On Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles season came to a loud end when Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger Edwin Encarnacion slammed a towering three-run home run off of Orioles deliver Ubaldo Jimenez sending an entire nation on to the next round.
Despite a million and one question marks on the loss — all on the fact that AL Cy Young Award candidate Zack Britton was not inserted into the game — one thing is for sure.
Right fielder Mark Trumbo belongs in Baltimore.
Trumbo signed a one-year, $9.1 million contract with the Orioles last season. After a career year in which he led MLB in home runs with 47, not including his two-run blast against the Jays on Tuesday, the O’s need to bring him back.
Trumbo was not only the home run leader, but a leader in the clubhouse as well. The 2016 All-Star stood at his locker each game and spoke to reporters, almost as a team spokesman.
Respected in his first year, Trumbo helped lead an Orioles team, that was projected to finish at the bottom of the AL East, into the playoffs.
Although a quick exit, Trumbo’s year speaks for itself.
Playing for his fourth team in six years, Trumbo has never been able to establish a home for himself and that should change in 2017.
“I love it here,” Trumbo said. “Had a great time and I’m sure we’ll talk at some point. Who wouldn’t (want to come back)? It has been an absolute blast this year.”
Well with 47 of his own blasts, Trumbo should certainly be interested in a return — especially after launching 25 in front of the Baltimore faithful.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys in there,” he said. “That is what makes it so difficult, how good a team this really is, not just on the field but the people. When you are in the foxhole with the guys the entire season and all the work that gets put in behind the scenes, it is really tough right now.”
Although the offseason is a long one, especially after a loss like that, Trumbo will soon be in talks about his future. A future that should continue in Baltimore.