Baltimore Orioles News: Trey Mancini and Players’ Tournament Updates
As we move deeper into spring and hopefully closer to some form of Opening Day, stories about the Baltimore Orioles continue.
Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles stories aren’t full of home runs, amazing double-plays, and big wins.
But, the Orioles did get a “win” of sorts in the inaugural MLB: The Show Players’ Tournament. Dwight Smith Jr didn’t make it out of the quarterfinals, but he get the Orioles into the playoffs. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed by fans who watched the virtual baseball games. It also did not go unnoticed by his fellow players.
Because of his success with the lowest rated team in the game, Smith Jr was named the Best Manager in the tournament. Amir Garrett of the Reds finished third, because he did well managing another mediocre team.
Rays Blake Snell won the tournament, taking two out of three from White Sox Lucas Giolito. The tournament provided a much-needed diversion from not having live baseball.
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Smith Jr finished third in the voting for Best Player, but the award ultimately went to Joey Gallo. These awards were chosen by the 30 MLB players who faced off each night.
Another event that is worth noting is the Orioles taking time out of their day to surprise Trey Mancini. The moment was captured on Twitter, as each player held up a sign with the hashtag #F16HT, honoring Mancini’s number and his Stage III colon cancer diagnosis.
Mancini continues to talk about his experience, treatment, and diagnosis. He’s using his platform as a professional athlete to encourage people to have regular check ups to find problems before it is too late.
He shared his experience on MLB Network Radio over the weekend. You can hear a clip of the conversation here:
And, over the weekend, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew over Camden Yards and Baltimore as a way to salute the front line workers battling Covid-19.
As we move into another week without live baseball, it is worth it to remember the little things that keep us going.