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Trey Mancini is ready to be the leader the Orioles need him to be

Trey Mancini is ready to be the leader the Orioles need him to be


It was a big deal, even if Trey Mancini didn’t realize it at first.

During Tuesday’s media availability, Mancini earnestly answered every question thrown at him. He was prepared to talk about the team’s expectations (or lack thereof) entering 2019, the new faces in the clubhouse, the coaching staff’s application of analystics, and the dog days of spring.

The question he wasn’t expecting? How he felt taking over Adam Jones’ old locker.

“Yeah, I forgot exactly which one it was,” Mancini said while chuckling with reporters. “You know, I think it could be a coincidence, I’m not sure.”

It’s no coincidence, though. Through circumstance, Mancini is already one of the team’s elder statesmen, and at 27 years old, he’s viewed as a leader. As he points out himself, the core led by Jones turned around the franchise, and taking over the locker of the face of the franchise for the last decade has meaning within the organization.

The newly-appointed veteran was quick to recognize that significance. 

“It’s an honor,” Mancini continued. “Especially somebody like that who, words can’t really describe what he meant to this city and this organization and all the fans around here, so I’m certainly no Adam Jones, and I’m not trying to be. But I’m definitely trying to do my best to be a leader on the team and be somebody that the community can look up to as well.”

Expected or not, it’s a role that’s been thrust upon Mancini, just a few short years after being a fresh face in the locker room himself. If you ask him, he’s up to the challenge.

“Yeah it was pretty quick,” he said while reflecting on already being seen as a veteran. “You know life can come at you fast sometimes, and it definitely did or me. But I’m ready for it.”

The young players on the team are just as interested in picking Mancini’s brain as he is in guiding them. Drew Jackson, one of two Rule 5 Draft selections to made the Opening Day roster, listed Mancini among the veterans who have helped the new faces.

“Oh yeah, all the guys,” Jackson responded when asked about veteran leadership. “CD [Chris Davis] was next to me, so I got a lot from him. And Trey, and Joey [Rickard], [Andrew] Cash[ner], everyone man. [Mark] Trumbo down in Sarasota, all helping us out, so it’s been really special to learn from them and get whatever I can going into my first season.”

Of that group, Davis, Trumbo and Cashner have all been around the game for a long time, and Rickard is a former Rule 5 draft selection himself. Mancini is the odd man out, yet has been just as active in his leadership role.
While he’s willing to be a vocal leader, Mancini seems more interested in acting as a role model, something he took from his locker’s previous tenant.

“More by example,” Mancini answered when asked what he learned from Jones, Manny Machado and Buck Showalter. “I just watched the way that they went about their business, you know they’ve been doing this for a while, so I just kind of took some notes on how they carried themselves and things like that. You try to instill that on the younger guys too.”

The young players’ willingness to work hard at all times gives Mancini optimism for the team, both in the future and the present.

“We played hard all spring,” the young slugger said. “You kind of get to the dog days of spring towards the end, and that never really happened to us. I can confidently say that, so I’m really excited about this group and to get the season rolling here.”

Everyone who spoke Tuesday mentioned the team’s desire to compete in 2019. That attitude comes partially from GM Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde, the rookie manager. But it also has to stem from the players themselves. For Mancini, it’s an obvious, and necessary, perspective.

“I mean we’re not putting any win totals or anything like that out there,” Mancini said while addressing lower expectations from national experts. “We’re going to go out and expect to win every game we play, and if that’s not your mindset at this level, then you should probably find a different line of work. Because no matter what state your organization is in, whether you’re expected to be a World Series contender or people are predicting otherwise, you go out and play like you can win every single game.”

Elias spoke of veterans needing to guide the younger players, and both Mancini and Cashner agreed.

“There’s definitely some younger guys in here that are going to need to find their way,” the Orioles Opening Day starter explained. “There’s definitely going to be ups and downs, and hopefully some of the older guys in here can pick them up when they’re down and hopefully we can gel as a team.”

Mancini may not have anticipated rising to the status of grizzled veteran so soon, but he’s happy to embrace the role. He’s adamant that he didn’t campaign for Jones’ old locker, much like he didn’t campaign to be a leader on the roster. 

Both were thrust upon him, and he’s prepared for the responsibility that comes with it.

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Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that detailed the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we gave you some spots around Nationals Park too.

With summer 2019 halfway through and baseball in full swing, it's time to highlight the go-to spots to eat and drink around the ballpark that forever changed baseball. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Always packed, it's the number one go-to bar for Orioles fans before and after the games 
  • A dozen beers on tap, both local and national brands
  • Great deals throughout baseball season

Sliders Bar and Grille, 504 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another bar adjacent to Camden Yards
  • Less crowded than Pickles, but just as good when it comes to snacks and drinks
  • Bottle, canned, and draft beer options
  • Gameday specials built around the Orioles season

Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • A bit further (about a mile walk) but well worth it
  • Famous for, you guessed it, their wide selection of crafted hamburgers
  • Endorsed by Oriole legend Adam Jones, who even created a burger for their menu
  • Also make spiked milkshakes for adults looking to cool off with a tasty treat

The Yard, 110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Inside the Marriott Inner Harbor 
  • Quieter, less-crowded option compared to more popular pregame locations
  • Crab-based breakfast options for fans looking for an early start

Camden Pub, 647 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Two blocks from Camden Yards
  • Special discounts with game tickets
  • Variety of food options, including well-known wings

Quigley's Half Irish Pub, 633 Portland St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Federal Hill location, a block away from the stadium
  • Another less-crowded option, with standard bar fare
  • Just as likely to host baseball fans and neighborhood regulars alike

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Three blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards 
  • Dozens of beer options, plus signature cocktails and wine choices aplenty
  • Well-known nightlife spot for postgame celebrations

Seafood Options:

L.P. Steamers, 1100 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Have to drive instead of walk (9 minutes by car)
  • Considered a go-to spot for Maryland-style seafood 
  • Mentioned specifically by Manny Machado upon his return to Baltimore

Phillips Seafood, 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minute walk to Camden Yards, right in the heart of the Inner Harbor
  • Huge letters outside the building a part of the local skyline
  • Famous for their crabcakes, but serve all kinds of seafood and non-seafood options

Rusty Scupper, 402 Key Highway, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another slightly further, pricier option for local seafood
  • Beautiful view right on the water
  • Live patio entertainment
  • Happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday

Postgame Dessert Options:

Insomnia Cookies, Federal Hill, 1059 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • 20-minute walk from the stadium
  • Wide variety of deluxe cookie options, plus brownies, ice cream, cake and dessert sandwiches
  • Open until 3 a.m. every night

Polar Roll Creamery, 600 E Pratt St Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minutes from Camden Yards, on the Inner Harbor 
  • Rolled ice cream
  • Watch yourserver roll the ice cream in front of you

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

Player Updates:

Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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