In 2019, he established himself as a premier power threat, with 35 home runs, 106 runs, and 97 RBI.
In March 2020, however, the team announced he was undergoing a non-baseball medical procedure.
A few weeks later, the player revealed he had stage 3 colon cancer, and would begin chemotherapy.
He missed the entire 2020 campaign, but fortunately, was deemed cancer-free in November of that year.
He came back to the Orioles in 2021, and had quite the resurgent season.
It wasn’t quite 2019 good (that usually is the case because of the “juiced” balls used that year), but it was solid nonetheless: last year, Mancini hit .255/.326/.432 with 21 round-trippers, 77 runs, and 71 RBI.
The 2021 Comeback Player Of The Year Is One Of Baseball’s Favorites
After months and months of pain, suffering, and fear; he returned to being a productive Major League player.
The baseball world applauded Mancini everywhere he went, showing him they appreciated his efforts and the long days and nights to get back into the field.
That performance earned Mancini the 2021 Comeback Player of the Year award.
According to The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli, Mancini will receive his award this weekend.
“Trey Mancini will officially receive his 2021 Comeback Player of the Year Award prior to Saturday’s Orioles-Rays game,” she said via Twitter.
Trey Mancini will officially receive his 2021 Comeback Player of the Year Award prior to Saturday's Orioles-Rays game.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) June 15, 2022
That game, as one would expect, will be played in the Orioles’ home: Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Mancini’s home crowd will be there with him celebrating his important achievement.
He is a joy to watch and everybody in the league loves and respects him.
What he did is admirable, and now, he will be recognized for it with a deserved award.