Orioles Offer a Cruel Reminder That Their Rebuild Isn’t Over Yet

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Sports Illustrated

By Nick Selbe Trey Mancini was the Orioles’ most beloved figure of their ruthless teardown. His trade to the Astros shows Baltimore doesn’t believe it can contend just yet. The term “face of the franchise” is an interesting one. What exactly does it mean? Is it the most popular player on the team? The longest-tenured? Or, simply, the best? Can a franchise have more than one face, or is it something that can’t be shared? The answers to these questions might vary from team to team, but it might simply be a case of “you know it when you see it.” If Trey Mancini wasn’t the face of the Orioles fran…

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