Report: Mancini accepts invite to compete in Home Run Derby

Trey Mancini

Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini has accepted an invitation to participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. The Athletic’s Dan Connolly was the first to report Saturday. that Mancini had been extended an invitation by the MLB. Mancini has 14 home runs and 52 RBIs on the year, the latter of which is tied for 10th in the American League.

Mancini is the third known player to agree to compete in the derby. He will join Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani and reigning champion Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, along with five other hitters, on July 12 at Coors Field.

This is Mancini’s first season since missing the 2020 campaign to undergo treatments for colon cancer. He’s returned to the Orioles in full force, pacing Baltimore in both homers and RBIs while posting a .792 OPS. The 29-year-old is considered the leading candidate for AL Comeback Player of the Year.

It’s been a trying year for Orioles fans as the club has stumbled out to a 24-53 start, which stands as the second-worst record in baseball. With Mancini locked into the Derby, he has the chance to give the Baltimore faithful one of their biggest highlights of the year.