Jeff ‘The Kid’ Maier Uses CCBL Scouting Gig to Build Career

by Greg in

Where were you on Oct. 9, 1996, when ‘the kid’ reached into fair territory and caught Derek Jeter’s right field homer during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series? You remember the drive when the Yankees trailed the Orioles 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Derek Jeter hit a deep fly ball to Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco. Tarasco moved near the fence and "appeared to have a bead on the ball"[2] when the then-12 year old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence separating the stands and the field of play 9 feet below and deflected the ball into the stands.

Well, it appears from Deadspin and other reports that Mr. Maier spent the summer scouting the Cape Cod League for Peter Gammons of ESPN and is now looking for a baseball career. Apparently he’s walking the halls at this year’s MLB Winter Meeting looking for work.

According to Deadspin: “We love the idea of Gammons, amused by having Maier tagging along and writing little tidbits about various former Maier teammates, taking him under his wing and saying, 'Hey, here's a room full of Orioles fans. Enjoy.' And then tiptoeing away mischievously. It's good to have friends in high places. He's totally gonna run the Nationals someday.”