After the Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo agreed to a three-year deal, many of Trumbo’s teammates were happy he decided to remain an Oriole.
When the Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo agreed on a three-year deal, the fans were ecstatic Trumbo was going to be in the fold for the next three seasons.
But the fans weren’t the only ones who were excited about having Trumbo back. Multiple Orioles players that attended Orioles FanFest over the weekend expressed their excitement over Trumbo’s return.
And while they’re happy Trumbo is in their clubhouse, they hope he repeats his performance from last season.
"It’s good to have him back and I hope he hits 47 home runs again this year,” Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said with a smile."
Trumbo’s teammates reveal he’s a great guy in the clubhouse. And as you know the most important part of a well oiled team is how the parts work behind the scenes.
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Yes, many think that clubhouse chemistry is an overrated part of baseball. However, Buck Showalter doesn’t see it that way. Showalter is known for not tolerating the ‘bad seeds’ on his roster, and is most happiest as a manager when his team is able to get along. That was one of the many reasons he was happy Trumbo had returned.
"“You spend so much time together that you don’t want to see forced friendships, guys trying to get along only because they feel they don’t have any other choice,” Showalter said. “The thing I like about our guys are that they genuinely like each other. Even if they didn’t play baseball, they would still be friends. Mark fits right into that mold.”"
Trumbo had an interesting offseason to say the least; he expected to garner enough interest in the free agent market to sign a huge multi-year contract. However when players like Matt Holliday and Edwin Encarnacion started coming off the board for less than desirable contracts, Trumbo knew he wasn’t going to get a huge payout.
Despite his interesting offseason, it was a case of all’s well that ends well.
"““You spend so much time together that you don’t want to see forced friendships, guys trying to get along only because they feel they don’t have any other choice,” Showalter said. “The thing I like about our guys are that they genuinely like each other. Even if they didn’t play baseball, they would still be friends. Mark fits right into that mold.”"
The Orioles got their man. Now let’s see if he repeats–or at least comes close to–his 47 home run season in 2017.