The Orioles unveil their new/old cartoon-birdie uniforms

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The Orioles have gone back to the future: orange jerseys, for the first time since 1992 and cartoon birds on the caps for the first time since 1988, at least on a regular basis.  Here’s the explanation. Here’s the look:

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So whaddaya think?  The caps with the white fields always looked like trucker caps back in the day and they do again.  But it’s not my team and there’s no one making me buy one, so I won’t complain too much.  I do kind of like the cartoon bird, though. Not gonna lie.  How much of that is about aesthetics and how much is nostalgia is an open question, though.

Marlins announce signing of Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa, Jr.

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The Miami Marlins have been stockpiling international bonus money of late and now that has paid off, as they just formally announced the signing of top international prospect Victor Victor Mesa.

They have also signed his brother, the less-regarded prospect Victor Mesa, Jr. It was, presumably, a package deal. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million while his 17-year-old brother gets a $1 million bonus.

Victor Victor was ranked as the No. 1 player in this year’s international signing class. He’s a plus outfield defender with a strong arm and he has serious wheels as well. He played for Matanzas in Cuba’s Serie Nacional when he was only 16 and was 3-for-7 with two doubles for Cuba during last year’s World Baseball Classic.

Victor Mesa Jr. is a switch-hitting outfielder with potential, but unlike his brother, he’s like to spend considerable time in the minors. Most scouts believe Victor Victor will debut with the Marlins as early as next season.

The Mesa brothers are the son of Victor Mesa, who played in Serie Nacional from the 1970’s into the 1990s and starred on the Cuban national team. He has also managed in Cuba, in Mexico and for Cuba’s 2017 World Baseball Classic team.