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World Series 2022: Astros 1B Trey Mancini goes from cancer to title in 2 years

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Of the many interesting stories that make up the 2022 Houston Astros World Series title, Trey Mancini’s may be the most touching.

The infielder/outfielder spent the first four years of his MLB career as one of the top players on very poor Baltimore Orioles teams before his career was cut short by a diagnosis of colon cancer. After the Orioles announced that he had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous colon tumor, Mancini sat out the entire 2020 season while undergoing chemotherapy.

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Operation Mancini was announced on March 12, 2020. 31 months later, he won his first career World Series title.

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It’s been a long way back for Mancini, but not without support from all over baseball. He said there were times when he wasn’t sure if he would ever play baseball again, but in November of that year he was finally declared cancer free.

His return to MLB was impressive and his status as a fan favorite was evident. He received an invitation to the Home Run Derby and the AL Comeback Player of the Year award for the 2021 season in which he hit .255 / .326 / .432 with 21 homers and then was on track for another solid season this year when the Orioles took the controversial decision to trade him for the Astros.

The Mancini trade was an odd one, as the Orioles didn’t completely rule out a playoff bid. Mancini was a popular player but also an expected free agent for a very forward looking team. However, the advantages for Mancini were obvious. He was on a much better team and made the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Mancini’s plate performance as an Astro wasn’t legendary (he hit .176 in the regular season and didn’t hit in the postseason until Saturday), but there may have been no more important defensive game for the Astros than a first base-saving catch in the eighth inning of the fifth. games.

Mancini was named first baseman in Game 6 due to Yuli Gurriel’s knee injury and he was on the field until the final out. Whatever you say about the Astros, it’s hard not to rejoice at a player like Mancini.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: No. 26 Trey Mancini of the Houston Astros reacts after hitting a single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning in Game 6 of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Trey Mancini was transferred from the Orioles to the Astros midway through the season. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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