Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini

The headline for Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini’s article for The Players’ Tribune — a digital media platform with content written by professional athletes — reads “I Am So Lucky.”

In it, the Winter Haven native and former Blue Devil standout reveals his diagnosis with Stage III colon cancer and that, on April 13, he began chemotherapy. The article was published on April 28.

“My treatment will take six months — every two weeks for six months,” Mancini writes in the piece. “If baseball returns in 2020, it will probably be without me.”

Despite the subject matter, Mancini’s piece focuses on all of the things he is thankful for, including his girlfriend, his family, the Baltimore Orioles organization and he even gives a shoutout to his hometown.

“Winter Haven is a really big baseball town, and a great place to grow up dreaming of playing in the big leagues,” Mancini said.

Mancini was called up to Major League Baseball in 2016 and made just five appearances, making 2017 his true rookie season. He excelled, hitting .293 with 24 home runs and finished third in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year.

In 2019, Mancini had arguably his best season yet, hitting 35 home runs, driving in 97 runs and scoring 106 times.

On May 2, several media outlets reported on a Zoom video call made to Mancini by players and staff with the Orioles, a show of support that included everyone holding up signs that said “F16HT” — a play on Mancini’s No. 16 jersey.

A day after that, the Baltimore Sun reported that Mancini said on a Zoom call with media members that he wants to use his diagnoses and notoriety as a star baseball player as a platform to help raise awareness. His hope is to help others identify colon cancer through routine physicals before it spreads throughout the body — as he did.

Mancini concluded his Players’ Tribune article by saying that while he has plenty to worry about between now and then, he’s already looking forward to the next time he can suit up for the Orioles in spring training.