Beloved former Oriole Trey Mancini won the World Series on Saturday as a member of the Houston Astros.
Watching the World Series, whatever your opinions may be on the Houston Astros, we got to see an ending that seemed like it was meant to be. Former Orioles first baseman, outfielder, and face of the franchise Trey Mancini hoisted the World Series trophy on Saturday night as a member of the Astros, giving him his first World Series title.
At the trade deadline this year, Mancini was traded to the Astros as part of a three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Astros shored up depth behind Yuli Gurriel at first base and gave the team another DH option. Baltimore received Seth Johnson from the Rays and Chayce McDermott from the Astros as part of the trade.
Mancini saw 51 games of action in an Astros uniform during the regular season, hitting just .176 with a .285 on base percentage and .364 slugging percentage. He contributed eight home runs, seven doubles, 18 walks, and 22 RBI’s to finish off the regular season.
In the playoffs, Mancini had six at bats during the ALDS, going hitless in two games of action. In the ALCS against the New York Yankees, Mancini once again went hitless in six at bats, but drove in a run and drew one walk. His lone hit of the postseason was in Game Six of the World Series, a single, as he hit just .048 in the postseason with one walk and one RBI.
His biggest contribution to the Astros, however, was on defense. Gurriel went down in Game Five with a knee injury and was removed from the World Series roster prior to Game Six, giving Mancini the start in the deciding game. Late in Game Five, Mancini took away at least one run, probably two, by smothering a Kyle Schwarber line drive at first and stepping on the base to end the inning.
While Mancini’s individual contributions didn’t do a whole lot for the Astros success, the story of Mancini just makes it seem fitting that he won a title this year. He made his presence in Baltimore felt from his first game in 2016, and his charitable actions have made a big impact on the Baltimore area.
The biggest reason I’m happy for Mancini is also of course because of his battle with cancer. His battle with colon cancer forced him to miss the 2020 season, and he was finally able to return to a hero’s welcome in the Orioles 2021 home opener. He was also a Home Run Derby finalist that season as well.
Regardless of how you may feel about the Astros, I find it impossible to not be happy for Trey Mancini, who was the heartbeat of the Orioles in the dark ages of the rebuild. Now, he’s a World Series champion. Congrats Trey, you earned it.