Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini was named the 2021 American League Comeback Player of the Year award winner on Monday night.
Mancini was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at 28 years old in April 2020, weeks after undergoing a procedure to remove a malignant tumor. He missed the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season as he went through six months of chemotherapy treatment.
Mancini was declared cancer-free last November and was back in the O's lineup for Opening Day of the 2021 season.
And not only did Mancini make a triumphant return to the field in 2021, but he also put together a strong individual season. The right-handed hitter recorded 21 home runs and 71 RBIs with a .255/.326/.432 slash line over 142 games.