Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini hits WILD inside-the-park home run – Daily Mail


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Trey Mancini hit an inside-the-park home run in what may turn out to be his final at-bat as an Oriole at Baltimore’s Camden Yards on Thursday. 
The 30-year-old slugger is rumored to be on the move ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, but with the Orioles now in contention, it’s not clear what they’ll do. Baltimore went on a 10-game winning streak prior to the All-Star break, then held its own on this homestand against two tough AL East rivals.
Mancini, who was drafted by Baltimore and survived a cancer scare while playing with the team in 2020, could be a valuable hitter for the Orioles if they continue their ascent in the AL East standings. 
THIS INSIDE-THE-PARK HR FROM TREY MANCINI 😱 pic.twitter.com/b0w9gjaKGt
Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) acknowledges the crowd during the ninth inning
Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) slides into home plate safely and avoids the tag from Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Pinto for an inside the park home run hit against relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong during the eighth inning of a baseball game
In any case, Mancini treated Thursday as a potential ‘goodbye’ and surprised fans – and himself – by hitting the first inside-the-park home run of his career.  
O’s fans gave Mancini a standing ovation when he came up with one on and two outs in the eighth and the home club holding a 1-0 lead. He then lifted a routine fly to right, but the Rays’ Josh Lowe appeared to have trouble with the sun.
‘Playing right field here towards the end of these 12:30, 1 o’clock games, I know that the sun is really tough for the right fielder,’ Mancini told Orioles broadcasters after the 3-0 win. ‘So the second I saw him put his glove up, I knew that I needed to get going, get scooting. Luckily it took the bounce it did and I was able to get around. 
The ball hit the left side of his face and bounced away, allowing the slow-footed Mancini to circle the bases.
‘Of anything that’s happened throughout my career, I think an inside-the-park home run is by far the craziest thing and probably [had] the least probability of anything that’s happened in my career,’ Mancini said. 
Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) is greeted by teammates after hitting an inside the park home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays
Mancini, the designated hitter for Baltimore, took a curtain call before the bottom of the ninth to acknowledge the crowd.
‘I was going to treat this week like it was my last week, just in case, because the probability is greater than zero,’ Mancini said of the trade rumors. ‘But I have no idea what’s going to happen. 
‘But I would have been remised to kind of get caught up in not feeling great at the plate with the struggles, rather than soaking up every minute here at Camden Yards. 
‘I got drafted by the Orioles nine years ago,’ he continued. ‘It’s my tenth season in the organization, so it’s the only place I know, so I love it here.
‘It’s home to me. A big part of me is always going to be here.’ 
Mancini has had an up-and-down year for the Orioles, hitting .268 with nine home runs and a respectable .345 on-base percentage.
Thursday’s highlight happened to occur on Mo Gaba (right) day at Camden Yards, celebrating the life of a young Orioles fanatic, who lost his eyesight and later his life while battling cancer. It was Gaba who helped Mancini (left) keep a 2018 slump in perspective, the Orioles slugger explained in 2020 when he was going through his own cancer battle 
Thursday’s highlight happened to occur on Mo Gaba day at Camden Yards, celebrating the life of a young Orioles fanatic, who lost his eyesight and later his life while battling cancer. It was Gaba who helped Mancini keep a 2018 slump in perspective, the Orioles slugger explained in 2020 when he was going through his own cancer battle. 
‘He and I have gotten to be friends the last couple of years,’ Mancini wrote. ‘He’s had bouts with a few different types of cancer, and he’s blind and has a tough time getting around. 
‘But he also just has the best outlook on life that I’ve ever seen,’ Mancini continued, while sharing a story about his prolonged slump in 2018. ‘During that tough year in 2018, I stayed back in Baltimore for the All-Star break so I could spend a day with him and his mom — took them to Dave & Buster’s to hang out and just have like a normal day.
‘Well, in March when I was in the hospital, Mo actually called me to see how I was doing. He told me that he was worried about me and wanted to make sure I was O.K.
‘The 13-year-old kid with cancer calling me to make sure I’m O.K.? It blew me away.’
 On Thursday, Gaba was on Mancini’s mind once again. 
For it to happen today, and on Mo Gaba day of all days — I know he was up there smiling -and laughing at me running around the bases — you can’t script it better than that.
Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) stands in the on-deck circle during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays
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