Orioles' Mancini, Mountcastle win Comeback Player, Rookie awards - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles’ Mancini, Mountcastle win Comeback Player, Rookie awards

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Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle were named award winners on Thursday. Mancini picked up two awards for American League Comeback Player of the Year, one from The Sporting News and another in the Players’ Choice Awards. Mountcastle was named American League Rookie of the Year in the Players’ Choice awards.

Mancini, who underwent colon cancer surgery in March 2020 and five months of chemotherapy while missing the 2020 season, played 147 games for the Orioles in 2021, hitting .255 with 21 home runs, 71 runs RBIs and a .758 OPS.

Mancini also participated in the Home Run Derby, the night before the All-Star Game, finishing second to the Mets’ Pete Alonso.

Mancini was an overwhelming winner in the vote of players, managers and executives, according to The Sporting News.

Mountcastle, whose 33 home runs led all major league rookies, set an Orioles season-single record for most homers. He hit .255, drove in 89 runs and had a .796 OPS.

Centerfielder Cedric Mullins was also a finalist for the AL Comeback Player of the Year in the Players’ Choice Awards.

Longtime Orioles shortstop Mark Belanger, who was a former official for the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, was named the winner of the Curt Flood Award, which, according to the MLBPA, is given to “a former player, living or deceased, who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of Players’ rights.”

Belanger, who won eight Gold Glove Awards in his 17 seasons with the Orioles, died in 1998.

No Oriole was named as a finalist for a Gold Glove Award.

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  1. millboy

    October 28, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats to both! I think that Mancini winning was a no brainer but still great for both of them

  2. CalsPals

    October 28, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    How many ROY awards does the Sporting News give out? Their AL ROY was supposedly Garcia from Texas, at least on their site….go O’s…

    • HmmmImNotSoSureAboutThat

      October 28, 2021 at 7:32 pm

      The Sporting News gives out one ROY award. Repeating a sentence from the article above “Mountcastle was named American League Rookie of the Year in the Players’ Choice awards.” Mountcastle won the MLBPA Player’s Choice AL ROY award.

  3. Boog Robinson Robinson

    October 28, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    The players obviously know best. Mountcastle is the best choice for ROY.

    Now can/will the writers vote him in for the real award?

  4. Johnnypoff

    October 28, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I still can’t believe Cedric Mullins wasn’t picked to be a finalist for the Gold Glove in centerfield this year. Dude was robbed! He was absolutely stellar out there.

  5. dlgruber1

    October 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Way to go M&Ms!! I don’t see how Mancini couldn’t have won but RM winning the Players Choice Rookie of the Year is fantastic. The players know best. I’m not slighting the Sporting News because I think it’s been a terrific magazine/site forever but I’m also gonna say like so many things now, it’ll tend to lean away from RM over Garcia, and not based on strictly baseball reasons. Again, I’ll reiterate, the players know best.

  6. Buzz1979

    October 28, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    This should be the real rookie of the year. Players know best, not a bunch of guys who never played above little league!

    • AkronOhioOriole1

      October 28, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      I agree. Maybe the players should start choosing our starting pitchers and relievers. But very happy for Mancini and Mountcastle, great job by each!

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 7:09 am

      I am one of those guys who never played above Little League and take my voting responsibility seriously, though I did not vote on Rookie of the Year this year.

  7. BirdsCaps

    October 28, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    My guess is that mountcastle has very little chance of the actual Roy award due to the lack of press that comes with playing with the worst team in baseball.

    • dlgruber1

      October 29, 2021 at 12:59 am

      BirdsCaps, as far as I’m concerned he DID just win the “actual” RoY award. To me, if I were a player, an award voted to me by my peers would mean SO much more than one that a bunch of woke sports “journalists” vote for.

    • CalsPals

      October 29, 2021 at 6:49 am

      Totally agree DL…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 7:05 am

      David, I am one of those “journalists” that vote on the awards. I’m sorry you and your fellow readers choose to demean me that way. I work very hard at what I do and take my responsibility in voting for awards seriously. I have tried to answer your questions and comments seriously, and regret that you and your fellow readers feel the way you do.

      • Phil770

        October 29, 2021 at 8:00 am

        Rich, thanks for your regular and timely updates. Good too that you called out those who have criticized your integrity, along with your colleagues, simply because you did not see things the way they do. Many folks, including me, think that the writers are less biased than the players, when examining performance more objectively.

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, Phil. As part of my preparation for awards voting, I’ve always sought out players’ opinions because they do know a lot. In the past, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters were great sources on opposing players prior to voting.

      It’s fine for the players to have their own vote, but they can’t vote for their teammates. I think the process is fine the way it is.

    • dlgruber1

      October 29, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Rich, I apologize to you. If I felt that you were one of the woke sports “journalists” that I referred to then I’d have stopped reading this site long ago. I’ve never felt that you’ve tried to push your political beliefs onto your readers. Sadly tho, many in your profession do just that. I read this site because I find it refreshing that I can just read about my favorite team and not be belittled because I’m, as I proudly tell people, so far right I’m left. Believe me when I say I was not aiming that comment at you. Again, I apologize to you. Actually, I don’t have a clue what your own personal political leanings are, and I don’t care or want to know. That’s the way it should be when I read about sports.

      • Birdman

        October 29, 2021 at 11:51 am

        I think all Orioles fans are pleased to see Mountcastle get recognition … But are you seriously claiming that sportswriters who support a player other than Mountcastle for ROY are doing so based on a political agenda? If so, please explain how a political agenda is advanced through a ROY vote.

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 11:25 am

      Thank you, David.

