Salvador Perez got a World Series Champions tattoo


You will not be surprised that this bald, 42-year-old suburban father does not have any tattoos. My not having any tattoos is not, however, a function of some sort of value judgment about people getting ink. It’s more about (a) having skin tones, random freckles and a body type which does not lend itself to a very aesthetically-pleasing display of artwork (really, I’m a pale, skinny-armed bad canvass of a human being); and (b) not being able to think of any design I’d be happy with for the final several decades of my life.

The latter one is really key here. I think back to various points in my life and what was important to me at the time. Hobbies or bands or interests or favored sorts of artwork or names of significant others or symbols — you name it — and they have almost all changed. I suppose at some point I could’ve gotten a baseball inked someplace and that would still be good, but eh. My kids names? Eh, as well, and that’s even before you consider that we could end up in a Han-Kylo relationship one day, sullying even that. So many landmines when you’re making permanent decisions and you don’t have the “hey, whatever didn’t kill me back them made me stronger” mindset. I’m rather jealous of those people, truth be told.

However, if you actually accomplish something in your life — something that will always be great and which no one can take away from you — then, yes, you have yourself some decent tattoo material. That’s what Salvador Perez has. He’s a world champion now and will be, always and forever. And this offseason he got a tattoo commemorating that and posted pics to his Instagram:

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Oh, a third reason to be wary of tattoos, at least if you get them when you’re young and at the peak of your physical fitness like Perez is? Someday those arms are gonna look like a couple sacks of flab and the scene won’t be quite as pretty. Perez will still be a champion so it probably doesn’t matter, but it’s something he’s still gonna have to look out for.

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”