Trey Mancini
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Mancini with the Baltimore Orioles in 2017
Free agent
First baseman / Outfielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1992-03-18) March 18, 1992 (age 30)
Winter Haven, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2016, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.265
Home runs125
Runs batted in372
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Anthony "Trey" Mancini III[1] (born March 18, 1992) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros. His nickname "Boomer", originally "Boom Boom" after Ray Mancini, morphed into its current form when he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame.[2] The Orioles selected Mancini in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Orioles.

Mancini was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2020, consequently missing the entire shortened season. Upon his recovery, Mancini returned to baseball in 2021, subsequently becoming viewed as an inspirational figure. In 2022, he was traded midseason to the Astros, where he won the 2022 World Series.

Career

Amateur and minor league career

Mancini attended Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, Florida,[3] where he batted .480 with six home runs as a senior.[4] After high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played college baseball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and pursued a degree in political science. He played collegiate summer baseball for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 2011,[5] and the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2012.[6][7] In 2013, his junior year at Notre Dame, he slashed .389/.431/.603 with seven home runs and 54 runs batted in (RBIs) in 57 games.

The Orioles selected Mancini in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB draft. He signed, and made his professional debut with the Aberdeen IronBirds of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League that same year.[5] He spent the whole season with Aberdeen, batting .328 with three home runs and 35 RBIs in 68 games. He began the 2014 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds of the Class A South Atlantic League and received a midseason promotion to the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[8] In 137 games between the two teams, he compiled a .284 batting average with ten home runs and 83 RBIs. He began the 2015 season with Frederick,[9][10] and was promoted during the season to the Bowie Baysox of the Class AA Eastern League.[11][12] In 136 games, Mancini slashed .341/.375/.563 with 21 home runs, 89 RBIs, and 43 doubles.

After spending some time in Baltimore during spring training,[13] Mancini returned to Bowie to start the 2016 season.[14] He was blocked at Triple A by Joey Terdoslavich, but was promoted to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in April 2016 as Terdoslavich struggled.[15][16] He spent the remainder of the season at Norfolk, batting .280 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs in 125 games.[17]

Baltimore Orioles (2016–2022)

The Orioles promoted Mancini to the major leagues on September 18, 2016, during September call-ups.[18] On September 20, in his major league debut as the designated hitter against the Boston Red Sox, he hit a home run against Eduardo Rodríguez in his second at bat. His parents were in attendance to watch this his first MLB homerun. The homerun made Mancini the fourth Orioles' player to hit a home run for their first Major League hit after Larry Haney (1966), Nick Markakis (2006) and Jonathan Schoop (2013).[19] Mancini started again two nights later and hit his second career home run, a three-run homer off David Price. He became the 20th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first two starts. He became the third player in major league history to homer in their first three starts, after he hit a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 24.[citation needed]

Mancini in 2017
Mancini in 2017

Mancini made the Orioles' 2017 Opening Day roster after transitioning to the outfield. On April 16, Mancini recorded his second multi-home run game of the season, while driving in four runs. He tied Trevor Story and Dino Restelli for most home runs through a player's first 12 career games with seven.[20] On April 22, Mancini hit his fifth home run of the season and eighth of his career. He tied Story and Carlos Delgado for most home runs through a player's first 17 career games.[citation needed] On June 7, in a game against the Pirates, Mancini hit a game-tying, pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning off closer Tony Watson. Two innings later, with two on and two outs, Mancini hit a walk-off three-run home run off Wade LeBlanc to give the Orioles a 9–6 victory. Per STATS LLC, Mancini became the first Oriole to hit a pinch-hit homer in the 9th inning or later and then hit another home run in the same game. He also became the second Oriole ever to hit a game-tying home run in the 9th inning or later and then hit a walk-off homer in the same game (Mike Young on May 28, 1987). He also joined Boog Powell ('66) and Eddie Murray ('80) as the only three Orioles to homer in the 9th inning and in extras in the same game. Mancini finished the season batting .293/.338/.488 with a .826 OPS, 120 OPS+, 24 home runs and 78 RBI in 147 games during his rookie campaign. He also collected 159 hits on his way to finishing in third place for American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Mancini batted leadoff for 51 of 156 games played in 2018. He ended the season hitting .242 with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs.[citation needed] Mancini was leading the Orioles in most offensive categories in late-April.[21] He is one of three MLB players along with Alex Bregman and Anthony Rendon with at least 35 doubles, 34 home runs and 100 runs in 2019.[22] He set a career high with five hits in an 11–4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 24, 2019.[23] He ended the season hitting .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBIs.[citation needed] Mancini was awarded the 2019 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media.[24]

