After sixth months of treatment, Orioles slugger Trey Mancini completed his final chemotherapy session earlier this week. Teammates commemorated that milestone by gifting the 28-year-old a framed photograph taken on the right-field warning track at Camden Yards, an area of the field once patrolled by Mancini.
Coming off a breakout 2019 that included a team-best 35 homers along with career-highs in hits (176), RBI (97), slugging percentage (.535) and runs scored (106), Mancini was stunningly diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer during spring training. He underwent surgery shortly after and was later ruled out for the 2020 season.
In the photo, players and coaches are seen donning black t-shirts with the slogan “F16ht,” a nod to the uniform number worn by Mancini. His teammates accompanied the photo with handwritten messages, congratulating Mancini on his ongoing recovery.
“I’m speechless right now,” said Mancini, moved by his teammates’ heartfelt gesture. “This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten. It means so much and I’m always going to cherish this.”
Arguably their best hitter when healthy, the Orioles are hoping to see Mancini back on the diamond sometime in 2021.