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Ripken Expresses Interest In Orioles Job, But Is There A Spot For Him?

Baseball HOFer Cal Ripken Jr. in a statement yesterday said that he "would like to come back" to the Orioles organization, according Dan Connolly of the Baltimore SUN. However, Orioles Owner Peter Angelos "would be hesitant to bring in Ripken and have it appear that he is meddling" with President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail's "power and judgment or that he is creating an heir apparent to MacPhail." Connolly wrote he is "not sure Ripken would want to come in without any authority, to be an ambassador with no decision-making powers." Connolly: "You can't expect that Ripken is this organization's savior" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 4/19). Also in Baltimore, Peter Schmuck noted nowhere in Ripken's statement "does he deny offering to join the front office and nowhere does he address whether the team refused any offer of help." A report over the weekend indicated that Angelos turned down Ripken's offer of help, and Schmuck wrote Ripken not addressing those issues in his statement "seems significant to me because it leaves open the possibility that he suggested some role with the team and was told that the timing of his return to the organization would not be right" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 4/19).

Remember The Past: FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote, "It’s damning  -- and a direct reflection on Angelos’ tone-deaf ownership -- that Hall of Famers Ripken, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson are nowhere to be found at Camden Yards." Rosenthal: "Why is a franchise with such a glorious history not taking better advantage of some of the greatest natural resources the game has to offer? Funny, I don’t think it’s because the Orioles have all the answers" (FOXSPORTS.com, 4/19). 

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