- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

12:35 p.m.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A decade ago, Jeffrey Maier was a 12-year-old fan with a baseball glove who helped the New York Yankees reach the World Series.

Now, he’s fresh out of college with a resume in hand and looking for a job in baseball.

Maier was at the winter meetings, where he bumped into Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in a bustling hotel Monday.

“He walked up to me in the lobby and handed me something,” Cashman said.

It was an information packet. Maier, who goes by Jeff now, said last spring he would like to become a major league GM one day. With a huge job fair going on this week, the winter meetings aren’t a bad place to start.

Maier finished a record-setting college baseball career this year at Division III Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he set the school mark for hits. He also majored in government with a minor in economics.

Of course, Maier gained national recognition as a young fan during the American League Championship series in October 1996, when he reached over the right-field fence at Yankee Stadium and deflected Derek Jeter’s fly ball over the wall before Baltimore’s Tony Tarasco had a chance to catch it.

The disputed home run was a key play that helped New York beat the Orioles. The Yankees advanced to the World Series, where they rallied past Atlanta for their first of four championships in five years.

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