On March 7, 2020, Mancini left the Orioles during spring training to undergo a non-baseball medical procedure.[25] On March 12, it was revealed that the procedure was the removal of a malignant tumor from his colon.[26] On April 28, Mancini revealed he had stage 3 colon cancer and began chemotherapy to treat his cancer.[27] He subsequently missed the entire 2020 season.

In November 2020, Mancini announced that he was cancer-free and planned to play for the Orioles in 2021.[28] Mancini returned to the Orioles at the beginning of spring training and appeared in the team's first game of the preseason, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[29] Mancini was given a standing ovation by the Orioles crowd prior to his first at-bat of the season in Baltimore.[30] Mancini finished the 2021 season batting .255/.326/.432 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs in 147 games. On November 22, 2021, Mancini was awarded the American League (AL) Comeback Player of the Year Award.[31]

On July 28, 2022, Mancini hit an inside-the-park home run that started as what appeared to be a routine sacrifice fly with a runner on base. However, Tampa Bay right fielder Josh Lowe lost the ball in the afternoon sun and it deflected off his glove and hit him in the face, allowing Mancini to score. A very memorable at bat for Orioles fans due to the park’s inauguration of Mo Gaba, Baltimore’s #1 sports fan who passed on the same day in 2020. Trey commented about Mo playing around in the clouds so that he could score.[32]

Houston Astros (2022&)

The Orioles traded Mancini to the Houston Astros in a three-team trade on August 1, 2022, in which the Orioles acquired Seth Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays and Chayce McDermott from Houston, the Rays acquired José Siri from Houston, and the Astros also acquired Jayden Murray from the Rays.[33] Mancini hit a home run for his first hit as an Astro on August 3 to help lead a 6–1 win versus the Boston Red Sox.[34] Mancini hit his first career grand slam against the Cleveland Guardians on August 5.[35] He homered on August 18 on the way to a 21–5 win over the Chicago White Sox that included 25 hits, tied for both the second-highest scoring output and most hits in team history.[36] The Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4–0 on September 19 to clinch the AL West division title, which made Mancini a division title winner for the first time in his career.[37]

In the 2022 regular season, between the two teams he batted .239/.319/.391 in 519 at bats, with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs.[38] He split time between 71 games at DH, 39 at first base, 20 in left field, and 11 in right field.[38]

In Game 5 of the World Series, Mancini pinch-hit for and defensively replaced an injured Yuli Gurriel in the eighth inning, his first time playing defense since October 5th. He would end up making a game-saving play, snagging a hard-hit ball by Kyle Schwarber to get the Astros out of a jam and preserve their 3–2 lead. The Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies the following game for their fourth win in the best-of-seven series to give Mancini his first career World Series title.[39]

The Astros declined Mancini's option for 2023, thereby making him a free agent.[40]

International career

On August 31, 2022, Italy national baseball team manager Mike Piazza announced that Mancini would join the roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.[41]

Personal life

Mancini is of Italian and Irish descent. Mancini's great-grandfather, Antonio Mancini, founded Mancini Foods, a cannery that distributes peppers, onions and hot sauce, in 1922 in New Britain, Connecticut. Mancini's uncle, Rick Mancini, now runs the Florida-based company.[42]

Mancini first met Sara Perlman in 2017, when she worked for MASN, covering the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. The couple began dating after Perlman left MASN for NBC Sports, as host of The Daily Line.[43][44] The couple became engaged in November 2021.[45]

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