Baseball may have saved Trey Mancini’s life

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In an interview with Baltimore Baseball’s Rich Dubroff, Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini and his girlfriend, Sara Pearlman, spoke about their last few months in dealing with Mancini’s colon cancer.

In March, Mancini, 28, was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery on March 12. He immediately began treatment and was forced to handle the entire situation differently, as COVID-19 gripped the United States.

Because of coronavirus precautions, Mancini was forced to undergo tests and physicals at the start of Spring Training in Sarasota, Florida. Were Mancini not a pro baseball player, he likely never would’ve had such extensive tests performed on him. 

“The doctor told him he had such an aggressive form of cancer that if they wouldn’t have caught it through baseball, it would have been Stage-IV, and it’s really, really hard to live when it gets to that point,” said Pearlman, who formerly co-hosted The Daily Line on NBC Sports Washington. “Some days, we’re really sad, but I think to myself if he didn’t play baseball, his chances of living were so slim because it becomes metastasis so quickly.”

The two will soon have a new podcast together called “Call Your Shot.” The first episode will drop Friday. 


Mancini is nearing the end of his cancer treatments, a process where both he and Pearlman will figure out what’s next when it’s over.