on the O’s chase for the MLB-single-season team home run record. In short – it’s doable, but […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Birds Still Perched Atop the Division

Dylan Bundy looks in for a sign.
Happy Monday, Birdland! After a quite inauspicious start to the Toronto series on Friday, the Birds bounced back to take the final two games of the series and hold onto their spot atop the AL East for the time being. They also managed to win game one of Manny Machado’s suspension, which will go through Wednesday’s tilt with San Diego. Let’s see what everybody is saying about the Birds today… The Baysox will show some serious Maryland Pride with these special jerseys during the game Sunday, June 26 pic.twitter.com/6nHsDmbuYG — […]

Thursday’s O’s Links: Cal, Manny, Clancy, and O’s Superlatives

Fancy Clancy and another man stand with Camden Yards in the background.
Generally, we do Orioles links on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday around here. However, I had to make a special exception today, as my Twitter feed was just jam-packed with awesome reading for Orioles fans. Why make you guys wait until Friday? Might as well start wasting time at work on Thursday, right? Let’s get to it… Manny Machado is Becoming His Idol Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs says that Manny Machado’s recent play has suggested that he’s actually starting to live up to his pre-draft hype of being “The Next Alex […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Are the O’s MLB’s “Oddest” Contender?

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
The Birds started things off right in Boston with a 3-2 win thanks to homers from Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, and stellar pitching from both Chris Tillman and Zach Britton. Here’s to getting at least one more of the next two and leaving Beantown with a lead over the Red Sox! And now, some linkage. The @Orioles are on pace to set a major-league record for home runs in June pic.twitter.com/YZ8E0EtDxU — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 15, 2016 Take 15% off Bash BrO’s (and all other T-shirts) […]

Word on the Street: We Salute You, Zach Britton

orioles pitcher with arm back and about to throw ball
Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been dominant as a closer since moving into the role in 2014, but has taken it up another notch in 2016. Press play or read below for more. A few years ago, Zach Britton looked like he might be just another forgotten name in a long list of failed Orioles starting pitching prospects. Until Ubaldo Jimenez matched him this past Sunday, he was the last O’s starter to go just 1/3 of an inning in a start, doing so on July 30, 2011. However, […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Time to Decide on Ubaldo, McFarland

It was a forgettable weekend for the Birds in Toronto, as the pitching completely fell apart to the point that even 12 home runs and 24 runs from their red-hot offense couldn’t stop the Blue Jays from taking the final three games of the four-game set. The O’s now head to Boston in a tie for first place with the Red Sox. As Buck would say, bring it on. To the links… O’s Must Decide on Jimenez Now The pitching implosion in Toronto came to a head on Sunday, as […]

Friday’s O’s Links: The Brach Star and the Fruit Loop King

Brad Brach looks in for a sign from the catcher.
The O’s just keep on rollin’, winning their fifth in a row last night in Toronto on the back of yet another come-from-behind victory. Here’s hoping they can get Kevin Gausman his first win of the season tonight and guarantee themselves at least a split in the four-game set. To six in a row! And now, to the links… Meet Brad Brach, Baseball’s Most Underrated Reliever ESPN’s Eddie Matz starts us off today with a great profile of Brad Brach. He has quotes from Brach himself, Darren O’Day (who says […]

Manny Machado Suspended Four Games

Manny Machado swings in the on-deck circle.
Today, MLB let Manny Machado know that he’ll be suspended for four games for his part in Tuesday’s altercation against Kansas City, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Machado, of course, charged the mound and started throwing punches at the Royals’ Yordano Ventura after Ventura plunked him with a 99-MPH heater. This was after Ventura had buzzed Manny a few times in an earlier AB. Related: Machado, Ventura Spark Orioles-Royals Brawl All things considered, it’s not all that bad. Many fans were speculating that Machado could get anywhere from 5-10 games. […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Brawltimore

