Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini has revealed that he has Stage 3 colon cancer. He likely won’t be playing baseball in 2020.
In a column for The Players’ Tribune posted on Tuesday, the 28-year-old Baltimore Orioles outfielder revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. In early March, shortly before spring training was shut down due to the COVID-19 situation, Mancini left the team due to a non-baseball medical procedure.
We now know why Mancini had to leave, as he started chemotherapy on April 13. In the article, Mancini informed readers that he would be undergoing treatment for six months, which likely rules out any chance of him being on the field this year.
Mancini is coming off a breakthrough 2019 season. Two years after finishing third in American League Rookie of the Year voting, Mancini batted .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBIs while scoring 106 runs, one of the few bright spots on what was otherwise a miserable season for the Orioles. On the field, when the season picks up, the Orioles will greatly miss him.
Yet as we know, in a situation like this, wins and losses become of secondary importance. Mancini’s article was a great read, as he expresses a lot of optimism about his situation, as well as gratefulness for all the good things that have happened to him. The title of the article, “I Am So Lucky,” is a good indicator of what the article is about. Baseball fans everywhere are encouraged to read it.
Besides that, Mancini expresses concern for the current COVID-19 situation, especially for all those who are impacted both by their health and by their economic situation. He also explains how strange it is to have to go through chemo during this time, saying that he has to go alone. He is content with that, however.
A cancer diagnosis is always sad, but through his article, Mancini is confronting the situation with optimism and toughness. Here’s wishing him a full recovery and that we’ll get to see him on the field again in 2021.