Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier, top, reaches over the right-field fence at Yankee Stadium to knock Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's home run into the stands above Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 9, 1996. The home run tied the game, 4-4, and the Yankees won in the bottom of the 11th when center fielder Bernie Williams hit a solo home run off Orioles relief pitcher Randy Myers.
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Eduardo A. Encina left the Florida sun in 2012 to return home and cover the Orioles. A Jessup native and University of Maryland graduate, Encina previously covered another AL East team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune.
Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 16 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 12 seasons, including the past eight with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.
Dean Jones Jr. is the sports content editor overseeing Orioles coverage. A Towson University graduate, he started working at The Baltimore Sun in 2007. He previously managed high school sports coverage and also covered the Orioles minor league teams.
Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.