    • dlgruber1

      October 29, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Birdman, it’s very simple, it’s undeniable right now that our culture is, for whatever reason, demonizing white males. In doing so, yes, there are those in sports journalism who I believe would in fact vote for a “person of color” who may be less deserving than RM for the award. That is precisely how that occurs. Having said all that I’ve said, he’s the ironic thing. If I myself had a vote, I’d probably vote for Wander Franco. Tho I’m sure his not playing the entire season will stop some from voting for him, I believe he was the best rookie in all MLB this past season.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        October 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        You make a good point DL.

        I’ll leave it at that …. except…how in the wide wide world of sports can you justify voting for a player with only ½ a year played over Mountcastle or Arozarena?

        Drink Pepsi.

    • dlgruber1

      October 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      BRR, I must not have been clear enough. I simply think Franco was the best rookie I saw in all MLB this past season. I did say he will lose votes because of how late he was called up. I’d love to see RM win and I think he’s very deserving of it, but Franco just amazed me with his stellar play after, like RM, getting off to a somewhat slow start once he was called up. By the end of the season and while Rays were in the postseason, I thought he was the best player on the diamond. If AR, who succeeded Franco as the #1 prospect, can even come close to him I’m sure we O’s fans are in for a treat.

  8. millboy

    October 29, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Rich…I read your articles every day. They are always very professional and a great read. Keep up the great work

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 10:20 am

      Thank you, millboy.

  9. millboy

    October 29, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Get off my lawn gang strikes again

  10. CalsPals

    October 29, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Typical of the times, didn’t read anyone name calling, difference of an opinion, we’ll agree to disagree, but my gut tells me the players are more in tune with the game on a daily basis than media…go O’s…

    • Birdman

      October 29, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Didn’t read anyone name calling?? “a bunch of guys who never played above little league” … “a bunch of woke sports ‘journalists’ “

    • CalsPals

      October 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Not names, good lord, people are so friggin touchy today, maybe you should fly American Airlines…lol…:)…go O’s…

      • Birdman

        October 29, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Despite your “lol” references, you’re not actually funny … just pompous.

    • CalsPals

      October 29, 2021 at 11:11 am

      To be insulted I would have to value your opinion, I don’t….go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        October 29, 2021 at 2:49 pm

        Watch out now bra ..next thing you know, you’ll be deemed a racist.

  11. Balt mp

    October 29, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Mountcastle to me illustrates what the Orioles as an organization should be doing . They get a good player and developed him . They resisted the great unwashed cries for him to come up and kept him in the minors until he was ready . They then had enough confidence in him that when he struggled (he did hit into a lot of loud outs) they kept running him out there.

    He has improved on defense as well as at the plate and I thought played an above average first base .

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      October 29, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      How do you know he wasn’t ready 2 years ago? Seriously … how do you know?

      All he did then was crush and dominate the Internation league on his way to league MVP? IMO….holding him back most likely didn’t do any good other than help the team lose an extra couple of games in the race to the top of the draft board.

  12. willmiranda

    October 29, 2021 at 11:13 am

    As one of “the great unwashed” –not that it’s name-calling or ad hominem–, may I point out that Mountcastle has greatly improved offensively as well as defensively since he has been allowed to face Major League competition. An athlete has to face the toughest competition he can handle in order to improve. I’m sure that last season, in their heart of hearts, many who disagree with my ilk wanted Mountcastle to stick to DHing or to be sent down for a year or two to learn how to play first base. I commend you, mp, for acknowledging his increasing prowess at first base. Also, my ilk never lost confidence in him; the organization kept him up because they had no real options after his breakout year.

  13. mmcmillan1123

    October 29, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations to Trey and Ryan. I too believe that Ryan should get the Sporting News ROY and Cedric a Gold Glove but the voting isn’t up to me. I have voiced a political opinion or too on this sight but have since joined the”Why can’t we all get along!”crowd. Rich, you do an amazing job and this is one of the few sights I rely on for Orioles coverage. Let’s keep it totally on sports and leave the right or wrong of things to other venues. Keep up the good work

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, McMillan. Nice to have you on our site.

  14. WVOsfan

    October 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Great read, always good to see O’s players recognized in a positive light. Its just a shame that there are folks who would take good news, and somehow make it negative… Why do these people look for any reason to take jabs at others, like the media, or other readers. Can’t we all just enjoy the ROY recognition no matter how he got it or who voted for it? Go O’s

    • Rich Dubroff

      October 29, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Gary.

    • OriolesNumber1Fan

      October 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      Here’s hoping that ROY goes to Ryan Mountcastle!!! From a position of strictly offensive numbers excluding his BA he was really good. If he batted in the .300’s, I think he would win the award hands down!!! A .255 BA is not a accolade for being a great hitter!!! His defense and his pitch recognition and swing selection/strikeouts is what kept him in the minors. Trying to learn to play left field and STOP CHASING pitches were HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE reasons!!! And to some degree still are. So he probably will never be mistaken for a gold glove award winner either.

      Now all that being said, I do believe he will get better at pitch recognition and hopefully becomes a solid .280’s hitter, if he works really hard at it maybe a .300 hitter. The free swinging/chasing pitches are bad habits he just needs to stop. Pitchers were making him get himself out because of this. First base seems to be his best position, but he needs a lot of work there too. Repetitions on doing things correctly have to be priority one if he expects his fielding to be a lot better. His footwork, fielding ground balls, starting double plays and chasing pop ups are all on the menu for him. But with a lot of work, he could become a solid fielder! It’s just too bad he’s learning at the Major League level costing the Orioles games and not to mention his clock. Moving him to first should have been done when the Orioles drafted him. This was the knock on him back then. You can all look it up!!! This was another of a long line of huge mistakes done done under the Dan Duquette regime!!! Just think how good he would be at first base if they did this after he was drafted!

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