One of the best stories in baseball just got better.
Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini, who missed the entire 2020 season after being diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, has accepted an invitation from Major League Baseball to participate in the Home Run Derby, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.
He returned this season after undergoing surgery to treat the cancer.
Mancini, 29, is certainly worthy of the honor as he is consistently among baseball’s best in maximum exit velocity. He has also fulfilled the promise of his breakout 2019 season, having slashed .260/.337/.446 this year with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Mancini joins Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani and defending champion Pete Alonso in the Derby, slated to take place July 12 at Coors Field.
The Athletic was first to report that MLB extended the offer to Mancini.