Before he ever played a professional game for the Orioles, Trey Mancini was an 8th Round Draft pick.
After three seasons in which Mancini asserted himself as one of Baltimore’s best hitters, he suddenly faced a new type of adversity:
Stage 3 colon cancer.
Overcoming the diagnosis
“I am so lucky,” he wrote in The Player’s Tribune in early 2020, soon after his diagnosis.
Lucky to be surrounded by the entire Orioles organization and an incredibly supportive family, including his girlfriend who made the trip from Washington to Baltimore twice a month with Trey for chemotherapy.
This was Trey’s routine for most of 2020.
Yet, as the year neared its end, he was given the best possible news - Trey was cancer-free.
Trey's return to baseball
By Opening Day 2021, Mancini was back in Baltimore’s starting lineup.
As of August 4th, he's hit 60 RBIs, 18 home runs, and placed 2nd in the 2021 Home Run Derby. Trey has been one of baseball's best players, and undoubtedly the MLB's comeback story of the year.
Now back on the ball field, his goal is to continue raising awareness of colon cancer to help others. Baseball may be his profession, but it does not define him as a human being.
Mancini posted the following on Instagram, shortly after his diagnosis in 2020:
“During a battle with cancer, there’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad days. However, the motivation to fight it and face it head on will never waver if you are surrounded by an incredible support system.”
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