The Orioles made it quite clear that they wanted to re-sign Mark Trumbo in the offseason. Executive Vice President, Dan Duquette, had discussions with Trumbo’s camp several times over the winter, and had even offered a four-year deal in the $52M-$55M range, complete with a full no-trade clause. They did not want him going elsewhere.
Then, on January 19, the Orioles and Trumbo struck a deal on a three year, $37.5M contract. It was a win-win for the O’s, as they got Trumbo for $11.5M, $12.5M, and $13.5M for the next three years, and he returns to a club that values him and gives him the opportunity to win a championship.
Last year’s home run champion, Trumbo was happy to return to Baltimore. Trumbo told reporters even if the Orioles offer was lower than other teams’, “this was my first choice”. And so it was known that Mark Trumbo was back in Baltimore for the next few seasons, and the assumption was that as designated hitter, he would be mashing home runs, or “Trumbombs” as we like to call them now.
Well, products of Nostradamous, your prophecies have seemed to come true.
Not only did Trumbo produce his first Trumbomb of the season, he lifted the Orioles to a 3-2 victory in 11 innings on opening day. Talking to Gary Thorne after the game, Trumbo said, “it was just a two strike approach”, and he had “swung through a slider the pitch before” and, “tried to stay small, put some wood on it and see what happens”.
What happened was Mark Trumbo sent 45,667 Orioles fans home with a smile on their face, as he roped a 1-2 slider from Jason Grilli into the left-field power alley. He was then covered in Gatorade as the rest of his teammates waited to mob him at home plate. Mark Trumbo reminded Orioles fans in one single moment, just why they should be happy he is back with the club.
Trumbo didn’t have the most powerful spring training, going 11-for-52 (.212), and failing to hit a home run. But, spring training stats do not matter because those games do not count.
The remaining 160 games after that will count as well, and Mark Trumbo is focused on continuing his successful tenure in Baltimore, and helping get this club back to the postseason.
Tomorrow night, the Orioles will send Dylan Bundy to the mound in hopes of sweeping this short two-game series against the Blue Jays. That game will air on MASN2 at 7:05.
The Orioles lineup tonight gives Trey Mancini his first start this season. He’s in right-field. Joey Rickard also gets his first start of the season, he leads off in left.
- Joey Rickard LF (2-for-3, 1 HR vs. Happ)
- Adam Jones CF (.250, 33 PA’s vs. Happ)
- Manny Machado 3B (.286/.375/.714 in 24 PA’s vs. Happ)
- Mark Trumbo DH (0-11 vs. Happ)
- Chris Davis 1B (3-for-15, 2 2B’s in 17 PA’s vs. Happ)
- Trey Mancini RF (Never faced Happ)
- Welington Castillo C (0-3 vs. Happ)
- Jonathan Schoop 2B (4-for-19 in 20 PA’s vs. Happ)
- J.J. Hardy SS (4-for-24 in 27 PA’s vs. Happ)