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Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar's homer is on its way to Cooperstown

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Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar's homer is on its way to Cooperstown

The Orioles defeated the Dodgers in the second game of their three-game series. 

Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Updates:

2B Jonathan Villar will not get to keep his home run ball from Wednesday's win over the Dodgers as the score marked home run number 6,106 on the MLB season and set the league-wide record for most homers ever in a season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Thursday, 9/12: Dodgers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 9/13: Orioles at Tigers, 7:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Saturday, 9/14: Orioles at Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Comerica Park

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Glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter's HR vs. Orioles in 1996 ALCS is up for auction

Glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter's HR vs. Orioles in 1996 ALCS is up for auction

Orioles and Yankees fans, and plenty of other baseball supporters, will forever remember the name Jeffrey Maier. Now, if they want to, they can own an item of his that will always be a part of MLB history.

Maier's glove from Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS is now up for auction through Lelands Auctions, according to The Action Network's Darren Rovell. The minimum bid on the item is $2,500.

For those who need a refresher -- sorry Orioles fans -- a 12-year-old Maier made his mark During Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between Baltimore and the New York Yankees. The Orioles held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With a young Derek Jeter stepping up to the plate, Maier was a fan planted at the front of the right-field stands. Jeter sent a ball his way, and Maier reached out and grabbed the "home run."

Home run is in parenthesis because the argument to this day is that Orioles' right fielder Tony Tarasco was in a position to potentially catch the ball as it was not going over the wall, but Maier interferes with the play. Despite evidence to support that, it was called in the Yankees favor.

New York would then go on to win the game in extra innings, shifting the momentum in the series and eventually advancing to the World Series. For Yankees fans, Maier could be viewed as a small hero. As for those in Baltimore, he carries a similar reputation to Steve Bartman. 

New Yorkers may want the glove as a symbol from their 1996 World Series run, while Baltimore fans already have some ideas for what they would do with the tainted piece of history.

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Buck Showalter: Fans don’t want to hear MLB players complain about salary cuts

Buck Showalter: Fans don’t want to hear MLB players complain about salary cuts

As Major League Baseball and its players union weigh the league’s proposal for returning to play amid the coronavirus pandemic, several players have spoken out against accepting further pay cuts in order to return to the field.

The two sides agreed to prorate all player salaries in March based on the number of games lost as a result of the outbreak. However, MLB has reportedly asked the union to reconsider that deal after it became increasingly clear the season would have to begin without fans in the stands.

That’s prompted several players, including Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, to publicly argue against the idea of sacrificing even more of their salaries.

“Y'all gotta understand, man, for me to go—for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof,” Snell said on his Twitch channel last week. “It's a shorter season, less pay.

“No, I gotta get my money. I'm not playing unless I get mine, OK? And that's just the way it is for me. Like, I'm sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I'm making is way lower. Why would I think about doing that?”

However, league officials aren’t the only ones who disagree with players like Snell. In an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Friday, former Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wouldn’t be putting up with comments like that from his own players.

“I know one thing, fans don’t want to hear players talking about, ‘I’m not going to play for that type of pay cut,’” Showalter said. “Somebody that’s getting some real bad advice is making those statements. I’d be telling my guys, ‘You need to shut up.’ Fans working at home trying to make ends meet don’t want to hear about you complaining about not getting your full salary.”

Showalter has spent parts of 20 seasons as an MLB skipper, making five playoff appearances and receiving three Manager of the Year awards. He managed the Orioles for nine years before being fired in 2018 following a season in which Baltimore finished 47-115. The 63-year-old is now a contributor for the YES Network and MLB Network.

Known for his stoic attitude and intense approach to the game, Showalter was a member of the “old guard” that pushed against allowing players to show their emotions on the baseball field. With MLB hoping to return this summer and provide fans with a sign of hope amid a global pandemic, the former manager doesn’t want to hear from players who don’t believe they would be receiving their fair share.

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