Orioles infielder Trey Mancini has always focused on giving back to his community. By participating in club initiatives, working proactively with organizations in his spare time, and creating his own foundation, his compassion is evident in everything he does. In recognition of his efforts, the Orioles and Major League Baseball have named Mancini the 2021 Orioles nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
MLB’s most distinguished individual player award, the Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, sportsmanship, community involvement, philanthropy and its positive contributions, both on and off. the field, all that Mancini represents, multiplies tenfold.
“I don’t even know where to start with Roberto Clemente,” Mancini shared. “Obviously I wasn’t alive to watch him play. But I learned a lot about him growing up and he’s one of my favorite players, so being the Orioles nominee for this award is a dream come true. It really is. “
As part of this nomination and in recognition of Mancini’s exemplary commitment to serving his community, MLB will donate $ 7,500 to The Food Project, an organization in Baltimore that offers skills in cooking, farming, catering. , employment opportunities, sustainable sources of food, mentorship and hope for the youth of Southwest Baltimore.
It is one of the greatest honors I have received in my entire career.
In March 2020, Mancini, then a 27-year-old athlete who had just had the best season of his career, was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer during spring training. As the world began to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mancini underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his colon, and a few weeks later began a six-month chemotherapy treatment which resulted in the following drained all energy and motivation. of his body.
While battling colon cancer was no easy feat, Mancini refused to let it define it. Instead, her diagnosis quickly became a springboard for giving back and inspiring those who need it most. As baseball faded into the background, the fight against cancer quickly became a top priority to make an impact and inspire its community.
After his diagnosis and throughout his treatment, Mancini became heavily involved in the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (CCA), joining their “Never Too Young” advisory board. He advocated on behalf of all young patients and survivors and used his social platforms to raise awareness and mobilize essential funds for CCA. Mancini, along with the Baltimore Orioles, kicked off the # F16HT campaign, which incorporated his jersey number and the word “fight” to inspire others to fight battles against disease, social injustice and, of course, COVID- 19. The team sold “# F16HT” t-shirts, which raised over $ 80,000, all to support the Patient and Family Support Services of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
While Mancini has helped inspire those battling colon cancer, he also launched the Trey Mancini Foundation, which works to support those facing the disease, empowers those suffering from emotional trauma and provides assistance to those who are experiencing difficulties. Mancini has always been incredibly kind and fiery with a passion for helping others.
Although cancer awareness was not part of the Trey Mancini Foundation’s original mission, it quickly rallied around this cause and started a partnership with ACC. Mancini has volunteered his time in meetings and hospitality and shared information on his social networks regarding the early detection and preventive measures of colon cancer. Mancini worked with Squatty Potty, a toilet stool that positions your body in a natural, comfortable squat, to deliver 10,000 colon cancer screenings to underserved communities.
Mancini also recorded countless messages for fans who reached out to him sharing personal wrestling stories. During National Cancer Survivor Month in June, Mancini virtually met with cancer survivors to discuss the wins and losses of managing life after a cancer diagnosis. He also hosted his oncologist from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to kick off the first pitch.
Most recently, the Mancini Foundation partnered with a Frederick, Md. Branch of Blessings in a Backpack, a national organization that feeds food insecure elementary-age children on weekends. In July, the Trey Mancini Foundation, Blessings in a Backpack and the Orioles organized a drive-away collection, raising over $ 2,800 and raising over 1,000 pounds of food for needy children in the Baltimore area. .
Prior to the creation of his foundation, Mancini hosted a charity hatchback that raised nearly $ 20,000 to support young Orioles superfan Mo Gaba, one of the most passionate and dedicated fans in the history of the franchise, which has endured four different battles against cancer. Mancini and Mo had a close bond before his own cancer diagnosis and Mo’s untimely death in July 2020. Mancini invited Mo to the Orioles games, took him for different activities, visited his home and bought clothes. and meals for Mo and her mother, Sonsy.
After one of the toughest years of his life, Mancini hasn’t slowed down on the baseball field, appearing in 132 of Baltimore’s 143 games as of September 13. A 2021 Home Run Derby finalist, Mancini hit at least 20 home runs for the fourth straight season, and his four seasons with more than 20 home runs are tied for ninth in franchise history (since 1954). He hit the No. 99 and 100 career homers in his 531st career game on June 20, becoming the fastest player in Orioles history, who started his career with Baltimore, to reach the milestone.
“We’re all very proud of him and we want him to win,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “It’s a very special award and just being nominated is an incredible accomplishment. We shoot for him.
Mancini is a fierce competitor, elite baseball player, Home Run Derby finalist and inspiration to all generations with his determination to never give up # F16HT.
Starting Wednesday, September 15 and until the end of the regular season on Sunday, October 3, fans can vote for the big winner of the Roberto Clemente Award at mlb.com/clemente21.