Orioles and Royals players gather in a bench-clearing brawl.
The Orioles gave away umbrellas at last night’s game and oddly enough, it was one of the few games this year where the fans didn’t need them at some point. No, the only things raining down at the Yard last night were dongs and haymakers. Let’s hit the links and see what everyone is saying about the O’s-Royals bench-clearing last night. A Tribute to Yordano Ventura: Human Garbage pic.twitter.com/J6fRmv44h9 — Kyle (Greg Gibson) (@BlueMetropolis) June 8, 2016 Altercation will Hurt Orioles More than Royals in Long Run SI’s Cliff Corcoran […]

Yordano Ventura & Manny Machado Spark O’s-Royals Brawl

Manny Machado charges Yordano Ventura to fight.
The Orioles lit up Royals starter Yordano Ventura early on in Tuesday night’s game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning (that could have been 6-0 if not for an amazing HR-saving catch by Lorenzo Cain). Ryan Flaherty added a home run to make it 5-0 in the second inning. That was just the beginning of the fireworks, however. During Manny Machado‘s second AB, in the second inning, he took exception to a couple of inside fastballs from Ventura. Manny swatted what he thought was a homer, […]

Word on the Street: Something Magic is Happening

Orioles Magic lyrics on the wall of the stairwell.
The Baltimore Orioles have become the comeback kids lately, as their offense slumbers early in games only to explode later on. Read below or press play for more. Birdland has been getting quite the dose of Orioles Magic here of late. A week ago today, the O’s dropped their second straight to Boston to fall to just six games over .500 for the first time since May 8. Since then, they’ve won five of six, and have done so with a hefty dose of what we like to call Orioles […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Is Mark Trumbo the Next Nelson Cruz?

Mark Trumbo prepares to hit.
The O’s took two of three over the weekend against the New York Yankees on the backs of several comebacks (and another that fell just short). Mother Nature provided a 97-minute rain delay on Sunday that could have certainly played into things, but the weather looks perfect for this three-game set against Kansas City. Let’s keep the defending World Champs on their downward spiral, huh? We’ll get to the links in a moment, but you should watch this first, because it’s awesome. Aroldis Chapman may throw fire, but he’s no […]

Is This Why The Yankees Bullpen was So Awful This Weekend?

Carne Cabeza pretends to hit behind the bullpen as the Yankees pitcher warms up.
The New York Yankees’ bullpen is terrifying. With Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman, New York has absolutely embraced the new MLB philosophy of “just get a lead through six, then shut it down.” Betances has 55 strikeouts and just eight walks. Miller has a 1.14 ERA, 42 strikeouts to three walks, and a .157 BAA. Chapman sports a 2.25 ERA, an 18:3 K:BB ratio, and was 9/9 in save opportunities before Sunday. The Orioles got to them a bit this weekend though. On Friday, Betances allowed two hits […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Everything is Awful

Kevin Gausman walks off the mound.
We thought things were looking up after our Birds managed to scrape and claw their way to a series win in Cleveland following the sweep at the hands of the Astros, but it would appear that we were wrong. After dropping the first two games of the four-game set against the Red Sox, the O’s have now lost seven of their last nine games. Mike Wright and Ubaldo Jimenez will be counted on to help them salvage a split – or at least avoid getting swept – and I’m sure […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Whiffin’ Away Again in Margaritaville

orioles player striking out with catcher behind him
Man, that was an ugly series. How ugly was it? Well… With Feliz's strikeout of Schoop, the #Astros have set an MLB record for most strikeouts in a three-game series with 48. — Houston Astros (@astros) May 27, 2016 (They struck out four MORE times after that) The @Orioles have set a new @MLB record with 3 consecutive games with 15+ strikeouts. (since records began in 1913, via @baseball_ref) — O's Stats & Facts (@BirdlandStats) May 27, 2016 On the bright side…at least the weather finally turned in Baltimore? Hope […]
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