O's turn Ripken down for front-office job, according to report

April 16, 2010|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Cal Ripken Jr. approached the Orioles about joining the club in an unspecified front-office capacity and was turned down by principal owner Peter G. Angelos, according to a story by FoxSports.com that cited several unnamed sources.

On its website Friday night, Fox Sports reported that Ripken, the Hall of Fame infielder and arguably the organization's greatest player, met with Andy MacPhail, the team's president of baseball operations, to discuss a potential job.

But, in a separate conversation, Angelos denied the request, stating that "he did not want Ripken to receive credit once the team returned to prominence," according to three Fox Sports' sources. At least one source told Fox Sports that Angelos did not want to create a perception that MacPhail wasn't in full control.

Multiple attempts by The Sun to contact Angelos, Ripken and MacPhail were unsuccessful. The Orioles would not comment on the report.

Since MacPhail took over the team in June 2007, he has stressed that Angelos has supported him in his decisions, which have included more attention toward international scouting and a spring training facility that combines minor league and major league operations.

According to Fox Sports, Ripken and MacPhail saw a partnership as mutually beneficial, with MacPhail tapping Ripken's baseball knowledge and Ripken learning administrative nuances from MacPhail. The specific job discussed was not reported.

Since he retired in 2001, Ripken has delved into various endeavors including broadcasting and the creation of Ripken Baseball Inc. with his brother, Billy. The baseball corporation owns three minor league teams, including the Orioles' Short-A affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds, in Ripken's hometown.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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